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Palm Springs Gay Bars

The gay bars in Palm Springs are cool, modern, and open, reflecting the culture of the city as a whole. While most tourists here are focused on the sun and daytime fun, there's a thriving nightlife scene to enjoy as well if that's more your thing. In true Palm Springs spirit, there's a place for everyone, whether you're looking for a quick drink, a lively dance floor, a camp and sassy drag show, or even a holiday hook up. Gay venues can be found anywhere in the city, but most are concentrated in the unofficial LGBTQ+ area of Arenas Road.

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Blackbook

Gay Friendly, Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

Located on Arenas Road, in the heart of the city's gay scene, Blackbook attracts a mostly queer crowd. The kitchen serves up all your favourite comfort foods, from loaded nachos to classic wings, sandwiches, and burgers. The bar also boasts an impressive drinks menu, including original cocktails, a huge range of beers, and the largest selection of whiskey in Palm Springs. Blackbook is the perfect chilled hangout spot, complete without outdoor seating.
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Chill Bar

Dancing

At Chill Bar, two distinct spaces offer different atmospheres and entertainment options to suit any occasion. With beautiful views of the mountains and the famous Arenas Strip, the front bar is perfect for relaxing with friends and a more casual drink. Meanwhile in the back bar, renowned DJs and performers keep the party going, and lively crowds can enjoy the largest dance floor in the city, plus state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems.
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Dick's on Arenas

Bear, Older Crowd, Fetish, Cruising

Dick's on Arenas, formerly Eagle 501, is the only place in Palm Springs that's focussed on the leather and levi crowd. The bar serves up strong drinks, helping conversation get going and helping you meet the bears of the community who are looking for a hookup. This bright but classic space mixes the old with the new, welcoming everyone in. Staff strive to make you feel comfortable so you can be yourself and just have grown-up some fun!
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Hunters Palm Springs

Cocktails, Dancing

Hunters is a long-running gay club that's popular with a mostly male crowd. It's a stylish space where DJs provide your favourite music and there are regular drinks specials to keep you going as well as a daily happy hour. Cocktails are affordable and great quality so you can relax with new friends and truly enjoy your night in this unique and open space.
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One Eleven Bar

Gay Friendly, Outdoor Seating

This welcoming cocktail lounge in Cathedral City has a warm and relaxed atmosphere, catering perfectly to the LGBTQ+ community. Professional yet friendly staff sees make sure you enjoy your time at One Eleven, happy to serve a glass of wine or a speciality cocktail. You can unwind with drinks and friends outside on the patio or head inside to join with karaoke, and even enjoy live entertainment throughout the week.
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QUADZ

Lesbian, Cocktails

QUADZ is an energetic Palm Springs gay bar, showcasing all your favourite music videos every night. The bar is known for its inviting atmosphere, attracting a diverse crowd of people from across the LGBTQ+ community. Equally friendly staff make sure you feel at home so you can enjoy all the events going on. There are regular themed nights, plenty of karaoke, and campy show tunes for you to sing along to. All this is powered by an extensive cocktail menu!
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RetroRoom Lounge

Cocktails, Karaoke

RetroRoom's intimate atmosphere is slightly old-school but popular with a mixed crowd. If you want to escape the crowds of Palm Canyon or Arenas, you can come relax here and enjoy a handcrafted quality cocktail along with lounge style entertainment. Daily happy hours, regular karaoke, and 70's and 80's dance music nights keep people coming back. Due to Covid-19, RetroRoom has temporarily rebranded as an art bar, selling work by local artists.
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Streetbar

Cocktails, Outdoor Seating

Streetbar is known as one of friendliest gay bars in the city. Anyone can be a performer here, or simply sit back and enjoy quality entertainment paired with all the classic cocktails. There's always a show going on, plus regular karaoke so anyone can join in and make the most of the lively atmosphere. This where everyone gathers and gets involved in the Palm Springs gay scene, and the city's friendliest bartenders will make sure you enjoy yourself.
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The Roost Lounge

Drag, Go-Go's, Karaoke

Cathedral City's newest gay bar and video lounge already has a loyal crowd of friendly people. Patrons and staff will welcome anyone in to enjoy a strong drink or two and meet like-minded people, as this is a space designed to be a favourite community bar. The Roost Lounge gives back to the community, hosting events almost every night of the week to bring people together. From karaoke to charity fundraisers, there's always something to take part in.
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Tool Shed

Bear, Older Crowd, Fetish, Cruising

Tool Shed is a leather and levi bar that's a lot more rustic than the modern gay bars on the scene. It's down to earth with equally unpretentious patrons, and a solid option for slightly older butch gays and their admirers to hang out. Chat up guys at the bar, or sit back and enjoy DJs, go-go dancers, weekly bingo, and a friendly atmosphere. Take advantage of a daily happy hour with an exceptionally cruisey crowd.
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Toucans Tiki Lounge

Dancing, Drag

This quirky and attitude free space hosts the city's longest continuously running drag show, as well as weekly themed nights and the Toucans Live on Stage event. Themes range from Latin Fever Monday to Neon Thursday, and you'll find some amazing talent in cabaret and performance taking the stage. Toucans' lively atmosphere saw it voted "The Desert's Number One Gay Bar", and for decades it's been a favourite hangout for cocktail-loving locals and tourists looking for world class drag.

Recommended gay friendly hotels in Palm Springs

There are so many places to stay in Palm Springs, and at GayMapper, we want to make sure you get great value and a good experience, so check our recommendations below for Gay Friendly hotels. As an LGBTQ+ traveller, it's important to stay somewhere welcoming, with great value and maybe near to gay venues. Treat yourself to a luxury hotel or stay budget and spend what you save on partying! Please support GayMapper by checking out our hotel deals in Palm Springs, California as this helps us to keep the site updated with all this useful information!

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