1. Photograph: Courtesy Pappy & Harriet's
    Photograph: Courtesy Pappy & Harriet'sPappy & Harriet's
  2. Photograph: Courtesy Pappy & Harriet's
    Photograph: Courtesy Pappy & Harriet'sPappy & Harriet's
  • Music | Music venues
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  • Desert
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Pappy and Harriet's


Time Out says

Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown Palace as it's known today—restaurant, inn, ghost town, live music venue, meeting place for desert locals and travelers—was established in 1982. The "town" it's located in, however, was built in 1946 as a living movie set, with a Western facade on the outside (saloon, jail, stables) and working business inside (ice cream parlor, bowling, motels). This way, the actors could actually live on set. Roy Rogers and Gene Autry were two of the original investors, and more than 50 films and television shows were shot there in the 1940s and 50s. Pappy & Harriet's continues the tradition of a yeehaw good time today (with a little leftover biker culture from the mid-80s, when the saloon was briefly "The Cantina," an outlaw biker burrito bar), with a bar full of games, tasty Tex-Mex and an indoor an outdoor stage that see some pretty big names. Bonnie Prince Billy, Rufus Wainwright, Fiest, Vampire Weekend, Har Mar Superstar, Purity Ring, Phosphorescent and more have graced the P&H stage, making it a bona fide venue that deserves as much attention as its sisters in the city. Plus, seeing a show here means driving through the desert, strolling through a ghost town, and potentially camping out in a Western movie set.


53688 Pioneertown Road
Opening hours:
Thurs-Sun 11am-2am; Mon 5pm-2am; closed Tues-Wed
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