In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
Often, the two key ingredients for a fun social gathering are drinks and music. Gold Mine Tavern's staff keeps the libations—draft beer, bottled beer, cocktails—flowing and on most weekends pour live music over their guests as well. Those tunes might vibrate off the walls of a tent covering the outdoor patio. They might even seep into the main bar area and reverberate against exposed brick, solid-red walls, or the flat-screen TVs that hang from them. Three pool tables fight video poker games for attention, and ceiling fans cool off any heat generated from the eight ball clacking against the six ball at the speed of frustration. Although the tavern itself was established in 1965, it recently underwent a full remodel.
Despite its name, The Waterfall is no ordinary watering hole. Couches dot the interior of the laid-back bar, inviting patrons to lounge while downing pints chosen from 24 draft beers or admiring pieces by local artists. In the back, hookahs puff out fragrant smoke, adding an air of mystery to good-natured games of beer pong. The bar stays traditional where it counts, though—its liquor shelves only house top-brand vodkas, whiskeys, and bourbons, and its selection of beers draws brews from both big-name producers and innovative craft breweries. Flat-screen televisions situated above the bar also err on the side of familiarity, broadcasting television favorites such as South Park and games from around the sporting world. The Waterfall also plays host to the Reno Beer Crawl on the fourth Saturday of every month, bringing out drink specials and maps for the tour’s raucous groups of wanderers.
The Charcoal Room features top-grade cuts of meat, an extensive wine list, and fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is equal parts fine-dining class and low-key relaxation, like a news anchor whose desk is concealing a pair of sateen parachute pants. Peruse the menu to discover substantial steaks such as the pan-seared bone-in rib eye (22 oz., $32) and petite cuts such as the filet mignon (7 oz., $28). Classic salad styles such as the wedge ($7) or Caesar ($7) are perennially in good taste, complementing meat with the finest of chlorophyll. The boneless baby-back ribs ($10) and lobster mac 'n' cheese ($14) turn the traditionally difficult-to-eat into forkable fare. Since swords themselves always return from the grill too hot to eat, swordfish ($32) makes for a blade-inspired meal not forged by a sweaty blacksmith. Collect a cartel of iron-eaters who prefer their steak prepared on top of more steak and request a corner booth facing the door at The Charcoal Room.
At one lab station, an interim investigator carefully examines bullet casings. At another, single strands of hair deliver the DNA samples necessary to send a suspect to imaginary prison for a long, long time. Around every shadowy corner of CSI: The Experience, the latest recruits in forensic science slide into the latex gloves or behind the majestic mustaches of popular TV characters to solve crimes through interactive detective work.
A total of 15 lab stations harbor the evidence of three murders, each of which throws multiple suspects into the mix to trip up investigations. Videos featuring cast members and real-life scientists provide guidance throughout analyses, and afterward, newly established sleuths receive certification by prying an official CSI: The Experience diploma from the cold, lifeless hands of their email inbox.
The downtown Silver Legacy Resort Casino quarters boarders with posh lodging and a night of activities and entertainment. Each of Silver Legacy's 1,700-plus rooms comes furnished with flat-screen LCD TVs, pillow-top mattresses, and wireless Internet. Ease into the evening with a well drink, domestic beer or house wine from any of Silver Legacy's four on-site bars or casino bars before snagging a pair of seats at Catch a Rising Star Comedy Club. Having helped launch the careers of celebrated side-splitters such as Robin Williams, Orville and Wilbur Wright, and Jerry Seinfeld, the comedy-club chain boasts shows Tuesday–Sunday nights. After the show, shuffle across Silver Legacy's 85,000-square-foot casino floor complete with 1,600 slot machines and 85 table games.