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Nevada: Reno

A September 2001 trip to Reno by kylebarber

Quote: The smaller but more picturesque and nature lovin' alternative to Las Vegas

Nevada: Reno

Overview

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Always in the shadow of the much more successful Las Vegas down south, Reno has hit on some hard times as of late. But the little big city has a lot going for it. Besides its proximity to Lake Tahoe and other recreational areas, Reno offers a more calm and serene vacation. It's easy to get about town and you'll find a great deal more bargains than in the increasingly expensive Las Vegas. In my short time in town I searched out a number of gay establishments to mix and mingle with the locals, who were for the most part quite friendly. Whether the construnction of the new Silver Legacy hotel brings back the vacationers or if things fall into a sharper decline due to the new economy remains to be se...Read More

Carl's Pub

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Carl's Pub was my favorite bar in the Reno area, with friendly bartenders, cheap drinks, and a low key yet talkative crowd gathered around the L-shaped bar. The billiards table is kept busy by the patrons, and the musical selections on the jukebox feature more than your standard gay bar favorites (I heard no Pet Shop Boys or Madonna during either visit). For the kinky visitor, the pub's own "gift shop" stocks all kinds of toys and aids that are sure to make the younger visitors blush. But Carl's never seems rough or sleazy, just a bunch of friendly local guys grabbing a drink after work. The pub is located between the Atlantis resort and the Peppermill.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Carl's Pub
3310 S Virginia St
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 829-8886

Five Star Saloon

Attraction

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The Five Star Saloon has the longest history of all the gay bars in Reno. Therefore it seems only appropriate that it attracts the oldest clientele. While I wasn't surprised not to find any men that I was attracted to, it took me aback that the folks in this tavern weren't as social as the other bars I visited in Reno. Maybe it's a locals only joint, but that still doesn't make it acceptable that the guys wouldn't respond to a polite "Hello." The long bar isn't flanked with amenities, but it does have the selling point that it is within walking distance to most downtown casinos and hotels.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Five Star Saloon
132 West St
Reno, Nevada 89501
(775) 329-2878

1099 Club

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A little bit sleazy, the 1099 Club was still a very friendly joint, where all the locals were kind enough to engage me in conversation and ask where I was from. Admittedly it can be hard to carry on a conversation as porn videos are broadcast on screens above the bar, making this definitely not the bar to which you'd bring your curious or sympathetic straight friends. A separate room off the bar area features games and billiards, and of course it wouldn't be Reno without the video poker machines.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

1099 Club
1099 S Virginia St
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 329-1099

Patio

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The Patio is well lit and beautifully designed to accommodate folks mingling in and around its three rooms. It's quite a change from the darker and slightly seedy bars in town. Besides being a more comfortable environment than its competition, the Patio offers great amenities including darts and a pool table. Folks can linger outside when the weather is nice or a game has been organized by the owners. The Patio has a reputation for being more of a lesbian bar, but the night I showed had attracted ten guys for each woman. The only drawback I found is that it was very much a local bar, and I wasn't able to join the guys' conversations or strike up one of my own with the cute fellows.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Patio
600 W 5th St
Reno, Nevada 89503
(775) 323-6565

Quest

Attraction

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This downtown bar supposedly attracts the youngest crowds of gay men in Reno, but when I visited it wasn't being frequented by any age group. Like most of the other bars I visited in September, traffic at the Quest was rather slow. I was later informed that the bar is known as a late-night joint, so maybe a post midnight return visit is called for. The loud sound system plays modern dance music that is more of today's scene than the other bars in town, and services a very small dance area. The bar has the requisite video poker machines built into the countertop. The bar is located near all the downtown casinos and hotels, tucked onto a small road that borders the railroad tracks running parallel ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Quest
210 W Commercial Row
Reno, Nevada 89501
(775) 333-2808

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno

Attraction | "Atlantis Resort"

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The Atlantis hotel looms over the flat lands of southern Reno, making for an impressive destination. But once you step inside the half-way themed resort you'll begin to see why the rooms run so cheap. Bars and restaurants have made a weak attempt at pulling off a Polynesian theme, which makes you wonder why they called the place Atlantis instead of Bora Bora.More frustrating are the staff members, many of whom seem to be asleep on the job. When we arrived there was only one person in front of us in line to check in, yet we still had to wait over a half an hour before the agent could help us. She gave us the wrong set of keys twice, requiring return visits to the front desk before we could get i...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno
3800 S Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada 89502
(775) 825-4700

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

Attraction | "Silver Legacy"

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The brand new Silver Legacy hotel hopes to revitalize the Reno gambling scene by offering a theme park quality that is usually only found in the casinos of Las Vegas. Indeed the resort's interior is rather dramatic and much more interesting than the bland and often repetitive layouts of the Silver Legacy's neighbors. A large silver mine hums and whistles underneath the hotel's large dome. This unique ceiling covers the casino with a faux evening sky that changes colors every few minutes, and periodically acts as a host to a simple laser show that stops most tourists in their tracks. A number of restaurants are available, including the requisite buffet and 24 hour coffee shop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
407 North Virginia St
Reno, Nevada 89512
+1 775 329 4777; +1

Circus Circus Reno Hotel and Casino

Attraction | "Circus Circus"

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This still popular hotel and casino hasn't changed much since I first visited it as a kid in the early 1980's. While the gaming area downstairs isn't much different than those of the neighboring casinos, the "Big Top" upstairs features ongoing circus acts and a midway of carnival games. While the lure of these old-fashioned thrills might not have as much sway on the new generation of tech savvy kids, the prizes they offer for your quarter investment certainly are much nicer than what you'd find at a state fair, and the acrobats and high wire artists perform truly daring feats for the somewhat blasé audience of passerbys. Perhaps one of the best reasons to stay at the Circus Circus resort these days...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2001

Circus Circus Reno Hotel and Casino
500 North Sierra Street
Reno, Nevada 89503
(775) 329-0711