Top 5 Best Bars in Lake Tahoe

If you are seeking a great place to wet your whistle, socialize, and maybe have some great food too, look no further. Whether you want to have a to have a rollicking time at a local dive bar or sip martinis in an upscale environment, it’s a safe bet that one of these Lake Tahoe bars will be the perfect watering hole for you.

Beacon Bar and Grill

1900 Jameson Beach Rd.
(530) 541-0630

Located lakeside at Camp Richardson Resort, Beacon Bar and Grill is the place to go if you want live weekend music and good drinks in a fun, casual atmosphere. This is a great pit stop if you are out on Lake Tahoe in a boat or kayak; you can tool right up to the restaurant and enjoy food and drink with spectacular views of the water and Mount Tallac. Their Rum Runner Wednesdays and their Happy Hour, featuring “Sliders of the World”, make this one of our favorite bars on Lake Tahoe.

Fat Cat Bar & Grill

599 N. Lake Blvd.
(530) 583-3355

Open until midnight on weekdays and 2:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, Fat Cat Bar & Grill is the place to go on Lake Tahoe’s northwestern shore for the big game, live music, a seriously fun and well-stocked bar, and great American food. The backdrop of beautiful Lake Tahoe and an artist’s loft meets ski-chalet atmosphere makes this one of the best bars in Lake Tahoe.

Turn 3

2227 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
(530) 542-3199

One of the locals’ favorite bars on Lake Tahoe is Turn 3, a super fun NASCAR-themed dive bar with pool tables, televised sports, Saturday afternoon bingo games with hilarious prizes, and the friendliest staff in town. Though the bar serves only popcorn and peanuts (you can throw your shells on the floor), there’s a pizza place right across the road that will deliver to the bar.

Gar Woods Grill & Pier

5000 N. Lake Blvd.
(530) 546-3366

On the opposite end of the spectrum from Turn 3 is Gar Woods, the most upscale of the Lake Tahoe bars on the northern shore. You can pull right up to their long pier in your boat or kayak. The pier and its surrounding view are so romantic that weddings on it are not unusual. Featuring live music on Friday and Saturday nights, $7 Wet Woody Wednesdays, and an excellent lunch and dinner menu, Gar Woods Grill and Pier is your first-class ticket to fun, food, and romance.

Himmel Haus

3819 Saddle Rd.
(530) 314-7665

If liters of German beer, traditional Bavarian food, and live music sound like heaps of fun, then head over to Himmel House. Featured in the New York Times and ranked #3 in Best of Lake Tahoe, this traditional German brewhaus is the place to go in South Lake Tahoe. Show off your pipes on Monday Open Mic Night, or impress your friends with your trivia knowledge on Trivia Night Wednesdays at one of the best bars in Lake Tahoe.

Last Call at One of These Lake Tahoe Bars Doesn’t Mean the Fun Has To End

After a full day of exploring Lake Tahoe’s many attractions, head back to your Lake Tahoe vacation rental for some quality R&R.