There’s nothing better than cozying up with good friends, warm food, and your beverage of choice after a long, sometimes brutal, day on the slopes. No matter where you are in North Tahoe, you can take refuge from the storms in these warm restaurants. Here’s a roundup of the best après in the Truckee/North Tahoe area. From Incline Village to Truckee and all along the lake, pull up a seat at these eateries



IRISH PUB COMFORT FOOD: Slàinte! Cozy up in The Auld Dubliner’s dining room for a Guinness and the best hot wings in the Olympic Valley. Courtesy photo

The Auld Dubliner Irish Pub
and Restaurant

After a day on the mountain, go experience The Auld Dubliner’s happy hour from 2 to 4 p.m. Save $2 on all 14 draft beers, have a Red Bull and vodka for $5, or get a $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon. Try one of their delicious appetizers at discounted prices: spinach artichoke dip, fish tacos, curry chips, or Reuben-style fries. Info: (530) 584-6041,

Coffeebar Squaw Valley 

For a break from the typical bar scene, head over to Coffeebar’s Squaw Valley location from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays through Sundays for $5 beer and wine specials, two-for-$12 canned red wine, and two-for-$5 Peroni and Tahoe Pale Ales. You might even go for one of their fresh baked pastries to go with it. Info: (530) 580-4200,  


Craving some authentic Mexican food? Well lucky for you, Squaw Valley just opened a brand-new Mexican restaurant right in the heart of the Village. Enjoy over 100 types of tequila and mezcal, as well as fresh, authentic food to share in this new, family restaurant. Info: open seven days a week, (530) 584-6021,

22 Bistro
Located conveniently just off the slopes, right under the Squaw Valley funitel, you can’t go wrong with 22 Bistro after a long grueling day of downhill. Grab a $5 draft beer, house wine, or well cocktail and check back in for rotating food specials from their menu. Info: Mondays through Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m., (530) 484-6170,

Le Chamois

Popularly known as “The Chammy,” this legendary Squaw bar is the perfect place to meet your friends at the bottom of the slopes for wine, beer, and maybe a slice of pizza. They have an outside bar with plenty of seating, as well as an upstairs loft to get cozy. Info: (530) 583-4505,


Rubicon Pizza Company
Ready for some grub from the Village after hitting the slopes? Stop by Rubicon Pizza between 3 and 5 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays for $1 off draft beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as a pint and personal pizza for $14. Info: excludes holiday weeks, (530) 562-2199, 

Bourbon Pub

This new Michael Mina restaurant is sure to be the talk of the village this winter season. Check out their truffle potato chips, steamed bao buns, or spicy Korean Wagyu tacos and warm up with a beverage. Info: open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday,



BREWFORIA MARKET: Have a hard time making decisions? Lucky for you, Brewforia has 40 different beers on tap. Courtesy photo

Brewforia Beer Market

From the tall pine forests in Incline Village, go enjoy a tasty happy hour at Brewforia Beer Market and Kitchen. From Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 5 p.m., take advantage of two-for-one drinks and discounts on happy hour foods. They also have a food menu including cheesy bread, pork ribs, house pies, and tasty bowls. Info: (775) 298-7660,

Glasses Wine Bar

If you’re looking for the perfect glass of wine and maybe even a good read, try Glasses’ happy hour. They have 26 different wines by the glass, live music every Saturday starting at 8 p.m., and an in-house library for you to sit and browse. Choose any four wines from behind the bar for a $12 happy hour wine tasting. Info: Happy hour is Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. (775) 298-7472,

Alibi Ale Works

Stop by for a delicious locally brewed beer at Alibi Ale Works in Incline Village any day of the week for delicious, local beer and filling bites. Also check out their Truckee location, offering similar deals and events. Info: (775) 298-7001,

Crosby’s Tavern

Head over to Crosby’s Tavern from 3 to 6 p.m. daily for 70-cent wings and $4 well drinks, micro drafts, and glasses of wine, as well as domestic drafts for $3. Other food deals include their nachos grande and Irish nachos. Info: (775) 833-1030,




In the bar room at Cottonwood, you can enjoy discounted prices on wines by the glass, as well as draft beers, martinis, and cocktails until 6 p.m. — and all evening on Thursdays for locals’ night. They also offer a variety of small plates such as mac and cheese gnocchi, poutine, and their delicious char-grilled burger. Info: 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily, (530) 587-5711,

CHARISMATIC COCKTAILS: The Truckee Tavern has a handful of unique drinks, tasty share plates, and a famous burger. What’s not to love? Courtesy photo

Truckee Tavern and Grill

Belly up to the bar at Truckee Tavern and Grill for their nightly happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy $1 off draft beer, specialty cocktails, and glasses of wine, or $5 well drinks. They also have a few discounted plates such as BBQ wings, a juicy half-pound burger with fries, and the house pasta. Info: (530) 587-3766,


Cruise over to Pianeta when you’re done on the mountain to enjoy their drink specials: $6 house red and white wine, $5 micro brews and well cocktails, and $7 specialty cocktails. If your stomach’s growling, you’re in luck. Chow down on Pianeta’s yummy bites including a pesto caprese salad, bruschetta, and herb-marinated olives. Info: 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, (530) 587-4694, 

Drunken Monkey 

Mondays through Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. are your chance to get some of the best Japanese food in the area for a great price. Head to Drunken Monkey for discounted bottled beers including Sapporo, as well as hot and cold sake, white wine, red wine, and ginger brew. Discounted food items change daily. Info: (530) 582-9755, 

Old Town Tap

Who doesn’t like a $3 beer on tap? Old Town Tap has a $6 specialty cocktail, $5 glass of red or white wine, $2 Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can, $5 beer and a shot deal, and a $3 Truckee Brewing session ale. And if that isn’t enough, you can grab a snack for $6 or less including burrata, hummus and flatbread, and warm olives. Info: 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, (530) 563-5233, 

Bar of America

There’s never a dull moment at Bar of America. Join them Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. for some discounted well drinks, draft beer, and house wines. Also enjoy discounted prices from the bar’s cocktail menu. Info: holiday periods excluded, (530) 587-2626,

Mellow Fellow

Get comfortable and cozy at the bar at Mellow Fellow in Truckee from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for $1 off beer pints and food specials. Info: (530) 214-8927,



The Pioneer Cocktail Club

If you haven’t checked out Tahoe City’s new cocktail bar, it’s time. Happy hour is daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to close. You can order half-priced pizzas, $3 tacos, cocktail specials for $8, and a Mexican lager beer on tap with a well shot for $8. For the night owls out there, the kitchen stays open until 11 p.m. and never closes early. Check back in regularly for special events and discounts. Info: (530) 523-0402,

Fat Cat Bar & Grill

Calling all football lovers! Just across the street from the lake at Fat Cat Bar & Grill, you can have a $5 well drink or 16-ounce draft, a glass of $6 house wine, or 30% off all appetizers and salads. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. from Sunday through Friday and is extended to 9 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, and Thursdays for football games. Info: (530) 583-3355, 


Want to catch some beautiful lake views? Every Wednesday at Sunnyside is Taco Night, beginning at 4 p.m. with $4 fish, carne asada, or chicken tacos. Enjoy their drink deals of $4 Pacificos and a margarita special. Info: (530) 583-7200, 

Uncorked Tahoe City 

Stop by Uncorked’s Tahoe City location Mondays through Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Wine is $6 a glass and cheese plates are $14. Catch glimpses of the gorgeous wooden accents built by Roundwood designs at this location and at Uncorked Squaw. Also, check out Uncorked Truckee for similar happy hour deals. Info: (530) 581-1106, 

Bridgetender Tavern and Grill

Just across from the lake and right on the Truckee River, the Bridgetender has delicious happy hour. Well drinks and a variety of house wines are $6, and choose from a selection of draft beer for $4 or $5. Also enjoy tasty treats like bacon bleu brussels sprouts, Saag’s Bavarian bratwurst with sauerkraut, and a deep-fried sushi roll, all under $9. Info: 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, (530) 583-3342, 

Za’s Lakefront

With picturesque views across the lake in Tahoe City, Za’s Lakefront happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Enjoy a $10 draft beer and pizza deal when purchased with happy hour drinks. On top of that, there are 6o-cent wings. Info: (530) 583-9292,




Lanza’s is known for huge portions and delicious-tasting Italian food. Stop by for their daily happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for $1 off beer, wine, and well drinks. From Sunday through Thursday, 4:30 to 6 p.m., enjoy 50% off select appetizers such as garlic bread and garlic cheese bread, garlic bread with meatball or sausage, and baked artichoke hearts. Info: (530) 546-2434, 

Whitecaps Pizza

In scenic Kings Beach, happy hour at Whitecaps Pizza is from 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Sundays. All 16-ounce beers on tap and wines by the glass are $1 off and you can add a “monster” pizza slice for just $4.95. Info: (530) 546-2200,


Head over to Spindleshanks for their awesome all-day happy hour every Tuesday, as well as every weekday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Enjoy rotating deals such as $5 glasses of wine, $2 raw oysters, and taco specials. Info: (530) 546-2191, 

Las Panchitas

In the mood for some traditional Mexican food? Las Panchitas’ happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. every day, and specials include $4 margaritas, $3 beers, and 25% off all dinner meals. Info: (530) 546-4539, 

LUXURIOUS LAKE VIEWS: Gar Woods offers more than great food and drinks. Photo by Nina Miller

Gar Woods Grill & Pier

Take in beautiful Lake Tahoe at Gar Woods from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Specials include discounted prices on “deck favorites,” appetizers, and select discounted drinks like the original Wet Woody, house wine, and draft beer. Info: Mondays through Fridays, (530) 546-3366, 

CB’s Bistro

Lookin’ for variety? Check out the packed menu full of favorite comfort foods at CB’s Bistro, with a daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. You’ll love getting $1 off of all draft beer, house wine, and appetizers including jalapeno poppers, crispy cauliflower, garlic dough knots, and fried zucchini sticks. Info: (530) 546-4738, 

Main Image Caption: WHAT’S YOUR ALIBI?: Check out some local beer and quality eats in Alibi Ale Works’ newest location in Incline Village. Courtesy photo


  • Molly Wilcox

    A San Francisco transplant, MOLLY WILCOX is exploring a full-time commitment to her love of writing and the outdoors. When she’s not on the slopes in winter or on the water in summer, writing, reading, and long conversations entertain her. As the new office manager and reporter at Moonshine, she’s hoping to merge her passions for creativity and the world around her, while getting to know the Tahoe community.

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