Explore the region’s hands-on date night and gathering options.

By Natasha Bourlin

Sometimes, staring at each other and chatting over a meal or drinks just doesn’t cut it. When you’re longing for a stimulating, interactive evening out, visit these places around the region to get your hands dirty for date night or get together with friends.

Reno Axe Bar (Camille)
Reno Axe Bar (Camille)

Axe-ing for fun

Most have wanted to chuck an axe at some point, be it for play or to let some aggression out. Now, Reno Axe Bar lets you do just that … safely. It’s like darts, aiming at a bullseye, but with a much larger, sharper, heavier object. For gatherings of six people or more, book a lane online. Smaller groups or couples can just show up and either share a lane, or luck out and get your own. Don’t worry, their full-service bar will keep you entertained until axe is in hand. renoaxe.com


Learn something new

Atelier in Truckee offers a bounty of workshops, so you can walk away with a new skill and memories of the entertaining experience together. Classes are wide ranging and often seasonally relevant. Whatever you’ve wanted to create, you can probably learn here, from basket or cheese making to learning to dye fabric, and nearly everything in between. Private workshops that accommodate your schedules can also be booked. ateliertruckee.com

DIY dining and drinks

If you’ve never tried Shabu Shabu, it’s a must. Head to Noodle World & Shabu in Stateline for some interactive and delectable dining. This Japanese style of preparing a meal features tables with built-in burners that you cook on. Choose a base broth, then prepare your choice of proteins, vegetables and noodles in a hot pot of steaming liquid. If you’re looking to be entertained while eating in a new and exciting way, this is your place. myshabu.net

Down the way in South Lake, Tahoe Pourhouse lets you explore wines by the sip, ounce or glass. Twenty taps with descriptions of the wine each dispenses allows for an oenophilic sampling adventure with your partner or friends. Find one you love? Get a full glass. The Pourhouse also serves sustainably sourced foods to pair with the vino. tahoepourhouse.com

When you’re longing for a stimulating, interactive evening out, visit these places around the region


Paint pretty things

Bring out your inner Bob Ross and head to Pinot’s Palette in Reno. Professional artists teach guests to at least get paint on a canvas, if not create happy little trees and hopefully other legible things. A full bar serving up specialty cocktails and other libations helps the inspiration flow. pinotspalette.com

Cook up a great date

In Genoa, Sierra Chef hosts an enormous variety of cooking classes, letting you learn on site, then take away skills to use during other date nights or evenings with friends. Teaching chefs show you how to make everything from a Mardi Gras feast to raviolis or latkes. Nibble on your creations, washed down with some wine, and then try recreating them at home. sierrachef.com

Icy encounters

With 9,000 square feet of ice, the Rink at the ROW is a beacon for bonding. Located across from Circus Circus in downtown Reno, holding hands as you circle the rink is romantic. While struggling to stay upright or showing off skating skills, hilarity ensues, freezing grins on friends’ faces. Thaw out a bit with hot cocoa or hot toddies, and head back on the ice. Make sure to check for weather, special events or holiday hour changes or closures. circusreno.com

No need for the same old afternoon or evening activities. Togetherness can be a hands-on, educational adventure,
giving you something to talk about at your next night out.