Best Bar 2014

First place: Lulu California Bistro

It’s no surprise that Lulu is voted best bar this year what with its grand chandeliers and vaulted ceilings. Occupying a large portion of the first floor, Lulu puts its massive circular bar at the forefront. The ambience is both casual and luxurious something usually encapsulated in a lounge atmosphere. Complete with a large list of martinis and margaritas, Lulu’s bar embodies everything both resort travelers and locals expect in a desert watering hole. 200 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-5858, lulupalmsprings.com

Second place: Acqua Pazza California Bistro, 71-800 Hwy. 111, A167, Rancho Mirage, (760) 862-9800, acquapazzabistro.com

Third place: Jackalope Ranch, 80400 California 111, Indio, (760) 342-1999, thejackaloperanch.com

-Lynn Lieu

Best Dive Bar 2014

First place: Hair of the Dog English Pub

There are really only two components to a great dive bar: cheap drinks and a casual atmosphere. Hair of the Dog fulfills both requirements. It’s the kind of place where you can grab a beer or whiskey and coke in your sweat pants and no one would even blink an eye. You couldn’t order a fancy martini or craft cocktail, but that’s the pointlet those other guys worry about hand-picked garnishes. 238 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 323-9890, thehairofthedog.net

Second place: Toucan’s Tiki Lounge, 2100 N. Palm Canyon Dr., A100, Palm Springs, (760) 416-7584, toucanstikilounge.com

Third place: Tool Shed, 600 E. Sunny Dunes Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 320-3299, toolshed-ps.com

-Lynn Lieu

Best Gay Bar 2014

First place: Toucan’s Tiki Lounge

On the outskirts of downtown Palm Springs, folks flock to Toucan’s. Maybe it’s the drag shows, maybe it’s the quick and friendly service, maybe it’s the strong pourswhatever it is, it’s working. Voted this year’s best gay bar, Toucan’s might just put north, north Palm Springs on the map. 2100 N. Palm Canyon Dr., A100, Palm Springs, (760) 416-7584, toucanstikilounge.com

Second place: Azul Tapas Inspired Lounge and Patio 369 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-5533, azultapaslounge.com

Third place: Hunter’s Nightclub, 302 E. Arenas Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 323-0700, huntersnightclubs.com

-Lynn Lieu

Best Happy Hour 2014

First place: Acqua Pazza California Bistro

Acqua Pazza is voted best happy hour for the fourth consecutive year in a row. Offering deals from 11 a.m. to closing every day, it’s hard to believe any other bar in the desert can even compete. Plus with half-priced wine bottles every Monday, it seems Acqua Pazza has this market cornered. 71-800 Hwy. 111, A167, Rancho Mirage, (760) 862-9800, acquapazzabistro.com

Second place: Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-5858, lulupalmsprings.com

Third place: Jackalope Ranch 80400 Hwy. 111, Indio, (760) 342-1999, thejackaloperanch.com

-Lynn Lieu

Best Margarita 2014

First place: Lulu California Bistro

It’s only fitting that one of the desert’s most loved drinks, the margarita, would come from the desert’s favorite bar well at least voted so this year. Lulu takes another best of category for its variety of margaritas. Offering 11 different margaritas, Lulu’s has everything from the classic house recipe and Cadillac to the peach-flavored and orange-inspired variety. 200 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-5858, lulupalmsprings.com

Second place: Acqua Pazza California Bistro, 71-800 Hwy. 111, A167, Rancho Mirage, (760) 862-9800, acquapazzabistro.com

Third place: Las Casuelas Terraza, 222 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 325-2794, lascasuelas.com

-Lynn Lieu

Best Martini 2014

First place: Spencer’s Restaurant at the Mountain

While usually praised for its generous wine list, Spencer’s takes the best of the valley award for espresso, Spencer’s is also the spot for things shaken not stirred. 701 W. Baristo Rd., Palm Springs, (760) 327-3446, spencersrestaurant.com

Second place: Lulu California Bistro, 200 S. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, (760) 327-5858, lulupalmsprings.com

Third place: Acqua Pazza California Bistro, 71-800 Hwy. 111, A167, Rancho Mirage, (760) 862-9800, acquapazzabistro.com

-Lynn Lieu