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Reno’s nightlife doesn’t sleep. Visitors can catch a casino show, dance the night away to deejays or live bands at local clubs, listen to jazz in a small bar or spend a romantic dinner out with a local crooner holding court. While it’s a small scene, there are also a number of great gay-friendly bars and clubs. Reno’s neighbor, Lake Tahoe, is a mostly sleepy bedroom community, but bars, clubs and casinos at the lake do offer nightlife. If you're looking for real late-night partying, you might find South Lake Tahoe a little more conducive, with its clubs and gaming. Crystal Bay Casino in North Lake Tahoe is also known for its healthy entertainment lineup that draws crowds from around the area.

Crystal Bay Casino

Neighborhood: North Lake Tahoe

A 50-minute drive from Reno, Crystal Bay Casino is the spot for live music on Tahoe’s North Shore. The Crown Room has made a name for itself as the place to see good bands on the cheap. The place holds up to 700 people and there's an eclectic mix of entertainment that ranges from acoustic folk music and reggae to blues bands and more. All shows are open to those ages 21 and older, and music typically starts around 8 or 10PM. Check the web site for a schedule.

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The Imperial Bar and Lounge

Neighborhood: Downtown Reno

This is the place to grab a beer with your buddies or girlfriends. There's a large craft beer and wine selection on the menu, along with creative cocktails. And you'll actually want to stick around a while—Imperial is set in a renovated historic building with 20-foot ceilings, exposed steal beams, natural brick walls, cushy booths and couches beside oversized open windows. And if you're looking for a little grub to sop up some of the alcohol, you can find that here too. Come early for a relaxed space with plenty of room to spread out or arrive later to join the rowdy party scene. There are two happy hours—from 5 to 7PM and 10PM to midnight.

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Great Basin Brewing Company

Neighborhood: Sparks

This brewpub is a premier place for those serious about beer and music. Great Basin offers a good variety of house-brewed beer, a wide variety of food for lunch and dinner and live music indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). Located in the heart of downtown Sparks’ Victorian Square and in the Reno location since July 2010, it's Nevada’s most award-winning brewery, with more than 35 local, national and international awards. Craft beers include Ichthyosaur India Pale Ale (named after the official state fossil), Jackpot Porter, Nevada Gold, Silver State Saison, Wild Horse Ale and Truckee River Red, the state's only certified organic beer. There's free live music on many nights, and it typically starts around 5:30PM.

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Edge

Neighborhood: Downtown Reno

If you're feeling the need to get your groove on, Edge is the place to dance in Reno. There's a sexy atmosphere here and patrons dress to impress. Things usually change—and get crazier—as the night progresses. During the first hour the club is open, there's an ultra lounge vibe that progressively turns to Top 40 funky house music during the later hours. With the $20 cover and drinks ranging from $5 to 10, things can get pricey, but it's worth a splurge. The club typically gets going at midnight or later, so don't show up at 8PM expecting a wild party.

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Knitting Factory

Neighborhood: Downtown Reno

Knitting Factory, which started in Brooklyn, New York, and has five other venues across the country, came to Reno with much fanfare in 2009. The nonsmoking, 1,200-person-capacity club regularly brings in big names in popular music, such as Smashing Pumpkins, Reverend Horton Heat, Willie Nelson and The Black Crowes, as well as tribute bands, singer-songwriters and hip hop festivals. This downtown venue also helps Reno’s music scene by hosting local bands and events. You can chill downstairs at the dimly lit bar or venture to the second floor, where you'll find another bar and TVs to see what's going on down below. Shows usually start around 8:30PM and range from $10 to 50 per person.

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