Lake Tahoe is renowned for its fabulous skiing and snowboarding, with thousands flocking to the surrounding mountains every year to take full advantage of the conditions. The communities that have sprung up around the lake have something for every walk of life, if in search of places to hang out with friends, or high-end, fast-paced nightlife. After a brisk day in the mountains, hit up one of these Lake Tahoe watering holes for good drinks, good food and good times.
What: Beer, wine and sophistication
Where: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 50 U.S. 50, Stateline
In the heart of the Hard Rock lies Center Bar, a 24/7 bar with both a stage and screens for music. The bar features bottled and draft beers, and a well-priced wine tasting program. Warm up with a drink at Center before heading to the resort’s Vinyl to catch music, comedy or dancing.
What: A Scottish pub experience at Lake Tahoe
Where: 1041 Fremont Ave., South Lake Tahoe
MacDuff's, brought to the lake by two brothers from Aberdeen, Scotland, offers traditional pub fare like shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and steak and Guinness stew, plus newer favorites like truffled mac and cheese and stone fruit salad. Rounding out the menu are a full line of wine choices and pints of craft beer.
What: Comfort food and craft beer
Where: 2544 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
A perfect spot to refuel between runs or to relax at after a full day of skiing, Coldwater brews its own beer on site, drawing inspiration from the Sierra. The grill offers a seasonal lunch and dinner menu with brunch specials every Sunday.
What: Music, sports and pool in a classic dive bar atmosphere
Where: 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
Pool, darts and shuffleboard – plus live music on the weekends – make Whiskey Dick’s the go-to place for those looking for a fun dive bar the place to be. Visit on Wednesday nights for free pool and cheap drink specials.
What: Tastings and by-the-glass wines by the lake
Where: 475 North Lake Blvd., Suite 151, Tahoe City
Uncorked demonstrates their expertise with a wines of the world menu, with wines offered for tasting, by-the-glass and by-the-bottle purchase. During the winter season, the bar is inviting winemakers to personally pour and share their wares at their Meet the Winemaker events. Three wines for $10 can be paired with light snacks in the form of cheese, nuts and olives.