We are looking forward to a great year of sporting events, from the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang and Super Bowl 52 to the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer. While it can be great to watch sports from the comfort of your vacation rental, sometimes you’ll want to join in the camaraderie of a local bar, brewery or tavern. Luckily, in Lake Tahoe, there are venues a-plenty to accommodate even the most obscure events, so that you can watch curling over curly fries.
We put together some of our favorite establishments to watch sports — from Truckee to Tahoe City. The list is based on atmosphere, food quality and, of course, happy hour specials.
TRUCKEE SPORTS BARS
Experience true Truckee style at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats in the historic Truckee Hotel. Ask to be seated in the bar/lounge, which has two flatscreen TVs. Be sure to check Moody's events calendar — in addition to sporting events, the downtown bar has a regular schedule of live music.
No happy hour, but you’ll find menu items for all budgets at Moody's, including brick oven pizza. Leave Moody's with a smile, whether your team wins or loses.
FiftyFifty, an award-winning local brewery, is open daily and features a significant menu — including chimichurri steak fries and locally sourced salads. They have TVs playing in the bar and pull down a large projection screen for big sporting events (like the Super Bowl).
Come for weekday happy hour specials between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
With 24 flatscreen HDTVs, you can bet your game is playing at the Blue Coyote Bar in Truckee. Between arcade games for kids and a daily happy hour (3 p.m. - 6 p.m.), everyone in the family is sure to leave the Blue Coyote in a good mood. And, the menu is extensive — burgers, salads, cheesesteaks, pizza, a kids menu and more.
NORTH SHORE LAKE TAHOE SPORTS BARS
Caliente Tahoe is in Kings Beach and is famous for their Chupacabra margarita — it's available in 25-ounce size (for when the game goes into overtime). While the cantina has great outdoor dining, the TVs are located inside at the bar. There's a kids menu available.
Happy hour takes place on weeknights from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., and is extended during football games on Monday and Thursday.
The Grid is a classic sports bar on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Everyone will love the full menu, especially certified Angus burgers. Happy hour is weekdays from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.
TAHOE CITY SPORTS BARS
The Tahoe Mountain Brewpub is a sister restaurant to the Tahoe Mountain Brewery Taproom in Truckee. The family-friendly brewpub has indoor and outdoor seating and a pub menu with an upscale twist (think ahi chips and wild-caught cod and chips).
Eight of their own TMBC crafts beers rotate on tap. Enjoy the game on flatscreen TVs while trying a “Porter Float” (for those 21+).
Locals love Fat Cat for its locally sourced ingredients (like Truckee Sourdough bread), fresh-cut fries, and unbeatable atmosphere. They even use a non-GMO sunflower oil deep fryer.
Come for happy hour specials (try the potato bar!) Sunday through Friday from 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. You might want to spend all of your evenings at Fat Cat, which is fine — they are open until 2 a.m. nightly.
Located next the Tahoe City Dam on the Truckee River, “The BT” has been open in its rustic location since 1977. Bridgetender Tavern is open for breakfast Friday to Sunday, and the kitchen stays open late most nights. Find specials on drinks and snacks Monday through Thursday, 4:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. The regular BT menu features appetizers, sandwiches and burgers, burritos and tacos, and the “best bloody mary in Lake Tahoe.”
With the tagline “Sports & Spirits,” you can count on Pete ‘n Peters to accommodate the most raucous of sporting events. Stay entertained between events with darts, pool and shuffleboard. Pete ‘n Peters has two adjoining sister restaurants: Pepper's Taqueria, which serves lunch, and Za's, which serves Italian food at dinnertime.
We hope to see all of you sports fans in Tahoe this winter!
If you have any questions, please reach out — we look forward to hearing from you.