If you are visiting Lake Tahoe during the winter season, one way to stay warm and to avoid going out in the weather is to experience the nightlife at your hotel bar. These five bars in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Virginia City area are some of the coolest around.
The Sunnyside Resort on the West Shore of the lake has a cozy bar that looks out on the lodge’s deck, pier and the lake and mountains beyond. Food such as Caesar Salad, Calamari, Burgers and Pulled Pork Tacos can be ordered at the bar along with drinks like the bar’s Alpine Apple Pie or the Alpenglow-Tini. They also serve wines by the glass from Nine Hats, Duckhorn and Fish Eye.
Even though the Gold Hill Hotel near Virginia City is about an hour drive from the East Shore of Lake Tahoe, the hotel’s bar is so much fun, especially in the winter. The Gold Hill Hotel is the oldest hotel in Nevada and you will know that you have stepped back into Wild West history when you visit the bar. It is dark and built with railroad pillars and granite, the bartender is friendly and down to Earth and there is a huge fireplace in the corner of the bar. If you want to leave your mark at the Gold Hill Hotel bar, write or draw on a one dollar bill and tack it to the walls to mingle with the hundreds of other dollar bills that other visitors have left behind.
If you are staying at the River Ranch Lodge on the banks of the Truckee River, head down to the cozy and lively apres-ski bar that is located in the restaurant. You can sit at the bar, in a warm booth or by the lounge fireplace. Winter Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4:30-6:00 and they offer $2 PBRs, $3 house wine, $4 well drinks and draft beer.
The Truckee Hotel has been located on the main street of historic downtown Truckee for over 125 years. The hotel itself does not have a bar, but the very popular Moody’s Bistro is located in the same building where the Happy Hour is hoppin’. Most Friday and weekend nights you can enjoy live music at the bar.
This beautiful (and dog friendly) hotel just north of downtown Truckee has a full bar in the lobby along with a cozy gas fireplace and friendly people. While you are relaxing with your drink, the hotel lobby offers free evening snacks.
Photo of the Gold Hill Hotel courtesy of Reno Tahoe Territory