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Reno - Downtown

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Land of a burgeoning arts community, lots of shopping and entertainment, the blinky lights of the casino-hotels, and plenty of tourists.

Downtown Reno is radically transforming. Home to a bubbling innovative arts community as well as most of our mega hotel-casino resorts, downtown is an experience in itself apart from the rest of Reno, offering a variety of attractions amid old and modern, but currently one requiring the patience and sharpness of the experienced traveler.

Below is a brief travel narrative from I-80, pointing out some of the highlights to help guide you a through Downtown Reno.


Navigating Downtown Tips:

* Wherever you plan to park downtown, lock your vehicles.
* Some parking is free downtown, some is not — be sure to have change available.
* Be careful about cruising around in your burner props and esprit.
* Virginia Street is the heart of Downtown Reno, but it is NOT the street to use through Downtown. It is mostly for pedestrian tourists. Sierra and Center Streets – which are one-way streets – lie on either side of Virginia Street, and these are the streets to use. Use Sierra Street for south; use Center Street to return north to I-80. But, once you get past the big buildings, to Midtowne, then yes, Virginia Street will be your street.
* Finally, many streets divide into east and west on either side of Virginia Street (for example, West 2nd Street is west of Virginia Street). And Virginia Street, and streets parallel to it, divide into north and south on either side of the Truckee River in Downtown Reno (for example, North Center Street is north of the Truckee River).

Going Downtown

Off Interstate-80 is Sierra Street, the street to use through downtown.

In need of EMERGENCY MEDICAL attention, St. Mary’s Hospital is a block over to your right on 6th Street.

Down Sierra Street there are several casino-hotel complexes — the Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, and the El Dorado — each with some discount room rates for burners.

You can also access the regional bus system close by, eastward at Lake and Fourth streets, to venture around the entire region.

At Commercial Row, and a block over to your left at Virginia Street, is the legendary Reno “The Biggest Little City in the World” Arch.

Continuing down Sierra to First Street, this is where Reno's burgeoning arts center begins along the Truckee River. There are several shops, galleries, museums and restaurants in the area, and a walk or hang-out along the river is highly recommended. A MUST SEE are two permanent art installations that once graced Black Rock City. The Guardian of Eden by Kate Raudenbush is in front of the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Portal of Evolution by Bryan Tedrick is in the Mapes Plaza, both care of Black Rock Arts Foundation and area leaders. Also notable around here, across the Truckee River, right on Court Street, and down a few blocks is the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, where you can load up on water, groceries, and body supplies.

Going further South, and to Midtowne…

1st Street, right off Sierra: Westwards you will soon find Java Jungle-Vino, and down a few blocks further, the Greyhound Bus Station on Stevenson Lane, Pneumatic Diner at Ralston Street, and Label’s Consignment Boutique at Bell Street.

1st Street, left off Sierra: East of Sierra, at 1st Street and Virginia Street, is the best place to access south of Downtown…

Here you will find the world-famous Bruka Theatre — one of our favorite local theaters. Across the street in the Mapes Plaza is the Portal of Evolution by Bryan Tedrick.

South on Virginia Street, across the Truckee River, about 1/2 mile you will soon be entering what has lately come to be known as the Midtown District. A loose band of largely burner-owned, operated or supportive businesses that have come to be the center of much of the local enterprise and burner communities. The world-famous The Melting Pot World Emporium, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Sippees for Kids!, Polyesther’s Costume Boutique and Carter Brothers Ace Hardware are the most notable highlights to check out.

If you wish to continue southwards beyond Midtowne, look to the Plumb Lane hub.

Returning to I-80? Remember that Center Street, the street one block east of Virginia Street, is the street that will get you back to I-80.

And this concludes our brief narrative through Downtown. Thank you and please come again!

Groceries and Water

Great Basin Community Food Co-Op
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133 – map
Open daily 8am-9pm. Call or email for possible after-hours appointment. The wonderful people of Reno's only community-owned food co-op are committed to providing and supporting local, sustainable and organic products to the fullest extent possible. They have a wide variety of produce from currently 85 local farms and 333 bulk foods including but not limited to dried foods, nuts, seeds, cereals, energy bars, pre-packed meals, juices, coconut water, craft beers and organic wines, as well as lotions, toiletries and other bodily care items. If you bring your owner containers, you'll receive a 5-cent discount on each item. And you can fill up your water containers for FREE for up to 5 gallons with filtered water (or 29 cents/gallon for another 5 gallons and up). The Co-op will also have deep case discounts on essential items like specialty waters (coconut, sparkling, alkaline), energy bars and pre-packaged foods, just to mention a few. Great Basin VERY MUCH encourages burners to pre-order for their bulk supplies for the playa — you will receive a 15% discount by doing so. Check out their special ordering website or email for further information. In the special order section of the website you can view pre-order forms, deadlines and pick up dates.  Call or email for any questions, request, or help. 

Spring Water Depot
895 South Center Street – 775-843-7852 – map
24-hour vending-machine service available with spring and distilled water at 50 cents per gallon.  Well-lit at night. Cash only. Easy access to fill your own sanitized containers.  One and three-gallon containers for sale. Check the website or call for further info.

Random Curiosities and Money Exchange

The Melting Pot World Emporium
1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445 – map
Regular hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Around the time of Burning Man, open earlier and as late as 9pm. Call ahead for special hours.  Family-owned and operated by burners Monique, Eric, and Kaz, this wonderful place is also a year-round and longtime favorite of the local and world burner community, getting bigger and better all the time. Lots and lots of great, exotic, ethnic, futuristic, retro, steampunk, eastern, animal and other fashionable costuming, clothing and UV reactive clothing, lingerie, stockings, corsets, tutus, booty shorts, belts and utility belts, boots, shoes, leg warmers, goggles, bags, jewelry, masks, hats, pasties, capes, wings, hoola hoops, playa-safe boas, parasols,  a large variety of fire tools, ready-to-go el-wire kits, light toys, flags, tapestries, playa gifts, backpacks, camel-bags, poi, body paints and latex, body and eco-friendly lotions and oils, lip balms, pipes and smoking tools, portable ashtrays, books and dvd’s about Burning Man, Burning Man calendars, and other curiosities.  Also a section of fun clothing just for kids too!  All-in-all, a great place to meetup with other burners and for local info.

Junkees Clothing Exchange
960 South Virginia Street – 775-322-5868 – map
Open 11am-7pm every day, but 10am-7pm on Saturday.  Extended hours during Burning Man, call ahead for special hours. Owned and operated by burners Jessica and Troy and crew, and focused principally on providing exceptional and uniquely tailored customer service, Junkee Clothing Exchange is a wonderful journey backwards, forwards, and sideways in both time and space. You will find a HUGE and MASSIVE variety of very affordable vintage recycled, upcycled, custom, and one-of-a-kind clothing for women and men, including exotic and fun costumes, dresses, hats, scarves, corsets, tutus, vests, tunics, suits, jumpsuits, bikinis, faux fur coats, band uniforms, purses, shoes, masks, hats, glasses, el-wire kits, jewelry, shoes, boots, boot covers and other accessories for funkee life on the playa. They can be especially helpful to you in finding costume ideas. Also a place to sell or trade back, recycle your playawear! Just can’t rave enough about this place!

Polyesther’s Costume Boutique
655 South Virginia Street – 775-420-5050 – map
Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. During Burning Man season, open daily 10am-8pm, but call ahead for after-hours possibilities. Recently expanded, Polyesther’s is noted for it’s custom-made line of wild and fun fashion-ware, unique to the life of Black Rock City and beyond.  Designs by Esther and other designers, you will find upcycled as well as brand-new clothing and costumes ranging from vintage to Renaissance to Steampunnk to faux to industrial to disco to sexy, for both women and men. Items include a variety of coats, mini-coats, dresses, pants, shirts, vests, suits, tutus, corsets, lingerie, leggings, hip belts, gloves, belts, ponchos, boot toppers and covers, vests, pants, hats, wigs, halos, wings, bikini-wear, el-wire kits, LED toys and hokey spokes (for bikes), el-wired and weighted hoola-hoops, hand-painted parasols, wigs, masks, and jewelry.  And you can also get your hands on their own line of LED-lit and patterned faux fur clothing by Lightning Fur and Firefly Lighting.

Menagerie Costumes
1999 South Virginia Street, Suite B – 775-322-5427 - map
Right on Hillcrest off of Virginia Street, Menagerie is located then immediately on your right in the strip mall.  Open Wed-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 2pm-6pm. Hours during Burning Man 11am-8pm. Call ahead for possible after-hours appointment. The Menagerie is burners-owned and operated, providing THE LARGEST selection and variety of costumes for purchase and rental in Northern Nevada. Focusing primarily on very good quality, custom-made costumes, hats, masks, wigs, and many other accessories formerly used in movie or stage sets, there’s just about everything for everyone. If you want to be an alien, cowboy, renaissance princess, prom queen, roman legionary, clown, movie diva, monster, star trekkie, gangster, rabbit, alligator, loonie tunes cartoon character, … you just about name it, they probably have it!  Note: some items not rentable for going to Burning Man — they have to be cleanable. They also carry el-wire and el-wired clothing, morph suits, playa-ideal makeups and body paints, wigs, masks, tutus, corsets, faux fur vests, booties, leggings, and hats, and various accessories. Anything not fitting? Alterations possible. Call for custom orders and questions.

The Doll House
1092 South Virginia Street – 775-337-6060 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. During Burning Man, call for after-hours. The Doll House is the place to get some of the sexiest custom-made outfits and costumes for the playa, including spandex pants, booty shorts, mini-pleated skirts, bikinis, tops, fishnet stockings in a wide variety of colors and designs, fur clothing and accessories, feather earrings, pasties, eye lashes, and a large selection in boots and shoes. Some sexy wear such as booty shorts, thongs, and boots for men too. Also carrier of men-magnet lotions and lip gloss. Owner and burner Jeanne specializes in sewing stretch fabrics, including lames and other wild fabrics, and she also carries a large variety from other brands. Custom outfits possible — call for more info.

Sippees for Kids!
955 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2110 – map
Open daily 10am-6pm. Ok, if you are bringing your children to the playa, you absolutely must get them some cool duds as well.  Right?!  And they should also have as much fun as you do while shopping in Reno.  Right!?  You then have to take them to Sippees — this is THE place to hook them up with a good time and some great new or upcycled clothes, costumes, accessories, and treats of all kinds and for ages 12 and younger. Recently opened and owned by burners Jessica and Troy, who also own Junkee’s right across the street, your kids (and you) will have a great time at Sippees!

Label’s Consignment Boutique
601 West 1st Street – 775-825-6000 – map
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. A large variety of recycled vintage, classy clothing, including tutus and faux fur coats, designed primarily with women in mind.

Chocolate Walrus Boutique
1278 South Virginia Street – 775-825-2267  - map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Adult boutique offering romance.

1274 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2661 – map
Open daily 10am-4pm, call ahead for special hours. Thrift store carrying lots of used bicycles, as well as bike trailers, vintage wear, goggles, used carpets, tutus, poodle skirts, and knick-knacks. Best to call beforehand to reserve a bike.

Dressed Like That
711 South Virginia Street – map
Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. Call ahead for special hours. Carrying upscale vintage wear for women, including dresses, rompers, bathing suits, petticoats, shorts, parasols, jewelry, and snoods, as well as providing skin services and products.

Happy Happy Joy Joy
955 South Virginia Street – 775-562-1113 – map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Carries light up objects, masks, hula hoops, toys, bike horns and bells, and various other gadgets and doodads for both adults and kids.

Black Hole Body Piercing
912 South Virginia Street – 775-329-6010 – map
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. A full-service piercing studio owned by a female burner since 1995. The Black Hole carries a huge selection of jewelry for body piercing and stretched ears, and offers clean, private and group-viewing piercing rooms, using only single-piercing needles. The friendly and knowledgeable staff would be pleased to discuss any piercing questions or ideas you may have.

Salvation Army
1925 Sutro Street – 775-688-4588 – 775-688-4589 - map
Open 9am-6pm, closed Sundays. Pretty big thrift store with clothing, costume, rugs and some camping supplies.

St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop
500 East Fourth Street – 775-322-7073 - map
Open Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. Thrift store offering clothing and accessories, rugs and couches. You can also donate camping supplies in good condition back to them. Finally, they also have a food pantry to feed people homeless or transient, so you can also donate food to them — call them for more info and donation instructions.

Bellissima Beauty and Wig Salon
337 California Avenue – 775-786-1864 – map
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. Call for after hours arrangements. Owned and operated by Shawn and her “wigged-out” work family, Carrie, Katie, PJ, Nancy and Terri, Bellissima has been providing wigs to customers in the Reno-Sparks area and beyond for 50 years. They have a large selection of high quality costume wigs in a variety of fun colors. Styles include Afro, Marilyn, pin-up, china doll, punk rocker and many others to complement your outfit. They can also create custom pieces to top-off your unique attire, but you’ll need to contact them by August 15 to ensure your wig is ready for the playa. They also offer a full service beauty salon, with cuts and coloring, and nail art.

Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street – 775-329-3333 – 775-329-1541 - map
Open Wed-Sun. 10am-5pm,  Thur 10am-8pm. Reno’s largest art museum, and bringing a little more of the playa through art exhibitions and installations to Reno every year — most notably Kate Raudenbush’s Guardian of Eden.

Bruka Theatre
99 North Virginia Street – 775-323-3221 - map
One of our favorite theatre and production companies, founded and operated mostly by burners to create and share the experience of innovative theatre. Call ahead or check out the website for shows and times.

Deluxe Travel Money Exchange
100 California Street, #100 – 775-686-7000 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm. The only foreign money exchange in the area.


Carter Bros. Ace Hardware
1215 South Virginia Street – 775-337-1200 – map
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Call ahead for later hours during Burning Man. Owned and operated by burners, one of the few hardware stores in town that is independently seeking to meet the shade and camping needs of the burning man participant.  Stocking up on a wide variety of playa-specific hardware, camping, and lighting needs. Tents, sleeping bags, tarps, conduit, pvc, wood, tools, solar showers, solar pathway lights, headlamps, water jugs, coolers, and crank flashlights are just some of the items to be found here.


Kiwanis Bike Program
145 Catron Drive – 775-846-7146 – map
Open 9am-9pm during Burning Man. Just north of downtown Reno, Kiwanis Bike Program is normally to benefit kids in-need in the community. However, every year they receive large numbers of bikes left on the playa each year, and end up setting aside and taking extra special care of a bunch of them for burners next year to purchase at very fair prices. They also provide bike repairs.

There are exactly only two ways at this date to purchase one of the bikes from these great folks: one way is to stop during the week of Burning Man at their shop; the other way is at the Save Mart supermarket located in the Keystone shopping hub. In either case, get em while they last!

Reno Bike Project
541 East Fourth Street – 775-323-4488 – map
Regular hours are Tue, Wed and Sat 10am-5pm, and Thu and Fri 10am-6pm. Extended hours during Burning Man — Sat and Sun Aug 23-24 10am-7pm, and Mon Aug 25 10am-6pm — although you can call ahead for possible unusual-hours appointment. A used-bike seller and community bike shop operated by many burners, this is a great place to get a bike at a great price. Get ‘em while they last! They also repair bikes with enough notice, and carry lights and lighting, baskets, racks, and bells.  And they will take back bikes post-Burning Man.

Loop Cycles
145 Catron Drive (next to Kiwanis) – 310-893-4096 - map
NOTE: Loop Cycles is now out of bikes, but they still have bike accessories. Check back with them in 2015 for a bike next year. Loop Cycles is a brand new and very interesting project operated by Burners and affiliated with Bicycles For Humanity.  They normally sell good and affordable bike cruisers online just to Burners, who will then need to pick up their bikes in Reno on their way to BRC.  The bike is yours to keep.  However — particularly for those who cannot take the bike back home with them after Burning Man – you can donate the bike you purchased back to Loop Cycles, and then all the bikes will be go to Bicycles for Humanity, who will ship them to Namibia, Africa, where they will be gifted to health care workers, students or others who could use a bike in the community.  The various accessories available can be purchased on their website, including bike racks, front lights, el-wire kits, pumps, baskets, spare tubes and locks.  Email  with questions.

College Cyclery
622 South Virginia Street – 775-323-1809 – map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm.

Wild Sierra Adventures
407 North Virginia Street – 866-323-8928 – map
Open daily 9am-5pm. Located inside the Silver Legacy at the Adventures Desk, providing bike rentals.


The Morris Burner Hotel / Hostel
400 East Fourth Street – 775-327-1171 - map
The already world-famous and first-of-its-kind Morris Hotel and Hostel, founded and owned by burner Jungle Jim, and created and operated by many burners in the local burner community, is a hotel, hostel, art space, performance venue, and membership community and experiment inspired by and seeking to extend our culture beyond the playa for the world burner community. Among the many noteworthy features is that guest hotel rooms have been been uniquely styled by local artists, all guests can participate in communal meals, there are nearby restaurants with discounts for guests of the Morris, events happening all the time (such as outdoor concerts and movie nights), an in-house tv and radio station, wifi, and visitors, volunteers, artists and donations are very much welcome and appreciated. The Morris should also be afire during the month of August and September, particularly around the week of Burning Man, and there is even talk about “virgin boot camps” for newbie burners and various events. If you would like to inquire about a room or bed and daily or weekly rates, or for any questions, you should SEND AN EMAIL to Note, rooms/beds are likely to fill up fast, so best to RSVP ASAP. Also suggested that you join their community page on Facebook here.

Circus Circus Reno Hotel and Casino
500 North Sierra Street – 800-648-5010  - map
Circus Circus is offering a discount rate of $37 on Aug. 20-22, Aug. 25-28, and Sep. 1-5, and $97 on Aug. 23-24, Aug. 29-31.  Taxes also apply. Reserve online or call using code: PBURN14. In addition to gambling, Circus also has 6 restaurants, a fitness center and tons of games, and is connected to the Silver Legacy and Eldorado Casino Resorts where you will find bars, nightclubs, additional restaurants and other entertainment.  Plenty free parking for RV's and other large vehicles.

Sands Regency Casino Hotel
345 North Arlington Avenue – 866-386-7829 - map
Sands is offering discount rates for spacious rooms at $30 for Aug. 18-21, Aug. 24-28, and Sep. 1-4; $65 for Aug. for 22-23 and Sept. 5; and $85 for Aug. 29-31. Reserve by calling and mention that you are going to “Playa14″ for the discount. Also has plenty of free parking for RV’s, and an outdoor pool complex.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
407 North Virginia Street – 800-687-8733 - map
The Silver Legacy is offering a 20% discount off the prevailing rate and based on availability Aug. 21-28 and Sept. 1-4 — offer not valid Aug. 29-31. Reserve online or call using code: BURN14. Along with refreshing rooms and suits, the Silver Legacy also has some great restaurants and entertainment.

Club Cal Neva
133 North Virginia Street – 877-777-7303 – map
Very supportive of local burner community, the Cal Neva is providing a great discount at $29 during Sep. 1-4. Reserve online or call using offer code: Burn 14. Cal Neva also has value gaming and quality restaurants.

Whitney Peak Hotel 
255 North Virginia Street – 775-398-5400 – map
Located to the Reno Arch and just opened, the Whitney Peak is a luxury boutique hotel offering $189 nightly rate for standard or double rooms Aug. 22-Sept. 4, and a $249 nightly rate for concierge level rooms.  Call or book online for rooms. All rooms are non-smoking. The hotel also has a restaurant, concert hall and outdoor climbing wall (up the side of the building!).

219 North Center Street – 888-788-3232 - map
Harrah’s is offering discount room rates for beautiful rooms at $39 during August 25-28 and Sept 1-3. Reserve online here. Also has wonderful restaurants and limited parking for over-sized vehicles.

Eldorado Hotel & Casino
345 North Virginia Street – 800-648-5966 - map
Eldorado has a world-class hotel, restaurants, micro-brewery, night club, pool and plenty of parking. Also the dropoff/boarding stop for Mega Bus with very affordable ($15-$20) daily trips to and from San Francisco and Sacramento, CA.

Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street – 775-786-5151 - map
Ramada offers competitive rates, and also offers complimentary airport shuttle and parking, and has outdoor pool.

Legacy Vacation Club Reno
140 Court Street – 775-329-4251 – 866-507-1429 - map
Within short walking distance of all that Downtown Reno has to offer. Rooms include mini-kitchens and indoor pool is onsite.

Siena Hotel Spa Casino
1 South Lake Street – 877-743-6233 - map
Located right next to the Truckee River, the luxury-infused Siena offers competitive rates. Rooms come with free wifi, refrigerator, ipod docking station, and other amenities. Call for further info and reservations.

Econo Lodge
666 North Wells Avenue – 775-329-3125 - map
I-80 at Wells Avenue Exit # 14.

Motel 6
866 North Wells Avenue – 775-786-9852 – 775-786-3162 - map
I-80 at Wells Avenue Exit #14.

Days Inn
701 East 7th Street – 775-786-4070 - map
I-80 at Wells Avenue Exit # 14.


Pneumatic Diner
501 West First Street – 775-786-8888, ext. 106 – map
Open 11am-11pm daily, except Sundays open at 9am for brunch. A long-time favorite hangout of many vegetarians and vegans as well as non-vegetarians, the laid back and cozy atmosphere quickly leads one to forget where one is at in the biggest little city. Seating at times may be hard to come by, as it is a very popular and cozy hole-in-the-wall, but well worth the wait. The entrance is located in the northeast corner of the Truckee River Lodge Building on Ralston St. It’s up the stairs on the back side of the building and is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. Oh, and the food is YUMMY with a wide variety of vegan/vegetarian/raw creations!

The Seed Cafe
1085 South Virginia Street – 775-657-8743 – map
Open Mon-Thur 7am-830pm, Fri 7am-630pm, Sat 9am-5pm and Sun 11am-3pm. The Seed Cafe is a delightful place providing raw vegan, organic and gluten-free breakfast, lunch and dinner options for all. Juices, smoothies, sandwiches, salads and desserts with love and care are their specialties. Highly recommended.

Dandelion Deli
1170 South Wells, #2 – 775-322-6100  – map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A very favorite deli among the locals serving vegans/vegetarians as well as carnivores with a wide variety of very, VERY GOOD food at reasonable prices. Also does catering. Highly recommended.

Noble Pie Pizza Co.
239 West 2nd Street – 775-622-9222 – map
Open Mon-Tue 11am–midnight, Wed 11am-2am, Thu 11am-4am, Fri and Sat 11am–6am, Sun 11am–9pm. Some of the best pizza in town and a very popular hangout for many, providing many options for all tastes — including vegetarians and vegans. Also has bar with nice beer selection. Regularly features art by local artists.  Highly recommended!

SoDo Reno
275 Hill Street – 775-322-2710 – map
Open Tue-Sat 11am-8pm, Sun-Mon 11am-8pm. A very nice and friendly and slightly upscale restaurant with great food for omnivores and vegans alike. Highly recommended.

Old Granite Street Eatery
243 South Sierra Street – 775-622-3222 – map
Open Mon-Thur 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Great food for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans and gluten free using food mostly from local farms and ranches.  Also offers exceptional and unique cocktails. Highly recommended.

Great Full Gardens
555 South Virginia Street – 775-324-2013 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-90m, Sat 8am-9pm. A relatively new and great place offering a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner entree, sandwich, soup and dessert options for vegetarians, vegans, raw and omnivores.  Highly recommended.

St. James Brasserie
901 South Center Street – 775-348-8888 - map
Recently opened and already a great hit, St. James Brasserie is an outstanding restaurant and brewery with many choices of great food for all, and high quality beers and wines to choose from. Usually always quite busy, but highly recommended.

That Bowl Restaurant
148 West Street – 775-327-4443 - map
Open Wed-Sun 5pm-9:30pm. A very unique and excellent restaurant with a variety of choice, organic-as-possible ingredients that change with the seasons to make your own bowl of yummy.

India Kabob and Curry
1091 South Virginia Street – 775-348-6222 - map
Open daily 11:30am-10:30pm, with lunch buffet from 11:30 til 3:00. The best Indian restaurant in the area according to many. Most notably, they have a pretty darn good lunch buffet that is fairly affordable, with plenty of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

669 South Virginia Street – 775-329-4787 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm. New location. Offers some great soups, salads, and sandwiches for both omnivores and vegetarians/vegans, a favorite spot among the locals.

Louie’s Basque Corner
301 East Fourth Street – 775-323-7203 – map
Open Mon 4pm-930pm, Tue-Sat 11am-9:30pm, Sun 4pm-930pm. The legendary and highly recommended Louie’s provides a memorable Basque lunch and dinner experience.

Thai Corner Cafe
100 West Second Street – 775-327-4333 – map
Open Sun-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. An amazing and huge selection of delectable thai recipes for all eaters.

Blue Moon Pizza
190 California Street – 775-324-2828 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 1pm-9pm. A local secret, Blue Moon wins accolades from folks in the know. Many vegetarian pizzas, and they stuff the pie to the brim.

Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs
420 South Sierra Street  – 775-329-2600 – map
Open 6:30am-2pm daily.

Silver Peak Grill and Taproom (two locations)
135 North Sierra Street – 775-284-3300 – map
124 Wonder Street – 775-324-1864 – map
Open Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Sat-Sun 11am-1am. Very popular local brewery/restaurant with two locations to serve you: One in the heart of the arts district, and the other is south of downtown, across from the very popular Zephyr Lounge.. Features indoor and outdoor dining, serving imaginative dishes and brews.

Liquor Stores

Craft Wine & Beer
22 Martin Street – 775-622-4333 - map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. Call ahead for possible later hours. A HUGE (over 300!) and awesome selection of imported and domestic craft beers, imported wines, scotch and bourbon, and some other spirits. Notably will be stocking up on canned beers and unique spirits for during the event.

Bars and Nightclubs

Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
71 South Wells Avenue – 775-384-1652 – map
Open daily 2pm-whenever!  Look for the giant monkey and “FYD” on the side of the building. Seeing how some people are eager for some local burner scenery mixed with firewater and grit, we just had to include Jub Jub’s here among the areas Hot Stops.  Owned and operated by Burners, and known as “The Fucking Classiest Dive Bar in Reno,” Jub Jub’s regularly features great drink specials, live music, free bad advice and cheesy jokes. This is the best place in town to stir with other bizarre and fun personalities, events and games. Fuck Your Day!

214 West Commercial Row – 775-329-9444 – map
Popular house music hangout.

St. James Infirmary
445 California Avenue – 775-657-8484 – map
Open 3pm-3am daily.  A very popular, slightly upscale watering hole most notable for the OUTSTANDING craft beer selection, but also with some nice wines and great cocktails.

Reno Public House
33 Saint Lawrence Avenue – 775-555-5663 – map
Open at 3pm daily.  A relatively new establishment focusing on high-quality craft beers and cocktails.  Highly recommended.

Red Rock Studio
241 South Sierra Street – 775-324-2468 – map
One of the more unique lounges in town – clean and cozy, wonderful service, and some class ! Open most all day with espressos.

The Patio
600 West 5th Street – 775-323-6565 – map
A very classy, friendly gay bar with mixed crowd, and deluxe pool tables. Mostly women on Friday nights.

Chapel Tavern
1099 South Virginia Street – 775-324-2244 – map
Recently opened, Chapel has an amazing and huge selection of spirits and beer in particular, as well as some wines, and often has live entertainment.

Jungle Vino
248 West 1st Street – 775-329-4484 – map
Open Mon-Thurs 3pm-midnight, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-midnight. Fine wine and food in an intimate, sophisticated setting. Features a full-service bar, weekly wine tastings, and special events supporting local artists and music.

Silver Peak Grill and Taproom (two locations)
135 North Sierra Street – 775-284-3300 – map
124 Wonder Street – 775-324-1864 – map (The actual brewery is at this location).

Coffee and Teahouses

Bibo Coffee Company
945 Record Street – 775-348-8087 – map
Open daily 6:30am-9pm. Just north of I-80 and downtown. A local favorite especially with the university with great coffee, tea, and goodies.

Too Soul Tea Company
542 1/2 Plumas Street – 775-322-2001 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 9am-7pm. This is tea heaven, and a wonderfully cozy place! Offering a huge variety of teas, including medicinal teas (e.g. for liver cleansing), and you can bring your own containers, while they also sell 2.5 litre containers. They also offer coffee, as well as sandwiches and wraps for vegans. gluten-free and omnivores, as well as scones, muffins, bagels and turnovers. And free wifi.

Java Jungle
246 West 1st Street – 775-329-4484 - map
Open 7am-midnight daily. A local favorite with lots of style by the Truckee River. Wifi.

Dreamer’s Coffee House
701 South Virginia Street – 775-322-8040 - map
Open Sun-Thur 6:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7am-8pm. Coffeehouse and deli with wifi, local favorite!

Recycling and Garbage Disposal

RSW Recycling
1100 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8822  – map
Open 24/7. Takes plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, and steel cans, cardboard, and paper. No dumping — NO FURNITURE!

Schnitzer Steel
490 Valley Road, Reno – 775-331-2267  – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Accepts all metals for recycling.

Reno Salvage Company
301 Montello Street – 775-323-7109  – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Takes scrap metals only.

Earth First Recycling
9600 North Virginia Street, Reno – 775-626-2286 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. A place which accepts plastic containers,  cardboard, and pallets.

Reno Transfer Station
1390 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8882  – map
Open Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat and Sun 8am-6pm. Garbage disposal at $6 per cubic yard.


Mega Bus (at El Dorado)
345 North Virginia Street – 800-648-5966 - map
Offering very affordable ($15-$20) daily trips from and to San Francisco and Sacramento, CA.

Amtrak Train Station – Reno
280 North Center Street – 775-329-8638 – map
Reno’s only train service and station.

Greyhound Bus Station
155 Stevenson Street – 775-322-2970 – map

Regional Citifare Bus Center
Fourth and Lake Street – 775-348-0400 – map
Providing local bus transportation throughout Reno area.  Check website for routes, schedule, and rates.

Auto Repairs/Parts

Reno Vulcanizing Auto Care & Tire Works
590 North Virginia Street – 775-322-2141 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-5pm. Good general auto repairs service beyond tires despite the name.

Rankin’s Auto Service
530 Merrill (off Wells near I-80) – 775-329-8433 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

Hospitals/Urgent Care Facilities

St Mary’s Regional Medical Center
236 West 6th Street – 775-770-3000 - map

Renown Regional Medical Center
155 Mill Street – 775-982-4100 - map

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