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275 East Fourth St.Reno, NV 89501
Davidson's Distillery is one of the more eclectic and possibly the one true biker bar in Reno. But don't let that alarm you. Davidson's is a comfortable place to grab a beer, watch some TV, and talk to old and new friends. Stashed next to Shoeman's Custom Motorcycle Shop and below the American Ink Tattoo Parlor, Davidson's is known for hosting live music acts every weekend. The bar frequently brings in out-of-town acts, as well as hiring local bands, and there is never a cover charge. It's been said that one feels like they've lived through a Charles Bukowski experience after visiting this garage juke-joint. There's a pole for whoever wants to dance and show off, a jukebox with lots of classic tunes and even air hockey and pool tables. A running drink special is buy a premium shot and get a draft beer free.
1237 Baring Blvd.Sparks, NV 89431
A daytime bar/hang out, Sidelines has live music every night of the week, from classic rock bands to blues jams, with a new rock jam on Wednesdays. There's never a cover, so come by for nightly drink specials (like $1.50 PBR) and a good time with billiards, darts, sports via satellite and experienced bartenders.
231 W. Second St.Reno, NV 89501
Tonic Lounge is a modern bar that features frequent live entertainment from touring acts. From indie rock to hip-hop, DJs and live bands are a staple of the weekends and some week nights. The place even has extra equipment for cool visualizations during shows. Peak hours at Tonic are often late, making it a popular after-hours hotspot. No dress code is required, but be prepared for loud music late into the night.
2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd.South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Whiskey Dicks is the kind of in-your-face bar that makes itself heard but doesn't cause harm. It features live entertainment every weekend with a cover charge ranging from $5-$30. The dark atmosphere hides a stage located in the back, ready for an animated crowd to cheer on anything from hip-hop to alternative country. Tattoos are not required, but keep your pinky finger in.