Ben Kneifel :: Bringing the ’Good Life’ to Palm Springs
If Ben Kneifel looks familiar to you, chances are you’ve met him before.
Kneifel tended bar at many of San Diego’s favorite watering holes. Most recently, this native Nebraskan can be found just over the mountains in Palm Springs, where he now works at one of the hottest hotels in the desert, The Saguaro.
Ben has spent time in front of the camera modeling as well; in fact he was featured on the cover of The Rage Monthly in 2009.
We spent the day with him recently to find out if there is anything we should... or shouldn’t... know about all things Kneifel.
When and where did you start tending bar?
I started about three years ago at a couple different bars in San Diego, all in Hillcrest. The first place I worked at was #1Fifth Avenue, the second was Fiesta Cantina on 3rd and University, and the third place was Dog House Bar & Grill on Fifth and Upas.
What was the best thing about being a bartender in San Diego?
The beautiful people, beautiful weather, the wonderful fellow employees that I got to know and all the people who live in San Diego. I had a chance to work with some of the best bartenders in town and was able to rub shoulders with some amazing people. And being able to see the influx of people through all the different seasons was just amazing.
What is the best thing about working in Palm Springs?
I love the management team that I work with. All the staff here are amazing and very knowledgeable. I also love being able to work with Chef Jose Garces, one of the winners of Iron Chef America. It’s such a privilege to work for this company.
I’ve also enjoyed being able to work at events such as the White Party, Coachella Music Festival, Dinah Shore Weekend and Stagecoach. I’m also looking forward to Palm Springs Pride, as well as helping to plan other events that are coming up.
What’s the best cocktail to have in the Palm Springs heat?
I always like to suggest our Tanteo Jalapeño Watermelon Margarita! It’s delicious, refreshing and it keeps a little spice in your tummy!!