Pappy & Harriet’s opened its doors in 1982 but the history goes much deeper than its inaugural year. Located just outside of Joshua Tree National Park is a little place called Pioneertown, which was founded by Hollywood investors in the 1940s looking for a location to film good old westerns.
1870s facades were built and the little town has been the location to over 50 movies and television shows since the 1940s and 1950s. Pappy & Harriet’s just so happens to be standing in what was once the cantina façade in many of these films.
Today, not only is Pappy & Harriet’s a local favorite, it has attracted world travelers and musicians while becoming a legendary spot for great mesquite barbeque, live music and dancing. In fact, musicians like Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Leon Russell, Vampire Weekend and Sean Lennon have performed at Pappy & Harriet’s.