(Photo from the Palm Springs Life archives – the Rat Pack and Bing Crosby perform at Club Trinidad)
Bar/Restaurant: The Purple Room
Area: Deepwell neighborhood of Palm Springs
Typa Joint: Historic Music Venue
Signature Cocktail: The Dean Martini
On the occasion of Frank Sinatra’s 100 birthday on Saturday, December 12, 2015, I stopped in at The Purple Room to pay my respects.
Brought to you by the same guys behind Trio, The Purple Room re-opened in 2013. The attached hotel is a timeshare. The lobby is nicely retro-decorated.
The Purple Room was part of Club Trinidad – a hang out for Steve McQueen and the Rat Pack back in the 1960s. This is the place where Johnny Costa used to cook linguine clams for Frank.
In the 1970s, Johnny broke off and started his own restaurant. Frank didn’t know this and stopped by for a plate of linguine clams. They were not to his liking, so he sent them back, via the wall. The waiter at Club Trinidad frantically phoned Johnny, asking for his recipe. The secret? Not so much garlic.
On another night at Club Trinidad, waiters and busboys were hovering for tips. Even though this was Frank’s own fault for tipping them $100 bills, he got angry at their vulture-like manners and threw a bottle of champagne against the wall.
Nowadays, the walls at The Purple Room are adorned with quotes from the Rat Pack. I apologize for the poor quality of these photos, but it was rather dark in there!
On Frank’s 100th I was surprised to find a blues band instead of swing music, but it was still grand nonetheless. The space is inviting and cool and retro without taking itself too seriously. I ordered a Dean Martini and chatted with a chiropractor and his wife, who often frequent The Purple Room.
The Purple Room is a must-do for any Sinatraphile.