Bar Cecil (pronounced sessel) is a homage to Cecil Beaton, a renaissance man who was equal parts rebel and aristocrat, an artist who lived between classical charm and new world rebellion, a provocateur, an Expressionist, and an aesthete who incorporated many mediums to create a style all his own.
Bar Cecil is a love letter to Beaton’s vision of life and art: a celebration of what’s good, of eliminating that which is only pomp, and in the process creating memories through food, drink and hospitality. Bar Cecil is for those who follow the beat to their own drum, horn or whatever inspires them to create, to be individuals, and to embrace diversity.
Let's celebrate each other. Laughing, discussing the day and enjoying each other's company over beautifully crafted food and drink.
Join us for a toast to life.
Bar Cecil’s culinary team is led by partner-Executive Chef Gabriel Woo, former executive chef of Sparrow’s Lodge and Holiday House in Palm Springs, and a 2019 guest chef at James Beard House in New York City.
The dining room is managed by partner-General Manager Nate VanDeventer, who joins the team from Lightning Bar Collective in Portland, OR, and who was a consultant for Villa Royale and Del Rey in Palm Springs in 2018.
John Janulis is lead partner and is the owner of Lightning Bar Collective in Portland and Villa Royale / Del Rey in Palm Springs. Richard Crisman & Jeff Brock are majority owners of Sparrows Lodge and Holiday House. Other notable hospitality investments in Palm Springs include Les Cactus and Ingleside Inn.