Buckbean Brewing Company pours out a flavorful cascade of canned craft beers to the Reno area, their eclectic sampler showcasing a four-pack of each of their three year-round brews and one seasonal beer. The Original Orange Blossom Ale blooms with a unique blend of real orange flowers and light caramel, and the robust Tule Duck Red Ale tickles taste buds with its caramel malt and oat-touched tail feathers. The Black Noddy Lager was ranked second in Bon Appétit's list of Top 10 Artisanal Canned Beers, its mild, roasted flavor and hints of coffee helping drinkers stay awake through seventh-inning stretches and physically taxing marathons of Hungry Hungry Hippos.
Ballet Nevada's FIT classes in Zumba, ballet, jazz, tap, and strength and conditioning galvanize training twirlers and aerobic aces alike with elegant arabesques and prodigious boogying. Taught by a highly trained troupe of former soloists and choreographers, sweat-soaked, silhouette-sculpting FIT classes are offered in seven weekly sessions. FIT ballet classes are an ideal destination for miniature music-box ballerinas who have come unhinged from their moorings. Opt for the torso-chiseling core conditioning, or burst into elaborate musical routines at work using jazz or tap moves. Zumba classes, meanwhile, use dance to target specific muscle groups, backed by a pulsating soundtrack of actual pulses. Ballet Nevada uplifts aspiring Astaires with portable barres and nonskid Marley floors, and its scenic new studio overlooks the Sierras, enabling covert surveillance on the technique of pirouetting black bears.
The Celtic Knot brings together Irish beers, American cocktails, and local music under one roof, brewing a vibe that’s as merry as it is inviting. Bartenders mix signature shots and cocktails, such as the Celtic Kiss shot or the pumpkin-pie martini, and fill pints—or 27-ounce super pints—with Guinness, Harp, or Wexford Irish Cream Ale. Meanwhile, musicians march up and down the bar, turning whatever stretch of carpet they please into a stage. On nights without performances, a free foosball table and coin-operated dartboard keep patrons entertained and help settle contests of accuracy without seeing who can juggle the most pint glasses at once—blindfolded.
One Stop Guitar instructors believe that learning the instrument should be fun and stress-free, so they cultivate a relaxed environment for their students as they begin or continue their musical journey. During lessons tailored toward helping each student reach their personal musical goals, six-string masters cover topics vital to blues, jazz, rock, metal, and pop. In addition to covering playing mechanics, the instructors can also offer their advice in songwriting, the music industry, and preparing for live shows, as well as discreetly swapping one’s guitar for a paper-mache replica before emphatically smashing it.
The Grape and The Grain fills flagons with a comprehensive selection of quality beers, wines, and cocktails in conjunction with a menu of refined tavern dishes. Combine cocktails with a crunch with the bruschetta, used as a pita bread elevator for mouth-bound garlic-roasted herb hummus ($9), or the mediterranean cracker bread topped with cheese and a choice of toppings, including pepperoni and the Michael Angelo, a smattering of leek, pancetta, and basil named for the less-famous painter of the Sixteen Chapel ($9–$11). Two Danish-style hot dogs satisfy tubular tastes, doused in rémoulade and spicy red sauce and sprinkled with pickled cucumbers and fried onions ($9).