When heading out to try a new restaurant or bar, it can be tough to choose what you want. Many establishments are going all out for diners and drinkers these days so picking just one drink or one dish can be a challenge. That’s where flights come in! A flight is a small sampling of a few different flavors, foods, or drinks and it’s a perfect way to try new options without committing to a whole plate or glass. Across Greater Palm Springs you can find plenty of fun flights that are made for sampling.
La Fe Wine Bar, Palm Desert | Wine flights
Wine flights might just be the original flight, after all, wineries have been serving samples and tasters to their customers as long as they’ve been squashing grapes. La Fe, located on posh El Paseo in Palm Desert, often curates tastings and wine flights at five pours for $35. Expect good variety in the selections. Reservations are sometimes needed so check the bar’s Facebook page for current offerings.
Grand Central Palm Springs, Palm Springs | Mimosa flights
A perfect option for brunch, lunch or weddings and bridal showers, Grand Central Palm Springs has curated a bubbly mimosa flight. Enjoy a flight of three mimosas for $25 and choose flavors from orange, blood orange, peach, mango, guava or cranberry.
Tac/Quila, Palm Springs | Margarita flights
The Margarita Flight at Tac/Quila in Palm Springs has become a fun draw for visitors and locals alike. The bar, known for its tasty food, features mini sizes of their four specialty margaritas: kiwi mint, pineapple, watermelon and blackberry. The kiwi mint is a crowd favorite, made with blanco tequila, fresh kiwi juice, fresh lime juice, and yes, it’s available as a full pour once you’ve tasted your way through the flight.
Coachella Valley Brewing, Thousand Palms | Beer flights
This hidden gem is brewing up craft beer and microbrews and they keep the fresh beer flight options rotating to give you a chance to try them all. You can combine your tasting with a tour to learn about how these local brews are made.
Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery, Rancho Mirage | Beer flights
Babe’s is a mid-valley institution that’s been around forever, and for good reason. They serve a wide selection of beers on tap and you can round out your drinks with tasty, tangy barbecue. Be sure to try all the Babe’s in-house-brewed selections as part of a flight; four pours for $10, you can sample your way through most of the lineup easily.
Cheeky’s, Palm Springs | Bacon flight
Yes, you read that correctly: bacon flight. Cheeky’s has been well-known for years for its bacon sampler which features a variety of flavors of crispy smoky bacon. The standouts include rosemary bacon, Coca-Cola bacon, brown sugar, apple cinnamon, jalapeño, and Korean BBQ. The curated flavors change constantly, and you can choose the ones that appeal to you most. Pro tip: There’s almost always a lengthy wait to get in to Cheeky’s, so go early.
El Patio, Palm Springs | Taco flights
Authentic Mexican food is the specialty at this family-run restaurant that sprung from Felipe's in Palm Springs. There’s often an array of tacos available and if you go, don’t miss the Tacos estilo La Paz featuring one fish taco and one shrimp taco dipped in beer batter, deep-fried and topped with homemade coleslaw and onions finished with sriracha aioli served with rice and refried beans. Is your mouth watering yet?
Fresh Agave, Palm Desert | Taco flight (aka 'Taco Fiesta')
If you want to sample a bunch of tasty Mexican flavors, Fresh Agave’s Taco Fiesta is the way to do it. Make your own tacos and try all of their specialty meats including carne asada, pollo asado, carnitas and chorizo.
Whether you call it a flight, a sampler or a straight-up fiesta, there’s lots of ways to sample the best of Greater Palm Springs’ cuisine. The best part is, once you’ve tasted all that’s on offer, you can order up full sizes of whatever your new favorite is.