Palm Springs is as inviting as its name suggests, and since it’s only a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, it’s the perfect place for a getaway without the stress of long-distance travel. The city is almost always warm and sunny, but it radiates a laid-back energy best described as “California cool.” Spend some time lounging poolside at a chic resort, play a round of golf or tennis, and indulge yourself with spa treatments. Really let yourself relax. When you feel revived and full of energy, you’ll know you’re ready for an evening out. Here’s how to make the most of Palm Springs’s nightlife.
- Brighten your wardrobe.
Palm Springs is the perfect place to show off your personal style—especially if that style is colorful and eclectic. Before you head out on the town, spend the afternoon shopping the vintage and contemporary boutiques on North Palm Canyon Drive. A few highlights: Wil Stiles offers men’s and women’s clothing in vibrant colors and eye-catching prints. The Trina Turk flagship store is worth a visit just to see its design, and you’ll also find women’s apparel and accessories and the Mr. Turk menswear collection. Candice Held’s silk scarf dresses and tunics, popular with celebrities, feature her original textile designs—and her shop also sells vintage designer sunglasses. Browse the racks of the Frippery for vintage clothing and accessories that capture your unique vibe.
- Start the evening at Lulu California Bistro.
This local hot spot offers a large menu, tasty cocktails, and an assortment of seating options. Inside, the mezzanines and high ceilings give the restaurant an airy feel. The bar area boasts a 12-hour happy hour, and Lulu also has an outdoor patio. The terrace is perfect for people-watching—or for giving passersby the opportunity to admire your new outfit. On a warm night the water misters will keep you cool. If you’d rather end the night here, that’s an option, too. On Fridays and Saturdays it’s open till 1 a.m.; the full menu is available until midnight.
- Add some excitement to your night.
Only a half mile from Lulu California Bistro, you’ll find plenty of action 24/7 at Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs. Test your luck at the table games or slot machines, and then check out the live entertainment (six days a week) in the Cascade Lounge. On Fridays and Saturdays live DJ sets keep the beats flowing, so feel free to let loose on the dance floor. The casino also hosts live music in its seasonal outdoors series, Concerts Under the Palms. Want to mix it up? Explore some of Palm Springs’s other options for live music and dancing. Las Casuelas Terraza is a Mexican restaurant with live entertainment. Have a margarita and dance under the stars. Woody’s Palm House is known for more than just great burgers—it serves up live music in the lounge every night of the week.
- Wind down at one of these late-night spots.
When you’re ready for a nightcap, here are a few places that stay open until at least midnight.
Truss & Twine specializes in crafted cocktails and stays open until 12:30 a.m. weeknights and 1:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Bootlegger Tiki whips up tropical drinks in the space that once housed Don the Beachcomber; it stays open until 2 a.m. nightly. So does Village Pub, which serves cocktails, a wide beer selection, and a full menu. The Amigo Room at Ace Hotel has a large selection of draft beer and fresh cocktails and is open until midnight Sunday to Wednesday, and closes at 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. (If you’re craving a late-night snack, the King’s Highway diner—also at the Ace—is open till 11 p.m.)
If this itinerary sounds like fun, keep it handy on your next trip. But remember, Palm Springs is all about kicking back in style, so take it easy. If you don’t make it to every spot on your to-do list, no worries. After all, you can always come back.
Head to VisitPalmSprings.com to plan your next trip!