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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Reno Nightlife

Chocolate Bar

Even Willy Wonka would go into diabetic shock with the rich variety of desserts and chocolate-laced drinks at this upscale, swanky boîte.

475 S. Arlington Ave., NV, 775-337-1122,
Tags: nightlife | smart splurge | trendy | lounge | candy

Imperial Bar and Lounge

Steps from the hotel/casinos and miles from the Reno norm (no video poker in sight!), this expertly-designed, loft-like lounge draws a diverse, laid-back crowd with drinking, dancing, and gastropub fare.

150 N. Arlington Ave., NV, 775-324-6399,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | local favorite | open late | culinary

Se7en Teahouse

Teahouse by day, classy lounge by night, intellectuals and health-conscious hipsters head to this dark-wooded, arty sanctuary for organic booze and wine by the glass.

Arlington Towers; 100 N. Arlington, Ste. 102, NV, 775-348-9256,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | open late | bar

The Zephyr

Alcoholic, audiorati, and hard-drinking grungsters jostle for space during the weekly punk and rock shows at this dark and musty dive.

1074 S. Virginia St., NV, 775-324-9853
Tags: nightlife | open late | dive bar


If you’re queer in Reno – or just like to get sweaty to Top 40 hits – this divey video-bar-cum-dance-club is the place to be, cheap drink in-hand, on a Friday or Saturday night.

303 Kietzke Ln., NV, 775-333-9696,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | open late | gay | nightclub

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