For those looking to party any night of the week, the East Arenas Road vicinity has an impressive list of bars and clubs such as Hunters, the largest nightclub on the block which includes a main bar, patio lounge and dedicated dance space that opens on the weekends. Streetbar Palm Springs, also known as “Streetbar Named Desire”, is the oldest bar on Arenas Road with an enormous chandelier always decorated for the holidays…not to be missed. QuadZ is the block’s video bar featuring its show tunes nights, and Score is Arenas Road’s unabashed dive bar, opening at 6:00 a.m. for early drinkers…I mean risers. Blackbook Bar and Kitchen is the street’s youngest sibling, with killer nachos served on cookie sheets, while Chill Bar Palm Springs is a local hangout with a large outdoor deck to sit with friends and people watch.
When visiting Palm Springs, you'll be surrounded by many LGBT-owned businesses. One example is Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge located in the Uptown Design District, which is evident by its incredibly white modern décor with bright pink accents throughout. Trio Restaurant is a local favorite since it opened with vibrant colors, creative lighting, an art collection and a menu that’s highly ranked on Trip Advisor, Open Table, Zagat and many more.
For a coffee experience as unique as the Palm Springs style, visit one of the four Koffi locations, with the latest just opened in a mid-1970s historic property, designed by master architect Hugh Kaptur. Or enjoy Townie Bagels, making fresh bagels the old fashioned way, and once you’re in and have taken a whiff of that baked intoxicating scent, you’ll know why they are so popular…pass the cream cheese, please.
The city has come a long way from its initial start as a Hollywood hideaway. Late last year, Palm Springs, California, ushered in America’s first all-LGBT city council. After the momentous occasion occurred, there was no huge announcement or proclamation. The real victory was that voters cared more about the issues and the candidates’ platforms. Palm Springs today represents a beautifully diverse desert paradise, celebrating and honoring its history and bringing with it a reputation of an open and welcoming city to all.