A Palm Springs Bachelor Party City Guide to Plan Your Weekend

Host your guys' getaway in Coachella country.
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Allyson Johnson
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Allyson Johnson
Wedding Planning Contributor
  • Allyson writes articles for The Knot specializing in registries, wedding planning, and travel.
  • She’s written articles on such topics as best bachelorette and bachelor party destinations, top bridal shower games, and registry gifts.
  • Allyson has also written for WeddingWire, Brides.com, Brit + Co., and Bustle.
Updated Jun 23, 2021
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Palm Springs may be best known as the host of Coachella, but this desert town with a unique Hollywood history has a lot to offer even when it's not festival season. Take the crew on a Palm Springs bachelor party for a warm weather retreat that offers golf, a fantastic bar scene, and plenty of ways to enjoy the great outdoors.

What Are Some Palm Springs Bachelor Party Ideas?

A Palm Springs bachelor party weekend is the perfect getaway for the groom and guys looking to spend a lot of time outside. Whether it's exploring nearby National Parks, golfing, hiking, mountain biking, or offroading. Plus, there are casinos, fantastic restaurants, and an eccentric bar scene. (Whatever you decide to do, don't forget to thank the crew for coming with gifts from The Knot Shop).

For the Golfers

There are plenty of links to choose from throughout Palm Springs—more than 100 renowned courses to be exact. And with more than 300 days of sunshine a year here, you won't find a bad time to hit a few on your trip.

For the Adventure Seekers

Whether it's a mountain bike tour through Palm Desert, an ATV experience in nearby Joshua Tree National Park, or flying over it all in a biplane, there are plenty of ways to boost your adrenaline throughout the desert landscape.

For the Nightlife Lovers

Pick your poison: Game night at one of three casinos in the area, or checking out Palm Springs' many bars, which run the gamut from laid back breweries to retro-themed nightclubs.

What Do You Do at a Bachelor Party in Palm Springs?

Follow our three day itinerary for the ultimate bachelor party in Palm Springs that includes plenty of time enjoying the sunshine—and nights to remember.

Day 1

Morning: Check in to your hotel or house for the weekend. Then head off to Elmer's for your first breakfast in the desert. Here you'll find breakfast staples from crepes and waffles to French toast and pancakes, as well as omelettes, benedicts, and skillets.

Afternoon: Today is all about getting to know Palm Springs, and there's no better way to take in the Coachella Valley than from the top of San Jacinto Peak. Grab what you need for a backpack lunch from On the Mark then head to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which takes you to the peak's summit. We hope no one on your trip is afraid of heights, because the views from the tram, which rotates as you rise, are unbeatable. If you'd rather take on something more rugged, rent mountain bikes from Palm Desert Bike and Moped, then hit the Bump n' Grind trail, a 3.5-mile out and back loop through the desert that offers great scenery, thrills, and is meant for first timers to intermediate mountain bikers.

Evening: Kick off the weekend, officially, at Bootlegger Tiki's happy hour. This Palm Spring mainstay offers, what else, tiki cocktails, including a sharable punch bowl. Then make your way to Sandfish Sushi and Whiskey where you'll find fantastic rolls paired with whisky-based cocktails. About a 5 minute drive down the road you'll find Hair of the Dog, a great pub-style spot for good drinks and catching a game if there's one on TV.

Day 2

Morning: Brunch today is at Cheeky's, known for its quirky take on comfort food. Don't miss out on the bacon flight (a sampling of 5 different flavored bacons) as well as top notch brunch cocktails, including a deliciously spicy bloody Mary.

Afternoon: It's tee time. Today is all about golf. Play 18 holes at your choice of courses around Palm Springs. Desert Willow Golf Course offers two courses, including the Firecliff Course which has been voted #1 by Desert Golf Magazine three years in a row. Escena Golf Club offers stunning panoramic views of the desert, a championship course, and a fantastic lounge and grill for lunch of post-game drinks. Or play the Pete Dye course at the Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa, a world class course set on a beautiful 360-acre property.

Evening: Tonight, head to dinner at Rooster and the Pig, a tasty Vietnamese-American spot with coconut black mussels, lump crab rice paper rolls, pork belly fried rice, and five spice chicken on the menu—oh and don't forget the restaurant's craft beers. From there, make your way to The Tropicale for its Copa nightclub, which offers retro vibes with a great nightlife scene. Or make tonight game night at Agua Caliente Casinos.

Day 3

Morning: Fuel up this morning at Grand Central Palm Springs in the heart of downtown. This casual spot offers California-style cuisine, including a fried chicken, avocado, and bacon sandwich, lobster benedict, breakfast burritos, orange ricotta pancakes, and banana stuffed French toast. Don't skip the brunch cocktails, either, like the mimosa flight or the ginger snapple (Titos, pineapple juice, lime, and ginger beer).

Afternoon: This afternoon, pick your adrenaline rush. Take to the skies in a biplane on the Coachella Coaster 30 minute ride that is full of thrills. If you'd rather get elevated in a different way, try your hand at scaling with a course at the Joshua Tree Rock Climbing School. Or if you want to stay closer to the ground, book a rugged backcountry jeep tour through Joshua Tree National Park, where you'll offroad through the Little San Bernardino Mountains and the Mojave Desert.

Evening: If you haven't had enough of a work out, consider a happy hour on a bike through Social Cycle. On this man-powered ride, you'll pedal your way through downtown Palm Springs and stop at a collection of top-rated bars. Then it's on to dinner at Birba, a great spot for farm-to-table fare, and out of this world wood-fired pizzas. To end the weekend, make your way to Moxie's rooftop bar, where you'll craft cocktails and beer, live music, and a chill environment with good views.

Where Should I Stay in Palm Springs for a Bachelor Party?

There are plenty of options for places to stay in Palm Springs, and no matter where you are you'll have to rely on cabs and ubers here and there. Downtown is good if you want to be within walking distance to some bars and restaurants. But if your aim is desert views, resort-style pools, or being by the golf course, staying outside of the city center isn't a bad alternative.

Best Palm Springs Bachelor Party Hotels

  • The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is outside of Palm Springs in Rancho Mirage, but it's worth the extra distance for a luxe resort property that offers a world-class golf course, three pools, and onsite dining options.
  • The Hilton Palm Springs is a great option for tighter budgets without skimping on amenities or room quality. The hotel offers modern rooms, a fantastic pool scene, and a great location close to many bars and restaurants downtown.
  • For mid-range budgets, consider The Rowan Palm Springs, which puts you downtown for great walkability, plus includes nice rooms and a good sized pool.

Best Palm Springs Bachelor Party Home Rentals

  • This Mid-Century Charmer is great for groups of 8 or less. Within a reasonable price range, the home offers three bedrooms, a private pool, and mountain views.
  • If you want to be closer to downtown, consider the San Jacinto Cottage, a historic four bedroom home with a large pool within a five minute walk of downtown.
  • Large groups will enjoy the space of this 12 Guest Home with views of both downtown and the desert mountains. The home has six bedrooms that actually sleep up to 14, a pool and hot tub, easy access to hiking and biking trails, and nearly 2,000 square feet of outdoor space.
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