Located in Pioneertown, Pappy and Harriet’s is a four-mile drive away from Joshua Tree on a dark, winding road. The bar has a killer vibe, thanks to a music booker who gets Coachella-bound artists like Bright Eyes and Queens of the Stone Age and even Sir Paul McCartney to play their tiny stages and a sick food menu that includes killer burgers and steaks.
A former brothel that’s been open since the late-1920s, there’s a lot going on at Willie Boy’s: $5 mechanical bull rides, two full bars, nine beers on tap, a jukebox, live music, line dancing, a huge stage and dance floor, and a 750lb smoker out back that produces unbelievable fall-off-the-bone beef and pork. Oh, and there’s an arcade room filled with four pool tables, as well as an original jail cell from the real town of Deadwood.
Known as “The Gateway to Joshua Tree” this pool table bar/restaurant is inches from the entrance to the actual park, and is usually stuffed with locals and tourists who both come out for karaoke on Thursdays and Fridays, live bands on Saturdays, open mics on Tuesdays, and steaks charbroiled every day of the week.