Those secret rendezvous in Rancho Mirage are officially a thing of the past. With a sleek, sexy, sophisticated new cocktail lounge just steps away from the gaming floor at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, and Spa, you can now come out and be proud to be seen at the latest hotspot no matter who you’re with. And, not coincidentally, it’s called Rendezvous.
Making its debut in November, Rendezvous already has quite the following. I fell upon it the week after its opening when a client suggested we have a celebratory drink following our final design consultation. Arriving at cocktail hour, we tucked ourselves into a comfy swirling banquette in the center of the lounge and promptly ordered drinks. Our server explained that their libation specials that day were from the “Skinny and Sexy” list, with all weighing in at a figure-enhancing 200 calories. Lo-cal Margaritas, Long Island Ice Teas, and Mojitos piqued our interest, so we ordered away, and never missed a single calorie. But as tasty as the cocktails were, all we could concentrate on was the gorgeous new space.
Perched on the edge of the casino, Rendezvous’ curvy dark wooden walls, plush polka-dot carpet, and upscale bar and lounge seating give you the air of intimacy without letting you forget that you’re in the center of the betting action. We sat and marveled at the jellyfish-like hanging lights, and even more so at the breathtaking geometric wooden chandeliers. Even without the assistance of alcohol they will have your head swirling—in the best possible way.
Generally quiet during the day and busier at happy hour, Rendezvous picks up as the night moves on, especially on the weekend, where it has become one of the Palm Springs Valley’s newest see-and-be-seen scenes. Meet up with friends old and new. And don’t be shy about it. I know I won’t be.