Most visitors to Reno only get to know the downtown area around the famous Reno Arch, but Reno actually has several districts that have their own distinct flavor. These districts are just around the downtown area and within easy reach of the hotel casinos.
Reno is the home of Artown, the month-long art celebration in July, and this area around the Truckee River right next to downtown has been labeled the Arts District with distinct signage, wind powered art, public murals, parks and popular coffee shops, restaurants and bars. To meet some locals, hang out at Java Jungle or Jungle Vino, the West Street Market, Beaujolais Bistro, Silver Peak, the Sierra Tap House, Se7en Tea House and Bar, the Imperial Lounge or the Brüka Theater.
The CalAve District is along California Avenue in the SoDo (South of Downtown) area of town. California Avenue features high end shopping like the Kalifornia Jean Bar, great culture such as the award-winning Nevada Museum of Art, restaurants like Peg’s Glorified Ham and Eggs and the Blue Plate, and bars like the Biggest Little City Club and the St. James Infirmary. The CalAve District is easy to walk around, has nice street lights and good sidewalks.
This district is located between South Virginia Street and Holcomb Avenue also in the SoDo area. There are no distinct boundaries, but the architecture consists of 80-year old brick homes and brand new modern style condos. This area is eclectic and includes restaurants, tattoo parlors, bars and charming restaurants. The shopping spots in this area include Junkee Clothing Exchange, the Stremmel Gallery, Pickled Tink and Micano Home & Garden Decor. Restaurants include the popular Süp, India Kabab and Curry, Miguel’s Mexican and Bangkok Cuisine. Popular local bars include the Chapel, the Irish pub Ceol and the original location of the Silver Peak Brewery. For coffee, check out the Hub.
Wells Avenue District
Wells Avenue has evolved over the years into Reno’s Latin district and is dominated by Latin shops and grocery stores as well as some pet stores, clothing shops, a vegetarian restaurant and an interesting vibrant feel. Sidewalks have been widened and bike lanes have been added. The homes around the area are bungalow style and many have been added to historic registers. The most popular places to visit on Wells is the Reno Little Theater, King Ranch Market, Dandelion Deli, Rapscallion, PJ & Company and Juicy’s Giant Hamburgers.
4th Street District
4th Street is very long and runs from West to East from Verdi through downtown Reno and almost into Sparks. It had a bad reputation for many years, but over the past decade has become an eclectic and interesting place to shop, eat and hang out. The popular local spots to eat are Mi Casa Too, 4th Street Bistro, Washoe Steakhouse, Louis’ Basque Corner and the Gold-n-Silver Inn. Places to shop include Lavender Ridge, Forever Yours Furniture, Wildflower Village and Twin City Surplus. For some nightlife, try the Underground bar and concert house or the Lincoln Lounge.