By Raymond Bill

While I enjoy a full dining experience, some of my best dining experiences have been during happy hour. Having a multi-course meal at a table for two can be memorable but nothing compares to enjoying several small plates and specialty cocktails with a group of friends, paired with live entertainment. There are so many great happy hour hot spots in our valley that I could write a separate column to cover them all. Recently, I was fortunate to discover Sullivan’s Steakhouse’s Happy Hour.
Happy Hour is not what it used to be. Most places will offer a discount on well drinks and perhaps a few small bites at a reasonable price but Sullivan’s has much more to offer. With live music and food items like Scallops Rockefeller and Meatloaf, this happy hour is a classy alternative to a domestic beer and a nacho plate! My friends and I would not only enjoy the aforementioned items from the happy hour list, we would also have “The Best Burger In Town” as well as the “Edamame Falafel Cakes”.
The food is ideal for snacking but one could make an entrée of it as well. I ordered pan seared salmon on a bed of sautéed spinach; this is not your typical bar food at all! While the food is great and filling, there is much to be said about their drink list. Sullivan’s offers a full bar and an impressive specialty martini list with featured drinks like their “Red Over Heels Martini” or “Blueberry Lemon Drop”. It’s not often you can enjoy a Moscow Mule in a classic copper mug. I opted for the Thai Basil Fizz martini to go with homemade bleu cheese chips.
The prices are great, as everything on the bar menu is only $6.00 during happy hour! Not only are the drinks $6.00, the amazing food is also only $6.00. This means you can have a bite to eat and a cocktail for a fraction of what it costs to enjoy an entrée. Happy Hour is offered from 4:00pm to 7:00pm seven nights per week but on Thursdays and Sundays, happy hour does not stop at 7:00pm, it continues until closing! Where else can you go to enjoy great food and drinks paired with live entertainment at such a great deal?
Sullivan’s is located at The Gardens on El Paseo in Palm Desert. One cannot reserve a table for happy hour so be sure to get there early for prime seating and bring your friends because this is a recipe for a memorable night out!