Happy hours specifically geared to the LGBTQ+ community have long been staples in Greater Palm Springs. Dozens of venues, ranging from the super fab to the ultra-hip, have become celebrated stomping grounds for the LGBTQ+ community near and far. The social scene now ranks among the most festive in Southern California.
Take note of the following list of LGBTQ+ Happy Hours and learn more about what’s offered and why it’s vital to place these gems on your social calendar.
One Eleven Bar
One Eleven Bar is a safe place for all, no matter race, orientation, gender identity, status or age! You will always be surrounded by a good time here, including live performances and music! Enjoy happy hour daily until 7 p.m. with unbeatable prices. Get $2 or $3 beer, $4 well drinks and wines, $5 mixed drinks; must we say more? Come out as you are, have a great time with friends (old and new)-–One Eleven Bar won't let you down!
One of the most vibrant and fun LGBTQ+ bars on Arenas Road not only goes for spaciousness but is strongly dedicated to community, too—it was recognized by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. To that end, Chill Bar is known for “celebrating gay pride every day.” Happy hour is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but if you stay longer, you’ll be treated to a fiery round of entertainment during the evening. There are also daily specials, offering discounted drinks and food depending on day. Enjoy the patio, or grab a seat inside by the bar and nearby tables. Chill.
Retro Room Lounge
A hit among LGBTQ+ revelers, the daily happy hour from 4-8 p.m. (closed Tuesdays for summer) features cleverly dubbed drinks—from “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Karma Karmel Chameleon.” (The latter features Absolute Vodka, blue curacao, orange juice, and Sprite in a caramel drizzled glass!) The handcrafted cocktails here are among some of the most inventive you’ll find in Greater Palm Springs. Look for drink specials galore weekly—from Monday’s Martini Madness (with $3 lite drafts to boot) to Wine Down Wednesdays, where you can enjoy house wines for $4.
The Roost Bar Lounge
This LGBTQ+ Cathedral City bar is always ready to celebrate happy hour. Join them daily from 3-5 p.m. for low-cost drinks such as well cocktails for $5, beer for $3.25 and house wines for $5. All that and music videos on five big-screen TVs from Orange Door, the super fab music video company that supplies videos to hip bars. It's strut time, rooster.
The Tropicale Palm Springs
Now, here’s a neon-lit, retro-divine portal in Downtown Palm Springs that is worthy of repeat visits. Happy hour perks can be found on the food menu, where affordable and sharable plates go for $11 and up (multiple pizza options to Baja Shrimp Tacos stand out). This is the place for everybody cavorting in and around Greater Palm Springs to be seen, by the way. The LGBTQ+ clientele is remarkably celebratory, fashionably dressed, and always engaged in some sort of robust conversation. The patio scene knocks it out of the park.
Runway Bar & Restaurant
Known as the 'everyone friendly' restaurant and bar, Runway is conveniently located next to the CCBC Resort. Providing a welcoming atmosphere with food, drinks and live entertainment, Runway always seems to have an exciting and inciting place to hangout. They offer happy hour everyday from 4:30-6 p.m. You can grab a cheap bite to eat, like the sliders and loaded tots, with everything under $6. Don't pass on the beers, wines and cocktails that are only $4. They look for your arrival at Runway!
Ready to get out there and explore the LGBTQ+ scene in Greater Palm Springs? Check out these LGBTQ weekend getaway ideas in Greater Palm Springs.