Kava, Bocce & Drag Queens: 10Best Reno Nightlife Hotspots

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

Visit the burgeoning mixology and game scene in the Biggest Little City and head to Bundox Bocce or The Rack, both in Downtown Reno. For some local brews and lively trivia night crowds the Sierra Tap House or Ceol Irish Pub are also spots to enjoy a late night out.

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 LEX Nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort. If you like live music, visit the Cargo Concert Hall or enjoy some bluegrass and blues at the Mountain Music Parlor, which is just south of downtown.



Located in a historic hotel in Downtown Reno, Faces NV is Reno's newest gay bar and music venue. From the friendly bouncers and bartenders to the fun staff and patrons, a night out in this elegantly designed club with black chandeliers is a nice...  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. They feature a rotating selection...  Read More



The Mountain Music Parlor in Midtown is dedicated to keeping the classic sounds of Bluegrass, Blues, American Roots, Appalachian and Celtic alive. Located in a restored home in the heart of the arts district, the venue features a 50 seat music...  Read More



With Reno's interesting mixture of cowboys, cannibus, tattoos and Burning Man, there's no question as to why the BlueBird Nightclub is one of the more popular stops on a night out. Located in the up-and-coming Distillery District, The...  Read More

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LEX Nightclub is the premier nightclub in Northern Nevada. Located in the Grand Sierra Resort near Downtown Reno, the club offers upscale concerts, dancing, networking and themed parties. The club has several bar locations, private VIP booths...  Read More



Located in the Whitney Peak Hotel in Downtown Reno, Cargo features a wide range of local, regional and international acts, bands, musicians and album release parties. The industrial style concert hall is intimate, but large enough for dancing...  Read More



The Rack is a bit difficult to find at first (being underneath Virginia Street), but once you find it you will want to stay the rest of the night. This stylish bowling alley is not only great for night owls, but also for families. The Rack has...  Read More



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...  Read More



Bundox Bocce is one of Reno's newest gathering places. Located inside the Reno Renaissance Downtown Hotel, this adult playground is home to several indoor and outdoor bocce courts, shuffleboard and skee ball. There's no need to know all the...  Read More



Located in the popular Riverwalk District in the West Street Market, Sol Kava is a warm and friendly bar to try spicy and relaxing kava kava. Widely used in places like Fiji, Sol keeps the drink pure with traditional kava or a variety of mixes...  Read More


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