After a day of hiking, mountain biking, swimming or skiing, sometimes you just have to call it an early night. These 10Best nightspots in Lake Tahoe offer it all: food, drink and some early entertainment so that you can hit the hay before 10 p.m. Several of these bars and restaurants offer live music, while some offer gaming, open mic night, karaoke and even ghost stories.
For some quick food and great beer, try the Auld Dubliner at Squaw Valley and take advantage of their live music nights. Another place to grab some great beer is at Himmel Haus in South Lake Tahoe. They also have a mic night and some very authentic German food. For some cocktails and locally sourced food, try Moody's Bistro or the Cottonwood in Truckee. Each have live music nights that start early. Get out of the main tourist area and head to Meyers for the live music nights at Divided Sky.
For something unusual, go to Virginia City (about an hour from Tahoe) and go to the Tuesday night lectures at the Gold Hill Hotel. Grab dinner, a drink at the Gold Hill Saloon and listen to historians chat about Nevada miners, prostitutes and ghosts.