Here in Palm Springs we love to turn just about anything into a celebration. When Sunday rolls around, the last thing we want to do is hang up our weekend party pants. It’s Sunday Funday! Time for boozy brunching, drag shows, beer busts, and T-dances. Read on for our favorite ways to spend Sunday in Palm Springs.
First, brunch. Head downtown along Palm Canyon Drive and you’ll find lots of buzzy restaurants with sunny patios and free-flowing mimosas. Just around the corner from the Walk of the Stars, the vibe at Pinnochio’s is kitschy and festive. Pinnochio’s menu features diner classics like 3-egg omelets and pancakes, but the real star of the show here is the ridiculously inexpensive Bottomless Champagne ($5.95 all day, every day). Just add a carafe of OJ and mix up your own mimosas tableside.
There are two popular brunch spots at the corner of Palm Canyon Drive and Arenas Road, LULU and Zin. LULU California Bistro serves up a hopping atmosphere and great people watching. Next door, Zin American Bistro features a sophisticated brunch menu plus Endless Champagne, Mimosas, Bellinis, or Aperol Spritz. The Eggs Benedict gets high marks, and good vegan and GF options are available. Call 760-322-6300 to be placed on the Brunch waitlist at Zin, or try to snag a reservation on Open Table.
If you’re in the mood for a show, Palm Spring’s longest running drag brunch takes the stage every Sunday at the iconic Oscar’s with two seatings of their raucous Bitchiest Brunch (10am on the patio or Noon indoors). The drag queens are hilarious, the extensive à la carte menu gets solid reviews, and the super-sized Bloody Marys won’t disappoint.
Of course, Sundays in the desert aren’t just for brunch. Grab a Lyft and go pound a few with the gentlemen at Barrack’s Beer Bust in Cathedral City, the largest weekly gathering of leather and bears in all of California. Or stay in town and find a friendly patio for a cocktail or a dancing at one of the clubs on Arenas Street, like Dick's or Chill Bar (go-go dancers + drink specials = yes, please).
Back at Oscar’s outdoor courtyard, the festive tradition of the gay T-Dance lives on with a giant dance party starting at 4pm (5pm summer months) running into the early evening. Classic disco beats rule the dance floor, misters and air blasters help keep things cool, and the first 100 guests are FREE ($10 after that). Cue up early and make some new friends in line!
Live music is always a treat, any day of the week. Upstairs in the VIP Lounge at the Palm Springs Cultural Center the talented Keisha D. sings rhythm & blues, motown and gospel. Space for “Soulful Sundays” is limited and advance reservations recommended. The event is free with drink purchase and eats are available from Mildred’s.
So there you have it. Bottomless bubbly, drag queens, beer busts, t-dances, gospel music … your ultimate guide to Sunday Funday in Palm Springs!