By Mikaila Bird

If you’re looking for a great place to grab a drink and have some fun, then Reno/Tahoe aims to please. Interesting bars and restaurants with creative concepts are popping up everywhere!, Here’s a peek at some of the best spots to socialize, drink and play in the Sierra.

Tahoe taps and magic

The Loft Theatre-Lounge-Dining
The Loft Theatre-Lounge-Dining (Brian Walker)

Tucked in the tall pine trees with a minimalistic and modern look, The Hangar Taproom and Bottle Shop in South Lake Tahoe has 30 rotating taps, plus a large bottle and can selection. It boasts an ample outdoor patio space in the woods with a dog park, corn hole and bocce. What’s better than enjoying a brew at a dog park with all of your best friends? thehangarlaketahoe.com

Independence is essential. With two locations in South Lake, Tahoe AleWorx gives you the freedom to decide what and how much you would like to drink by using their wristband-activated self-serving tap system. If you’re like me and sample everything, then this is the perfect place to explore and soak up the experience. At the Y location, enjoy the sounds of live music on the outdoor patio equipped with games and a forest backdrop. On Friday and Saturday nights they even offer alternative nightlife from the casinos with Silent Discos at their Stateline location! tahoealeworx.com

The Loft Theatre-Lounge-Dining, located in South Lake Tahoe, serves a vibe for any age. The Loft Theatre has 107 seats featuring “Tahoe’s #1 rated show” Magic Fusion with seven shows per week starring world-class magicians, who shock even the biggest disbelievers. It also has an edgier version, Magic After Dark that’s just for adults! I enjoy the lounge where you can sit beside an indoor fire pit with s’mores and cocktails. Whether it’s a magic show, dancing all night, or enjoying tapas and cocktails while people watching on the outdoor patio, The Loft will add magic to your memory. thelofttahoe.com

Games and guzzles in Reno

The Glass Die in Midtown Reno is every board game lover’s heaven! Withover 725 free board games to explore and twelve rotating craft beer, cider and cold brew taps, The Glass Die lets you and your freinds embrace your inner child! theglassdie.com

If you’re more of a video gamer, Press Start in Midtown is a mashup of arcades and alcohol. It has rotating arcade games, craft beer and pinball. Enjoy playing one of the lost classics with a Manhattan, or what they call the donkey kong, in hand. pstart.net

Designed as a collaborative community, The Eddy in downtown Reno offers an outdoor play yard, local art, fitness classes, and three bars constructed out of shipping containers right on the Truckee River. You never know what to expect when going to The Eddy — I once enjoyed a slice of pizza while dancing in a Silent Disco next to dozens of people dressed as zombies. All ages and well-behaved dogs are welcome during the day but it’s restricted to 21+ at night. theeddyreno.com

Bundox Bocce, located in downtown Reno, is a massive game room for all ages! It has seven indoor bocce courts, two regulation-length outdoor bocce courts, nine skeeball machines, a shuffleboard table, ping pong, dart boards, plus their full bar and menu. One of the best parts is their glow-in-the-dark bocce offered weekly! bundoxbocce.com

Reno/Tahoe is all about recreation and creating experiences. The hardest part of your plan will be picking out a place to go!