10 Best Breweries and Bars in Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe has a wide variety of breweries and bars, from German style bars to a floating pier with amazing views and cocktails. Be sure to check as many of these spots as you can while visiting Lake Tahoe!
Alibi Ale Works: This definitely one of my favorite places to take my friends when they visit. Alibi has only been around for about a year or two, but the vibe is so cool inside. In the summer, they have a large grass outdoor area that is great for throwing back a few brews with friends. The beer there is so tasty and they have new beers every week. Dogs are allowed inside, but must be leashed. There’s a room with a ton of board games that is really fun and they also have a ton of weekly events. This brewery is included on the Tahoe Brew Tour! Monday: happy hour all night, Tuesday: Trivia Night, Wednesday: pop up sushi, Thursday: open mic night, Saturday: live music and Sunday: discount growler day. Favorite Beer: Coconut IPA!
Coldwater Brewery & Grill: This has recently become one of my favorite places to watch football, drink great beer and eat tasty food! Located in South Lake Tahoe, this locally owned brewery offers a large selection of beers made from local ingredients. The menu is delicious, try any of their snacks – Pretzel Bites, Shishito Peppers and Fried Artichoke Hearts. If you are in the Sunday Funday mood, they have a heavenly brunch menu and a build your own bloody mary bar! I haven’t had a chance to eat there for dinner, but the menu is mouthwatering! This brewery is also on the Tahoe Brew Tour! Favorite Beer: Preacher’s Pale Ale!
Sidellis Lake Tahoe: This brewery has such a great vibe, I had a blast trying all of their beers which are constantly changing and rotating. They have the best sours ever! Not only is the beer great, but the food is on point. Try the nachos, deviled eggs, french dip and portobella french dip for the vegetarians! During the Tahoe Brew Tour you get to meet with the brewers and learn more about the brewing process! Favorite Beer: Mangoana- Spicy Mango White Ale!
Pier 11 (Hyatt): This bar is a floating pier located at the Hyatt and is available to the public. Perfect for an afternoon with friends and delicious cocktails. If you decide to have dinner at Lone Eagle, Sierra Cafe or Cutthroat’s Saloon, this is the perfect stop for some pre-dinner cocktails.
Himmel Haus: This is one of my favorite South Lake Tahoe options for nights out. They have over 30 German and Belgian beers as well as a Bavarian style menu, which includes pretzels, sausages and schniztel. You can also purchase das boot filled with beer, but don’t break it or “accidentally take it” — it will cost you! Himmel Haus is a local favorite and is committed to serving local and sustainable products.
The Slot Bar: I probably spend the most time at this bar, it is a Squaw Valley local favorite. It is probably one of the tiniest bars you will ever enjoy a drink (or 5) in, but the bartenders are always friendly and have great taste in music! The ski and snowboard decor is super cool and you can almost always find some sort of outdoor sports program on the TV behind the bar. The slot does not serve food, but usually you can bring food to-go in there to enjoy with your drink. Don’t forget to try a shotski!
Mellow Fellow: Mellow Fellow has 2 locations near Lake Tahoe, one in Truckee and one near the Crystal Bay Casino in Kings Beach. Both locations are dog friendly and serve over 40 beers on tap. They have a small menu that includes mainly German foods, sausages, pretzels and sandwiches. They also have great weekly events. Kings Beach Location – Monday: drink and draw, Tuesday: trivia, Wednesday: never ending flight, Thursday: open mic night and they have happy hour Monday- Friday: 4pm-6pm.
Uncorked: This wine bar has 3 locations in Lake Tahoe- Tahoe City, Squaw Valley and Truckee. They have a great selection of wines to choose from and also do some cheese plates. Once in a while, they will have a winemaker’s event and they do a ton of private events.
River Grill: This is the first place I recommend to my friends that are visiting from out of town. They have happy hour every day from 5pm-6pm — make sure you get there early, especially on the weekends because there will be a waiting line before they even open. Happy hour is only for the bar seating, but the menu is amazing if you don’t get the bar seating.
Mo’s Original BBQ: Mo’s is a lakefront BBQ restaurant with a full bar that has an unbeatable view. They have a patio right on the water that is dog friendly and also a restaurant with plenty of seating for large families. They also have the best BBQ in Tahoe 100%. On Saturday’s they usually have a build your own bloody mary bar (what else could you ask for on vacation?)