We’ve all spent many a Friday night braving the wait (and buzzing crowd) at Trick Dog, hoping to snag a table and an atypical seasonal cocktail creation.
Now, we’re queueing up for Bon Vivants Josh Harris and Morgan Schick’s much-anticipated sequel: Bon Voyage, a tropical-disco-safari experience serving up more exceptional cocktails and…Chinese food.
As you’d expect, the two-story Bon Voyage bar is a trip. The vision? You can’t make this up. Imagine a traveler traversing the globe in expeditions across Africa and Asia, collecting mementos and artifacts, and bringing them all back to a Palm Springs party pad known for its amazing disco nights—think wildlife statuary; tribal masks; jungle-themed art works; and of course a sparkling disco ball (a treasure recovered from the now-defunct Ruby Skye).
Bizarre? Yes. A party we want to be invited to? You better believe it.
Schick led the way in the cocktail programming, while Harris tapped into his personal passion for finding eccentric knick-knacks, sourcing much of the decor from flea markets and estate sales. Sling-themed drinks inspired by the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and a selection of Collinses are served alongside another 10 original-recipe exotic beverages that revise traditional tropical drinks with innovative ingredients.
Chef Wilder Marroquin (China Live, Chubby Noodle, Ozumo) has paired the drinks menu with Chinese-inspired drinking snacks including dumplings, kung pao chicken, and black-and-white fried rice.
We’re already on our way to becoming Bon Voyage regulars.
Inside Bon Voyage
The upstairs mezzanine is a great spot to grab a bite to eat and overlook the bar.
Wylie Price Design (Ramen Shop, The Progress) finished out the interior with thatched-walls and tiki-inspired touches of Bon Voyage.
Get in the tiki mood with Cox’s Bazar (Q Anejo rum, Appleton rum, Worthy Park Overproof rum, Ancho Reyes, Hidalgo PX sherry, coconut mango chutney, and lime served over crushed ice). You can even purchase the fancy mug to bring Bon Voyage home with you.
We never say no to pork and shrimp wontons.
Need some protein? Add shrimp or barbecue pork to the black-and-white fried rice with corn, peas, green onions, and fried egg.
Nothing sops up the booze like chow fun fried noodles, here topped with green onions, fried egg and onions, your choice of protein, and jalapeño for an extra kick.
Bon Voyage makes killer salt-and-pepper prawns with spicy aioli.