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).
Vino 100's wine tastings are available every day, featuring a palate-pampering lineup of three red and three white vinos (two ounces each; tasters can also opt for three four-ounce glasses). Flight wines are chosen weekly by Vino 100's knowledgeable staff, allowing neophyte and full-fledged oenophiles to swirl, sniff, and sip wines before committing to an entire bottle. Call ahead to discover current and upcoming varietals, or step through a temporal anomaly to drink the wines of the past.
Using local produce, dairy, bread, and meat, 775 Gastropub's chefs craft gourmet bistro burgers, tapas, and entrees cataloged on seasonally changing menus. More than 170 craft beers cascade from bottles and taps, alongside specialty signature cocktails mixed with in-house liquors. Amid ample drink and comestibles, revelers can lose themselves in deep games of pool and darts, the game geographers recommend over bocce when throwing at a map to indicate past vacations. Red paint covers the walls, and green plants prevent patrons from thinking that perhaps they’re dining on Mars.
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.
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.