Game On: At these local sports bars, the experience is almost as exciting as the game

What makes a great sports bar? The number and quality of the televisions? The food and drink selection? Or is it the atmosphere? Arguably, it’s all of the above. If you’re looking for a place to watch a big game or a small one, you’ll have your pick of sports bars in the Reno/Tahoe region. Here are a few to check out:

Games with a view

Located in South Lake Tahoe, Fox & Hound Smokehouse Grill & Bar has all the elements of a great sports bar and great views of the Carson Valley. This full restaurant and bar is located near The Ridge Tahoe and the Nevada-side lifts of Heavenly Resort. There are satellite TVs throughout the Fox & Hound that get NFL and MLB packages. Fox & Hound also has progressive poker, free Wi-Fi, an internet jukebox, and a deck. Make sure to taste the award-winning barbecue and sauce while you’re there.


Sip a wee dram and while you watch the game at MacDuffs Public House, a Scottish-inspired pub in South Lake Tahoe. In the cottage-like setting, you’ll find domestic, import and local beers on tap, and traditional Scottish and English fare, such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. With several TVs at the bar and throughout the restaurant, you’ll be able to catch your favorite game.

Taps and screens

With 20 big TVs, the sporty McP’s Taphouse Grill in South Lake Tahoe offers a great place to catch the game. The Taphouse offers 40 beers on draft and happy hour specials including, a $2 beer of the day. McPs also supports local live music every week and proudly partners with Sierra at Tahoe Ski Resort, Lake Tahoe TV and PowderHouse Ski & Snowboard. @mcpstaphousetahoe

Retreat and watch

Located inside the Beach Retreat & Lodge in South Lake Tahoe, Sidelines Sports Pub offers team spirit, cold drinks and delicious pub food such as flavorful wings and juicy burgers. There are several TVs in Sidelines, and you can request your favorite game.

X marks the spot

Watch the game while sipping on craft beer, wine, kombucha or nitro coffee, all on tap atLake Tahoe AleWorX locations in South Lake Tahoe and Stateline. In addition to an ever-rotating specialty craft beer selection, this restaurant and bar serves true Neapolitan wood-fired pizza, small bites, fresh salads, and desserts. 

That’s bully!

With eight locations in the Reno/Sparks area, it’s easy to find a Bully’s Sports Bar & Grill full-service, sit-down restaurant and sports bar near you. Since opening its first location in 1994, Bully´s has been dedicated to serving fresh, delicious food and beverages in an inviting and family friendly environment. Each location has dozens of televisions and multiple packages for major sports including NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, and PAC-12.

Wolf Pack headquarters

The Little Waldorf, or “The Wal” as it’s more commonly known, is one of Reno’s most historic restaurants and sports bars. It’s also the best place to catch a Wolf Pack game on television or pregame before seeing one live. The Wal has 45 varieties of hand-crafted beers and serves delicious half-pound burgers, slow-smoked barbecue, crisp salads, and world famous pizza.

More than pub grub

With more than 30 HDTVs, including one in every booth, there’s no bad place to watch the game in Woody’s Grille & Spirits in Sparks. Woody’s menu goes beyond the standard pub fare and includes items such as shrimp and grits, pepper ahi tuna salad and pulled pork taquitos.

With so many options in the Reno/Tahoe area, there’s always a great place to catch the game and have a beer.


Casino Sports Books Breakdown

If you want to place a wager while you watch, check out one of the local sports books.


Circus Circus Reno Hotel & Casino 

Eldorado’s Resort Casino

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

William Hill Grand Sierra Resort and Casino



William Hill MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa

Harveys Lake Tahoe 

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

William Hill Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe


Surrounding Areas:

Carson Valley Inn Casino 


By: Annie Flanzraich