Tour the establishments serving libations enjoyed decades ago when cool cats jumped, jived and wailed. If you’re yearning to embrace the concoctions of yesteryear, here are a few favorites to pull up to in your ruby red coupe deville.
Grateful for gimlets
Step into The Depot in the Brewery District and you will feel the rich history embodied by the building and the menu. The three-story building was built in 1910 to serve as the headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. It now houses the state’s first combined brewery and distillery serving their delicious take on the gimlet named “the little city gimlet.” They mix their house-distilled Depot High Country Gin, fresh lime juice, agave nectar, fresh basil and cucumber for a refreshingly crisp cocktail.
Milk punch madness
At Chapel Tavern on South Virginia Street, you can sit outside enjoying the hot rods as they cruise on by while you sip on a cellared passed bright milk punch. Historically known as the drink of choice for riverboat gamblers and swindlers of the dirty south, clarified milk punches are made with separated whole milk with a transparent, silky, velvety texture mixed with bourbon, simple syrup and dairy-curdling citrus leaving a slightly sweet, slightly sour flavor.
Dark and stormy delight
For a tasty drink and interesting ambiance, drop by Death & Taxes Provisions and Spirits in Reno’s Midtown District. These folks make all their fresh artisanal cocktails with seasonal ingredients, housemade syrups and infusions. Their dark and stormy combines Skipper Demerara Rum, kaffir lime cordial, fresh lime and house ginger beer.
Made for manhattans
1864 Tavern on California Avenue showcases Nevada’s bountiful history, imbibing culture and long honored traditions through delicious drinks made with care by bartenders outfitted in bow ties, vests and collared shirts. Try their take on the traditional manhattan made with whiskey, Cardamaro and Swedish herb bitters garnished with a slap of fresh basil.
Looking to channel your inner James Bond? Head to Roxy Bar and Lounge inside the Eldorado Resort Casino in downtown Reno. Here, you’ll find the menu comprising 102 martinis, like a traditional gin martini, shaken not stirred, or one of the specialty vodkatinis mixed with the gamut of fruity, savory and unexpected flavors. With live piano and vocals nightly, you can also step on the dance floor and get grooving to the music.