The Genoa Bar and Saloon

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  • When it comes to finding out what to do in Tahoe, look no further than Genoa Bar, “Nevada’s Oldest Thirst Parlor”!ᅠ Full of rich history and an exciting atmosphere, the Genoa Bar is a favorite of locals and tourists alike.

    Built in 1853, it was first opened as an exchange and then later a gentlemen’s saloon.ᅠ Having changed hands many times over the years, the current owners Willy and Cindy Webb have been running the show since 2000.

    When you visit the Genoa Bar, you’ll find that part of the building is still original  from the front to half-way through the bar.ᅠ It’s authentically decorated with the original medallions on the ceiling above the lights, and the one red oil lamp which is lit every New Year’s Eve.ᅠ You’ll also notice that the electric lamps are also original, having been oil lamps until they were converted at the turn of the century.

    The bar offers you a cozy and rustic atmosphere, down to the charming wood-stove, which is the only source of heat during the winter months.ᅠ As you sip your drink and mingle with friends, you can enjoy the interesting decor that makes this bar one-of-a-kind.ᅠ From the Diamond Dust Mirror on the back of the bar, to the trapdoor in the floor, to the black leopard print bra hanging on antlers that was once worn by actress Raquel Welch, it’s a place full of stories and adventures from days gone by.

    Many famous people have stopped by over the years to enjoy a drink, or a high stakes poker game.ᅠ You could be standing or sitting right where Mark Twain observed the place for a story as a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise.ᅠ Or, perhaps you’re sitting where former Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt enjoyed “cool ones.”ᅠ You might even be sitting at the table where Carol Lombard and Clark Gable played high stakes poker games with the local cattle barons!

    Several movies have been filmed in this famous bar, among them “The Shootist”, “Misery”, and more recently, “Till the River Runs Dry”.ᅠ A beer commercial was also once filmed here, and the Genoa Bar has also welcomed musicians like Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash, and John Denver through its doors.

    You’ll find that when the weather is warm, impromptu “porch parties” can happen and even dancing in the streets.ᅠ During the winter, folks gather around the wood stove and visit like old friends.ᅠ You can even plan to hold your special event here whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding, or family reunion.

    Between the rich history, unique decor, and refreshing drinks, trying to figure out what to do in Tahoe isn’t hard at all.ᅠ The Genoa Bar is definitely one place you’ll want to visit!

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