Bocce, Bowling & Beers: 10Best Reno Nightlife and Late-Night 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 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 Sapphire Lounge at Harrah's Hotel & Casino or LEX Nightclub at the Grand Sierra Resort. If you like live music, visit the Cargo Concert Hall or enjoy some rollicking Irish tunes at Ceol Irish Pub, which is just south of downtown.

5 Star Saloon is the longest running gay bar in Nevada and has been open since 1971. This funky bar in Downtown, right across from the Truckee River, has also made a name for itself for being a bit raunchy and for its crazy theme nights. The...  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

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

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

Airport Area

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


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