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There’s always something novel under the sun in Palm Springs. The event-packed winter season kicks into high gear with the Palm Springs Film Fest gala, followed by festival screenings and meet-and-greets. Recently opened restaurants, bars, and boutique hotels add to the excitement of any visit during the coming months.

Deluxe gastro-pub: Draughtsman
Stop in for a freshly drawn local craft beer and a quick bite at the Draughtsman, adjacent to the Arrive hotel. Designer Chris Pardo of Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture opened the vintage building to the outdoors, adding a gleaming brass-clad bar as centerpiece and highlighting the San Jacinto Mountain views. A menu of classic cocktails, games on the patio, and upscale comfort food complete the on-trend offerings.
1501 N. Palm Canyon Dr., draughtsmanpalmsprings.com

Breakfast nosh: Townie Bagels
If the promise of daily made bagels and organic breads gets a rise, then Townie Bagels will delight those in search of the ideal fast casual breakfast place. A few blocks off South Palm Canyon Drive, the compact bakery and café has an eclectic assortment of artisan-made bagels, breakfast pastries, and deli sandwiches. Closed Tuesdays.
650 E. Sunny Dunes Road, towniebagels.com

Party on: The Bank
Palm Springs’ success with restoring its mid-century buildings continues with The Bank, formerly a savings and loan, now a versatile indoor/outdoor event venue. Designed by architect E. Stewart Williams in 1955, The Bank retains many of its original finishes including black terrazzo floors and built-in shade louvres. The 3,500-sq.-ft. interior provides a real sense of Midcentury architecture; the downtown business district location means music can play on past 10 p.m. PSIFF filmmakers will experience the space firsthand; the gala opening night fete of Modernism Week (modernismweek.com) unfolds here Feb. 16.
383 S. Palm Canyon Dr., thebankpalmsprings.com

Polished gem: The Monkey Tree Hotel
This hide-away in the historic Racquet Club neighborhood features peak Midcentury Modern architecture by architect Albert Frey. Built in 1960,  the facility underwent a complete re-do in 2016 that exposed the property’s striking lines and chill central courtyard with pool. Breakfast is included in the stay; the Scandinavian-style spa adds to the relaxing vibe.
2388 E. Racquet Club Road, themonkeytreehotel.com

Local favorite: Rooster and the Pig
Owner Tai Spendley takes a nontraditional approach to Vietnamese cuisine at his industrial-chic eatery in a restored Donald Wexler-designed mini-mall. He personally shops daily for the restaurant’s ingredients. Popular dishes include the lemongrass-glazed wings, pork belly fried rice and banh mi burger. There are eight craft beers on tap as well as a selection of old and new world wines paired to handle the bold flavors. Dinner only; closed Tuesdays.
356 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Roosterandthepig.com

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