Happy Hour in Reno: 10Best Bars, Taverns & Beer Gardens

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.



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 summertime. The drink and food menu is extensive and you can order your choice of cocktail and several dozen wines and beer selections. Try the Framboise and the Margaritas on the rocks. Coors Light is $2. The menu includes various items such as thin crust pizza, vegetarian, chicken and beef sliders with crispy frites, Baked Mac & Cheese, Pear, Bacon and Gorgonzola Salad and Paninis.



No Reno bar list would be complete without one located inside a casino. The Terrace Lounge inside the Peppermill Resort Hotel is an upscale, but still approachable bar near the hotel's beautiful pools and gardens. Topped by a sculptural chandelier, the Terrace Lounge serves cocktails made with local ingredients, award-winning wines and a massive whiskey menu. You may also order appetizers from nearby restaurant, Biscotti's, while you wait for your dinner reservation. For speciality cocktails, try the St. George Green Chile Vodka with cold pressed strawberry juice and cucumber soda topped with lime or the 40 Thieves whiskey sour with Larceny Bourbon and blood orange foam.



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 Jungle. They feature a rotating selection of 11 draft beers from the Sierra Nevada Brewery, located in Chico, CA. Outdoor seating is available on the River Walk which gives you a front row seat to enjoy all the Downtown Festivals, Concerts, and Events without ever leaving the bar. Their selection of beers include Torpedo Extra IPA, Kellerweis Hefeweizen, Pale Ale, Life & Limb 2011 and the Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale. Every Wednesday night is trivial night and every Tuesday is the Taste of Reno night where local musical groups, poets and artists perform.



The Ole Bridge 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 shuffleboard. They have over a dozen beers and ciders on tap and feature a daily beer. Happy hour is from 5:00-7:00 Monday through Friday with 1/2 off pitchers and bottles of wine. The Ole Bridge Pub has a great patio for summer imbibing with views of the Truckee Riverwalk. The Ole Bridge is located just across the street from the downtown Reno movie theater and right next to Campo.



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 fun. Cocktails include the Brad Collins which is a Tom Collins with Applejack and the Limeade with Lime, Ginger Beer and Vodka. Beers include Rogue Mocha Porter, Orval Trappist Ale, St. Peter's Cream Stout, and Crispin Hard Cider. Wine and sake is also served. There is a pool table and darts at the Chapel and the music is alternative and can sometimes be loud. The Chapel has special events such as Cindo de Mayo, Kentucky Derby Day and a Halloween Party. Parking is limited and is located behind the bar next to Bangkok Cuisine.



Named after a local pine tree, Pi�on Bottle Company caters to those who really love their beer. Featuring a staggering number of bottled and on-tap beers, Pi�on is the place to go if you want to try one (or a few) beers you may never have heard of. The friendly staff and helpful bartenders will give you samples of their on tap beers so you can make the best decision. Most of the beers are local or regional and seasonal offerings are constantly changing. The interior is spacious and made for larger groups, so it can get busy. However, when the weather is nice, the large patio is perfect for a get together. In addition, you can order a pizza from Noble Pie next door and have it delivered to your table.



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 ingredients, many made by the creative mixologists. Sit at the bar and watch the show as the passionate bartenders craft a beautiful cocktail. Savor these drinks because they are not cheap. Most cocktails range between $11 and $15, but they are worth it. D&T also serves local and regional wine and beer. Death & Taxes is usually calm and quiet until later in the evening when this cozy bar can fill up.



The Eddy is a unique addition to the Reno bar scene. Located in the heart of Downtown by the Truckee River, the Eddy is an open-air bar and social scene surrounded and protected by shipping containers. Several of the containers hold three bars that serve various cocktails and local beers. The bars have minimal wine choices, but the bartenders are friendly. There are several bar seats as well as outdoor tables with shade. What's best about The Eddy is the courtyard with various games like giant Jenga, bocce and cornhole. There are a few interactive Burning Man sculptures, fire pits, bike parking, and some popup shops and galleries. Children and pets are also welcome.



The 1864 Tavern in the CalAve District is an homage to the state of Nevada. The decor is reminiscent of a Victorian home with a slight Steampunk vibe. The bar features Silver State themed cocktails like the Gold Rush with Whiskey, Honey Clover, Fresh Lemon, Angostura Bitters and the VC Mule with Vodka, Fresh Ginger Syrup, Lime and topped with club soda and ginger candy. 1864 also serves local and regional beer and wine and even freshly made juices for the non-drinking patron. 1864 also has some fun classes on mixology, whiskeys and absinthe as well as various music, historical and Steampunk events.



Contrary to the name of this bar, Rum Sugar Lime doesn't only offer mojitos and other tropical cocktails. Tucked into a brick building in Midtown Reno, this beautiful bar serves a streamlined menu of classic drinks where you can really enjoy the ingredients. The atmosphere of the bar is contemporary and clean with hints of polished tiki details. The menu includes both shaken and stirred drinks including the classic Daquiri. Other drinks include the Rum Tum Tum with rum, honey and lychee nut, the Saturn with gin, passionfruit, orgeat and Velvet Falernum. The bar also serves bottled beers and wines by the glass. The cocktails range in price from around $10 to $16 each and do take some time to create�so sit back and relax.


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