10Best Happy Hour Bars and Pubs in Lake Tahoe

One of the best ways to get a great drink and food deal in Lake Tahoe is to visit one of the local bars during Happy Hour. Many bars and pubs in the area will offer specials on wine and beer and sometimes even a signature cocktail like the Wet Woody at Gar Woods. There are also specials on small plates of food and appetizers. Happy hour is also a great place to meet locals just off work or other skiers, boarders and hikers just off the slopes.

Head to the River Grill in Tahoe City after a day of hiking to enjoy their daily afternoon happy hour. If the weather is nice, you can also sit on their deck by the Truckee River. Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company (also in Tahoe City) is a fun local hangout that features Tahoe inspired brews. If you are in the South Shore, head to The Brewery for their $3 handcrafted brewery pints and $4 house wines. Also in South Lake Tahoe is the Blue Angel Cafe, Try their organic food or hot coffee bar. If you are in Truckee, head to the Cottonwood for their wonderful bar and classic Tahoe ambiance.



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



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



The Lucky Beaver is a 24 hours sports bar on the Nevada side of the lake that also offers video poker and a large menu full of great burgers, sandwiches, salads and an appetizer menu with chicken wings and the famous Tower of Onion Rings. All...  Read More



7800 Bar & Grill is the only family owned restaurant and bar in the Kirkwood area and it shows. The place is packed on winter ski weekends and at night�especially during one of their many special events which includes free live bands,...  Read More

Olympic Valley


A hip place to eat and be seen, Mamasake in the beautiful Squaw Valley prepares sashimi, sushi (maki and nigiri), Japanese-style tapas, and an array of bowls and plates. Take in extreme skiing movies on the big-screen TV as you nibble on...  Read More

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant
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Gar Woods on Tahoe's West Shore is best known for it's wonderful pier and wooden boats, but it also has a great menu and a fun bar. The floor to ceiling windows, large deck and balconies provide breath taking views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra...  Read More

River Grill
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Winter or summer, locals flock to River Grill for its picturesque location along the Truckee River and its fresh, seasonal cuisine that makes the most of California's natural bounty. The dining room is outfitted in pine and provides pretty...  Read More



Jake's serves lunch only on weekends, but the seafood-focused menu is worth an entire week's wait. Enjoy spectacular views of the marina on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe as you dig into grilled prawns with basil and prosciutto, a shrimp and crab...  Read More

South Lake Tahoe


The Blue Angel Caf� in South Lake Tahoe offers unique and interesting meat and vegetarian dishes as well as desserts, wine beer and a generous happy hour. This cozy, little restaurant has a view of the lake, a place for eating outside, a...  Read More



Gunbarrel Tavern & Eatery is located in the Heavenly Village at the base of the gondola in Stateline, California. The menu at Gunbarrel Tavern offers diners classic favorites and seasonal features hand selected by celebrated Executive Chef...  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