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Sip, Splash, Repeat: Cool Down at the Hottest Palm Springs Bars

Sip, splash, repeat at Palm Springs bars. (Photo: the Picture Pantry / Alamy)

If you think the old saying, “sip, splash, repeat,” is about savoring a poolside cocktail, you’re not entirely wrong. But bars in Palm Springs turn it up a notch, which makes leaving your cabana and hitting the town wildly appealing. Plus, in the desert heat, you’ll take any reason to sip, splash, and repeat — and these Palm Springs bars live up to their allure.

Sip at “Bar” in Palm Springs

If you’re a bourbon connoisseur, make Bar, a Palm Springs staple, your first stop. Their extensive whiskey menu includes treats like 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle and 19-year-old Buffalo Trace. Non-bourbon fans in your party might enjoy beer cocktails such as Working Title, which blends mezcal and grapefruit, or Valentine, which adds a dash of tequila. On cooler nights, take your drinks outside, where a wall painted with geometric patterns overlooks a smoking patio. When you post your selfies, don’t forget to mention #barwastaken.

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Cold drinks with a fruity finish work well in the desert heat. (Photo: Brownstock / Alamy)

For a more upscale drinking and dining experience, visit Workshop Kitchen and Bar, whose industrial decor includes exposed light bulbs and stark lines. Settle at the bar for house cocktails like Hemingway Especial, which blends white rum with fruit flavors, or the M-80, a mix of tequila, mezcal, and fresh ginger juice. Workshop uses locally sourced ingredients and hand-squeezed juices. Once you’ve sipped their creations, we think you’ll want a repeat.

Tee Off or Hit the Open Water

Dry off or make a splash on the golf course. Drive to nearby Indio Municipal Golf Course for an evening game. With tee times until 8 p.m., you can wait for the desert air to cool and then play on lighted greens. If you’ve been sipping martinis all afternoon, though, you might find yourself hearing a splash a few too many times, as your golf balls sink into the lake between the 9th and 18th holes.

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You’ll never go wrong with a poolside martini. (Photo: 40260.60 / Alamy)

A boat ride to dinner is a lovely way to cap your Coachella Valley visit. From the J.W. Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa lobby, embark on a small ferry and enjoy the trip to Mikado Japanese Steakhouse. Glide past flamingos and waterfalls, then alight at the glass-sided restaurant. Sip a Samurai slice cocktail with Patron silver or a Gingerdrop Mikadotini with Ketel One Citroen as teppanyaki chefs wield their knives at your table.