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Palm Springs Bar Crawl - Ideas?
telescopes
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Posted: 2012-04-22 8:27 pm   Permalink

Hopefully, the title will change with a date and time for such an event. As everyone is away, Palm Springs has a long history of being way cool. In a few weeks, Tiki will be celebrated all weekend long. However, modern times for PS hasn't blest its citizens with really great places that serve really great well-made drinks, historical or not.

That being said, I know there has been interest in putting together a Palm Springs Bar Crawl, focused on its history and some of its cool factor.

My question as I think about this is, first, what places would you feel need to be included on such a crawl and secondly, why. I look forward to hearing your responses as this topic unfolds.

My first suggestions are

1. Melvins - A true rat pack hangout,
2. Lord Fletchers - Another historical place with a blowout English pub and barkeep.


 
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Bora Boris
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Posted: 2012-04-22 8:52 pm   Permalink

3. Shanghai Reds? um... Nice name, it's got to be better than the one in the marina. Nice font too.

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-04-22 10:15 pm   Permalink

4. Lyons
5. Toucans
6. Bar at the hipster hotel that Rory works at (forgot the name)
7. Private Tiki party at the "Diamonds Are Forever" Elrod House. (Set it up Douglas !! )


 
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telescopes
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Posted: 2012-04-23 09:32 am   Permalink

John and everyone...

Glad to see you noticed the thread.

What I am looking at are Bars with history - as well as bars with great drinks. Unfortunately, this won't be a tiki themed extravaganza. However, There are some great glamorous places with great (non vodka) drinks being made.

Two that come to mind are Treo and Tropicale. These two places still care about quality drinks.

Lyons - I can't vouch for the drinks and the atmosphere isn't as over the top as Lord Fletchers. My pick would be Fletchers. It was featured on Anthony Bourdain's program and for good reason.

If I had to pick, my top three choices would be

Melvins - Quality drinks at an authentic rat pack establishment.
The Riveria - The whole wow appeal and glamour thing is still going on.
Lord Fletchers - This is your father's prime rib English pub and has to be seen to be appreciated,

As add ons,

Treo and, or Tropicale - These places still care deeply about quality drinks and have an atmosphere that says Palm Springs is still cool.

And for good measure, sure, Toucans -a serious gay bar that welcomes straight people. And, it is somewhat tiki.

When I think about the typical John-O bar crawl, the historic vibe and a mix of modern cool need to run through the trip.


 
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Jason Wickedly
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Posted: 2012-04-23 10:23 am   Permalink

The Parker Hotel has a couple of cool bars, plus the whole place kind of has a weird Mid-century meets pop art kind of vibe.

http://www.theparkerpalmsprings.com/


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telescopes
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Posted: 2012-04-23 10:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-04-23 10:23, Jason Wickedly wrote:
The Parker Hotel has a couple of cool bars, plus the whole place kind of has a weird Mid-century meets pop art kind of vibe.

http://www.theparkerpalmsprings.com/




O' ya. Forgot about this one. I think I'll stop by tonight and see what the vibe is like.


 
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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2012-04-23 12:44 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-04-23 09:32, telescopes wrote:

Lyons - I can't vouch for the drinks and the atmosphere isn't as over the top as Lord Fletchers.

My pick would be Fletchers.


But Lord Fletchers doesn't have the mid-century pedigree, it opened in the Disco late 1970's.

Lyons has been in business since 1938 !!

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congawa
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Posted: 2012-04-23 2:25 pm   Permalink

Telescopes --

I can vouch for the drinks at Lyon's -- I've had great Manhattans, and other old-school drinks there a number of times (with large sidecars). (And the excellent food, though probably not part of the bar crawl.) And the fact that their clientele is definitely old-time Palm Springs. And the great old school piano lounge guy on weekends. And that on a lot of Saturday nights, Marvin "Mr. Electric" Roy (as seen on Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, etc. back in the 60s and 70s) does card tricks at the table (at least for a limited time--he's 86 or 87). The interior has had some makeovers (though hard to complain about a giant Winston Churchill in stained glass), but still has the vibe to be a worthy stop on a crawl.

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scombsmatta
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Posted: 2012-04-23 3:52 pm   Permalink

Ditto with Telescopes, Melvyns (1925) The Riviera, The Parker, Elrod House would be a dream...now if we are thinking spy theme, we could do the Aerial Tramway to the top and pretend we are in Rio and have some people stand in as James and Jaws (MOONRAKER).....any volunteers?

Also Pinocchios...I'm reaching I know..they have tropical umbrellas...we could bring a special Tiki nose for the Pinocchio!

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WooHooWahine
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Posted: 2012-04-23 4:30 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2012-04-23 09:32, telescopes wrote:

The Riveria - The whole wow appeal and glamour thing is still going on.




WooHoo for The Riveria!!! Very Swanky Place to go for a Cocktail


 
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Posted: 2012-04-23 7:00 pm   Permalink

The martinis at Lyon's are pretty good - and the entertainment and atmosphere are great.
This sounds like a lot of fun, please count us in.
teresa & tim


 
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mmoderntiki
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Posted: 2012-04-23 9:56 pm   Permalink

"The Purple Room" at Club Trinidad is historic (albeit a dive) but should be on any historic bar crawl (many of the Rat Pack allegedly performed and ate Spagetti there. Birba is a cool newer place (so not much history) and is a short walk from Trio (located next to SHAG the store with both in the same historic Albert Frey designed building). I'll even open up SHAG the store for a private crawler gathering and Complimentary Special Cocktail!

"The Purple Palm" in the Colony Palms Hotel is historic. This hotel was once partially owned by boxer Jack Dempsy. It was originally named Colonial House in 1936 by owner Al wertheimer (a reputed gangster with his Purple Gang) and it served as an underground gambling house and Brothel. It was later purchased by Robert Howard (owner of race horse Seabiscuit - of the movie fame) after World War II and renamed Howard Manor. This is also walking distance from Birba and Trio.

Copley's, mostly a restaurant, but with a decent bar, was Cary Grants guest house back in the 40's and has excellent food too. It's also in walking distance of the other places mentioned.

My friend Rory (aka "Wildsville Man") occasionally bar tends at Saguaro Hotel. This new place which was formerly a Holiday Inn has been around for decades too and is really cool. They're other hotel, The Ace, is also a lot of fun in their "Amigo Room" and this was originally a Howard Johnsons Hotel in 1965 with the restaurant "Kings Highway" formerly a Denny's.

Lyon's English Grille was, and still is, owned by The Lyons family and opened in 1938! The old man still lives down the street from us.

The Parker was first a Holiday Inn and then purchased by cowboy Gene Autry in 1963 and later renamed The Gene Autry Hotel. It was later sold and became "Givenchy" (the well known brand of Hubert de Givenchy) and was later sold to Merv Griffin and renamed "The Merv Griffin Givenchy" (horrible sounding name). It was then purchased by the Parker Meridian hotel group and redone almost entirely to a very good "Hollywood Regency" type decor by famed designer (and pottery guy) "Jonathan Adler" with the name later being shortened to The Parker.

That should be a good start! Also, mention Jay and MiShell sent you to The Tropicale and you'll be treated especially well (we eat there often and the owners are friends & SHAG fans).


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telescopes
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Posted: 2012-04-23 10:14 pm   Permalink

Now we are talking.

I can vouch for the Amigo Room at King's Highway. A true John-O dive bar that makes excellent drinks. By the way, the Parker is way mid-century cool and worth it.

I do like Lyon's quite a bit and it would probably work out as a great place to have dinner as well, plus it keeps us in Palm Springs proper.

Please, keep these great ideas coming.


 
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Posted: 2012-04-23 10:29 pm   Permalink

I cleaned up the text and added some additional history to my previous post a couple back!
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Posted: 2012-04-24 03:43 am   Permalink



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