Don’t plan on sleeping
It is important to remember to pace yourself when skiing and snowboarding Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. While the daily routine at most snow resorts is to ride hard all day, eat dinner, soak in the hot tub and retire to the condo for television and bed, Lake Tahoe demands as much stamina after the lifts close as it does while riding the slopes.
The South Shore nightlife scene is exciting and varied; unlike most other resort towns, it never shuts down.
After a cold day on the mountain, head down south of the border to the new Cabo Wabo Cantina at Harvey’s. The famed “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar has brought a version of his famous Mexican hideaway to the shores of Lake Tahoe. The Baja-influenced atmosphere and live music will warm visitors on the outside. A wide selection of tequilas and the signature “Waboritas” will take care of warming up the insides. The lounge opens at 10 a.m. and stays open late into the night with live entertainment on the cantina stage. Call Harvey’s for entertainment and other details at (775) 588-2411.
Feel like dancing? First, take off those ski boots. No matter what your friends tell you, you DON’T dance better in them. Then, head over to Altitude Nightclub at Harrah’s. Altitude is consistently rated one of the best in Northern Nevada and offers go-go dancers, mind-blowing lighting effects and plenty of room to do more bumping, sliding and twisting than you would ever dream of doing on the slopes. Call (775) 586-6705 to reserve a VIP booth.
Keep the beat going at Club Nero located in Caesar’s Tahoe. A rotating lineup of DJ’s, R&B and Hip Hop all-stars hit the turntables to get the crowd moving. There is plenty of room to make new friends in one of three spacious lounges. You can contact Club Nero at (775) 586-2000.
Skiers and boarders looking for a more intimate locale to sooth burning quads, and aching backsides should retire to one of Tahoe’s lounges for drinks, conversations and a bit of late-night coolness. Coco Havana is Harvey’s new 19th floor lounge that invokes the mystery and excitement of 1920’s Cuba. Guests can imbibe designer drinks while relaxing to the sounds of sensuous Latin rhythms all with a stunning Lake Tahoe backdrop. Coco Havana opens at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information please call (775) 588-2411.
Caesar’s Tahoe invites the after-ski crowd to Cleo’s Lounge where live jazz, R&B and funk music sets the mood every Thursday through Monday night. For more information about live music and dancing at Cleo’s, call (888) 829-7630.
Didn’t get enough laughs watching your friends struggle down Gunbarrel on the last run? Visit emcee Howie Nave as he and some of the best stand up comics in the country take the stage at the Improv Comedy Club at Harvey’s. The intimate, 250-seat showroom offers up two new comics every week. The Improv is open Tuesday through Sunday (dark on Monday) with tickets ranging from $25 Tuesday through Friday to $30 on Saturday. For an up-to-date list of headliners or to make reservations, call (800) HARVEYS (427-8397).
If you are looking for a more locals-oriented establishment where you can hang your hat and wet your whistle, pull up a stool at one of South Shore’s local pubs. If you prefer an authentic Irish flavor when the publican pulls your favorite drafts, head to Mulligan’s Irish Pub winner of the coveted “James Joyce Pub Award” which recognizes establishments for “standards of quality, atmosphere, attention to detail, professionalism, excellent service, and being a true representative of Irish pub life.” Mulligan’s is at 3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe and can be reached at 530-542-1095.
Those looking for an English-style pub need look no further than the Tudor Pub, just up the stairs from Dory’s Oar restaurant. Patrons can find a wide variety of suds that would make Old England proud including English Cider, Newcastle Brown and Boddington’s Cream Ale. The authentic English artifacts and atmosphere will make you forget that you will be skiing moguls tomorrow. The Tudor Pub is at 1041 Fremont Avenue in South Lake Tahoe and can be reached at 530-541-6603.
Looking to get your mind off of a day on the hill without moving your feet or raising a glass? The Horizon Casino Resort is home to Wallace Theaters, South Shore’s only state-of-the-art multi-plex movie theater showing the latest first run films. Call the Horizon Stadium movieline for movie titles and showtimes at (775) 589-6000.
No matter how you decide to celebrate your nights (and early mornings) at Lake Tahoe remember to let someone else do the driving for you if you have been celebrating. Call yourself a cab from Yellow Cab Company at 530-544-5555 or (775) 588-8294.