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9 Great Dive Bars in the Desert

Dive Right In Party with the locals at these great dive bars in Palm Springs and neighboring desert cities with nothing but a good time up their sleeve.


Courtesy of Palm Springs Life

Tryst Is Open Daily From 2 P.m. To 2 A.m. In Palm Springs.
Photograph Courtesy Tryst Palm Springs

“This is a total dive” is a compliment in the mouths of those who recognize dive bars’ fabulous je ne sais quoi that turns a so-so evening into “Vegas baby” without emptying your pockets. These neighborhood spots offer a genuine experience where you’re likely to see some familiar faces. It’s where locals and hospitality workers go after the touristy places shut down. These dive bars are all about the drink and the fun, no finery required. No pretentiousness or posing here — you can be your authentic self.

Here are a few suggested dive bars to get you started. Got a fave dive already in mind? We welcome your feedback on expanding this list.



Open from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily, Tryst is the ideal spot to drink your way through giant Jenga, darts, pinball, or air hockey while selecting your favorite songs on the jukebox. Only snacks are available here, so make sure you eat beforehand. While it is on the periphery of LGBT nightlife haven on Arenas Road, Tryst is neither gay nor straight; they have open arms for everyone over 21, and drinks are reasonably priced. The inside is smoke-free, but they do have an old fashioned cigarette machine for outdoor smoke breaks. You never know what local stars (think innovative chefs and crowd-favorite musicians) might end up here on any given night. There’s plenty of parking in back.

188 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760.832.6046; Facebook page.

Crazy Mel’s Burgers

This unassuming downtown joint slings bargain burgers and booze six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bar is a small half-horseshoe, but it’s still a great place to grab a beer and a nosh — the french fries are outstanding. It’s also got a laid-back, unadorned patio that’s great for day drinking and people-watching. No games to play, but they do have jello shots. Free parking is behind the Rowan complex, about a two-block walk.

166 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 760.656.7563; Facebook page.

Pete’s Hideaway

Located just down from the Sunset Center on the south end of Palm Springs, Pete’s isn’t as much of a dive bar as it is a local hangout. Family owned and operated, they have a healthy following of Coachella Valley residents who value good entertainment and decent food. During the cooler months they have entertainment every night, but understandably cut back during the summer.


Pete’s Hideaway has space for nightly entertainment.

Rat Pack (and Rat Pack–adjacent) celebrities grace the walls in photos and artist renderings. Weekdays, stop by anytime between 3 and 11 p.m.; weekends at Pete’s begin at 11 a.m. and end at midnight (Wednesdays also get the extended 12 p.m. close time). Lots of parking is available behind Allen’s Tires.

665 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, 760.322.6500;

Fireside Lounge

Current and former Chicagoans longing for the nearly endless stretch of Cicero bar hours, take note: This terrific dive bar keeps its doors open from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Between the friendly locals and games — think standards like pool and shuffleboard — a lot of fun is ready to be had. Given the hours, it’s also a haunt for entertainers and hospitality workers. Parking is only on the street, but the endless search for a spot you would experience downtown is rare here. Everyone is welcome to karaoke, and many of the valley’s best singers also participate. The bathrooms are not air-conditioned, so get in and get outta there during summer months.

696 S Oleander Rd, Palm Springs, 760.327.1700; Springs



Though it’s relatively new to the area, this barebones sports bar still has what you’re looking for in a dive — namely, friendly staff, pool, darts, and karaoke. They occasionally have live entertainment that tends to exceed the environment. Live music is a random bag, with past gigs ranging from Latin singers to rock ‘n’ roll, but you can count on a consistently nice pour.

68718 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City, 760.699.7090; Facebook page.


The Hood attracts a healthy lineup of musical acts, but it’s also a sit-down bar to hangout at.


The Hood

The Hood was named Best Dive Bar and Best Billiards 2018/2019 by CV Independent readers. They have pool, bingo, eats (housemade pizza!), and entertainment from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Prepare to get your drink on with a fun, energetic crowd.

74360 Highway 111, Palm Desert, 760.636.5220;

Red Barn

Red Barn was a runnerup in CV Independent’s 2018/2019 best dive bars, and looks like…well, a red barn, inside and out. They have a jukebox, two pool tables, shuffleboard, live entertainment, and outdoor seating. Patrons rave about the generous pours, as well. Doors open at 8 a.m. (yep, you read that right) and close at 2 a.m. daily.

73290 Highway 111, Palm Desert, 760.346.0191;

Desert Fox

The owner refers to his club as a sophisticated dive, and we whole-heartedly agree. It’s cozy; it’s eclectic; it’s perfectly decorated and often has entertainment. Suave bartenders (we said it’s sophisticated, didn’t we?) concoct modestly-priced cocktails from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

44750 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, 760.895.4385;


Neil’s Lounge

Also on the runnerup list for CV Independent’s best dive bars, Neil’s has karaoke every night, pool tables with tournaments, and friendly bartenders and patrons, as well as funky and fun aesthetics. It definitely has a sense of humor. It’s a big bar, so bring all your friends and take over the space to sing your hearts out. It’s open 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

80956 Highway 111, Indio, 760.347.1522; Facebook page.

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PGA West La Quinta Real Estate Update

During the past six months 95 homes and condos were sold within the PGA West community in La Quinta, an increase in sales volume of 7% versus the same six-month period in 2012.

Average PGA West Selling Price Up 11.2%

The average PGA West selling price of $589,907 is up 11.2% over the same period last year when the average price was at $523,558. Homes and condos sold during this recent six-month period ranged from $207,900 up to $1.997 million.

Today, there are 90 PGA West homes and 51 PGA West condos offered for sale ranging from $210,000 to $2.4 million. The average list price for a single family home is now at $969,000, while the average condo is now at $420,000.

Several buyer clients told me this month that they ‘blew it’ by not buying last year when prices were lower. OK, but what about this year? Prices are still lower that our previous market highs and every day my team and I are showing our buyer clients some very nice homes and luxury condos at what most people are still considering to be very attractive prices.

You’ll likely get about 11% less house for the same money this year than you would have in 2012, but what you get is not just a home or condo, this is really about investing in a lifestyle for your family and friends. Of course after enjoying our sunny 81ºF (27.2º C) weather today, I'm a little biased!

Our Featured Listings At PGA West

  • 54973 Tanglewood, La Quinta / 3 Bedrooms / 3 Baths / 1,621 Sq. Ft. / Offered At $340,000
  • 56965 Mountain View, La Quinta / 3 Bedrooms / 3.5 Baths / 2,501 Sq. Ft. / Offered At $685,000
  • 57101 Medinah, La Quinta / 4 Bedrooms & 5 Baths / 3,013 SQ. FT. / Offered At $889,000
  • 55387 Tanglewood, La Quinta / 2 Bedrooms & 3 Baths In 1,492 Sq. Ft. / Offered At $328,000
  • 55498 Firestone, La Quinta / 3 Bedrooms & 2 Baths / 1,529 Sq. Ft. / Offered at $239,000

PHOTO: The photo here was taken at our listing above at 56965 Mountain View just this week.

I Often Tell My Friends & Clients To Take A Hike!

The Palm Springs area enjoys ideal hiking weather through most of the winter. Palm Springs and surrounding the area feature an extensive trail system in and around the city and many outlying areas. Where else can you explore elevations ranging from 11,000 feet to below sea level?

Andreas Canyon In Palm Springs

Coupled with the readily accessible wild lands on local Indian reservations and a few nature preserves, the Palm Springs area offers much more than just golf, tennis, art, dinning and entertainment. The area just happens to offer some of the best ‘off-season’ hiking in California.

140 Great Hikes To Consider

Many of the best trails are described in book; 140 Great Hikes in and near Palm Springs by Philip Ferranti. With more than 140 hikes within a 60-mile radius of Palm Springs, you can choose from easy to difficult as you hike among canyons, palm oases, earthquake faults and mountain switch backs. The desert area also features scenic state and national parks such as Joshua Tree, many local preserves, and the popular Indian Canyons.

Note: Be prepared on all hikes and don't be one of those people that have to be rescued each month!

Photo Credit: Palm Springs Bureau Of Tourism

Considering A New Palm Springs Area Home? Check Out Stonefield Estates

Construction of La Quinta area new homes continues as our Palm Springs area real estate market continues to improve. Construction was started just last month at Stonefield Estates in La Quinta adjacent Southwestern Indio for three homes in phase-two.

These three semi-custom luxury homes have already been reserved with an estimated completion date of this coming August. A fourth home was just recently reserved leaving just two available homes in phase-two.

Stonefield Estates Showcase Model Home

If you haven't seen our showcase home at Stonefield Estates, why not come by this week and say hello. Model home hours are Thursday - Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM and by appointment. Here's a link to the Stonefield Estates website.

How To Make the Downsizing Process Stress-Free for Seniors

I recently received this email from Mike Longsdon at

Hi Sheri!

Recently, my wife's parents moved from Sacramento to San Diego to be closer to us. My father-in-law has had some health issues lately and my mother-in-law was struggling to keep up with him while also maintaining their home.

The first step, of course, was selling their old home. It was full of years of memories, but also a lot of junk. While my mother-in-law wanted to keep most of it, after some tough choices and a big yard sale, she has settled into their new San Diego condo with less stuff but more peace of mind.

Throughout the process, I've learned a lot about what goes into helping senior parents downsize. I'd love to share what I've learned on your blog.

I told him we'd be happy to share his information...

Stress-Free Downsizing for Seniors

Moving is physically draining at any age, but for seniors it can be even more challenging when the move involves downsizing into a smaller home. Many seniors have physical conditions such as limited mobility or brittle bones that could hinder the moving process. Particularly when downsizing, moving can be emotionaly taxing for older adults because they're having to leave a long-time home while also giving up treasured items. In order to ensure your loved one has a stress-free move, it is wise to plan ahead. Here's a great checklist that can help with the planning, and here are a few tips to help make their transition a smooth one.

Delegate a Moving Team

Due to the fragile nature of most older adults, it would be best to hire a moving company to help with the moving of furniture and boxes. Organizations like the National Association of Senior Move Managers specialize in helping older adults and their families with the physical and emotional process of downsizing into a new residence. Through the NASMM you will be assigned a Senior Move Manager who will help your loved one with their move from start to finish. The Senior Move manager will construct a customised floor plan for the new home so your senior will be able to visualize where their belongings will fit. They will also supervise the professional packing of the old residence and unpack and setup the new home so that it is turnkey ready. Any old or unwanted belongings will be arranged for profitable disposal through estate sales, consignment, or buyout. Making the decision to hire a Senior Move Manager truly takes all of the stress out of the moving process and provides a one-stop-shop solution.

Sort Through Items

The biggest issue seniors will face when downsizing is having to get rid of some of their stuff in order to live comfortably in their new, smaller home. What you see as stuff your loved one sees as a lifetime of memories. As you go room by room, avoid phrasing questions in a yes-no format, as it creates reluctance. For example, instead of asking what pots and pans your loved one would like to keep, simply say, "I've got your best frying pan, two cooking pots, and your large crockpot. Does that sound okay?" Although you aren't necessarily making the decision for them, you are easing them in the right direction by removing some of the pressure. Encourage them to keep their focus on the most-used items.

If there are items that are to be gifted to family members or friends, suggest that they go ahead and gift them. For items that your senior can't bare to part with despite not having room, take photos of the items that you are getting rid of to put in a memory scrapbook or use self-storage.

Pack the Essentials

To make sure the arrival at the new home goes smoothly, pack a bag with all of your senior's immediate needs such as clothes, medications, eyewear, and toiletries. Keep this bag in an easy-to-access place so they won't have any trouble finding what they need. Clutter and disfunction will only confuse your senior and make them more resistant so it is best to think ahead and have everything they need at their disposal. If they have any medical equipment or special supplies, work closely with the movers or family members to make sure everything is accessible and undamaged during the move.

Make the New Place Feel Like Home

The most important thing you can do in their new place of residence is to make it as comfortable and safe as possible. Recognition is very important when you are trying to help a senior embrace a new living environment so try to keep familiar pieces in their view. Decorate the walls with their favorite portraits and drape their favorite blanket over the arm of the couch. The more the new place looks like home, the easier the emotional transition will be for them.

Although you cannot predict everything that comes with the moving process, the best thing you can do is be prepared with help and have patience and compassion for your loved one. The downsizing process will be difficult for them. However, you can help make it less stressful and encourage them to look forward to what lies ahead!  

2012 J.D. Power Awards For Keller Williams Realty

Sheri Dettman & Associates is associated with Luxury Homes by Keller Williams International, part of Keller Williams Realty, the second largest real estate franchise operation in the United States.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study released on August 15th, Keller Williams Realty ranks highest in customer satisfaction in both the homebuyer and home seller segments. Keller Williams Realty achieved the highest scores in all measured factors across both segments, receiving the highest JD Power Circle Rating among its competitors overall.

The fifth annual J.D. Power and Associates study measures customer satisfaction with the largest national real estate companies within the homebuyer and seller segments. Scores are determined by examining three factors of the home-buying experience: agent/salesperson; office; and variety of additional services. For the home-selling segment, agent/salesperson; marketing; office; and variety of additional services are examined.

About Sheri Dettman & Associates

Sheri Dettman is the principle Realtor of Sheri Dettman & Associates, the #1 Realtor team affiliated with Keller Williams Luxury Homes International in the Palm Springs area real estate market.

Dining Around the Desert: Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel in San Francisco


Through The Lens Of Globally Inspired Chefs

Commons Club offers an elevated menu with a fresh, modern take on California cuisine. Bringing culinary delight to the downtown San Francisco restaurant landscape by combining unexpected ingredients with bold flavors and technique, Commons Club infuses a relaxed, yet elegant experience.


Michael, Adam, Jeanne and I started out with the Parker House Rolls, which were buttery, flakey and I could have eaten about a dozen of them, along with the Crudite which had a buttermilk, almond, dill sauce. Michael had an excellent Old Fashioned, and I had one of the house crafted cocktails named Tangerine Dream made with Absolut elyx, Aperol, tangerine juice, peppermint ginger, served up. Very tasty.

For our main dishes, we had Sonoma Duck ruby beet, broccoli rabe, guajillo, Schmitz Ranch N.Y. Strip potato puree, red wine, spring onion, Halibut English pea, black trumpet mushroom, miso, and Tortelloni wild mushroom, swiss chard. Everything was prepared beautifully, the service was top-notch, and it was a fun atmosphere.

Due to the fact that they have a DJ playing house music at the entrance, which spills over into the dining room, it’s not the place for quiet conversation. Aside from our group of four, that didn’t seem to be an issue with everyone else who was there as it was more of a club vibe.

They also have a rooftop bar and on our way out, we went up to see it. Packed at that time of night, but I would imagine earlier in the evening for cocktails, it would be nice.

Read more about Virgin Hotels here


Everyone Rooftop Bar

Ground Floor at Virgin Hotels
250 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103




Daytime Menu: 7am-10:30am
Daytime Menu: 11:30am-2pm
Bar Menu: 2pm-10pm
Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10pm
Fri-Sat Dinner Menu: 5:30pm-10:30pm


Palm Springs Area Hotel and Resort Recommendations

La Quinta Hotels & Resorts
Embassy Suites Hotel and Spa
Newer property close to Old Town La Quinta

Homewood Suites by Hilton
Highly recommend by Sheri's clients, this newer property is central to La Quinta, Indian Wells, Palm Desert and Indio and is reported to be a good value.

Chateau At Lake La Quinta
Botique hotel with unique rooms overlooking the lake. Meals by the water and more.

La Quinta Resort And Club
Quaint historical resort property dating back to the 1920's

Legacy Villas
2 & 3 bedroom condos and town homes next to La Quinta Resort. Daily and weekly rentals.
Contact Sheri for referal to our rental specialists.

Indian Wells Hotels & Resorts
Sands Hotel & Spa - Small, hip hotel next to The Nest.

Miramonte Resort & Spa - Smaller, more intimate then the Hyatt & Esmeralda Resorts - Highly rated.

Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa - Large resort property w/golf, tennis, spa and more.

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa - Next door to the Hyatt.

Rancho Mirage Hotels & Resorts
Agua Calinete Casino - Resort & Spa - New resort tower and The Show Theater.

Rancho Las Palmos Resort & Spa - Lot's of families & kids. Walk to The River Shopping/Theaters/Dining.

The Ritz-Carlton Resort - Luxury resort recently opened high a hill overlooking the Coachella Valley.

Westin Mission Hills - Part of the Mission Hills Country Club development with public and private golf.

Palm Desert Hotels & Resorts
Hotel Paseo - Boutique hotel in the heart of Palm Desert.

JW Marriot Desert Springs Resort & Spa - Take a boat ride to dinner - Mega pool area

Homewood Suites by Hilton - Highly rated newer property. Reasonably priced.

Palm Springs Hotels & Resorts
The Rowan Palm Springs - a Kimpton hotel with roof top pool and bar.

Parker - Mod, quirky, with good restaurants.

Saguaro - Colorful, hip hotel.

Ace Hotel & Swim Club - mid-century desert modern, former Westward Ho.

Desert Riviera Garden Resort - Newly renovated and highly rated with adjacent casino.

Hotel Zoso - Was a Hard Rock for a minute and now back to Zoso. Funky.

Korakia Pensione - Unique Mediterranean-style pensione.

Avalon - Boutique resort property

Indio Hotels & Resorts
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino - Casino, concerts, bowling, dining and more on the other side of the 10 freeway (the wind belt).

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