For nearly a century, Palm Springs has served as a glamorous escape for desert dreamers and the Hollywood elite. And there’s no better place to play starlet-on-her-holiday than on a rooftop lounge with a cocktail in hand. Thanks to a recent revival, downtown Palm Springs boasts a handful of high-up spots where its trendiest visitors love to lounge. Whether you’re in the mood for dinner with a view, poolside drinks, or a full-on party, Palm Springs has the perfect rooftop spot for you.
In November 2017, the Kimpton Rowan Hotel Palm Springs opened its swanky doors to become the tallest building within city limits. Head all the way to the top of this mid-century modern structure to enjoy the only rooftop pool in all of Palm Springs at High Bar. Enjoy views of vibrant palm trees, framed by the hazy San Jacinto mountains as you sip your piña colada and dangle your feet in turquoise water.
Kimpton’s roof also plays host to the desert city’s highest restaurant, 4 Saints. Executive chef Stephen Wambach, who previously led the kitchen at Chicago’s Four Seasons, blends French technique with local ingredients and whimsical flair. The ever-changing menu features dishes like artichoke salad with miso dressing and shaved black truffle. Enjoy exceptional cuisine as you gaze out onto a desert panorama.
For an equally delicious (and exceptionally photo-friendly) adventure, head to Sugar High at Azucar Restaurant & Bar. Enjoy Mediterranean fare surrounded by iron chandeliers and colorful portraits of Frida Kahlo before stargazing from the rooftop lounge. A tiled fireplace and sheepskin throws ward off the post-sundown chill, as does the Spicy Melon cocktail, made with mulled jalapeño, watermelon, and mezcal.
Wherever you start the evening, end the night at Moxie, where letting it all hang loose is practically a requirement. Every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, the laid-back bar turns into a full-fledged dance party with a DJ spinning until 2 a.m. Fuel your moves with cold beer and fried pickles served all night.