California’s Wild West drinking holePioneertown, USA
If you ever find yourself driving through the California desert, keep your eyes peeled for what looks like an old movie set. Here, in the middle of nowhere, you’ll find one of the States’ best music venues. Pappy & Harriet’s was originally established as part of Pioneertown in 1946, when a group of Hollywood hoi polloi decided to create a frontier town that hid motels, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Harriet and Pappy took over one building in 1982, set up a Tex-Mex restaurant and brought in the bands. Park yourself in a booth, down a Bud and a quesadilla and prepare for a night of good music. It’s a popular spot for Coachella sideshows, hosts its own festivals and has seen the likes of Modest Mouse and the Pixies on its stage.
It takes a couple of hours to drive here from Los Angeles. Hertz has hire cars available at the airport.
They have two seatings. One’s at 5pm and the second is at 7pm. If you book in for the early one you’ll have to give up your seat, even if you want to stay for the tunes.