Entertainment Venues: Downtown Truckee
Downtown Truckee is full of entertainment venues. Here’s a list to get your night started off on the right foot.
Moody’s Bistro and Lounge
10007 Bridge Street (on the corner of Commercial Row), Truckee, Calif.
Located on the corner of Bridge Street and Donner Pass Road in historic downtown, this hip nightspot hosts free live jazz on a regular basis and brings regionally and nationally known jazz acts monthly. Keep an eye out for Paul McCartney, who dines at Moody’s when he’s in town and has been known to play a few songs when he does.
Bacchus & Venus
10118 Donner Pass Road (on Commercial Row), Truckee, Calif.
A gorgeous cedar bar, cozy fireplace and warm atmosphere greet patrons at Truckee’s newest wine bar and retail store, Bacchus & Venus. A good selection of wines available by the glass or bottle, and an emphasis on flights (1.5-ounce pours of three or four different wines) makes this wine bar a great place to explore new varietals and vineyards.
The Pastime Club
10096 Donner Pass Road (on Commercial Row), Truckee, Calif.
Attracting a younger crowd with live music spanning the spectrum from reggae to punk, hip–hop to blues, rock ‘n’ roll to acoustic, the Pastime Club is often where late–night partiers end up. With $2 Pabst Blue Ribbons, music a few nights a week and many different theme parties, the oldest continually operating bar in Truckee is the only spot in town that actively encourages patrons to get up on the bar and dance.
On Rue Hilltop off Old Brockway Road, Truckee, Calif.
Located on the hill overlooking historic downtown Truckee, Cottonwood has an expansive deck which not only features great dining but live music weekly. Not necessarily a late-night spot, Cottonwood is a great place to grab a good meal or a drink, catch some acoustic sounds and then head out on the town.
10292 Donner Pass Road (inside the Kruger Whitehouse), Truckee, Calif.
Located inside a restored Victorian mansion in the heart of Truckee’s historic Brickelltown district, the Trio wine bar is the perfect place to sit down for a glass (or bottle) of wine with friends. Comfortable couches and lounge chairs fill the parlor and entryway, while bar stools and high tables get you closer to the action in the bar. Live music many nights each week and three or four beers on tap make Trio more than just a great place to start the evening.
The Tourist Club
10010 Donner Pass Road (on Commercial Row), Truckee, Calif.
The classic Truckee bar with the perennial offer of “Free beer tomorrow,” the Tourist Club caters primarily to Truckee locals and those who like their drinks served in a truly laid-back atmosphere. A pool table in back and great people watching from the stools in front provide entertainment, and The Tourist Club also breaks out the karaoke machine weekly for an unforgettable night of classic hits sung by local wannabes.
Bar of America
10042 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Calif.
Bar of America is centrally located in historic downtown Truckee and brings in blues, rock and jam bands from all over northern California. Locals and visitors mix at the historic bar which usually features live music at least a few times a week as well as happy hour food specials from the Pacific Crest Grill kitchen next door.