Reno/Tahoe is the perfect place to have a fun, sunny and celebratory summer vacation! Sometimes you want to add a little spice, a little sugar and of course a splash of rum to your stay. This area has more than just tiki torches, water views and nonstop sunshine. Make each rum drink in your hand a little more delicious with some have-to-stop shops and bars.
Lakeside rum running
Oh, that feeling you get while lying on a sandy beach without a care in the world. Feel like you’ve been swept to a tropical paradise at Camp Richardson in South Lake Tahoe with a classic cold and slushy rum runner. This tasty concoction has been voted “Tahoe’s Best Drink” a zillion times over. The frosty, yummy, sippy drink is made up of fruit juices, nectars and comes with spiced rum, white rum and a float of dark rum. You can love this drink as a smoothie, on the rocks, or even as an ice cream topping! camprichardson.com
After indulging in Camp Richardson’s delicious warm comfort food and cool sips of a rum runner, you can take your full stomach and happy mood to sit with your family and friends around a campfire planning your next adventure. Cozy up in your bedroom, then wake up refreshed to the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe and all the excitement it has to offer. Sign up for hiking, book a wave runner or cruise in the Marina and most definitely checkout the rum runner cruise. (TRY TO GO!)
The only thing in Tahoe that would rival the rum runner is served at the Riva Grill; it’s the world-renowned wet woody, best served in a pitcher, with friends and on their Wet Woody Wednesdays. The Riva Grill has beautiful bites and even gorgeous views. While enjoying the warmth of the sunshine on the patio seating you can relish in small dishes, salads, burgers, pastas, seafood and even pizza. Before you leave, trade your wet woody for an Irish coffee and the views of a sunset right on the Lake Tahoe shores. rivagrill.com
Reno RSL and more
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city sits Rum Sugar Lime in Midtown. Inside Reno’s newest hotspot you’re instantly transported to the tropics. This place stops at nothing to put you in a relaxed mood and it all starts with a tailored drink in your hand. rumsugarlime.com
During a recent visit, my girlfriend and I sampled the coco loco with Koloa dark rum, citrus-infused coconut milk and chartreuse. While sipping away on these sultry delights, the great scenery makes your think you took a plane right to the tropics — cute bartenders sporting jungle shirts and smiling while using their copper pineapple-themed bar gear. Even a quick moment to use the restroom will have your transported to the tropics with vibrant pink flamingo wallpaper and sounds of the deep Amazon (think monkeys, birds and the occasional waterfall).
When you walk into Death and Taxes in Midtown, let the dark lighting, relaxed atmosphere and chic feel put you in a trance. The talented bartenders combine classic style with a modern twist to deliver creative craft cocktails. Start your evening out right or come here for your nightcap and be sure to order the roots to branches. This drink mixes jasmine-infused rum, novo fogo cachaça, strawberry cordial, yuzu, lime and egg white. It will not disappoint and will only leave you ready for a second creamy rum-filled concoction. deathandtaxesreno.com
Located in the heart of the Riverwalk District, Blind Dog Tavern is the new neighborhood bar where you can enjoy all of your favorites, the best company and, of course, the yummiest of craft rum cocktails. We have traveled all over the Sierra sampling some of the best rum drinks, which is what makes Blind Dog Tavern stand out. On Tiki Tuesdays get a full night of vacation and spirits with drinks including a blended mix of Jamaican rum, allspice, lime, orgeat, pineapple and coconut water served in a real coconut. My favorite is to head over after work to meet friends and sip on drink that
will transport you to your own personal island paradise, an iced drink with Demerara rum, caperlletti, lime, pineapple and angostura bitters. You will enter in your business attire and leave feeling like you are suntanned in a bathing suit. blinddogtavern.com
Take a stroll just up the street from Blind Dog Tavern to Pignic Pub and Patio where you can sip on chilly rum concoctions at the bar inside and grill your own favorite meats and vegetables on the patio. This spot is charming, cheerful and our most charitable stop on your summer rum tour. Their signature citrusy rum drink the #WWTD made with Kirk and Sweeney 12 is a charitable cocktail for the ‘Blue Chip Basketball Camp’ in honor of the late Tristan Hill. Learn more about his story on their website. While enjoying the downtown vibe, you can also order the namesake Pignic Punch #2 or the Black River is a rum and bourbon old fashioned riff with three different types of rum! renoriver.org/pignic-pub-patio
I grew up believing that our area was a vacation haven and now I know if you just add a little rum, you find paradise no matter where you are in Reno/Tahoe. You can sip your rum cocktail of choice in frosty glass with an umbrella while on the shores of Tahoe, in a cozy place within the heart of Midtown or your new favorite neighborhood tavern. Cheers!
By: Britton Griffith