10Best Reno Clubs to Dance and Flirt the Night Away

The Biggest Little City has a wide range of dance clubs where you can play late into the night. From concert halls with eclectic acts like Cargo and the Studio on 4th to DJ inspired dance clubs like LEX at the Grand Sierra Resort or the more relaxed Sapphire Lounge at Harrah's, you will be able to find a place to dance –and they are only a few miles or steps from each other.

If you want to see live music, Cargo Concert Hall at the Whitney Peak Hotel has some great acts and you can start out with dinner at Heritage, right next to the concert hall. More live music can be enjoyed with food at Brew Brothers at the Eldorado. For a gay friendly location, check out the wild and fun 5 Star Saloon near the Truckee River. Most special events and bar crawls can begin or end here. Of course, in the land of cowboys, don't forget Gilley's at the Nugget for some line dancing.



Of course in the land of cowboys, you have to do a little line dancing at Gilley's at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks. Gilley's features a lively, neon and rustic wood decorated restaurant, nightclub and all the boot stompin' fun to go with it. The dance floor features live entertainment as well as DJs, line dancing lessons and the beautiful Gilley Girls. Be the life of the party on the mechanical bull or just sit back with a craft beer and listen to bands like The Johnny Young Band and Rustler's Heat. Enjoy signature barbecue dishes made famous from the Nugget's Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff.



Shelter features an interesting mix of food, full bar, dancing and bowling. Located right in Downtown Reno. This over 21 bar and dance club has six lanes of bowling, a large dance floor with a good mix of music and a neon light bar with brews, wine and specialty cocktails. The extensive drink list includes exquisite tequilas from around the world. The food choices range from sliders and mini tacos to massive amounts of chili cheese fries and nice pizzas. Shelter can be rented out for private parties and special events and families are allowed to use the bowling lanes.

Knitting Factory
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The Knitting Factory is located in downtown Reno and features great music and performance shows for a low price. The venue is clean and spacious and there are various seating options including reserved and second floor. Seating is also available as well as table drink service. Bands such as Danzig, Flogging Molly, Reel Big Fish, Social Distortion, Machine Gun Kelly and a Johnny Cash Revival are some of the performances you will see at this popular venue. The full bar also serves food such as chicken fingers, nachos, fries and salads. Prices for drinks and food are a little pricey (about $10 a drink) but most concerts are affordable at about $20-$30 a ticket.

Brew Brothers
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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 in North America. The Brew Brothers is located in the Eldorado hotel and casino in downtown Reno. It's a fun place where you can get great draft microbrews, food an live music. The Brew Brothers brew their own beer and their specialties include the Big Dog IPA and the Wild Card Wheat Ale. Food includes pizza, burgers, sandwiches and salads. Try the Margarita Pizza and the Chicken and Apple Salad.

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 available every night. There is karaoke every Friday from 7-9, club dance parties every Friday and Saturday night from 9-2 a.m. with a live DJ and dance hits and the lounge will have special events for holidays with free samples and prizes. The Sapphire Lounge is never really crowded and the atmosphere is relaxes and a bit dressy.



The Studio on 4th is an eclectic live music venue located on one of the funkiest streets in Downtown Reno. With a full bar, a large dance floor and featured bands from all over the nation, this bar is the place to have some late night fun. The stage features live music from bands who specialize in jazz, blues, funk, reggae and good ol' rock. Special events like burlesque shows, costume parties and album release parties are also on the regular schedule. There are also regular open mic, karaoke and local comedy shows. The bar has about 20 tables and features mostly bottled beers



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 and groups of friends to party into the night. Visitors can purchase drinks at the Cargo bar or at the Heritage bar and restaurant at the front of the hotel. Cargo has featured acts by Reel Big Fish, The Airborne Toxic Event, The Saddle Tramps and the hilarious March Fourth Band of Portland. Cargo's ticket prices range around $20 for most events.



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 Star has a stripper pole and dancing cages and a wide range of visitors. This bar is conveniently located in downtown Reno near the West Street Market. A friendly environment for any sexual orientation is the main part of this saloon as well as live music, special events, free wi-fi and no cover charge.

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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 and excellent servers who provide bottle service. There are also security guards for the entrances and the restrooms. Various celebrity DJs like Steve Aoki, ENFO, perform regularly and the music changes every night. LEX also celebrates holidays like Halloween and New Year's with giant dance parties. Reservations are encouraged for special event nights and you can sign up ahead of time for VIP service.



Located in the stylish Peppermill Hotel, the EDGE nightclub embraces a 1920's style along with futuristic technical music, light shows and beautiful gogo dancers. This loungy club offers VIP seating, hot DJs on the weekends, choreographed dancing and a more dressed up style than any other club in town. Various cocktails, beer, wine and spirits are served at the club including Veuve Clicquot and Maker's Mark. Try the Blood Orange Margarita ($9, $32 pitcher) with Don Julio reposado and cointreau and blood orange puree. EDGE has a large dancefloor, two bars and an elegant entryway with a selfie station where you can get your photo taken with your friends. EDGE has some special event nights like Friday's Latin Dance Social with free salsa, bachata or cumbia lessons.


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