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Hello 2021! How to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

No, New Year's Eve isn't cancelled. But 2020 is.

Photo courtesy of The Plaza
Photo courtesy of The Plaza
Photo courtesy of The Plaza

Remember all those “Roaring Twenties” parties last year? Seems so long ago, doesn’t it? Las Vegas usually has a hell of a party on New Year’s Eve. The Strip shuts down and fireworks erupt from rooftops of the biggest resorts. Well, due to coronavirus concerns, most (but not all) fireworks shows are cancelled and the Strip is toning things down in a major way. But there’s still fun to be had, whether masking up and hitting the town or celebrating on a virtual basis at home. Here’s the rundown on how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas and say goodbye to the 2020 shitshow once and for all.

Photo by Brian Jones for Las Vegas News Bureau
Photo by Brian Jones for Las Vegas News Bureau
Photo by Brian Jones for Las Vegas News Bureau

Make the most of a night on the Strip

The Strip
Even though the fireworks are cancelled, the Strip will still be closed to traffic for New Year’s Eve, although only from Russell to Spring Mountain this year. Bouncing around from casino to casino may be fun, but keep in mind-things won’t be nearly as busy as usual, and most bars and restaurants will require table reservations to enter. Don’t forget to bundle up. We may be in the desert, but it gets cold in late December.   
Cost: Free
 

Party at home with a virtual celebration

Online
To make up for the lack of fireworks, Las Vegas is putting together a virtual countdown this year. Log on to the LVCVA webpage, Facebook, or YouTube for a party live-streamed with a DJ and a “2020” sign that’s demolished Vegas-style at midnight with confetti, streamers, and fireworks. Watch and celebrate from home with no need for a designated driver. 
Cost: Free

Photo courtesy of The Plaza
Photo courtesy of The Plaza
Photo courtesy of The Plaza

Watch the fireworks at the Plaza

Downtown
The only official New Year’s Eve fireworks show erupts at the stroke of midnight from the rooftop of the Plaza hotel. To accommodate the crowds, a portion of Main Street out front will be closed to traffic during the show. For an even better view, book a hotel room with VIP access to the rooftop pool deck. Use code NYE2021. 
Cost: Free to watch.

Photo courtesy of The STRAT
Photo courtesy of The STRAT
Photo courtesy of The STRAT

Jump off the Strat at the stroke of midnight

The Strat
The thrill rides near the top of The Strat are lots of fun, make for a great date idea, and will stay open on New Year’s Eve from noon until 1 am. One person will be chosen to take the leap into the new year at the stroke of midnight on the bungee-like SkyJump-effectively being a human “ball drop” for Las Vegas and earning a bunch of other perks, including a free stay, food, and booze (enter the contest on Instagram). Otherwise, the Top of the World restaurant has a series of seatings for celebration dinners throughout the evening. The views from the restaurant or SkyPod observation deck are great for seeing the Plaza fireworks or whatever people are shooting off from their backyards throughout the valley.   
Cost: SkyPod admission $25 (10 am–6 pm) and $50 (7 pm–1 am) with add-on options for thrill rides; Top of the World dinners begin at $125 per-person minimum.  
 

Order bottle service at one of two Downtown parties

Downtown
The Living Room inside the Gold Spike is hosting a New Year’s Eve party with giant projection screens, a midnight countdown, and limited capacity. Table reservations include a premium bottle of liquor with mixers and a bottle of champagne. A similar party happens the same night a few blocks away at sister venue Inspire, with table reservations available on three floors. 
Cost: Tables begin at $500.

Photo by Laurent Velazquez for AREA15
Photo by Laurent Velazquez for AREA15
Photo by Laurent Velazquez for AREA15

“Illuminate” the new year at AREA15

Off the Strip
One of the few good things about 2020 was the opening of the AREA15 art, entertainment, and dining complex. See what it’s all about with an “Illuminate 2021” party at 8 pm where guests are welcome to wear white, neon, or anything else that brightens up the atmosphere and fits the theme. General admission includes a socially distant table reservation, bottle service, appetizers by Todd English, and unlimited access to AREA15 attractions. Upgrade to VIP admission for a seat inside The Portal with 360-degree projection mapping. Either way, you’ll enjoy roaming performers, live music, and a toast at midnight. 
Cost: Reservations begin at $300 for two people.   
 

Stage an at-home NYE gala courtesy of Piero’s

Home
Have your own intimate New Year’s Eve gala at home and let Piero’s handle the catering. The Italian restaurant is teaming up with Secret Burger for a special takeaway package of four cocktails and seven appetizers (like oysters rockefeller, shrimp cocktail, and stuffed dates). Go bigger with filet mignon, lobster tail, truffle mashed potatoes, and other add-on options. Yet the ultimate add-on is a Louis XIII decanter with a virtual guided tasting experience. 
Cost: $99 per person with optional add-ons (Louis XIII decanter $575 to $3,250). 
 

Travel back in time at the Front Yard

Off the Strip
How familiar are you with the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack? The Front Yard at Ellis Island is throwing a ’70s-themed New Year’s Eve celebration with a steak and lobster dinner, all-you-can-drink packages, and all the disco and classic rock you can handle. Dress up in your best vintage outfit and book a reservation in 90 to 120 minute blocks. The 10 pm seating includes a midnight balloon drop and champagne toast. Email Ellis Island if you want to buy individual tickets but sit as a group.   
Cost: Tickets begin at $95.

Photo by Barbara Kraft for XS Nightclub
Photo by Barbara Kraft for XS Nightclub
Photo by Barbara Kraft for XS Nightclub

Pretend like it’s the old days at a nightclub

The Strip 
New Year’s Eve is traditionally a huge night for Vegas nightclubs with celebrity guests, open bars, and wall-to-wall crowds. Things are a little different this year. Some clubs remain closed, while a few have reopened in a lounge format with masks and table reservations required to encourage social distancing. Tao at the Venetian, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, and XS at Wynn Encore all have live DJs, light bites, and a midnight champagne toast. Just keep the dancing confined to your table.    
Cost: Tables begin at $1,500 for Tao, $1,000 for Marquee, and $1,000 for XS. 
 

Save money on a late-night happy hour at PT’s

Multiple Locations
The local PT’s Taverns chain really wants you to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Everyone will get noisemakers, party hats, and a free champagne toast at midnight, followed by happy hour from 12–2am with 50% off wines by the glass, premium spirits, and all craft and import beer. A Tito’s Bloody Mary is just $3 on January 1 to help take the edge off all that drinking the night before. The offers are good at all 66 locations under the PT’s umbrella
Cost: Free admission
 

Party Downtown at the Fremont Street Experience

Downtown
All five blocks of the Fremont Street Experience are typically reserved for ticket holders on New Year’s Eve, but there won’t be any live entertainment this year. However, you can still take a ride (vertical or horizontal) on the Slotzilla zipline. The Viva Vision overhead video canopy is skipping the traditional midnight year-in-review presentation (’cause who really wants to re-live this year again?) in favor of a 25th anniversary show. Follow and tag the Fremont Street Experience when posting a photo on Instagram and it will appear on the canopy. The midnight fireworks at the Plaza are just outside the west entrance.  
Cost: Admission $25, Slotzilla rides begin at $29.
 

Go on a bar crawl at the Sahara

Sahara
Join a bar crawl with live music at the Sahara, where your wristband is good for champagne at Paradise Lounge, Old Fashioned and Manhattan cocktails at the Tangier, martinis and gin & tonics at Casbar, and wine and desserts at Bella Bistro. It’s all-you-can-handle from 7pm until your champagne toast at midnight. 
Cost: $59
 

Fill up at a Brazilian-style steakhouse

Miracle Mile Shops
If you have a big appetite, a Brazilian steakhouse isn’t a bad place to be on New Year’s Eve. Pampas is putting a New Year’s spin on its Holiday Rodizio with seatings from 4 pm to midnight. Feast on unlimited servings of fried shrimp, sides, and meats sliced tableside plus a lobster tail and one hour of unlimited beer, wine, or well drinks with a dessert and champagne toast. 
Cost: $119 per person ($79 for steak and shrimp rodizio only)

Photo courtesy of The LINQ
Photo courtesy of The LINQ
Photo courtesy of The LINQ

Take your celebration to new heights at The LINQ 

The LINQ
The High Roller welcomes guests for a spin on the world’s tallest observation wheel, beginning at 9 pm for a 30-minute ride that includes a champagne toast. For a more high-speed experience, hop on FLY LINQ, the only zipline on the Strip, which soars over the LINQ promenade from 2–10 pm. Refuel with a special Surf n’ Turf at Off the Strip Bistro with a 16 oz ribeye and shrimp scampi with fingerling potatoes and other vegetables. 
Cost: High Roller $75 ($50 if booked by December 28), FLY LINQ $40, and Off the Strip Surf n’ Turf $55. 
  

Celebrate at an LGBTQ-friendly bar

Multiple Locations
A couple of the most popular LGBTQ bars in Vegas will be partying late to celebrate the arrival of 2021. Doors open at 9 pm at Piranha Ultra Lounge with guest hosts, live DJs, and bottle service (call 702-379-9500 for reservations). The Garden is encouraging black tie at its NYE 2021 Ball in the Arts District. Request reservations by email.    
Cost: Contact venues directly for the latest prices and minimums.
 

Let your inner nerd shine for NYE

Downtown
The Nerd at the Neonopolis is a fun bar that celebrates geekdom and pop culture-and it has a bowling alley! Capacity is limited to ticket holders with a five-hour open bar of well drinks and a contest to raffle off a Sony PlayStation 5. 
Cost: $100

Zuma Las Vegas
Zuma Las Vegas
Zuma Las Vegas

Feast on Japanese cuisine at Zuma

The Cosmopolitan
If celebrating New Year’s Eve is all about having a great dinner, indulge in omakase at Zuma. The premium selection includes sushi, sashimi, Alaskan King crab, Ribeye, pork belly, tuna tartare, and more. The Dom Perignon exclusive omakase adds in A5 Japanese Wagyu, Iberico pork, and other one-night-only dishes to pair with all that champagne. A room reservation at the Cosmopolitan is required to book a dinner reservation. 
Cost: Premium omakase $250, Dom Perignon exclusive omakase $400.
 

Enjoy the views (and vegan dishes) at Panevino

Off the Strip
During any other New Year’s Eve, the tall floor-to-ceiling windows at Panevino would provide a great view for watching fireworks on the Strip. With the show cancelled this year, you can still enjoy killer views of the Vegas skyline and planes landing at the airport while playing around with party favors and munching down a four-course meal of Italian cuisine with a plant-based version available. 
Cost: $99 per person.
 

Laugh your way into 2021 at the Hard Rock Cafe

The Strip
Eat, drink, laugh, repeat. The Hard Rock Cafe has a dinner and comedy show, featuring Derek Richards, with seatings 7–9 pm and 10 pm–midnight. The event includes a three-course prix fixe meal and open bar.
Cost: $150 per person. 
 

Explore food stations at the Stirling Club

Off the Strip
The Stirling Club is throwing a party with food stations prepared by Executive Chef Dan Rossi. Score seafood, caviar, hand-carved meats, sushi, and other bites while enjoying the entertainment of The Immersive Group and Cameron Dettman of The Voice. 
Cost: Tickets for non-members are $275 per person or $500 per couple.

Photo courtesy of Venetian Cocktail Collective
Photo courtesy of Venetian Cocktail Collective
Photo courtesy of Venetian Cocktail Collective

Attend a cocktail party at the Venetian

Venetian
The Venetian Cocktail Collective of The Dorsey, Rosina, and Elektra, are serving up elevated bottle service options (featuring vodka, tequila, and/or champagne) in sophisticated settings. If you’re more about the food than the booze, Venetian restaurants like Bouchon, Buddy V’s, Chica, Matteo’s, Sixth + Mill, and Yardbird will have special multi-course New Year’s Eve menus available. 
Cost: Bottle service packages begin at $575, restaurant prices vary.
 

Ring in the new year with a good meal at PBR Rock Bar & Grill

Miracle Mile Shops
Two-hour table reservations come with party favors, a midnight champagne toast, and a five-course meal of clam chowder or lobster bisque, caesar or wedge salad, grilled shrimp bruschetta or crab cakes, a main course of filet and lobster tail with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus with creme brulee or lava cake as dessert. Think of the convenient outdoor location on the Strip as a bonus. 
Cost: $100 per person.
 

Just stay home and watch TV

Home/Downtown
Most of the local news stations are keeping relatively quiet about their New Year’s Eve coverage plans, but KLAS Channel 8 is broadcasting live from the Stadium Swim rooftop pool deck at Circa-not just to homes in Las Vegas, but 12 other West Coast markets. The presentation begins at 8:58pm with midnight countdowns in four different time zones, lasting well past midnight local time. Expect celebrity appearances and music by longtime Vegas favorite Zowie Bowie.
Cost: Free to watch on TV.Sign up here for our daily Vegas email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.

Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than six years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Modern Luxury, Leafly, and Luxury Estates International’s seasonal publication. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelries.

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Actually Cool Things to Do in Reno Right Now

Thrift shops, street art, bakeries, and beer are just a few things Reno does very well.

Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.‚Äčcom
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.‚Äčcom
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.‚Äčcom

Reno’s charm lies in its pretense-free attitude. The “Biggest Little City in the World” has¬†a relaxed, Old West vibe that persists even as a bevy of tech giants like Tesla and Google have set up shop there in recent years, expanding the local economy and population.¬†Artists, chefs, brewers, and entrepreneurs have all benefited from the boom, sprouting a food and booze renaissance fueled by a collective creative spirit. Add to that the surrounding natural beauty-including imposing Mt. Rose and nearby¬†Lake Tahoe-and you’ve got yourself a required stop on any trip through Northern Nevada. Here are the best things to while you’re in town.

Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

Tour the city’s magnificent street art

Multiple locations
There are dozens of street murals in the¬†Reno¬†area, showcasing the city’s lively art scene and creative spirit. Much of it is curated by Art Spot Reno, a local nonprofit that leads a downtown gallery tour,¬†Art Walk Reno, on the first Thursday of every month. You can also follow their free interactive map for a self-guided tour of these colorful, captivating street pieces.

The renowned¬†Nevada Museum of Art¬†(more on that later) features sculptures once featured in Burning Man’s Black Rock City. But you’ll find evidence of Burning Man’s eccentric influence all over town, with public art installations like the iconic 50-foot Space Whale in City Plaza, and the imposing Desert Guard warrior who looms 49 feet above the city’s new billion-dollar downtown development, Neon Line.

Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

Go rock climbing above the Reno Arch

Downtown
Basecamp at the Whitney Peak Hotel has the world’s tallest artificial rock-climbing wall-and the Guinness Book of World Records is more than happy to back up that claim. The wall stretches 164 feet high and affords a one-of-a-kind view of the famous Reno Arch below. Open until 9 or 10pm, the experience is especially cool after dark, when your climb is¬†illuminated by the glow of the Arch and nearby casino marquees. The wall is suitable for beginners, and experienced climbers can also check out the 15-meter certified speed wall and indoor harness-free bouldering on large artificial rocks.

Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

What’s your winter style? Checking double black diamonds off your list or sipping a double espresso? Either way, Reno Tahoe has what you’re looking for-lake views and city vibes within 30 minutes of each other. Spend the day on the slopes, exploring a winter wonderland, then kick back in the Biggest Little City in the World, filled with top-tier restaurants, luxurious resorts and plenty of craft breweries and coffee shops. Start planning your next getaway at VisitRenoTahoe.com.

Inclined Burgers + Brews
Inclined Burgers + Brews
Inclined Burgers + Brews

Detour to Incline Village

One of the largest towns on Lake Tahoe, Incline Village will set you up for a full day of eating, drinking, and exploring the lake’s beautiful northern shores. The village-named for the Great Incline Tramway, built by loggers in the 1870s-provides quick access to a ton of trails and activities at Lake Tahoe State Park, as well as Sand Harbor and Diamond Peak, where you can take in panoramic lake views from the slopes. From there you can hop on the Tahoe East Shore Trail or hike to Monkey Rock, grab a beer at Alibi Brewing, and get lunch at Inclined Burgers.

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Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

Sip and sample the craft brewery scene

Multiple Locations
Reno loves beer. And it’s got enough local producers to help put a boozy spin on the character of the city. Revision Brewing¬†in Sparks seems to be getting the most attention these days, with a heavy IPA selection and a whimsical attitude reflected in labels designed by local artists. Great Basin Brewing Company, with locations in South Reno and Sparks, is credited for putting the craft brew scene on the map here with its best-selling Great Basin Icky IPA.

The Depot, Nevada’s first combined brewery and distillery, is a historic three-story former train station. It’s within blocks of Pigeon Head (known for its German-style lagers and pilsners), Lead Dog (with a diverse lineup of recipes), and IMBń™B¬†Custom Brews (try the barrel-aged sours), which together make up the Brewery District.

Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

Check out the Riverwalk District

Riverwalk District
The Truckee River runs through the heart of downtown, providing a welcome splash of nature in the heart of the city. The parks and walkways that surround it are known collectively as the Reno Riverwalk District-all close to plenty of great restaurants, including Campo and Wild River Grille, whose large patios overlook the water. Head to Liberty Food & Wine Exchange for shareable plates and fantastic cocktails-or even better, grab it to-go for a picnic on the grass at Wingfield Park and watch kayakers paddle by.

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Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

Explore Reno’s casino culture

Multiple locations
Gambling is legal in Nevada, but you won’t find any mega-casinos a la Vegas. Downtown you’ll find¬†THE ROW, home to¬†Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, and Eldorado, which are¬†connected by a nifty pedestrian overpass that allows you to carry booze between the casinos. THE ROW also rocks excellent martinis at Roxy’s, bottomless whiskey deals at Novi, and a unique atmosphere at¬†Rum Bullions Island Bar.

Further south, you’ll find Reno’s largest casino resort, the Peppermill, as well as Atlantis, which boasts an overachieving restaurant lineup. East of downtown, the Grand Sierra Resort¬†offers a great package overall: clean, modern, and fully renovated. Perks include a lakeside driving range, nightclub, and the Ultimate Rush slingshot that propels riders 180 feet in the air.

Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange
Liberty Food & Wine Exchange

Take a bite out of some of Reno’s best restaurants

Multiple locations
Much like the city itself, Reno’s dining scene has some serious momentum at the moment, featuring a combination of classic favorites-like Louie’s Basque,¬†Casale’s Halfway Club, and¬†LuLou’s-and inventive new concepts, like Churrasco Brazilian Steakhouse and¬†Von Bismarck. In Midtown,¬†S√ľp (which specializes in homemade soups) and Midtown Eats¬†draw loyal crowds. And Mark Estee, the most well-known chef in town, earned national acclaim and a James Beard nomination after founding Campo by the river. He later moved on to Liberty Food & Wine Exchange a block north in downtown Reno.

Photo courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Photo courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com
Photo courtesy of VisitRenoTahoe.com

Bike the Tahoe-Pyramid Trail

North Lake Tahoe and Reno
The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail follows the Truckee River from Tahoe City in California to Pyramid Lake, north of Reno. The trail is divided into five sections with ranging degrees of difficulty, but you can also tackle the scenic trails on foot. The whole concept was founded by Janet Phillips, a retired Reno-Sparks city official, who spent nearly two decades promoting and implementing the 114-mile trail.

Old World Coffee
Old World Coffee
Old World Coffee

Wake up to Reno’s¬†coffee shops and bakeries

Reno packs a hard caffeine punch with multiple high-quality local roasters and cafes throughout the city. Hub Coffee Roasters has a few different locations, but the one you want is located just off the Reno Riverwalk in a charmingly renovated old home from 1932. This location is also home to Hub Coffee’s Tea Bar, where they serve teas from around the world.

Check out Old World Coffee Lab¬†near downtown for precision-roasted, small-batch, hand-brewed coffees. In Midtown,¬†Pangolin Caf√©¬†is a¬†beautiful caf√© and confectionary that specializes in Turkish teas and sweets, house-made toffees, and liege waffles. (They’ve also got an espresso bar for your Americanos and lattes.) And whatever you do, do not leave Reno without paying a visit to Perenn Bakery. This artisan bakery makes the most gorgeous breads, croissants, and other pastries and baked goods. The golden flake and airy crumb of their croissants is nothing short of art.

Courtesy of Nevada Museum of Art
Courtesy of Nevada Museum of Art
Courtesy of Nevada Museum of Art

Spend a day at the Nevada Museum of Art

Riverwalk District
The Nevada Museum of Art over-delivers as one of the most rewarding experiences in Reno. As the only accredited art museum in Nevada, the institution brings world-class exhibits to town such as¬†Living Modern, a tribute to Georgia O’Keeffe. City of Dust, NMA’s¬†exhibit dedicated to the 30-year history of Burning Man, is now touring the country. The museum is also responsible for the colorful Seven Magic Mountains¬†installation outside Las Vegas, and even launched an art satellite (!) into space. And as if the two gallery levels, sculpture garden, and rooftop space with killer city views weren’t enough to fill an afternoon, the property is also home to chez louie, a French bistro by famed local chef Mark Estee.

M. Vinuesa/Shutterstock
M. Vinuesa/Shutterstock
M. Vinuesa/Shutterstock

Take a quick day trip out of town

Virginia City
Taking the half-hour drive from Reno to Virginia City is like traveling through a time portal. The former mining community of just 1,200 people provides a snapshot of the late 1800s with wooden sidewalks, saloons, shops, and museums preserved in Old West architecture. Hop on board a vintage locomotive and tour the mines that once made Nevada rich with gold and silver. Other popular historical day trips from Reno include a visit to Carson City and Fort Churchill State Historic Park.

The Emerson Bar
The Emerson Bar
The Emerson Bar

Dive deep into the biggest little cocktail scene

Midtown’s cup runneth over with quality cocktail bars.¬†Death & Taxes is a dark, dramatic speakeasy with a multi-page menu full of classics and their own specialties (many with some mention of “death,” “devil,” or “demon” in the name), as well as a premium “Baller List.”¬†The Emerson is the aesthetic opposite: a bright, bubbly cocktail bar that puts a mid-century modern twist on its creative cocktail program and hosts drag brunch, drag bingo, and open-mic comedy nights.

Rum Sugar Lime brings a bit of Caribbean flair to Midtown with island vibes and a rum-based menu. Chapel Tavern is a stylish-but-casual neighborhood bar that takes its cocktails VERY seriously, and none of them are over $12. Then there are specialty spots like Amari, a small but gorgeous space where amaro takes center stage, and Whisky Lounge, with an extensive selection of brown spirits from around the world.

The Lucky Star Gallery
The Lucky Star Gallery
The Lucky Star Gallery

Find treasures at Reno’s many thrift shops

Turns out, Reno is a bit of a vintage thrifter’s paradise. At¬†Junkee Clothing Exchange in Midtown, you’ll find everything from outlandish second hand costumes to kitschy antiques. Bad Apple Vntg is a quirky spot with a particular fondness for the ’80s and ’90s. For mid-century modern furniture, check out¬†The Nest; for Western and Americana vibes, try the¬†Lucky Star Gallery at the Vassar House. And while the Melting Pot World Emporium is not a vintage store, it is a must-visit when in Reno. It bills itself as “Reno’s coolest counter-culture store” and is stuffed full of clothing, costumes, accessories, d√©cor, instruments, flasks, pipes, tarot cards, and pretty much everything a person needs for Burning Man and beyond. Know your customer-this place was actually the Burning Man ticket outlet for 14 years.

Rob Kachelriess has been contributing to Thrillist for more than five years. His work has also appeared in Travel + Leisure, Modern Luxury, Leafly, and Luxury Estates International‘s seasonal publication. He thinks Reno has a better airport than Las Vegas. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.

Nicole Rupersburg lives in Las Vegas where you can find bottomless mimosa brunches every day of the week, A-list musicians in residency every night of the week, and snow still on the mountains in the middle of August when it’s 115 degrees outside. Follow her on Twitter @ruperstarski.

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