Known as “the biggest little city in the world,” Reno is one of Nevada’s most popular cities. Reno’s food, art and culture is constantly thriving and the bar scene is no exception. From classic dive bars to some more up-scale options, take a look at some of the best bars in the city.
Located right in downtown Reno, The Depot is a trendy bar that was remodeled from an old train station. The decor builds on the existing space and combines it with modern elements creating a cool, but calming ambiance. The Depot is also a brewery and a distillery so the beer on tap is plentiful and varied. The food is also celebrated, in particular the popular Depot burger.
With a slightly rustic feel, The Brewer’s Cabinet is a small but cozy, bar located in midtown. It boasts a spacious and charming patio for outdoor seating, and the Sunday football is always on. Brewer’s Cabinet offers anything from full meals to bar snacks, but is especially known for its great burgers. More importantly, there is an expansive selection of local beer for anyone wanting to try what Reno has to offer.
Unlike any other bar, Pignic Pub & Patio offers a completely new experience. There is no kitchen; instead, an old house has been remodeled with the patio used to create a community grill concept. Customers have the option of bringing in their own food or can purchase meat there to grill themselves. All of this is in addition to the fully-fledged bar and sports parlor that Pignic & Patio provides.
Bar, American, Vegetarian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Located in midtown, Chapel Tavern has a vibe that is somewhere between hipster locale and dive bar. Although no food is served here, the variety of drinks is superb. The staff is knowledgeable and can assist in finding something new to try out, and there is a particular emphasis on whiskeys.
Specializing in cocktails, The Z Bar really delivers. There is an extensive menu with all sorts of craft cocktails that are made with fresh ingredients behind the long bar lining the room. In addition to the bar, there is an outdoor seating area with a fire pit. Z Bar has excellent service, but doesn’t serve food, choosing instead to focus on its creativity in cocktail concoction.
Cocktail Bar, American, Fast Food, Cocktails, Wine, Beer
Situated in downtown Reno, Lincoln’s Lounge is a quiet and eclectic bar, good for some drinks or a game of pool. In addition, the vast array of classic and unique beers along with great service makes it even better. One of the best nights Lincoln Lounge has to offer is Soul Night—although jam packed, it is a great night filled with old hits. Lincoln Lounge also has a program called “mug club” which allows customers to mark off every time they try a new beer—the reward is an Abraham Lincoln mug.
Bar, American, Vegetarian, Fast Food, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Our Bar has all the quaintness of a neighborhood bar, but in the big city. Serving both food and drinks, Our Bar has a very innovative menu—including avocado fries—and a standard drink selection. A great locale for a meal, some drinks or a game of pool.
A refurbished, modernized dive bar, St. James Infirmary‘s hip decor creates a fun atmosphere. There is also a rooftop bar which is ideal for warmer nights. Though there is no food served, the bartenders are friendly and various themed nights makes St. James Infirmary one of the most fun places to spend an evening in Reno.
Bar, Pub, American, Pub Grub, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, $$$
Although on the smaller side, Sierra Tap House is an excellent local bar on the river. Sierra Taphouse is near everything and is a good center point to come for a beer. With both indoor and outdoor seating, there is also an option to order from the restaurant upstairs. As an extra plus, Sierra Taphouse has a large selection of board games available to help rig your group together.
Bar, American, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Cocktails, Wine, Beer
Royce is a bar in downtown Reno that is was established with the intent of lingering visits. Although there is an expanded drinks menu, the main focus is on wine and whiskey, of which there is a multitude of choices. Royce offers a delicious food menu—of which the burger is a must-try—however, it is only served until nine in the evening. Perhaps one of the biggest draws of Royce is the cozy fireplace, which makes it even harder to leave.