10Best Live Music Venues in Reno and Sparks

Surprisingly, a city as small as Reno has a huge variety of live music options. Whether you want to have a special night out or a casual evening with a glass of beer, here are the 10Best places to hear and see live music in the Biggest Little City.

For a special night out, pick up some tickets for a Broadway musical at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Reno. This venue is known to have some of the best shows in the area including Motown: The Musical and world-renowned performances by international orchestras. For something a little more intimate, check out the Nightingale Concert Hall at UNR for classical and chamber music.

For a more casual night out, check out the Mountain Music Parlor in Midtown for bluegrass, blues and Appalachian music. Gilley's at the Nugget in Sparks will get your boots stompin' and the acts at Cargo Concert Hall at the Whitney Peak are nationally known.

MidTown Wine Bar in Midtown Reno not only features live music and special events five nights a week, but also a wide selection of wines, craft beer, specialty drinks and gourmet cheese plates. You can also order your favorite meals from nearby...  Read More

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...  Read More

Great Basin Brewing Company
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One of the most popular places in Reno/Sparks for pub grub and microbrews. Great Basin is home to the hoppy Icthyosaur Pale Ale. "Gimme an Icky" is the calling card of this place located on Victorian Square. Other brews besides the Icky include...  Read More

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...  Read More

Located on the beautiful University of Nevada, Reno campus, Nightingale Concert Hall features an intimate venue to listen to classical music and watch dance performances. The hall (located inside the Church Fine Arts building) features 615 seats...  Read More

Ceol Irish Pub
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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

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...  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 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

Designed by a student of Buckminster Fuller, the gold dome of the Pioneer Center of Performing Arts is located right in the middle of Downtown Reno and is part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2005. The Pioneer features various...  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