Over the next few minutes we will be taking a deep dive into drinking at the best bars in Reno and Lake Tahoe. From a tall glass of beer and a shot of vodka to local drink specials and singing karaoke we are going to try and cover it all.
The best wine and cocktail bars near you will get the ball rolling. Once they have been discussed in full breweries and sports bars to watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts will get a shout out.
Those who want to get the party started right after work or just buy some cheaper drinks will learn about the best drink specials in your area next. After they are out of the way we will move on to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights around town.
Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will wrap this all up. Be sure to check out our Reno and Lake Tahoe bar map that has every place we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
And you are all welcome to compare the scene here to other cities around the Pacific Northwest at that link if you want.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Many would agree that the best Reno and Lake Tahoe cocktail and wine bars are:
- Sierra Street Kitchen & Cocktails at 50 N Sierra St #103
- Death & Taxes at 26 Cheney St
- The Loving Cup at 188 California Ave
- The Z Bar at 1074 S Virginia St
- The Pioneer Cocktail Club at 521 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City
Sierra Street Kitchen and Cocktails serves conventional steakhouse meals in a traditional dining room with bar seating and small portions besides offering specialty handcrafted cocktails, fascinating wines, and excellent beers.
Death & Taxes is a cocktail bar in your area that specializes in rare and hard-to-find whiskeys where a inventory is available at the backbar and in their boutique bottleshop for retail sale.
Craft drinks, specialty beers, live entertainment, and a new patio are all available at The Loving Cup.
The Z Bar is an upscale craft cocktail bar with a laid-back vibe and a large patio area with six different fire pits that takes a fresh approach to classic cocktails from around the world. They have a distinctive weekly cocktail as well as a well-selected draft and bottled beer menu to go along with their vast cocktail menu.
The Pioneer Cocktail Club is a rustic-chic tavern with an eclectic bar menu including wood-fired pizzas plus they also provide some of the greatest cocktail services in the region for any event.
Jox, 1864 Tavern, Vacuum, Dead Ringer Analog, Beer NV, and Terrace Lounge from our upcoming lists are good places to try exquisite cocktails and fine wines too.
Reno & Lake Tahoe Breweries & Sports Bars
You and your buddies will have a great time watching the big game at these local sports bars and breweries:
- Great Basin Brewing Company at 5525 S Virginia St
- The Depot Craft Brewery & Distillery at 325 E 4th St
- Lead Dog Brewing at 415 E 4th St
- Lucky Beaver at 3655 S Virginia St
- Legends Grill Sports & Spirits at 6015 S Virginia St J
- Jox at 3652 S Virginia St #C10
- The Stick at 95 N Sierra St #101
- Cold Water Brewery & Grill at 2544 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe
- Emerald Bay Bar & Grill at 888 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe
- The Brewery at 3542 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe
Great Basin Brewing Company is a part of a small franchise that offers artisan beers, pub fare, and beverages in a relaxed setting.
The Depot Artisan Brewery & Distillery serves American pub meals and craft brews near you in an ancient railway headquarters.
Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger is a local 24-hour sports bar and restaurant with HD TV’s that is known for offering great meal quality and Pat LaFrieda beef which is famous all over the world. Their steak burger patties are made with a blend of short rib and chuck roast that comes straight off the bone and is diced to produce the perfect combo.
Legends Grill Sports & Spirits in Reno and Lake Tahoe is a food-focused sports pub with amazing beverages and games. Legends has outstanding wings, burgers, and salads plus breakfast is served all day every day in South Reno and Lake Tahoe.
Jox is a sports bar in your area that serves cocktails, wings, and other pub fare in a laid-back atmosphere with pool and darts.
The Stick is where people get the greatest in sports entertainment in a comfortable non-smoking environment. It is a great place to go if you want good food and local artisan beers/spirits coupled with excellent service and where all kinds of sports can be watched on 24 huge screens.
Cold Water Brewery and Grill is a contemporary facility with plank and wood walls where house brews meet California-style pub grub.
The Brewery At Lake Tahoe is a laid-back brewpub noted for its beer and pizzas as well as patio seating and a full menu of American fare.
Local Drink Specials
There are plenty of good bars with drink specials in your area and you can get great value if you time your visit properly:
- Little Waldorf Saloon at 1661 N Virginia St
- Flowing Tide Pub 2 at 465 S Meadows Pkwy #5
- Chapo Sports Bar at 1401 S Virginia St #250
- Bighorn Tavern at 1325 W 7th St
45 varieties of hancrafted beers and premium spirits are available at Little Waldorf Saloon as well as daily drink specials and comfort foods.
You can buy cheaper alcoholic drinks near from 2pm to 6pm and from 10pm to 12am daily at Flowing Tide Pub 2. They are also equipped with widescreen televisions, pool tables, and video poker machines and serve casual American grub.
Chapo Sports Bar offers unique drinks and delicious bar food as well as local drink specials from 6pm to 8pm five days a week.
Bighorn Tavern makes specialty dishes from scratch that are best paired with their top rated beers, wines, and spirits starting at 9am with happy hours that are available from 2pm to 6pm on weekdays.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Check out this list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights near you:
- Sierra Tap House at 253 W 1st St
- Beer NV at 15 Foothill Rd #1
- 1864 Tavern at 290 California Ave
- The Growler Guys at 7530 Longley Ln #106
- 10 Torr Distilling & Brewing at 490 Mill St
Sierra Tap House features a rotating selection of beers on tap, TV, and outdoor seating and hosts bar trivia in Reno every Tuesday night starting at 7pm.
Trivia is also hosted every Tuesday night at Beer NV where a premium selection of spirits, high quality beers, and fine wines are also provided.
1864 Tavern hosts trivia every Wednesday night starting at 7:30pm and serves craft cocktails, beers, and wines in an elegant Victorian style setting.
The Growler Guys is a branch of a chain that is known for its large selection of made to order draft beers and drinks to go in addition to bar trivia in your area every Tuesday night.
Vacuum distilled spirits, precision crafted beers, and all natural canned cocktails are available at 10 Torr Distilling and Brewing where trivia is held every Wednesday night.
Polo Lounge and 4th Street Bar from our next list also have game nights.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
Dance, listen to live music, or sing karaoke at these fun bars around town:
- The Polo Lounge at 1559 S Virginia St
- 4TH Street Bar at 1114 E 4th St
- Dead Ringer Analog Bar at 432 E 4th St
- Terrace Lounge at 2707 S Virginia St
The Polo Lounge is a smoke free classy hidden nightclub with live music, dance, and game nights.
Bar bites are served from 12pm to 2am at 4th Street Bar where pool tournaments and local karaoke nights are also hosted.
Dead Ringer Analog is a laid-back bar with DJ’s, comedy, weekly live music, a distinct atmosphere, and a liquor selection that is curated for casual cocktail drinkers.
Terrace Lounge features award winning wines, seasonal drinks that are made with regionally sourced ingredients, and exclusive whiskies as well as live music from local and regional bands seven days a week.
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Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Reno & Lake Tahoe
There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you. Hopefully we were able to fill you in on some valuable info that will make your next night out a little better.
Please use the comments to let us know if any spots have closed down or if any new cool places have opened up in your area so that we can keep our lists fresh. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Reno and Lake Tahoe.