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20 Great Las Vegas Dates To Go On Right Now

Bring a touch of romance to social distancing.

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Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

It’s not easy falling in love these days-and that’s especially true in Las Vegas. Social distancing is putting some serious limitations on what you can do on a date. Nightclubs and big-name residencies are out of the question and it just isn’t the same when you have to pull down a mask to kiss someone goodnight. But don’t worry. Even though it’s not the best time for random hookups-an age-old Las Vegas tradition-there’s still plenty of romantic options for a night out on the town. So bring a mask, wash your hands, and spend some time with someone you’ve known for more than five minutes. We’ve put together 25 awesome date ideas as we transition from winter to spring. If that’s not enough, keep up to speed in Las Vegas with all the big events happening this weekend.

Check out new restaurants in the Arts District

Downtown
So much to eat. So little time. The Arts District is fast becoming a hot spot for independent restaurants. Esther’s Kitchen continues to be a favorite for Italian dining, especially with comfortable outdoor pods available for a new kind of social distancing during a meal. Newcomers like the elevated comfort food of Main St. Provisions, Yu-Or-Mi sushi bar, plant-based Tacotarian, and the incredible pizza of Good Pie are quickly earning fans as well. Meanwhile, Soulbelly is serving some of the best BBQ in Vegas with its pop-up stand outside HUDL Brewing Company. It’s getting ready to convert into a proper permanent restaurant in the near future.

Photo courtesy of BarCanada
Photo courtesy of BarCanada
Photo courtesy of BarCanada

Cheer on the Vegas Golden Knights

Multiple Locations
Yeah, the Raiders are fine. But Vegas really loves the Golden Knights. The team is back on the ice at the T-Mobile Arena for a new NHL season, but sorry-no fans allowed. Your best bet is to check out a viewing party at one of the best sports bars in Vegas and BarCanada at The D casino is especially fun. As the name suggests, it’s inspired by a Maple Leaf affection for beer and hockey, but make no mistake: the Golden Knights are the hometown favorites here.

Take home a meal from Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace
Now more than ever, date night means dinner at home away from the crowds. There are plenty of options for delivery and takeaway in Vegas, but if you want to go big, do a pickup run at Caesars Palace. Three of the resort’s top restaurants are now offering Take-N-Bake meals to go with at least two hours notice. Order Gordan Ramsay’s Beef Wellington with potato puree and glazed root vegetables from Hell’s Kitchen, penne alla vodka with meatballs from Rao’s, or a half-lobster baked with creamy spinach and lemon aioli with a caesar salad from Old Homestead. The first two restaurants also have options to add on desserts or a bottle of wine.

Photo courtesy of Museum of Dream Space
Photo courtesy of Museum of Dream Space
Photo courtesy of Museum of Dream Space

Escape reality at the Museum of Dream Space

Grand Canal Shoppes
The Museum of Dream Space is a temporary pop-up exhibit of six rooms with colorful immersive environments utilizing lights, projection mapping, and other effects. And let’s face it, we’re all looking to escape reality now, even when on a date. The staff is on standby to help snap the perfect photo, so post one on social media and update your status from “its’ complicated” to “in a relationship.”

Photo courtesy of Legacy Club at Circa
Photo courtesy of Legacy Club at Circa
Photo courtesy of Legacy Club at Circa

Soak in the views at the Legacy Club

Downtown
Snuggle up with someone special at the Legacy Club, a rooftop cocktail lounge at the brand-new Circa resort on Fremont Street. The views from the 60th floor are especially engaging at sunset, whether inside by the bar or sitting around a fire pit on the open-air patio. Cocktails tend to be inventive modifications on classic recipes and the spirits collection includes a nice variety of Japanese whisky. Much like the rest of Circa, the Legacy Club has its share of Old-Vegas touches, including busts and portraits of Vegas casino magnates and a tower of gold bars with its fluctuating market value consistently updated on a digital display. Admission is free with a reservation.

Photo by Anthony Mair
Photo by Anthony Mair
Photo by Anthony Mair

Take a seat at the Scarpetta Chef’s Table

The Cosmopolitan
Scarpetta’s combination of Italian cuisine and killer Strip views is even better with a brand new multi-course menu at the Chef’s Table-a quiet, private dining room in the corner of the restaurant. Watch the kitchen team in action through a large window or just keep your eyes on the Bellagio fountains next door. The best part-you get a ridiculous amount of food inspired by the Italian family dinners Executive Chef Michael Vitangeli enjoyed from his grandmother growing up. The “Sunday Gravy” of pasta (with meatballs, sausage, and even pork ribs) buried in a date and pine nut tomato sauce is the main course, but the parade of seafood is the most welcome surprise. Between prawn scampi, baked whole branzino, octopus, and mussels, the hard part is finding room for it all. Come hungry and add on the optional Italian wine pours to round out the meal. 

Photo by Kelly McKeon
Photo by Kelly McKeon
Photo by Kelly McKeon

Walk among a seasonal floral display 

Bellagio
Need a cheap date? Walking through the Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden is one of the best things you can do for free in Las Vegas. The latest exhibit celebrates Lunar New Year with nearly 63,000 plants and flowers. You’ll see two large oxen facing off, a koi fish jumping from a pond, and a jade pavilion flanked by bonsai and willow trees. The entire project was designed with Feng Shui in mind to encourage positive energy and prosperity in the new year. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, admission is limited to small, staggered groups to minimize crowds. Keep your eyes peeled for a colorful spring display to follow in March. 
 

Share a beautiful bottle of wine

Multiple Locations
Pop open a bold, robust bottle of wine for a romantic rendezvous. Restaurants like Marche Bauchus at Desert Shores and Aureole at Mandalay Bay are known for their extensive wine lists to pair with dinner. Chinatown French favorite Partage launched its own wine club last year for both singles and couples. Members receive two bottles of high-end wine or champagne each month with discounts on additional wine and a multicourse dinner series. The restaurant also recently opened French Cellar as a gourmet retail boutique with imported wine, charcuterie, and pastries. Another great option is Garagiste, a stylish but casual wine bar in the Arts District that includes a retail shop with regular email specials and curbside pickup.  
 

Feast on a variety of Food at the Vegas Test Kitchen

Downtown
One of the best ways to bond with a date is discovering new food together. The quickest way to do that is at the new Vegas Test Kitchen, a different kind of food hall that mixes up a rotating lineup of culinary concepts. Check the online calendar for the latest updates. On any given day you may feast on ramen with Slurp Society, sushi with Sliced, Bulgarian street food with Banichka, Yukon Pizza, Bodega Bagel, or another new idea being tested out by a local chef.

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Photo courtesy of Piff the Magic Dragon
Photo courtesy of Piff the Magic Dragon

See one of the few shows currently open on the Strip

The Strip
Entertainment is a big part of the Vegas experience and while superstar residencies and Cirque du Soleil productions remain dark, a few smaller-scale shows have resumed with strict social distancing measures in place. Piff the Magic Dragon, Tape Face, Extravaganza – The Vegas Spectacular, Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, and Thunder From Down Under all are currently performing. A few other long-running shows-David Copperfield, Carrot Top, Jabbawockeez, Fantasy, and the Australian Bee Gees-are planning to be back on stage by February 15. 
 

Bond over plant-based eating  

Multiple Locations
Las Vegas is embracing the plant-based dining movement. If clean eating is part of a perfect date, a few new options are proving you don’t have to sacrifice flavor and taste while going vegan. Chikyu recently reopened its dining room, serving some of the best sushi in Vegas, even without seafood or meat. MeDiet Cafe just introduced a week-long cleanse of juices, smoothies, and soups. If you’re sticking to the Strip, Truth & Tonic serves a breakfast and lunch menu that’s exclusively plant-based at the Canyon Ranch Spa inside the Venetian.   

Photo courtesy of Neon Museum
Photo courtesy of Neon Museum
Photo courtesy of Neon Museum

Snap your best photos at the Neon Museum

Downtown
One great photo op deserves another. The Neon Museum, where vintage Vegas signs and marquees are preserved and restored, has a portrait hour for guests to bring their own photographer for a professional shoot in the north gallery. It could be just the thing to take your relationship up a level. It’s also a great idea for engagement photos if you’re planning a spring or summer wedding in Las Vegas. Attendance is limited to maximize space and social distancing.

Photo courtesy of The Strat
Photo courtesy of The Strat
Photo courtesy of The Strat

Enjoy scares and sights with sky-high views 

The Strat
Perhaps some scares and excitement will bring you and your date closer together? Venture to the top of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere tower, where four different thrill rides-plus a bungee-like cable jump-dangle over the side. If that seems a little too intense, check out the views from the safety of the observation deck, grab some dinner at Top of the World, sip on drinks at 107 SkyLounge, or maybe just buy a few sweet treats-like chocolate marshmallow or birthday cake cookies-for your sweetie at 108 Eats. And if things really go well, take a detour to the Chapel in the Clouds and seal the deal.

Photo by Laurent Velazquez
Photo by Laurent Velazquez
Photo by Laurent Velazquez

Enter the mysterious AREA15

Off the Strip
The entertainment, dining, and retail space known as AREA15 is only getting bigger and better in 2021. Todd English’s food hall, The Beast, is now officially open in its home space after previously operating as an outdoor pop-up. That opens up the outside lot for ElectroRoll, a retro-style roller rink. However, the biggest news is the long-awaited February 18 opening of Omega Mart, a massive walkable art installation by Meow Wolf that’s a trippy spoof of a superstore. Otherwise, feel free to grab a cocktail at Oddwood or Emporium Arcade Bar, ride the Haley’s Comet motorized zip-line, play one of eight simulator bays at Five Iron Golf, and check out the Wink World hall of infinite mirrors by Blue Man Group founder Chris Wink. AREA15 is also hosting Cloud 9, a unique indoor picnic experience with food and champagne February 12-14. Reservations for all attractions are available online to limit crowds.

Photo by Niaz Uddin
Photo by Niaz Uddin
Photo by Niaz Uddin

Take a day trip out of town

Multiple Locations
Not every road trip from Las Vegas has to be a long one. Head north to Beatty, where you can visit Death Valley and the Rhyolite ghost town, drive southeast to Boulder City for an up-close look at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, or venture to Laughlin (a charming casino town by the river separating Nevada and Arizona), where you can take the romance level up a notch with a dinner cruise and a couples massage at the Laughlin Ranch spa.

Photo courtesy of Fashion Show Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of Fashion Show Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of Fashion Show Las Vegas

Take your own art tour of Las Vegas

Multiple Locations
Las Vegas is a place where art often hides in plain sight. Wander the streets of Downtown, and you’ll see random murals and sculptures, including some left behind by the Life is Beautiful festival (cancelled last year, but scheduled to return in 2021). More recent additions include BLM murals at the site of the long-gone Moulin Rouge (the first integrated casino in Vegas) and efforts by Downtown Alley to beautify neglected back alleys. On the Strip, you’ll find pieces near the front steps of the Fashion Show Mall and inside hotels like the Cosmopolitan and Aria. Galleries by Richard MacDonald and Elena Bulatova are open to visitors at CityCenter while the Art Island installations outside AREA15 are free for anyone to roam.
  

Drink, dine (and gamble?) on Water Street

Henderson
For a while, the historic Water Street District was best known for run-down casinos full of old timers. But that’s starting to change. The neighborhood is going through a major rejuvenation with two breweries (Lovelady and Mojave) and fun restaurants like Hardway 8, Sunset Downtown pizzeria, Biscuits & Bourbon, and Triple B – Brooks Brothers Burgers inside the Rainbow casino. There’s even a DIY walking tour and a newly built pair of arches to let you know when you’ve arrived. More changes are on the way. The Eldorado casino was sold and is expected to reopen later in the year with a new look and name.

Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters
Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters

Go on a food crawl and fly above the Strip

The Strip
Maverick Helicopters has a couple sky-high ways to help plan a perfect night out in Las Vegas. The Savory Bites & Neon Lights Tour begins with a Lip Smacking Foodie Tours food crawl of top Strip restaurants followed by a ride above the lights of the Strip. If you’re a couple that prefers mountain scenery, the Neon & Nature tour flies from the Strip to the colorful sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon with a 30-minute landing, champagne toast, and panoramic views on a private 2,900-foot-high vista.

Photo courtesy of KAMU
Photo courtesy of KAMU
Photo courtesy of KAMU

Karaoke at KAMU

Venetian
You may have heard-karaoke is a thing in Las Vegas. Book a room at KAMU, an Asian-style karaoke parlor at the Grand Canal Shoppes. Each one has a different theme and a booming audio system. Sing along to your favorite hits or just crank music videos on YouTube. With nightclubs currently closed, this is one of the few places in Vegas where you can still order bottle service and feel like you’re in the middle of a party.  

Stroll the Cactus Garden at the Ethel M chocolate factory 

Henderson
The Ethel M chocolate factory offers treats from its retail shop and tours that reveal how artisan candies are made through a long window. Head outside and you’ll see the three-acre Botanical Cactus Garden with walkways to explore more than 300 species of desert plant life. Visit the Lights of Love display 5-10pm until Valentine’s Day, featuring pink, red, blue, and white colors in romantic-themed designs. Reservations covering up to six people are required with a $5 donation to Three Square food bank. Order hot chocolate (made with real dark chocolate… yum) in advance and have it delivered upon checking in. Ethel M is also bringing back its chocolate and wine tastings in a new socially distant seating arrangement, although the virtual format (introduced during the pandemic) is still available.   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, Trivago Magazine, Sophisticated Living, Modern Luxury, Leafly, Las Vegas Magazine, and other publications. His favorite idea for a Las Vegas date is drinks on the back patio with his wife. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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