By Patte Purcell

I’ve driven by the Hoo Doo Lounge located outside on the patio of the Hyatt Palm Springs at 285 North Palm Canyon, but have never actually stopped in. They have live entertainment outdoors and it overlooks all the action of Palm Springs. I got the perfect opportunity to experience entertainment by Michael De Angelo, tasty appetizers and complimentary cocktails at their “Buzz Party”.

This great party on March 6 was to introduce the new Buzz Trolley, Buzz Perks, and BuzzBar Ice Cream. Kees Zwemmer, Director of food and beverage for Hyatt says “What a great way to take ‘buzz’ to a whole new level. We are delighted that the Buzz Trolley offers free rides throughout downtown.” The Buzz Trolley service is a 14 mile loop. The four trollies stop at 30 locations every 15 minutes, each Thurs.-Sun. evenings from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., making it a great way to see the hotspots of Palm Springs.

The party was packed with happy revelers sampling appetizers, passed by servers, along with tasty cocktails including some great marguerites, wine, and a killer Manhattan.

The most interesting new item they served was the BuzzBar, an adult gourmet ice cream and sorbet bars laced with alcohol. I ‘tested’ the Vanilla Daze (vanilla ice cream and cognac) and it was delicious! Other flavors include; The Drunken Cookie, (cookies and cream ice cream and bourbon), Citrus Berry Drop (raspberry lemon drop sorbet and lemon vodka), Larry King Heart Bar (berry sorbet and merlot wine) and the Buzz Cafe (coffee ice cream and Irish cream). Hoodoo Lounge is the first stop along the trolley route to serve BuzzBar. You must try them, they are cool, refreshing and delicious!

There’s another great Buzz item, it’s Buzz Perks which offers discounts that allows Buzz Trolley customers discounts at more than 35 businesses along the trolley route, including Hyatt Palm Spring HooDoo Lounge, with 15% off of their food items (excluding Happy Hour).

For those that don’t know, the Hyatt Palm Springs Hoodoo Lounge offers live music 6:30-9:30 Thursday through Sunday. Their menu includes: tapas offerings from Prawns and Chistorra at $12 (shrimp and chorizo sautéed in garlic, shallots, white wine, sherry and prunes) to familiar thermal hot wings at $12, tossed in Tequila BBQ sauce. Entrees include a Petit Mignon for $16 (7 oz. filet mignon topped with their chimi churri sauce), several pastas including, Poblanito Bucanito for $23 (prawns, garlic in a poblano cream sauce) and other mouth-watering entrees at great prices.

Open Thursday – Saturday from 12 pm to 10:00 pm the Hoodoo Lounge is a perfect place to sip a cocktail, listen to great music, and enjoy yourself in the beautiful Palm Springs weather. The Buzz Trolley is the perfect way to see the sites of Palm Springs without having to worry about driving under the influence.

  • Dene Nui, GM of Hyatt Palm Springs

  • Michael D'Angelo