Raising the Bar! (Nightly!)

It's the heat of summer, but there's no shortage of daily bar events for visitors and locals alike to enjoy, from drag shows, to Happy Hours,  Check out two key areas of Gay Desert Guide, including our Happy Hour Finder, as well as our Events section where you may search for categories such as Bars & Nightlife!  You have no excuse to for staying at home.  Enjoy someone else's air conditioning!  Here are just a couple of examples:

Happy Hour at Chill Bar sounds like a delicious call to come in and cool off during the Coachella Valley’s long, hot summer. Happy Hour is all day Mondays and from 10 AM to 7 PM Tuesday through Sunday where we’ve got daily call vodka specials and Chill Draft for $2. Chill Bar is located at 217 E. Arenas Road.

Happy Hour is better with friends, so bring them along to check out the newest bar and restaurant on Arenas Road – Blackbook!  The food rocks and the drinks are hand crafted from a great crew of bartenders who know their stuff!  Try the nachos and you'll come back time and time again!  Drink specials?  Just ask or look for the sign outside.  Great patio (when the temps cool again!)

2nd Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage Underway

The Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association, the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rancho Mirage have teamed up once again to kick off the 2nd Annual Taste of Summer Rancho Mirage, an event whereby participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts have created cool summer specials.  There are three installments are now through July16, August 11 – 20, and September 8 – 17.

With the purchase of a $10 Taste of Summer wristband, patrons will be able to enjoy $4.00 offers at participating Rancho Mirage restaurants and resorts during the promotion.  Wristbands may be purchased at any of the local charities lor at the Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce.  Get More Details

Get Tested Coachella Valley an Enormous Success!

(Pictured: Susan Unger, Get Tested Coachella Valley Project Director and David Brinkman, Desert AIDS Project CEO, with Senator Barbara Boxer) In 2014, a coalition of community partners under the leadership of Desert AIDS Project launched Get Tested Coachella Valley, a three-year, $5 million public health initiative to dramatically reduce the spread of HIV by: making voluntary HIV testing standard and routine medical practice; making HIV testing and care available to everyone – including those who don’t see healthcare providers on a regular basis; addressing fear, judgment and stigma by educating individuals, whether HIV-negative or –positive, to protect their own health and prevent others from being infected.

Get Tested Coachella Valley community partners include: The Riverside County Department of Public Health; our region’s major hospitals; leading physicians and  clinics; community and faith based organizations; elected officials and local governments; educational institutions; businesses; foundations; and caring individuals.

On June 27th – National HIV Testing Day – they recapped our progress and laid the foundation for our continuing efforts in 2017 and beyond – as seen above in LIVE COVERAGE from Nicholas Snow and #PromoHomoTV.  For more information about local HIV testing opportunities, visit this link.

Beat the Heat at Official Cooling Centers!

As temperatures heat up in the Coachella Valley, the City of Palm Springs would like to alert residents that the LGBT Community is now the sixth cooling center available for anyone in Palm Springs looking to beat the heat. 
Here is the full list of convenient cooling center locations: 

  • Demuth Community Center, 3601 E. Mesquite Avenue  Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • LGBT Community Center, 1301 N. Palm Canyon Drive Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. 
  • Palm Springs Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Road   Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise Way   Monday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  • Welwood Murray Memorial Public Library, 100 S. Palm Canyon Drive  Daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
  • James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 Tramview Road,   Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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July in the Coachella Valley

June has proven to start the summer of our discontent with above average temperatures.  Whoever said, “Summertime and the living is easy!” didn’t live in the desert.   July is upon us and there’s no shortage of things to do this month in #ILoveGayPalmSprings.  Our online events calendar and weekly email newsletter will keep you updated, but here’s a preview.


Mid-Summer Dance Party Tickets on Sale

This year, Chill Bar and GayDesertGuide.com are joining forces to produce and host the Mid-Summer Dance Party.  The event is set for Saturday, July 29th starting at 8 PM. The beneficiaries are Desert AIDS Project and PAWS (Pets are Wonderful Support).  They're bringing back the "I Love the 80s" theme that packed the house last year.  Tix on sale now here, and RSVP at the official Facebook event page here.  We'll see you on the dance floor!

Hot Deals!

Locals and visitors alike are crazy about Pinocchio in the Desert, 134 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, and its Sunday Brunch menu. The infamous bottomless glass of bubbly is as enticing as the 40% discount, which means a $25 meal goes for $15. Come see what all the fuss is about.
At Appetito, you can enjoy classic Italian-American cuisine for 40% off. And Appetito, at 1700 S. Camino Real in Palm Springs, has all the traditional dishes to choose from. Of course, that includes pasta and risotto plus new twists such as kale caesar and prosciutto with blueberry, goat cheese and thyme pizzettes. Try $25 worth of any of this and pay just $15
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Summer Splash Deals!

Find Hotel and Clothing Optional Resort Deals and other specials through September 15th on our special Palm Springs Summer Splash page.  Get the deals when you CLICK HERE.  Tell them GayDesertGuide.com sent you!

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