Gay Means Happy (Hour)

Celebrate the happiest hour at these LGBTQ bars and restaurants

Posted By: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

By Kevin Perry

You’ve worked hard all day. You conquered your to-do list. You even made small talk with hetero Brad in accounting.

You have earned a beverage, my friend.

It’s time to let your fab flag fly! But don’t waste your evening on the ordinary; get gay and gregarious at one of the hottest Happy Hours in Palm Springs.

Trio Palm Springs
Trio Restaurant al fresco dining

Trio | 707 N Palm Canyon Dr

Orange is the new YAAS! Palm Springs’ most iconic eatery is serving up HH realness every day from 11am - 7pm. Their craft cocktails are divine, but don’t turn your back on their snacks! The crispy fried artichoke hearts will melt YOUR heart, and the Trio Mac & 5 Cheese goes above and beyond the call of yummy. And now that you’ve fueled up, party onward…

Hunters | 302 E Arenas Rd

The theme of this super special is “Size Matters” – mmkay, we can get behind that! Their sprawling Happy Hour actually extends from 10am to 7pm and happens every GAY of the week. Hunters is (in)famous for their disco floor and two bustling bars, so be sure to tip your go-go dancers as you twerk, floss, and flirt the afternoon away!

Streetbar Palm Springs
Streetbar Patio

Street Bar | 224 E Arenas Rd

When the clock strikes seven, fear not! You’ve still got another 60 minutes of happiness bubbling up next door at Street Bar. That’s right, every damn day from 10am to 8pm, your fiercely friendly bar staff is pouring libations of love, one glass at a time. Top shelf specials rotate daily and domestic beer is only $3.50 – so you can bust your inhibitions without breaking the bank.

Gay-Friendly Shenanigans

If you’re entertaining your straight friends tonight… our condolences. JK! These LGBTQ-friendly bars still know how to gay it up at Happy Hour.

Draughtsman | 1501 N Palm Canyon

Tickling your fancy every weekday from 3pm – 6pm, Draughtsman re-imagines HH by pairing their food and drink specials. Sip some beer with your Papas Bravas, wine it up with a few Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates, and get frisky – oops, we meant whiskey (no we didn’t) as you sample their savory Lamb Meatballs or BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders. Draughtsman also has cornhole on the patio… we’re talking about the game, you naughty readers!

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
Eight4Nine Lounge

Eight4Nine | 849 N Palm Canyon

Chillax like a queen in the elegant and spacious lounge, complete with a striking backlit onyx bar. Hold court in one of their comfortable stools or flex your regal side in a white patent leather Louis XIV ghost chair. Eight4Nine has several items on its $9 or less menu, so Happy Hour just got festive as heck and affordable AF.

LuLu California Bistro  | 200 S Palm Canyon

Don’t want the party to end? We hear you, and so does LuLu – her Happy Hour lasts until closing! Aim high with the Tower of Avocado & Tuna Tartare; dive deep with their fresh selection of oysters, calamari or Bay Shrimp Cocktail; and get your claws on a lobster quesadilla for just $9.99 (regular price: $14.99). Have a gay old (or young) time with sips on the side: $5.99 margaritas, martinis, lemon drops and mojitos are just begging to liven up your evening.  

There you have it – a rainbow of fun is waiting for you at one of the homo-rific Happy Hour options listed above, so what are you waiting for? Tick-tock, get on the clock!