Get a little toasty at favorite local fire pits

By Paul Andrew

Tahoe Aleworx Photo by Brian Walker
Tahoe AleWorX Photo by Brian Walker

Yes, it’s chilly outside during the winter months in the High Sierra. However, it can be truly invigorating to be outdoors, breathing the crisp, clean mountain air with friends, enjoying a meal, favorite beverage and conversation.

Just because the sun goes down and the temperature drops doesn’t mean staying inside is required. Many local establishments have great fire pits, allowing guests the pleasure of being outside while in comfort around a warm fire.

South Lake flames

Lake Tahoe Aleworx, in South Lake Tahoe at the “Y,” has four fire pits on their patio adjacent to a forest path that is frequented by bears. Sample some of their 25 beers on tap, enjoy a wood-fired pizza, and you may be lucky enough to “have a beer with a bear.” Their newly opened establishment, The Cocktail Corner, shares the same patio, and offers fine craft cocktails and the casino corridor location offers the same variety of beer options with a mega fire pit.

Just because the sun goes down and the temperature drops, doesn’t mean staying inside is required.

Edgewood Bistro, adjacent to the legendary golf course, has one fire pit for bar patrons, and a second off their gourmet restaurant patio, a few steps from the private beach. Enjoy the renowned 42-ounce “Cowboy Cut” Tomahawk steak with one or more friends, while taking in the pristine views of the lake. Reservations are needed for access to the Edgewood property.

The Bistro at Edgewood Tahoe by Matt Morning
The Bistro at Edgewood Tahoe by Matt Morning

At Hard Rock Hotel’s Alpine Union, The Doors lyrics; “come on baby light my fire,” will be playing in your head as you indulge in one of many food and drink specials. With numerous TVs on the patio, you can cheer on your favorite team and imagine watching a game in chilly Green Bay. 

McP’s Taphouse, just over the state line on the California side, provides several private fire pits, and 40 beers on tap, a variety of wine and cocktail options, plus their traditional Irish dishes. Live music is performed nightly.

Located on Ski Run Marina, guests at Artemis Lakefront Cafe can enjoy a diverse selection of food and drink specials, while gazing at the lake and harbor under starry skies. A stroll on the pier provides an awe-inspiring view of the lake and mountains.

Just up Kingsbury Grade, Mott Canyon Tavern & Grill offers a casual spot with pub grub and a variety of libations. Enjoy their relaxed setting away from the crowds you find downtown.

There are numerous other places in the Sierra featuring amazing fire pits including Fire & Ice, Gunbarrel Tavern, California Burger, and Latin Azul Kitchen in South Lake. Around the lake, you can visit Lone Eagle Grill in Incline Village, and Fire Sign Cafe in Tahoe City. 

Coals in Carson Valley

Just over the mountain in Genoa, you can sit outside at “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor,” The Genoa Bar, where you can drink at the spot where ghosts from the past, including Mark Twain, frequented in the 1860s. Enjoy their renowned 14-ingredient Bloody Mary, and have the bartender tell the tale of Raquel Welch’s bra.

At Big Daddy’s Bike and Brew in Minden, you can get your bicycle tuned up by their expert staff while sitting by the fire and sipping a craft beer from their own Carson River Brewing Company. Arriving by bike saves a dollar off the cost of the brew.

Between 1.7 and 2 million years ago, man invented fire. Sometime in the last few centuries, he came up with the fire pit. Combining the two allows us to experience warmth in the great outdoors, while in the accompaniment of friends, food, drinks and fun.

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