10Best Early Entertainment Spots in Lake Tahoe

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.



The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Stateline is the lake's newest casino and nightlife hotspot and the music venue, Vinyl, features various singer/songwriters, local and tribute bands, open mic nights, comedy routines and late night dancing, as...  Read More

Crystal Bay Club Casino


The Crystal Bay Casino has been voted one of the best casinos in the Lake Tahoe area, but they don't let it go to their head. This casual and friendly casino on the North Shore has become known for its excellent selection of live shows as well...  Read More



Cutthroat's Saloon in the Hyatt Lake Tahoe in Incline Village is a bar that serves up a taste of the Wild West. The decor is a fun mix of cowboy, ranch and the beauty of Lake Tahoe. The ceiling is filled with dollar bills and the massive wooden...  Read More



The comfortable and mellow bar is a little off the beaten track in Meyers, but is a popular locals spot for their drinks, food and live music. Come in for one of their famous sandwiches and stay later into the night for live entertainment and...  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

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

Olympic Valley


It's no surprise that the Auld Dubliner has the unmistakable feel of an authentic Irish pub – it was built in Ireland before being taken apart, shipped to California, and reassembled. In its new home, the pub attracts folks with nine draft...  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



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



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


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