10 Best Live Music Venues in the Lake Tahoe Area

Visiting a local bar in a casino or tucked away in the mountains for some live music is a great start (or end) to your nights up at Lake Tahoe. Many local bars offer all different kinds of live music to choose from including Blues, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass and Country. You only have to take your pick or do some bar hopping.

If you want an intimate venue with some low-key tunes, visit Moody's Bistro in Truckee. They offer a lot of blues and bluegrass bands on the weekends or the Fat Cat in Tahoe City. On Thursday nights, you can be the star during their Karaoke nights or just listen to some local lounge or jazz bands. The Divided Sky is tucked out of the way in Myers and offers great drinks, food and independent bands.

For something larger and louder, try the concerts at the Crystal Bay Club & Casino on the North Shore or the MontBleau Resort Casino & Spa or Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the South Shore. Each of these venues offer larger names and the Blu Nightclu at the MontBleau will feature celebrity DJs. If you want your own choice of music, head to Whiskey Dick's Saloon for their Internet-ready jukebox which plays a nice range of Joe Cocker and Metallica.



This Baja California favorite is nestled in the woods of the lovely Lake Tahoe. Situated in Harvey's Casino Resort, Cabo Wabo promises a good time, with great food and a lively vibe. Fridays and Saturdays boast live music. Drink specials all...  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



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



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 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

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



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



The Montbleu has 437 luxurious hotel rooms, many with spectacular lake and mountain views. The suites are designed for conferencing and entertaining, and feature a living area, big screen TV, dining and wet bar. Wireless internet access is...  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


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