Midtown Neighborhood Guide: Where to eat, play and stay
Midtown is becoming an avant-garde cultural, artistic and culinary hub of Reno.
It originated in response to the recession of 2007, when business and home development in Nevada came to a grinding halt. Local artists, entrepreneurs and property owners revitalized the neighborhood, turning several of the decades-old bungalows and brick-and-mortar homes into unique new businesses. With a community-first attitude and a commitment to all things local, innovative and fun, this neighborhood is one of the most dynamic and active areas in the city. Residents, business owners and visitors could testify to the defining quality of Midtown: a sense of possibility.
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Where to eat
Midtown Eats: Inspired by all things rustic and reclaimed, Midtown Eats specializes in comfort foods that are simple, delicious and locally sourced. With a fully stocked bar serving artisanal cocktails, daily chef specials and a brunch menu on Sundays, Midtown Eats offers upscale dining in a relaxed atmosphere.
Michael’s Deli: An authentic New York-style deli, Michael’s offers dozens of hot and cold sandwich options, fresh soups, salads, bagels, wraps, panini and daily specials, which makes Michael's the perfect stop for a a deli classic or a new favorite.
Süp: Since opening in 2007, what started as the owners’ tradition of “Soup Sundays” for friends and family became one of Midtown’s earliest establishments. Süp’s rotating selection of soups are made fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients. Süp offers outdoor patio seating during warmer months and also offers housemade salads and sandwiches as well as its namesake dish.
Great Full Gardens: From non-GMO meats and locally sourced ingredients, Great Full Gardens makes vegan and vegetarian options commonplace on its menu.
The Sticks: The Sticks shopping plaza contains three Midtown dining options. Early birds can check out Two Chicks for an extensive list of breakfast options, featuring farm-fresh eggs and local ingredients, as well as creative cocktails. Right next door is The Mustard Seed, which serves Southern classics like deep fried okra, gumbo, hog’s head cheese and, if your tastes lie even farther South, Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen serves Mexican dishes with a focus on quality and presentation. Enjoy the patio, dining room or bar.
Créme: Start the day with barista service, easy breakfast options and a specialty focus on crepes and beignets for those who want something sweet. A breakfast bar is available for solo diners enjoying their morning or take advantage of the cozy dining room and patio options.
Laughing Planet Café: Laughing Planet provides salads, juices, burritos and bowls with fast service. Laughing Planet draws on a variety of global influences in its recipes and offers vegan, gluten-free and paleo options. Along with the food, diners can sample a list of locally sourced microbrews and ciders.
Brasserie St. James: Winner of the 2014 Great American Beer Festival’s “Best Midsize Brewpub and Brewers in America,” Brasserie houses the brew house and distribution line for the St. James beer brand, as well as a French-influenced gastropub with a variety of adventurous entrees and appetizers. Patrons looking for a pint and familiar pub fare can tuck into wings and fries, fish and chips and a brasserie burger, while those looking for a destination dinner spot can sample dishes like housemade blood sausage, duck confit or grilled oysters.
Where to play
Ceol: Ceol means “music” in Gaelic and patrons looking for an Irish vibe will find that and more at this Midtown bar. With a tap list including imported Irish favorites, classic cocktails and a plethora of well-aged whiskey, Ceol also hosts live music and pub trivia every week.
Public House: Dozens of rare and local brews on tap, coupled with communal table seating, full bar and a patio area make Public House a great destination for groups looking for a casual night out with great beer and cocktails.
Death and Taxes: The only two certainties in life, Death and Taxes is sure to cater to the discerning tastes of any cocktail lover. A Victorian-inspired bar replete with fainting couches, gas lamps, chandeliers and fireplaces, this Midtown destination specializes in artisanal cocktails and a rotating selection of beer and wine.
Shea’s Tavern: Shea’s Tavern is equal parts Irish tavern and concert venue. With a constantly updating show schedule featuring local talent, crowd favorites and a few touring acts, Shea’s is a reliable standby open 24 hours a day.
The Saint: Midtown’s newest tap house and concert venue, The Saint is an extension of the Brasserie St. James and puts the focus on good beer, good music and enough space to enjoy both. The roomy, modern floor space can hold upwards of two hundred patrons, all with a view of the stage. Including a patio area with drive-in style movie projector, dozens of local beer styles on tap and a loaded concert schedule, The Saint is a destination bar for lovers of good beer and anyone looking for a big night out.
Chapel Tavern: Religious in their devotion to the perfect cocktail, Chapel is a great location for drinkers looking for something out of the ordinary. Come here for knowledgeable bartenders who will find just the right combination of libations for any palate, as well as an extensive wine list and warm drink options for a change of pace. Chapel is a stylish, simplistic space for cocktail lovers with a budget in mind.
Where to shop
Midtown’s shopping scene is eclectic, colorful and representative of the locals who live and work there.
Head to Junkee Clothing Exchange for recycled wearables, unique accessories and costume ideas for any Reno area event. If you’re looking for an adult’s only, boutique shopping experience visit The Chocolate Walrus for lingerie and novelty items. For the music addict, Recycled Records has everything from CDs to 8 tracks both mainstream and rare. The Neon Dragonfly offers bold clothing, jewelry and home décor for the original shopper.
Where to stay
Reno’s de facto main drag, Virginia St., runs right through the heart of bustling Midtown and paves the way to the Downtown district a few blocks north.
If you want to play where you stay try the Eldorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus, Harrah’s, Sands Regency or Club Cal Neva. For a boutique, non-gaming experience book a room at the Whitney Peak Hotel. The Siena Hotel is also conveniently located downtown for those wanting easy access to Midtown Reno.
Pricing for hotels and motels in the area is often seasonal but tends to increase during local events, so be sure to familiarize yourself with what’s going on in town the date of your visit to plan accordingly.
Bring the kids
Happy Happy Joy Joy: Children of all ages will enjoy the classic toys and oddities of all shapes and sizes at this unique Midtown shop. Happy Happy Joy Joy specializes in the rare and eclectic, and shoppers are likely to find something fun for themselves as well. Stuffed animals, gag gifts, costumes and miscellaneous goodies line the shelves and are sure to grab the attention of little ones and parents alike.
Sippee's: Check out new and used children’s clothing and costumes for any style or occasion. Sippee’s is a family-first clothing store that makes shopping fun with its host of themed characters (starring Sippee the Seal), story time and even a private tea-party room that is available to rent out for any occasion. Formal clothes, Halloween costumes, vintage and contemporary styles are easy finds at Sippee’s, and with an impressive haul of toys and gifts available with complimentary gift-wrapping, Sippee’s is one-stop shopping for almost any occasion.
Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum: A state-of-the-art interactive museum designed to make learning fun for all ages. The Discovery hosts several permanent installations designed to give an engaging and informative look into subjects like astronomy, physics and ecology, as well as a schedule of rotating featured exhibits so there’s always something new. Fans of the museum can also schedule birthday parties in one of the private party rooms with fun activities like scavenger hunts.