Parker, Arizona: The Desert Bar

A solar-paneled oasis of beer, cocktails, food, and music off a desert dirt road in an old mining camp. Surprising DIY architecture; a new piece is added every year.
Address:
Cienega Springs Rd, Parker, AZ
Directions:
CA-62 or AZ-95 to Parker, Arizona (just east of the CA-AZ state line). From AZ-95 turn north at the stoplight (Pizza Hut) onto Riverside Drive. Go north for 5.5 miles. Turn right onto Billy Mack Mine Rd, which quickly becomes unpaved. Drive a half-mile. Bear right onto Cienega Springs Rd, also unpaved. Drive four miles. You'll see the soaring architecture of the bar on the left.
Hours:
Oct. through April, Sa-Su noon-6 PM. Closed summer.
Admission:
Free
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Desert Bar.

The Desert Bar

Mad Max meets meet a solar desert bar in the middle of the desert. It is in an old mining camp, five miles into the desert on a dirt road. There is live music, beer, cocktails, and food. Hundreds of people show up from Quartzsite, Lake Havasu City, and Parker. Something new is built every year. There is a church facade on the property, great bathrooms, and a maze of areas to sit and enjoy the views and people. After you've been there you will go back every year with a newbie to share the experience.

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