Palm Springs is famous for its mid-century modern architecture and tranquil poolside vibe, but it’s also making a name for itself in the artisanal whisky market, with local bars stepping up to serve international and regional varieties. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most popular places to sample whisky in Palm Springs, California.
Bar – Photo Credit: 10best.com
Like the no-frills name implies, Bar is about mixing drinks in a simple, classic style that lets their premium ingredients and house-made mixers shine through. With over fifty different varieties of whisky on display, this downtown hotspot is sure to have a blend to suit you. If you’re in the mood for a whisky cocktail, try the tangy Penicillin, with blended Scotch, lemon, honey, and ginger; or the smoky Molly’s Kick with peated scotch, almond, and lemon.
Eureka – Photo Credit: Eurekarestaurantgroup.com
Devoted to the “Renaissance of American craft brewing and small batch distillation,” Eureka carries a selection of rare, innovative, and ultra-premium craft whisky from the best distillers in the nation. Eureka also specializes in that All-American classic, the hamburger – but with toppings like bone marrow porcini butter and fig marmalade, Eureka’s burgers are definitely not run of the mill.
Workshop Kitchen + Bar
Workshop Kitchen + Bar – Photo Credit: Zippermowers.co
If you’re in Palm Springs to look at some of the historic architecture on display, Workshop is for you! This industrial chic gem is housed in a renovated 90-year-old movie theatre – and their stunning presentations make every plate a work of art. Most of the ingredients in their food and cocktails are sourced from farms located within an hour’s drive of Palm Springs.
Jake’s Palm Springs
Jake’s Palm Springs – Photo Credit: Travelchannel.com
This patio restaurant is famous for its fresh seafood and tasty salads, but you’ll also find a delectable menu of original whisky cocktails. Look for the Black Cherry Manhattan and the Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour with house-made sour mix.
Trio – Photo Credit: Bringfido.com
Located in an historic mid-century building in Palm Springs’ Uptown Arts District, Trio is locally famous for California contemporary cuisine. Their colorful, airy dining area doubles as a gallery for an amazing collection of paintings. They also carry an impressive collection of rye, bourbon, and scotch – and their Uptown Lemonade, with Templeton rye whisky, honey simple syrup and ginger liqueur, is the perfect quencher after a busy afternoon of antiquing!
Straight, on the rocks, or stirred into a creative cocktail, Palm Springs offers a wealth of options for the discerning whisky drinker. Be sure to stop in at one of these memorable Palm Springs bars on your next trip!
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