10 Best Nightlife and Late-Night Options in Reno



For a relatively small city, Reno has a wide range of nightlife choices. The Biggest Little City is seeing a surge in bars that serve up local brews, craft cocktails and organic food. A night in downtown and Midtown Reno can be filled with dinner, drinks, music and special events.

Visit the burgeoning mixology scene in the Biggest Little City and go to Chapel Tavern in Midtown or the beautiful Death & Taxes. For some local brews and lively trivia night crowds the Sierra Tap House or the Great Basin Brewing Company is also one of the most popular places for food in this area.

The local casinos have a wide range of lounges and dance clubs. For some dancing and people watching (and an excuse to dress up) visit the Sapphire Lounge at Harrah's Hotel & Casino or the popular Roxy's at the Eldorado. If you like live music, try the Knitting Factory downtown where bands like Social Distortion or Machine Gun Kelly will perform to a packed house, or enjoy some rollicking Irish tunes at Ceol Irish Pub, which is just south of downtown. Another bar and music venue is Cargo at the Whitney Peak hotel–one of the first non-gaming spots in the city.




This cool and laid back pub is located right on the Truckee River and offers patio seating, hardwood floors, specialty draft beers like Scrimshaw Pilsner, Deschutes Hop in the Dark IPA and Rogue John John Dead Guy Ale, organic wines and...  Read More




This popular bar is located right on the Truckee River and offers sidewalk seating, great beers on tap and a lively atmosphere. This place is buzzing during Reno summer events like Artown and the River Festival. It's located right behind Java...  Read More


Ceol Irish Pub
Photo courtesy of Ceol


This popular pub is located just south of downtown and is a cool place to relax and hang out with friends. They have fun Irish live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Its a traditional pub setting with comfortable seating and the drinks are...  Read More




The Chapel is a small and quiet neighborhood bar in Midtown Reno where the bartender is also the owners and really knows his stuff. This place mixes their own syrups and juices that they use in their cocktails and the beer on draft is unique and...  Read More


Sapphire Lounge
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This stylish, little lounge at Harrah's in downtown Reno is a fun place to grab a drink and do some dancing. The full bar has a huge selection of cocktails, bottle beers and draft beers, wine and non-alcoholic choices. Free entertainment is...  Read More




This classic and stylish bar in the Reno Arts District is popular for both drinks and pub grub. The space is large and has a central bar and seating along the edge in booths or along the large window which is usually open in the...  Read More


Roxy's Bar and Lounge
Photo courtesy of Eldorado


Roxy's at the Eldorado is a popular stop for before or after dinner drinks amongst locals and visitors to the Biggest Little City. Roxy's also serves dinner, so you don't even have to leave your comfortable seat in the bar that is modeled after...  Read More


Brew Brothers
Photo courtesy of Ceol


The Brew Brothers has been named the Best Brewpub in America by Nightclub & Bar magazine and has been voted "Best Microbrew, "Best Beer Selection" and "Best Live Music" in several Best of Reno polls and was named the highest selling brewpub...  Read More




Built by the owners of the Wild River Grille, the River Room adds fresh and contemporary cuisine and a lively ambiance to the Riverside Artist Lofts. It is located right on the Truckee River and the Riverwalk and is open year-round, 7 days a...  Read More




Death & Taxes is the harbinger of what's new in Reno. This cool and stylish bar features black walls, black leather sofas, chandeliers and a wall of beautiful spirits. The signature cocktails are updated regularly and feature sensuous...  Read More


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Meet Christina Nellemann

Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina

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