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Reno's bar scene is hot and in one night you can take your pick of contemporary tiki bars to outdoor beer gardens–all within a few steps of Downtown. Dress up and head to the Terrace Lounge at the Peppermill resort their specialty whiskeys or to Midtown's Death & Taxes for well-crafted and creative cocktails. Or dress down and visit the The Eddy beer garden on the Truckee River or the nearby Ole Bridge Pub to enjoy summer events.
If you are primarily a beer drinker, Reno has an amazing amount of places to enjoy both local and regional brews. Piñon Bottle Company has a huge number of bottled and canned beers to choose from (and to take home), and the Sierra Tap House features many of the area's brewery offerings.
For a taste of Nevada's history, head over to 1864 (Nevada's founding year) and try some old-style cocktails like mules and absinthe-based drinks.