Charlie Wiedenhoft pours German beer in large servings at Himmel Haus.

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South Lake Tahoe is synonymous with leisure and nightlife. The Heavenly gondola whisks visitors to the highest of the mountain. The Village buzzes with outlets and bars and high-rise casinos cater to these feeling fortunate. However negotiating throngs of vacationers (and discovering parking) can put a damper on any winter getaway—and the ritzy Village doesn’t have that “peel off your ski boots and order a shot of whiskey” type of ambiance.

After a day on the slopes, there’s nothing extra satisfying than a stiff drink in a comfortable tavern and, fortunately, South Lake Tahoe has no scarcity of native watering holes. Take a look at these dive bars for an genuine après ski expertise with dwell music, low-cost drinks and eats.

Nestled in a residential neighborhood close to Heavenly’s California Base, Himmel Haus, 3819 Saddle Highway, is an genuine German beer corridor identified for its laid-back vibe and spectacular beer choice. With over 50 types of German and Belgian beers, the toughest half is selecting whether or not you need an imported bottle or an enormous, three-liter “das boot” glass. Après ski foods and drinks specials are served Monday by way of Friday between 2 and four p.m. Don’t miss trivia night time on Wednesdays, beginning a 9 p.m., for a mind sport that will get more durable with each stein. Groups of as much as six gamers compete for beer prizes, and tie-breakers are determined the old style approach—with a dance-off or stein-hold contest.

Rojo’s Tavern, 3091 Harrison Ave., has been a South Lake fixture since 1975—and never a lot has modified within the years since. Voted the 2018 Finest Dive Bar in Tahoe, this rustic bar is frequented by locals who come for the hearty meals, robust drinks and pleasant employees. Karaoke nights are a favourite, which Rojo’s hosts 4 nights per week on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 10 p.m. to shut. In the event you can’t carry a tune, attempt Wii Bowling on the big-screen TV, Playing cards Towards Humanity or Large Jenga on Monday sport nights, additionally from 10 p.m. to shut.

Relating to Whiskey Dicks, 2660 Lake Tahoe Blvd., the title says all of it. This uncouth institution’s motto is “no less than our drinks are stiff.” Guests will discover a big bar, dance flooring, shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, a pool desk and an enviable assortment of ‘50s pin-up posters. On Saturday nights, Whiskey Dicks hosts free reveals that includes dwell bands and a dance occasion. With a each day glad hour between four and eight p.m., simply don’t count on to depart standing upright.

With a whopping seven, full-sized pool tables, Basic Cue, 1965 Lake Tahoe Blvd., isn’t simply fashionable for being the one billiard corridor on the town, and even for the eclectic crowd you’ll discover there at any given hour. This dive bar is known for its Monday $1.50 fish tacos and beer specials, which lure ski bums from throughout city. On Thursdays, Basic Cue ups the ante with an open mic night time beginning at 9 p.m. that attracts native musicians and is open to all newcomers.

In the event you can classify a dive bar as “charming,” then Emerald Bay Bar and Grill, 888 Emerald Bay Highway, matches the invoice. This small institution is dog-friendly. It has an outside hearth pit, and the low-key vibe is ideal for assembly new pals and spurring intimate conversations. It has each day foods and drinks specials and serves among the finest bar meals on the town. The kitchen stays open till 11 p.m. for late-night diners. Take a look at the free dwell music on Friday nights, when homegrown bluegrass bands maintain jam periods and hold the gang strutting and stomping ’til midnight.Ω

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