The city of Palm Springs is famous for its history and architectural heritage. One can see historic and culturally significant structures all across this town. One of the lesser known ones is in a dive bar.
Most fans of Palm Springs history already know that Albert Einstein was once a guest of the El Mirador Hotel. The hotel is long gone but did you know that the actual bar from the El Mirador is still with us?
Yes, you can still get a drink from the original El Mirador bar.
Here is the tale.
When the El Mirador was in transition of becoming the Desert Hospital in 1972, then owner John Conte thought that the magnificent black cherry wood bar (one carved in Sweden especially for the El Mirador) would most likely end up as debris once hospital renovations begin. What would a hospital do with a bar? Thus, a new home was found and the El Mirador Hotel bar was saved.
The bar was taken apart and put back together again in a small tavern tucked away in a shopping center in Palm Desert. In later years the place became well known as The Beer Hunter.
When the Palm Desert Beer Hunter closed down the bar was again at risk of being loss but again it found a new home. This time in a strip mall dive located at Gene Autry and Vista Chino (now named Palm Springs Tavern). For almost twenty years but under different names the El Mirador Hotel bar has provided elbo room for the common barfly with little fanfare to its past glory days at this location.
The bar is a treasure off the beaten path and is worthwhile for those nostalgia seekers carrying a thirst.
Appreciate wood work finery and the bar’s classic details. Next, place your drink down at the exact same spot where Albert might have placed his.
Repeat as necessary.