Biker bar Mecca in the Biggest Little City
From Sept. 21 to 25, Reno will be swarmed with thundering motorcycles and ride-inspired fun. During Street Vibrations Fall Rally, participants will enjoy concerts, coordinated rides, celebrity appearances and — you guessed it — biker bars. While cruising the streets of the Biggest Little City, stop by a few popular neighborhoods with watering holes right up the tailpipe-roaring alley.
Tucked behind event vendors, side shows and the epicenter of bike parking on South Virginia Street, you’ll find Shooters Saloon. This hole-in-the-wall offers great drink specials and a pool table for fun in between rides. A few blocks away, Doc Hollidays is a thirst parlor that will not disappoint. Or, head into a bar or two inside the Eldorado Hotel and Casino. Before riding out of town, stop by the Harley-Davidson of Reno.
Downtown Reno hosts the Riverwalk District and Midtown — each boasting a great selection of bars, clubs and eateries. You really can’t go wrong parking the bike and taking a walk through the streets where you’ll find the perfect hangouts for you and your crew.
Watch a time-lapse video of "The Stag" riding his motorcycle up Mt. Rose Summit to Lake Tahoe. Marcella Corona/RGJ
East Fourth Street
What some refer to as “biker bar row,” East Fourth Street in downtown Reno is home to a few popular spots. Riding eastbound from South Virginia Street, you’ll find Davidson’s Distillery — the epitome of taprooms for bikers — this joint offers cheap drinks, live music and a whole lot of dancing. Just up the street are Abby’s Highway 40, Alturas Bar and Nightclub and Dilligas Saloon — all with their own character.
In Sparks, Victorian Square hosts a handful of bars that appeal to the leather-wearing crowd. Visit a few boozy establishments including Victorian Saloon, O’skis Pub and Grille and Burg’s Victorian Bar. If you’re looking for some gambling action, the Nugget Casino Resort is the place. While it may be more country than biker, Gilley’s Saloon inside the Nugget offers delicious barbecue, a dance floor that is always full and a chance to ride the mechanical bull.
On your way to Carson City and beyond, you’ll want to visit some rathskellers in south Reno. PJ & Company is a classic American café with delicious grub and a great outdoor patio. Close by, 40 Mile Saloon has an impressive wall of whiskey. Their seats outside offer a great vantage point to watch as riders speed by.
Traveling up Geiger Grade to Virginia City? The Ole Tyme Saloon is a must on this route. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see a lot filled with Harley-Davidsons, Choppers, Indians and other cruisers. Once you get to Virginia City, pull off the main strip for your choice of several saloons.
While these drinkeries can be a lot of fun, if you’re not the pillion rider be sure to throttle back and order your beverage sans alcohol. And, if you choose to imbibe, Reno has a great supply of taxis and Uber drivers ready to take you to the next great biker bar. Cheers!
Street Vibrations Fall Rally is scheduled Sept. 21–25 in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia City. For more information and full event schedule visit roadshowsreno.com.