Hidden gems of 4th Street, downtown Reno
Situated downtown, 4th Street is not exactly Reno's Rodeo Drive. But just like any street in a big city, locals know exactly where to look. Like Reno itself, 4th Street has a bit to offer everyone. From art galleries to breweries to fine dining, here are a few gems of 4th Street worth checking out.
4395-4275 W. 4th St
Bed and Breakfast, cafe, art Gallery, hostel, artists’ studios, apartments and even a pub for karaoke night. This place almost does have it all. Grab an espresso and check out one of two galleries featuring local artists, or take a walk down the row of artists’ studios to see what people are working on. Be sure to check out their many workshops, classes and events as well. Peaceful and serene, this is a great way to ease into a date night or wander in your own thoughts.
4201 W. 4th St
Yes, this used to be the Washoe Steakhouse. This wine store holds over 3,000 different bottles of wine, as well a full bar and small plate menu. Crack open a bottle with friends over-looking the vista or get cozy by the stone fireplace with your favorite glass of wine.
Johnny’s Ristorante Italiano
4245 W 4th St
If just a glass of wine isn’t cutting it for you, head next door and sit down for an authentic fine-dining Italian experience. Owner Louis Cassinari’s family came from the Northern Tuscany region of Italy, and Johnny’s will be celebrating 50 years of business this October. Heads up: Reservations are strongly recommended. This place fills up fast.
4th Street Bistro
3065 W. 4th St.
If Italian food isn’t your thing, but you still want a fine dining experience, plus one that uses “as much local produce as they can,” then try this quiet, elegant spot. The Bistro has been in business for 16 years, relying heavily on farmers markets and the non-profit organization Urban Roots right next door. Need a recommendation? Try the butternut squash soup, straight from Washoe Valley. You can’t beat fresh produce and fine dining.
Morris Burner Hotel
400 E. 4th St.
Historic and iconic, this hotel also serves as a unique gallery of Burning Man art, as well as other pieces from artists all over the Northern Nevada/ Northern California area. Each bedroom is themed and features artwork inspired or created by Burning Man artists. The hotel itself runs off the principles of Burning Man: leave no trace, communal effort and gifting. Booking a room requires a membership fee, but tours are always available and some events are free.
Louis Basque Corner
301 E. 4th St
A can't miss spot as suggested by a bartender at The Depot is Louis Basque Corner, “A staple of 4th Street.” It’s easy to see why. The building itself was built in 1906, but it wasn’t until 1967 that it opened as Louis Basque Corner. They are known for their famous Picon Punch, but if you’d rather just get a bite, Louis also features classic Basque dishes and American cuisine in their restaurant seating area.
Big Ed’s Alley Inn
1036 E. 4th St, Reno, NV 89512
If you’re still hungry, head east down the street, and you’ll find this cozy corner spot famous for its massive breakfast plates. Another staple of 4th street, this diner has classic American cuisine and is a great spot to grab a bite between bars.
306 E. 4th St
When asking for 4th Street suggestions, two responses were consistent - The Depot, and this bar. Filled with massive Lincoln portraits (Yes, I’m talking about Abraham Lincoln), a famous Mug Club and dozens of beers to try, this bar has made itself a regular local haunt. Ask about the Mug Club, and get inspired by the dozens of Lincoln mugs lining the walls. No fuss, no frills, just good drinks and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere.
235 E. 4th St
Arguably one of the most popular spots in Downtown, this three-story brick train station from 1910 is now a brewery, distillery and restaurant. Their cocktail menu features their own whiskey, vodka and bourbon, as well as their very own set of craft beers. Recently, their bourbon, gin and whiskey won awards with the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Whether you want a few snacks to share with friends or a nice sit-down dinner, this place is a must-visit for anyone in Reno.