Skip Paige’s Little Bar in Palm Desert | Here’s what it’s like

The inside of Little Bar Palm Desert (📸:Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

Little Bar, the appropriately-named new watering hole and eatery from Skip Paige, will open to the public on Thursday, September 5. The bar, located in the spot that was once home to Randy’s Cafe on Highway 111 near San Pablo in Palm Desert, will offer up craft cocktails, beer, wine, food, and oh so much memorabilia.

Paige, the former Chief Operating Officer of Goldenvoice, has been hard at work transforming the former breakfast spot into a bar for the last seven months. He took me on a tour of the place the day before the big opening.  Here’s a preview of what you can expect:

Little Bar is indeed, very little

A sign showing maximum occupancy of 31 people at Little Bar Palm Desert
Yes, the Little Bar is very little

Yup, that’s the real sign from the place, which has a maximum occupancy of just 31 people – so, if you are planning on going opening day, perhaps think about getting there at 11 am, when they open.

Little Bar has soooooo much memorabilia

When you roll up to the place, the first thing you notice is that the outside of Little Bar is short on frills. It’s basically a small neon sign and, well, that’s about it.

A small neon sign for Little Bar in Palm Desert
The sign for Little Bar in Palm Desert (📸:Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

But once you head inside, it’s an entirely different story

The inside of Little Bar Palm Desert
The inside of Skip Paige’s Little Bar in Palm Desert (📸:Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

The bar is very nice, but the first thing that gets your attention are the walls in Little Bar.

Little Bar Palm Desert Booths and Ticket Wall
The wall above the booths at Little Bar Palm Desert (📸:Casey Dolan)

Paige, who was instrumental in so many concerts, festivals, and events during his 30-year career, has dug into his seemingly endless supply of memorabilia to decorate the place. On the walls above the bar’s booths, a montage of tickets for events Paige produced or attended run across the wall.

Look closely and you will see some familiar events:

A Stagecoach ticket can be seen on the wall at Little Bar in Palm Desert
(📸:Casey Dolan)

And some that might not be quite as familiar to you:

Metallica Ticket Little Bar Palm Desert
(📸:Casey Dolan)

And these tickets are not only decorations, Paige has a story behind just about all of them. During my time at Little Bar, he shared numerous stories with me based on the tickets on display including that time Guns N’ Roses nearly broke up on stage to how amazing it was to attend a Metallica show in Costa Rica.

In addition to the ticket wall, there are also special displays of hotel room keys obtained around the world by Paige, some custom artwork showcasing Indio and a Palm Desert apartment complex I used to live by, and things even extend into the bathroom:

The bathroom at Little Bar in Palm Desert is decorated with album covers and tickets
(📸:Casey Dolan)

Guests using Little Bar’s facilities can take in a ton of show tickets from Paige’s collection, along with hand-selected album covers, which completely surround the bathroom.

Little Bar Urinal, Sink, and concert tickets
(📸:Casey Dolan)

Take it all in while you’re there, but not too long, other people have to go you know!

Little Bar’s Drinks

A cocktail at Little Bar in Palm Desert
(📸:Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

So, sure, there’s a lot to take in, but it’s a bar and you are thirsty.  Well, you are in luck.  Little Bar offers a selection of wines starting at $8 a glass.  You can also have a night of it and get an entire bottle for you and your friends. There’s also beer (domestic 5$, import $6, craft $7), coffee, and soft drinks.

Wine at Little Bar in Palm Desert
(📸:Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

Now, since this is a bar, there are plenty spirits to choose from and a craft cocktail menu featuring eight drinks including a Hand-pressed Greyhound, the Little Bar Gin & Tonic (with house-made east India Tonic), and the “Skip & Go Naked” – a drink that includes Tito’s vodka, cerveza, pink lemonade, and Sprite, topped with a “popped cherry.”  Cocktails will run you $14.

Little Bar’s Food

A cheeseburger and La Quinta Brewing Beer at Little Bar in Palm Desert
(📸:Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

You can also get your grub on at Little Bar with a lunch and night menu that includes bar food favorites like tacos, nachos, tater tots, and burgers – all for $7 and under.  I was treated to a taste of the cheeseburger and it’s pretty damn good.

On Saturday and Sunday, the menu expands to breakfast, as Randy (of Randy’s Cafe) is back to sling four menu options for $12 or less, including a three-egg scramble, the Limonadi Special (which includes Irish Toast or Irish Waffles), and Randy’s Special – two eggs poached on top of two English muffins with Hollandaise sauce made fresh to order.

Where is Little Bar in Palm Desert?

(📸: Chris Miller, Imagine Imagery)

Fine, I get it, you are thirsty and hungry now and you want to head out.  You will find Little Bar at 73560 Highway 111 in Palm Desert.  You can also get more info on the place here.

When can I go to Little Bar?

Paige and the crew are opening their doors on Thursday, September 5 at 11 am.  They will then be open from 11 am to late night Tuesday – Sunday.


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