This cool bar has photos of Abraham Lincoln and Victorian decor (celebrating the date the 36th state entered the Union) and looks more like a proper parlor.
However, the tavern is still a fun and low-key place for an early- or late-night drink, special events and even a class on whiskey or absinthe!
The Nevada Fix cocktail: choose your liquor, choose your fruit and the bartenders do the rest! — Photo courtesy of 1864 Tavern
As you sit down at the bar or in one of the various couches or chairs near the window that look out on the street, you can order one of 1864’s themed cocktails and play some Nevada trivia from the cards that are scattered around. From the bar, you'll be able to see the piles of fresh fruit that the mixologist use in the cocktails and the non-alcoholic drinks.
Some of the tavern's best known cocktails (many made from fresh fruit juices) are the Gordon’s Cup with gin, cucumber and fresh citrus with a touch of sea salt and then the Gold Rush with whiskey, clover honey, fresh lemon and angostura bitters.
The VC Mule (named after the nearby Virginia City) has vodka, fresh ginger syrup and lime, and it's topped with club soda and ginger candy. Other fun cocktails include the Abolitionist with moonshine, lemon, agave, blueberries, soda water and bitters and the Proclamation 119 (written by Abraham Lincoln), with Angel's Envy Bourbon, Pavan, simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and a dash of grapefruit bitters.
The tavern also has a nice selection of wine and beer on tap. The regional Nevada and California beers include Battle Born Beer, Green Flash, Headwall Hefe from the nearby Brewer’s Cabinet and brews from Pigeon Head and Under the Rose.
Wines by the glass are from the Boeger Barbera vineyard, Napa’s McManis Pino Grigio and the Emerald Bay brands from California’s OneBar.
If you want to stay away from the nighttime drinks, then 1864 also serves fresh, healthful juice like the Carson, with carrot, apple, orange, kale and ginger; the Vegas, with beet, apple, lemon and kale; and the Reno, with cucumber, lemon, honey and ginger.
1864 Tavern also has regular special events like trivia night and classes on rum, pisco, vermouth and the pesky green fairy: absinthe.