Staying Cool and Misty During Happy Hour

Posted By: Matt Link Thursday, July 12, 2012

Who says you can’t enjoy a frosty drink outdoors in Palm Springs during summertime? That’s what misting systems were made for! Here are some suggestions of restaurants and bars with misters on their patios as well as unbelievable happy hours:


Appearing as an old-fashioned, stylish supper club, this pink-hued restaurant has the one of the coziest back patios (above) in the entire desert, with gurgling fountains, strings of colored lights, and yes, plenty of misters overhead. Their gourmet weekend brunches (on both Saturday AND Sunday) feature $10 bottomless glasses of Wycliff Brut sparkling wine, and their daily specialty cocktail menu is long and creative, with concoctions like lemongrass basil mojitos and raspberry passionfruit margaritas. Happy hour is every day from 4 pm to 7 pm, with offerings like $6 sweet potato fries with roasted garlic aioli oil and $7 Southern fried buttermilk chicken strips with ranch.

Wang’s in the Desert

Wang’s hosts one of the most popular happy hours in Palm Springs, and for good reason: They pour their drinks surprisingly stiff for their $2 cocktail happy hour, which happens daily between 5 pm and 7:30 pm. House wine is also $2 a glass, with $3 domestic beers and $4 large well martinis. You can nearly have a full dinner with their tasty dim sum bar menu of $4.50 Red Dragon cream cheese wontons and $4.50 Korean pork spare ribs, among an array of other treats. Come on a Friday afternoon when their back patio (complete with fountains, misters, and DJ) is packed to the gills – you’ll be lucky to find a place to stand, let alone sit!


Even when the weather is roasting, you’ll see Azul’s patio full of patrons cooling off under the extensive misters or swaying away on the outdoor lounge’s signature swing table and chairs. This gay-popular spot is filled for Sunday brunch, when the drink special is their hearty $4 bloody marys, as well as $3 mimosas. But come any afternoon from 3 pm to 8 pm to enjoy their rotating daily drink specials and an amazing appetizer menu with items like $5 fried calamari and $8 lobster spring rolls.


Why not start happy hour at 11 am in the morning? That’s what Lulu does, all the way until closing. This snazzy retro-chic restaurant’s bar is roomy and adjoins a mister-lined patio fronting the action on Palm Canyon Drive. Their bar happy hour menu is nearly identical to their regular menu, but with nicely discounted prices. For instance, the happy hour Kobe beef burger is $8.49 (regularly $12.99), the skewer of peppered filet strips is $7.49 (regularly $10.99), and their flourless triple chocolate cake is $4.99 (regularly $7.99). It’s enough to make you want to spend the entire day here sampling it all!


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