By Rebecca David

Casino gaming has been around for so long, but new forms of gaming have popped up everywhere in Reno/Tahoe. Nowadays people want more when they go out, they like the challenge of an escape room, an arcade with a bar or themed events including trivia night. Here’s a look at some new places to play!

Glass Die
Glass Die

Table Games

Bars and restaurants have started adding standout entertainment factors to their businesses. Many now carry board games giving patrons even more to do. The Glass Die in Reno is a board game parlor with over 500 games that you can play free of charge. I love playing games from all generations while enjoying a cold one! If you’re in South Lake Tahoe, visit South Tahoe Brewing, they too carry a variety of board games to enjoy while sipping on their signature beers. theglassdie.com; southlakebeer.com

The Loft
The Loft

Everyone has that pile of random information they retain and trivia nights are where it all comes in handy. You really get to learn how much weird information your friends know when you play a trivia night. The Loft in South Lake Tahoe has their Tahoe Blue’s Trivia Night on Tuesdays starting at 9 p.m. with specials on Tahoe Blue Vodka drinks. And Beer NV in Reno has DJ Trivia nights on Tuesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. Come prepared with a team name and get there early so you can grab a spot, they fill up fast. thelofttahoe.com; beernv.com


I have always loved mystery books and movies; escape rooms are the perfect way to get the real experience. They’re challenging, thrilling and so much fun! I recently went to the Puzzle Room (with locations in both Reno and Tahoe) with a group of friends. We had a blast trying to figure out the next step and find the clue or clues needed to escape, unfortunately we were not successful in our attempt. But now that we know what to do, I have confidence we will get further next time because we will definitley be there again! Also new to Reno is The Immersium. You can book your reservations online and I highly recommend getting your spot booked early! puzzleroomreno.com; puzzleroomtahoe.com; theimmersium.com


Relive your childhood by playing all your favorite arcade games but with a cocktail in hand! Press Start is a bar-cade in Reno that has the classic arcade games you know and love. I have had so many friends celebrate their birthdays here — this place truly makes you forget how much older we are getting and lets you can feel like a kid again, even for just a few hours.

Get in the game, escape reality and jump into a different world at Anything Virtual in Reno. Once you put on the headset you are put in the middle of the action of the game of your choice. There are different levels and you can play alone or in a group. You can even rent a few booths and play with your friends in the same game. pstart.net; anything-virtual.com


Get your adrenaline pumping at Need 2 Speed by racing their indoor karts. When you get off the track check out their one-of-a-kind Black Light Mini Golf course. It’s a hole-in-one kind of day for all ages. When I took my nephews, they loved all the lights and I liked the added difficulty of playing in black lights.

Another exhilarating adventure is EZ Air in Reno. They are a trampoline park and laser tag arena. Laser tag was an even better version of hide and seek with my nephews. They wanted to be on separate teams so we could play against each other. We laughed so much and had an absolute blast! I would highly recommend this as a family outing or even a date night! need2speed.com; ezairsports.com

So, next time you’re in the area make sure to step up your game and try a few of these places!