As the old adage goes, it’s always cocktail hour somewhere in the world. One of the advantages of living in, or visiting, Rancho Mirage is that each of its world-class restaurants boasts an inviting bar. Whether you want to sip an elegant extra dry martini—1950s-style—before dinner, chug a few beers with pals while you watch the game, or enjoy a solo dinner on the lighter side, Rancho Mirage has a watering hole for every taste. Here is just a small sampling, with establishments listed in alphabetical order.
The first thing you need to know is that this venerable spot—an ode to all things Olde English—is one of the first tenants to occupy Rancho Mirage’s Restaurant Row. More than 45 years later, it’s still going strong. One of the tastiest bargains in town can be found only in The Pub, where two prime rib sliders are just $6.95. www.lordfletcher.com
You can try to duplicate this recipe at home, but it’ll be tough: Bartenders here take eight skinned Maui pineapples and drench them in Skyy Vodka, Stoli Vanil Vodka, and Malibu Coconut Rum. Over one week, the fruit seeps into the liquid. The result is a house-infused tropical potion that is at the base of the joint’s Hawaiian Martini. And that cocktail is but one of the heavenly reasons to drop into Roy’s. Hula, anyone? www.roysrestaurant.com
Shame on the Moon
If you want to truly feel like a Rat Packer, head on over to this Rancho Mirage institution’s dramatically lit, half-moon bar—located smack dab in the middle of the main dining room—and order your choice of martini. But beware: Shame’s glass holds a hefty 10 ounces, much more generous than other establishments’ five-and-a-half or seven ouncers. You won’t possibly be able to throw back more than three! www.shameonthemoon.com
This perennially packed Belgian bistro boasts an intimate bar that’s warmer and more intimate than the main dining salon. If you’ve never had escargots doused in garlic butter and stuffed inside the pockets of a Belgian waffle, here’s your chance. There are Vermeer reproductions on the walls (including the master’s famed “Girl with a Pearl Earring”), and two clocks (local time and Brussels time). As if anyone’s counting the minutes… www.sibon-sogood.com
One of the best sports bars in town rests in the middle of this cavernous restaurant at The River. And it’s all about numbers. Not only are there more than 30 flat screens and over 120 different beers in bottles and on tap, the place puts on two happy hours. The first is Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The second is from Sunday through Wednesday from 10:00 p.m. to close. www.yardhouse.com.