By Morgan James
A hot new bar just opened in Palm Desert, right in the heart of the Coachella Valley! Although “new” might not be quite the right word as Desert Fox Bar has been successfully serving the Palm Springs area until two years ago when the establishment was forced to close and find a new home. “We had a nice little joint in Palm Springs,” says Mark Green, owner of Desert Fox Bar, “however our lease was not renewed after five years.” Ever upbeat and thrilled at the prospect of the Palm Desert location, Mark gushes “We are in a cool little spot now, very walkable. Desert Fox Bar is a groovy atmosphere- not too loud, not too quiet.” Mark continues to explain that the bar was originally modeled after his upscale bar in San Francisco, Lone Palm, but that this model fits the desert well and that Desert Fox promises to be one of the very few late night hot spots in the valley. Currently open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2am Thursday, Friday and Saturday, given a few months Desert Fox has grand plans to be open until 2am seven nights per week!
Live music is another big plan for Desert Fox Bar as Green is passionate about showcasing “the incredible local talent of the Coachella Valley.” Green raves about all of the talent who have entertained his guests in the past and looks to bring back the best and brightest at this new Palm Desert location on Friday and Saturday nights and possibly even having an Open Mic Night and Karaoke. In fact, the official grand opening this Friday, September 8th, will feature former Posies player Matt Harris. Speaking of popular local entertainers, Desert Fox will proudly feature celebrity bartender and incredible musician, Jesika Von Rabbit, as well as James St James who is as skilled behind the bar as he is behind a drum kit. Other familiar, friendly faces promise to be seen behind the bar as well.
Everyone loves a good happy hour and Desert Fox has been running happy hour all day and all night this week. With specific hours still to be determined, Mark looks forward to being the happening place this season for locals and out of town guests alike, to enjoy a drink among friends. Bar fare will include nuts, cheeses, and olives to nosh on and Desert Fox specific drinks will be rolled out in the coming months. “I am looking into it all, planning for a great season with lots happening in the coming months,” Mark asserts proudly.
Former patrons are thrilled with this re-opening of one of the Coachella Valley’s favorite bars, and new patrons finding themselves at the new Desert Fox Bar location at 44750 San Pablo Ave in Palm Desert, are sure to come back again and again. Social media posts about the friendly neighborhood bar have already begun circulating and buzzing about the internet. One such post boasting “It’s only the soft opening but you can already tell it is going to be a great neighborhood bar that will begin to fill a void in Palm Desert!”
Mark Green definitely planned smart as this particular area is slated for major construction next Summer as the city of Palm Desert plans to create wider sidewalks, a roundabout, and new landscaping. Another exciting feature in the plans for this area of San Pablo will be outdoor street festivals and live music. Prepared for this style of entertainment, as well as for our desert’s beautiful weather Fall through Spring, Desert Fox Bar boasts two comfortable patios- one in the front of the bar and one in the back. With a swank, hip ambiance and only a few minute walk from the McCallum Theatre, the shopping on El Paseo, and even the Westfield Shopping Mall, Desert Fox Bar is bound for a successful first season back on the map and I would bet real staying power long after that.
Desert Fox Bar
44750 San Pablo Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Open Sunday – Wednesday 4pm to Midnight
Open Thursday – Saturday 4pm to 2am