The Reno bar culture is hopping with bars of all different flavors. Local bars are the most popular with Renoites usually sticking to their favorites. Many of these are within a walking distance to the downtown area, so they are easy to access. A few of these bars serve signature drinks and some even have weekly trivia nights. Nearly all have happy hour specials and a few serve hors d’ oeuvres or food. Here are the top five (local favorite) Reno bars.
The Imperial is very popular on summer nights because of its large open windows, but is also a great place to hang out in the winter. The decor is elegant with dark wood and tons of space and free wi-fi.They serve some excellent wines, mixed drinks and beers. They also serve a wide range of food in a tapas style so you can begin and end your night here.
The very popular Sierra Tap House is the place to be during special events near the Truckee River. The Tap House is small, but that doesn’t stop the locals from cramming themselves in to play weekly trivia games, watch the action on the river or the games on the TV’s over the bar. The bartenders are cute and friendly and they serve up beers from the Sierra Nevada Brewery. On Thursday nights they serve up menu items from the nearby Java Jungle for only $5 and they have several tables outside so you can enjoy the sunshine or the cool nights.
Named after the Irish word for “music”, Ceol might be Reno’s favorite Irish pub. The space is large, but cozy, and their signature drinks include some excellent whiskeys. Ceol also hosts a weekly trivia night, live bands on Friday and Saturday nights and their happy hour is from 3-7 every day.
This bar attracts the local law community and a lively crowd in the summertime. St. James is known for their great outdoor patio and very nice decor. They have one of the best and biggest beer selections in town and are known for their interesting cocktails. They offer live music and a jukebox with alternative rock classics.
Jungle Vino, right next to Java Jungle has some excellent happy hour specials daily from 3-6 p.m., a small bar and a few tables. Sit by the window and watch the action on First Street.
Photo Courtesy of [Sierra Tap House]