There is no shortage of style in Palm Springs' memorable Uptown District. That creativity extends into the dining rooms and bars of three culinary hot spots along Palm Canyon Drive, where variety and inventiveness stand out considerably. Pull up a chair ...
dish Creative Cuisine
1107 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-322-7171
There’s so much to relish at dish. Owner/chef Joane Garcia-Colson, has impressed locals and travelers with her inventive emphasis on molecular gastronomy techniques and, well, dishes that are downright dynamite.
Happy Hour (4-7 p.m.) is not excluded from the creative lineup. Here, $7 Well Martini's, $5 Glasses of House Wine and Draft Beers cavort with a $10 nightly crafted cocktail, one that takes center stage all night, by the way. Bar menu items for $5 stand out, among them the Fried Dill Pickle Wedges with Spiced Aioli and the tempting Tempura Artichoke Hearts.
Other Happy Hour highlights launch in June. Wednesday's star Assorted Flatbreads plus a glass of house wine or beer ($15). Thursdays are reserved for 2-for-1 Burgers. Fridays are all about choice: Choose Your Fish, Choose Your Sauce. And Saturday’s feast comes by way of $2 Taco Nights. These specials are available in the bar all night.
The big news for Dish is a Late-night Happy Hour set to launch during summer, and which will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Garcia-Colson notes other festive additions that will be sprinkled into the mix, such as Wine Education Tastings, an all-Amuse Bouche Night, and others. Cheers to that.
707 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-864-8746
If it seems as if every hour is happy at Trio, that may be because it actually is. Owners Tony Marchese (General Manager) and Mark VanLaanen (Executive Chef) don’t shy away from perks. There’s Trio’s 3-Course Prix Fix Happy Hour (at $19.95, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and the other Trio Happy Hour bar side where $3 Well Drinks, $8 Premium Drinks and Martinis, and $5 Bar Bites are all for the taking between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Consider Trio’s Stick Up (pictured above), a passionate if not potent creation featuring Death Door’s Gin, Lemonade, El Corazon Puree and Mint alongside a remarkable Soy Ceviche (pictured above) — the combination of edamame, tofu, tomato, cucumber, avocado, cilantro, onion, sriracha, lime and tortilla chips is as potent as it is ingenious. Foodies may also appreciate the tasty Mac and 5 Cheese, where Gouda, cheddar, blue, Romano and goat cheese prove there’s no shortage of diversity in Palm Springs.
Other bar menu standout, including the Imports and Domestic Beers, which go for $5, but adventurous souls may appreciate a hearty 22-ounce Koffi Porter from nearby La Quinta Brewing Company ($16).
1101 N Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760-318-4154
Think of it as a Palm Springs speakeasy. Festive, fun, and filled with locals and travelers, all of who have some festive story to share.
At Bootlegger, Happy Hour is wonderfully simple yet geared toward pleasing desert-goers. From 4-6 p.m., and again from Midnight to 2 a.m., $5 Daiquiris, Mojitos, and a potent Sloppy Joe drink (pictured above, from head bartender Chad Austin’s wonderful creations.)
There’s more to savor in some of Bootlegger’s weekly specials, especially on Mondays, when service industry professionals receive 15 percent off. Meanwhile, look for three variations on the Classic Old Fashioned on Tuesdays, a D.T.O. (Daiquiri Time Out) on Wednesdays (also three variations), each going for $6. Fun and worth noting: Bootlegger’s Snack-Quiri’s, a mini daiquiri for $3.
For noshing, chose from Small Bowls ($5) — Beef Jerkey, Coachella Valley Dates, Chili Lemon Peanuts, and others; Large Bowls ($8) — Sea Salt Vinegar Almonds, homemade Sriracha Popcorn, Chili Mango, and others.
Check the website for announcements about various classes geared toward drinks and mixology. These endeavors offer a deeper look into the process of drink creation. Never a bore here.