Fun Under the Stars: Palm Springs and Indian Wells Nightlife
It’s pretty much a given that the first thing that comes to mind when contemplating the Coachella Valley is the sun. This is the desert, after all! People travel here from around the world to decompress and chill out in the year-round warmth of the arid, cloudless surroundings. Alas, night eventually must come, and our favorite yellow star must go to bed at some point. But it would be a mistake to believe that the allure of Palm Springs and Indian Wells ends after dusk. Once the sun has ended its day, there are still plenty of ways visitors seeking a little fun can play!
After a busy afternoon of hiking or shopping or sightseeing, it’s time to phase over to the evening’s embracing aura of cool after-hours activities. Some of the diversions may seem familiar – which is perfectly fine. But some activities are particular to the area, built around the very special vibe that makes these desert cities so attractive in the first place. It doesn’t matter if you want to dress up or just show up in your flip-flops; there’s fun to be had under the stars here. Let’s see what strutting out for a night on the town might look like here in our neck of the desert.
Living for the Victuals
The secret has long been out on the Palm Springs and Indian Wells foodie scene. A mouth-watering blend of old and new cooking makes a perfect start to an evening out in the Desert Cities. And there are plenty of directions to take. The local Mexican fare boasts of generations’ worth of tradition, with some of the more popular taquerias inspiring a burgeoning clientele. More recently, celebrity chefs have set up shop to offer up superior sushi, incredible Italian and much more. You can go for fine dining or a quick, casual bite. But either way, fueling up for the big night out is a must!
Ready to Boogie?
Oh yes, folks, there is quite the dance scene out here in the desert. Nightclubs are all happy to offer up fine libations as different types of audiences sweat it out on the dance floor. Late-night dance parties in hotels, at a proper club or perhaps at some outdoor festival, can rave into the wee hours of the morning. And the huge live music scene to be found out here is hardly a secret! How about busting out your own pipes? There are karaoke bars galore, just waiting for you to belt out your inner stage performer in front of friends and brand-new fans. If music is your life and you just gotta move to the groove, Palm Springs and Indian Wells can and will oblige.
Trying Your Luck
They stay what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But it’s not like there aren’t a fair number of casinos in the Palm Springs/Indian Wells area, either. Excitement abounds as you take on the craps tables, match wits with the blackjack dealers, pull slot machine arms or take a spin on any number of roulette wheels. Naturally, all of these gaming establishments have plenty of entertainment and hospitality options on hand as well. Top-notch dining, musical shows, comedy acts – they have all the trappings of a first-rate gambling adventure. Win or lose, you can bet you’ll have a good time. Expect to add some casino excitement to your nights in the desert. And who knows? You might just leave with more than you came in with!
So you think that taking a dip in a refreshing pool is only a daytime thing in the Desert Cities? Well, you’d be wrong! A number of nighttime pool venues allow you to either submerge beneath the water or just chill out poolside. Some will be rocking out to loud DJ music and some vigorous dancing. Others will present live music in just about any genre imaginable. And expect to be served signature cocktails and tasty desserts, sometimes beside warm fire pits under the midnight skies, at any of these wet wonders. Live music, comedy – there are even arts and crafts events running well into the evening hours, all with a nice splash of blue! There may be no better way to encapsulate the fun nightlife experience in Desert Springs and Indian Wells than a little PM poo