Best Sports Bars in Tahoe

10Best Sports Bars and Grills in Lake Tahoe

Don't miss out on your favorite game during your weekend in Lake Tahoe. Each of these 10Best sports bars and grills in the Tahoe area accommodate sports fans of all types and serve up great bar food and drinks. Many of the bars are frequently visited by locals so you will also meet up with fellow Tahoe lovers.

For some apres ski or even summertime sports events, check out Rocker@Squaw in the Village at Squaw Valley for their delicious burgers, happy hour brews or signature drinks. The Lucky Beaver in Stateline on the Nevada side of the lake is a bustling and lively sports bar with thick burgers and onions rings to go along with the game. The Blue Coyote Bar & Grill is also bustling with sports fans around their multiple TV screens. Their pizza, burgers and hot wings are readily available.

If you want to focus on the drinks, try old favorites on tap at the Pete n' Peter's in Tahoe City or the Brewery on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Each of these brewpubs makes their own local beer with Tahoe-themed names like the Bad Ass Ale and the Sugar Pine Porter. For something a little unusual, head down to the tiny town of Genoa to visit the oldest thirst parlor in Nevada.


Brooks' Bar & Deck at the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort near South Lake Tahoe is located right in front of the water and some of the best golfing in the area. The bar features an expansive deck, sweeping vaulted ceilings, walls of glass windows, and multiple flatscreen TVs tuned to the biggest games of the day. The bar features a number of quality local and regional beers on tap and a variety of signature cocktails including daily specials. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as casual dining fare. Deluxe appetizers and entrees and sophisticated comfort food can be ordered with all drinks. Try the 19th Hole Platter with artichoke spinach dip, hummus, pita, olives, tortilla chips, crudites and peppers ($19).

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Brooks' Bar & Deck offers both excellent views of the outdoors and ongoing sports events on multiple TVs

Christina's expert tip: Golf Digest magazine named Brooks' one of the "Best Golf Pubs" in the world in 2016.

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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 since 1863 and used to be called a "gentleman's saloon". These days it's a fun local bar that has a lot of the original antiques, lighting and even some very old spiderwebs. The old Jukebox plays even older music and there are some retro slot machines, animal heads on the walls, a wood-burning stove, a pool table and a friendly bartender. Raquel Welch's bra hangs from the ceiling and people like Clark Gable and Johnny Cash sat here. Basic beers and hard liquor are served here and you can enjoy them inside the bar or while sitting on the rickety, old front porch.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: While not a typical sports bar, the Genoa Bar is the oldest thirst parlor in Nevada and worth a visit.

Christina's expert tip: The Genoa Bar also has an outdoor seating area with a historic potbelly stove fired up on cooler nights

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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 bar is lit by glowing lanterns, leather bar stools and filled with fun drinks served in big Mason jars. Cutthroat's Saloon also serves food like barbecue, chili, salads, burgers, soups fish and chips and desserts. The drink menu has cocktails, beers, wine and well drinks.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Along with its full menu, Cutthroat's Saloon has 17 TV screens for all special sporting events.

Christina's expert tip: The saloon will also have live entertainment from local country, blues and rock bands on certain weekend nights.

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Casual and relaxed, this sports bar has been a Tahoe City fixture for over 25 years. The recipe for success is simple: pool tables, shuffleboard, five big-screen TVs, and a tasty selection of Mexican and American fare from their sister restaurant, Pepper's Taqueria. Frosty Budweiser, Red Hook, Sierra Nevada and other favorites are on tap, and there's a fine bottled selection as well. If you burn too many calories playing shuffleboard, try Duke's Crummy Hard Taco with cheese, salsa and your choice of filling for only $3. Locals form the majority of the clientele at Pete n' Peter's, but all are welcome.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Pete n' Peter's attracts a lot of locals, so this is a fun place to meet a few of them.

Christina's expert tip: Pete n' Peter's offers prizes and drink and food specials for all Monday Night Football games

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South Lake Tahoe

With original ales and fresh pub grub, the Brewery at Lake Tahoe is another local favorite. The summer crowds will fill the outdoor tables, but the winter crowds create a cozy atmosphere for your after skiing adventures. Try the Bad Ass Ale and the Bad Ass Pizza. You will look pretty...well...badass. Along with its huge pizzas, the Brewery also serves up appetizers like fried zucchini and ravioli, sandwiches and burgers like the hot pastrami on rye and the Portabella Mushroom Burger. They also have salads and a really good French Onion Soup. Their beer selection runs the gamut from Miller and Coors to local microbrews like Sierra Nevada and Deschutes. They also have their own brews including the fore-mentioned Bad Ass Ale, the refreshing Alpine Amber Ale and the Summery Washoe Wheat Ale.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Brewery has some great food and drink choices with their sports events.

Christina's expert tip: The Brewery's happy hour is from 3:00-5:00 every day and features $4 pints and well drinks.

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Known for its many TVs to watch any of the big games, the Blue Coyote Bar & Grill in Truckee, California is hands-down a great place for locals and visitors to grab a quick and tasty bite, some brews and watch their choice of sports. The Blue Coyote's appetizer menu has a large selection of pub grub including Nooch's Wings of Fire which are Buffalo wings smothered in your choice of chipotle hot, Baltimore, BBQ, sweet Thai, teriyaki or Truckee Style dipping sauces. Other items include sweet potato fries and the Gutt Bomb � french fries topped with chili and shredded cheddar auburn style, onions and tomatoes. Smaller plates are also offered including tacos, quesadillas and sliders. For larger plates check out the Carolina Pulled Pork BBQ sandwich, the Coyote Cuban or a Philly Cheesesteak. Burgers are also on the menu in various forms. The bar has a large selection of beers on tap including PBR, Black Butte and Sierra Nevada. A huge selection of bottled beer and wine as well as cocktails are available as well.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Blue Coyote might have the most TVs of any sports bar in the area.

Christina's expert tip: Don't let "bar" fool you. The Blue Coyote is a child-friendly place to eat.

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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 ingredients. The bier menu includes Pilsner, Helles, Hefe Weizen, Dunkel Marzen, Bock and Doppelbock as well as Belgian biers like Lambic, Blond, Wit, Ale and Trappist biers like Chimay and Rochefort Ale. Himmel Haus has special events all week including movie nights, live music, open mic night and trivia night. Their summer BierFest is popular as well as their Oktoberfest celebration.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: This is a fun local's hangout after a long day of skiing.

Christina's expert tip: The Warm Braided Br–tchen will take you back to northern Germany.

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Lucky Beaver, Bar & Burger
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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 of the Lucky Beaver's 1/2 lb. burgers are made with a combination of short ribs and chuck roast and are tall and juicy. The classic Beaver Burger is only $12 with all the fixings and the Gambler with applewood smoked bacon, beer-battered onion rings, smoky BBQ sauce and cheddar cheese is $14. The bar features popular beers on tap as well as in the bottle and serves up signature cocktails, wine and beer. The bar has video poker and large screen TVs that show various sports and special events and the bar is hopping on Super Bowl Sunday and during other local and regional football events.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Because it is open 24 hours, Lucky Beaver is THE place to watch any large sporting event in the area.

Christina's expert tip: The Lucky Beaver Bar & Burger also serves steak dinners all night long.

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Olympic Valley

Rocker@Squaw is the latest restaurant to hit the Village at Squaw in North Lake Tahoe. The casual but lively restaurant and bar feature rustic elegant decor, large screen TVs for various sporting events and a menu that features delicious burgers, sandwiches, salads and their famous nachos. The menu also features seasonal and vegetarian items like the Black Bean Burger with chipotle mayo ($14) and the Wild Arugula Salad ($13) with strawberries, grapes and goat cheese. Carnivore dishes include the Rock Out Your Own Burger ($15) with 1/2 lb of Certified Angus Beef served with your choice of cheese, avocado, mushrooms or a farm-fresh pasture-raised fried egg. The drink menu is a good size with the Rocker's Signature Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Margarita ($12) and the tasty Pomegranate & Rosemary White Sangria ($10) with fresh pomegranate seeds. Their drink menu also features California wines and beers from Alaska Brewery and Common Cider.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Rocker@Squaw fills both a sports bar and pub niche in this area of North Lake Tahoe.

Christina's expert tip: Rocker's Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 5:30. Check out their draft beers for only $4.

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South Lake Tahoe

Pick 6 is South Lake Tahoe's newest sports lounge and grill. It features a two-story open plan similar to a ski lodge. Along with craft beer, cocktails and special events, Pick 6's grill also serves up some delicious plates that veer away from typical sports bar food. Check out appetizers such as Thai Lettuce Wraps with Asian slaw ($12.95) or Ahi Poke Nachos with house-made sauce ($14.95). Main dishes include burgers, sandwiches and wraps as well as soup and salad. For something that will warm you up during the winter season, order the Chef's Famous Jambalaya with prawns and andouille sausage ($17.95). Pick 6 features live music as well as live coverage of various sport events and drink specials to go along with each event.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Pick 6 features excellent, fast service and great beer and drink specials during featured sporting events.

Christina's expert tip: The second-floor loft has great views of the outside and the action downstairs.

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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