Lake Tahoe has long been an escape from the hecticness of the Bay Area. The serenity of the pine trees, and the blueness of the lake help to make you forget about the city. Another great reason for hitting up Tahoe is that it offers an oft-overlooked great selection of bars and restaurants to help keep you occupied once the sun goes down over the lake. Here’s the best 5 places to get a drink next time you find yourself in Tahoe.

Brook’s Bar and Deck

This beautiful bar in South Lake Tahoe offers scenic views of the lake, and is perfect for taking in some sun while taking a break from golfing.


Tahoe Mountain Brewing Company

Located in the heart of Tahoe City, this new brewpub offers the best brews from the eponymous brewing company in nearby Truckee, as well as a delicious menu of food to satiate your hunger.

Himmel Haus

This classic German restaurant and bierhaus offers a range of German and Belgian beers as well as a simple Bavarian-inspired menu of bar fare. With over 30 kinds of imported beers and a long wine list, the only thing you have to be worried about is which drink you’re going to order.

Moody’s Bistro and Bar

One of the best places to grab drinks in downtown Truckee is at Moody’s Bistro and Bar. This old style establishment resembles a saloon of the old west. You almost feel like a cowboy while dining on their Zagat-rated menu.

Gar Woods Grill and Pier Restaurant

Located on Tahoe’s West Shore, Gar Woods is just as well known for it’s scenic peer and wooden boats along the lake as it is for its great menu and fun cocktails.