10 Best Bars and Clubs in Lake Tahoe

If you are looking for some after-hours fun in the Lake Tahoe area, there are a variety of bars, events and places to hang out into the early mornings. Most place at Lake Tahoe are laid back, local-style bars, but you will find some dance clubs like the Vex at Harrah's in Stateline, the Opal at Montbleu or the higher-end Cottonwood in Truckee. The nightlife in Tahoe is more for the after boarding crowd rather than the apres ski crowd. However a lot of bars like the Fat Cat in Tahoe City and the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City will have some great live music.

Places like Pete n' Peter's is great for hanging out with locals, shooting some pool or darts and the Bar of America in Truckee is where you might see some local and national celebrities. Visit the Genoa Bar in Genoa, NV which is the oldest working bar in the state and come complete with the original spider webs on the ceiling and some artifacts from the late 1800s. The Divided Sky in Meyers near South Lake Tahoe is a little more laid back and less known, but features great drinks, food and some local bands.

If you want a little more culture (with a glass of wine included) you can hold out until the summer and make a reservation at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Thousands of people every year attend this popular event where the Bard is performed on the shores of the lake. You can bring your own picnic and a bottle of wine and make it a real night out.



The Genoa Bar is a bit of a drive down Kingsbury Grade to the small town of Genoa, but it's worth it to visit the "Oldest Continually Operating Thirst Parlor" in the state of Nevada. This bar has been continuously on the bar route in this area...  Read More



Moody's has become one of the best places for lunch, dinner and drinks in downtown Truckee. Their menu has been Zagat rated and they also offer a great selection of live music in their classic lounge.They are known for their season, organic and...  Read More



The Opal nightclub at the Montbleu resort in Stateline is a fun place to dance and party the night away. The club has a dance floor and a large bar with a variety of beers, wine and cocktails. The cover charge is $10 and on Saturday nights...  Read More



This small cafe in Tahoe City is a mix of everything: sports bar meets lunch place meets gathering area meets live music venue. It is a beautiful, little place with comfy places to sit and plenty of parking. The decor is a mix of dark wood, nice...  Read More



This local favorite in the Western town of Virginia City has a bit of history attached to it as well as a fun bar and pub grub. This bar was the first place that Janis Joplin played with Big Brother and the Holding Company. Other bands like the...  Read More



The Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company is located right in the heart of Tahoe City, near the Cobbleworks Mall and across the street from Commons Beach. This new brew pub has been created to features the craft beers from the brewery in Truckee,...  Read More

Uncorked Wine Bar
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Uncorked has three locations in the Tahoe area: Tahoe City, Squaw Valley and Truckee. Each of the locations feature fine wines, cheeses and wine accessories. Join them for wines by the glass, cheese plates, wine tastings, live music, and "Meet...  Read More



The Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar in Truckee is located on a small hillside overlooking downtown Truckee, the Truckee River and the railroad that runs through town. This might be one of the reasons why this is such a popular night spot in both...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Whiskey Dick's the one of the original South Tahoe dive bars frequented by both tourists and locals. The saloon features live music on most weekends by alternative, rock, bluegrass and classic tunes. When the stage is not occupied, a jukebox is...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


Himmel Haus is a German restaurant and bierhaus featuring a wide variety of German and Belgian biers and wines with a simple menu of Bavarian-inspired food with a local California twist. The menu includes locally made and sustainably harvested...  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