Because you’re tired of watered down Jack & Cokes. Class up your weekend by trying one of our picks for the best cocktails in Reno!
The Z Bar
Originally known as The Zephyr Bar, this Midtown location has become known for its fresh and interesting cocktails since becoming The Z Bar in 2013. The owner KJ can be found tending bar most nights and demonstrating his flair for mixology. While they are happy to create something unique based on your tastes, they have a number of signature cocktails sure to please any palate. Their Siesta cocktail is a mix of tequila, campari, grapefruit, lime and honey that blends to create a tart and refreshing drink best enjoyed by their outdoor fire pit on a clear evening.
Happy Hour: 4-6pm ($5 cocktails)
The perfect place for Throwback Thursday! 1864 Tavern celebrates The Silver State’s birth year every night of the week by delivering fresh cocktails inspired by Nevada’s history. 1864 Tavern makes all of their cocktails with fresh fruit and locally sourced ingredients that highlight all that the 36th State has to offer. Take in Nevada’s Basque culture with a Picon Punch or spice things up with a Red Rock Canyon made with tequila, chile, mango, agave, and fresh lime juice.
Happy Hour: 3-6pm (half-price cocktails)
Trivia Night: Wednesdays 7-9pm
Death & Taxes
Death & Taxes in Midtown delivers artisanal cocktails in a swanky setting straight out of a 1940s film noir. Their drinks are made from fresh, house-made infusions & syrups and they offer a wide range of liquors you won’t find at just any bar. Death & Taxes features spicy, earthy drinks like the Bill & Ward: rittenhouse rye, cocoa infused cappelletti, cynar 70 proof amaro, carpano dry, and house tobacco bitters. Or for something on the sweeter side, look no further than their Roots to Branches: jasmine infused rum, novo fogo cachaça, strawberry cordial, yuzu, lime, and egg white.
Chapel Tavern has a great selection of wine and local beers on draft, but its their collection of over 100 different whiskeys that puts them on the list for best cocktail bars. Chapel has been serving up drinks in Midtown, Reno since 2007 and has earned their reputation for delivering some of the best craft cocktails during that time. Unique drinks such as the ‘Farm Hands‘ turns the Southern tradition of putting peanuts in Coca-Cola into a cocktail made with peanut infused bourbon, cola concentrate, soda, and lemon zest. Their Momotarō cocktail is based on the Japanese folktale of a child coming to earth inside a giant peach; it’s made with gin, house-made peach shrub, peach infused Lillet Rose, Apricot Eau de Vie, and peach bitters. And don’t miss their EPIC weekend Bloody Mary which includes horseradish, Guinness, pickled veggies, a slice of bacon, pickled quail egg, and an entire grilled cheese sandwich!
The Depot is located in downtown Reno inside an old building built in 1910 that once housed the headquarters for the Nevada-California-Oregon Railway. Things have changed over the years, however, and now The Depot is using the location to brew their own beer and distill their own spirits, including their award-winning Silver Corn Whiskey. This unaged, light whiskey makes it a delicious spirit that works in almost any type of cocktail. They also distill an aged version of their corn whiskey, bourbon, gin, aged gin, rye whiskey, and single malt. Their take on the classic Moscow Mule, which they dub the Silver Donkey, uses their silver corn whiskey in place of vodka for delicious results. One of the more unique drinks they serve is the Asahara which contains Keffir lime vodka, lime, pear liqueur, pear bitters, ginger syrup, and Nigori sake. Delicious!
Centro already has a reputation for being an amazing tapas restaurant, but their cocktail menu is worth the trip alone! Located, just down the street from one of our other picks, 1864 Tavern, Centro is a hip restaurant in Midtown that puts food & drink on the same pedestal. For a little heat, try their Spicy Mama cocktail: tequila, blackberry agave syrup, triple sec, jalapeno, and lime. Or you can stick to the sweet stuff and go for The Nanna: gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup, and pomegranate juice.
Happy Hour: M-F 3-5pm