Thanks to its location at the base of the Sierra Nevadas, Reno is an easy drive for those looking for a way to warm up with a cocktail or beer after a long day on the slopes. The combination of upscale lounges, sports bars and classic casino joints means there’s something for every looking for some après-ski relaxing. Whether meeting friends to hash out the day over some craft beer, keeping the excitement up at a nightclub, or enjoying fine dining at a food and wine bar, Reno has some of the best options for chilling out – and warming up – after a day out on the mountain.
Where: 2707 South Virginia St., Peppermill Casino
What: Classic casino lounge, complete with indoor fire pit
Locally voted as the best lounge in town, the Fireside lives up to its name, with patrons cozying up with a drink around a glowing fire pit, right in the middle of the lounge. The plush booths feature state-of-the art individual surround sound systems and plasma TVs, perfect for relaxing while enjoying the lounge's drinks and appetizer specials.
Where: 255 N. Virginia St., in the Whitney Peak Hotel
What: Dining, wine bar, specialty cocktails
In the heart of Reno, situated near the arch lies the Whitey Peak Hotel – and inside, Heritage Bar and Restaurant. With a mission to feature locally-produced products, the bar also features a full snack menu of items like shrimp biscuits and Gilroy garlic fries. Don't miss their Heritage Sessions, a monthly live music series brought in conjunction with Reno's Artown initiative.
Where: The Atlantis Casino Resort, 3800 S. Virginia St.
What: Whisky of the World and a munchables menu
At this fun and no-frills bar and lounge, you can catch any number of sporting events, and even place wagers on them at the accompanying Race & Sports Book should the mood hit. Perfect post-mountain munchies include empanadas, chili and burgers, and the bar is known for its 90 varieties of whisky from around the world.
Where: Inside the Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 407 North Virginia St.
What: Sophisticated, classy club
Described as Reno's "sexiest, most intimate club," the Aura Ultra Lounge has been given the distinction of being voted "Best Casino Bar" by locals. Happy hour runs from 7 to 9 p.m., when the DJs take over and get the dancing started. Aura features full bottle service, and a menu of specialty cocktails and premium liquors.
Where: In Roxy Bistro, Eldorado Resort Casino 345 North Virginia St.
What: 102 of the best martinis in Reno
Winner of both the DiRoNa Award and Wine Spectator's "Award of Excellence,” Roxy’s Lounge boasts over a hundred styles of martinis, 350 wines and live piano and singing every night. If post-skiing hunger is a factor, the accompanying restaurant features a full menu of award winning bistro fare. Hit the lounge between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. for $5 martinis.
Where: The Grand Sierra Resort Bowling Center, 2500 East Second St.
What: Bowling, beer and pool
Not ready for the fun to end after the slopes close for the day? The GSR’s Bowling Center is open late and features a full bar with beer in bottle and on tap, plus pool tables and a 24-hour snack bar if hunger strikes. If you’re lucky, you’ll hit a cosmic bowling event, where the lights come down and the alley glows.