Now that summer is here, it’s time to get out and try all the new places that opened over spring. In the last few months, several new places to eat, drink, get your nails done and recreate have opened in downtown Reno. And in fact, three of them opened today, July 1. In case you missed them, here’s the grand list of all the hot new spots to check out.
1. Smee’s Alaskan Fish Bar
From food truck, to mall food court to upscale restaurant. Smee’s Alaskan Fish Bar opened on the Truckee River next door to Campo and Ole Bridge Pub in May.
Owner Jon Smee renovated the old Reef Sushi location and created three distinct menus: lunch, dinner and bar menu. If you just want fish and chips, ask for the bar menu, as it isn’t routinely handed out to dining room guests. The fine seafood items range from seared ahi salads to stuffed shrimp.
Smee plans to add an oyster bar in order to serve fresh raw oysters throughout the day. Look forward to updates from them.
2. BBM Lounge
Beautiful Bearded Man Lounge opened in The Basement under West Elm in late June. Josh Arias, owner of the lounge and the popular barbershop across the hall, built the mani-pedi lounge so men could feel more at home. While women are also invited, the lounge is full of warm leather lounge chairs, copper pedicure bowls, dark woods and black and white vintage photos of Reno.
Customers can choose from a menu of manicures and pedicures ranging from a quick fix to an hourlong pampering session. BBM Lounge stocks cold beers, whiskey and premixed Old Fashioned cocktails for patrons. Some of the services come with a drink or they can be ordered separately. Check out the menu and book appointments online.
3. Dark Pursuit under Reno Axe
Dark Pursuit, the thrilling maze under Reno Axe bar, opened July 1.
“Dark Pursuit is an invitation to navigate a dark maze with elements of puzzle solving in order to uncover the truth of what happened in the basement of 100 N. Sierra Street. Along your panicked journey you will encounter frightening scenes and characters straight from your worst nightmares,” according to DarkPursuit.com.
The maze is 4,000 square feet of “terrifying darkness” and can be done in groups up to seven people or alone. Not everyone is expected to finish the maze though the creators expect the average person will complete the course in 30 minutes.
“It’s not for everyone,” owner Phil Frayssinoux said in a previous interview. “It’s a scary experience, mixed with a maze and an escape room. The goal is to finish a mission and face your darkest fears.”
Dark Pursuit session cost $25 per person.
4. Pignic Pub and Patio upgrades
Owners of Revision Brewing Company teamed up with the owners of Pignic Pub and Patio to create a Revision taproom in the upstairs portion of their converted two-story 1916 Craftsman house in downtown Reno.
Revision at Pignic Pub and Patio offers a comfortable, laid back atmosphere with three themed rooms: The Study (overlooks the front edible garden), The Trophy Room (Northern Nevada wildlife, darts, private nooks, overlooking the community grill yard), The Parisian Powder Room (antique vanities, boudoir paintings, overlooking the sun deck).
There are over fifteen selections of Revision beers to be had and packaged beer & growlers are available to go. Revision at Pignic Pub and Patio offers a full-service bar with classic cocktail twists featuring rare and premium spirits not available on the ground floor. The upstairs cocktail menu is totally different from downstairs. And when upstairs on a game day, there are three televisions in place for your viewing pleasure.
Pignic owners also added a permanent dining trailer outside that will make and serve food for bar patrons. They still have the buy-and-grill-your own food options but the trailer serves quicker meals for people who don’t want to play with the Big Green Egg.
5. BurgerIm burger joint
The wait is over. Known for their gourmet burgers and creative recipes, BurgerIm is now open July 1 on 254 W. First St. from 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday – Monday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Get your meal to-go or dine inside at this perfect location that overlooks the Truckee River.
BurgerIm is redefining fast food with their large menu of extraordinary burgers, premium toppings, sides and famous milkshakes. The burger joint also caters to dietary restrictions with gluten-free buns and vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian options.
Enjoy a cold beer with your gourmet burger and sides to indulge in the perfect summer meal. BurgerIm paired up with local businesses to provide refreshing craft beer from the Brewer’s Cabinet and wine from Nevada Sunset Winery.
6. Hookava hookah bar
Experience Reno’s premiere hookah lounge at Hookava’s new location in the Arlington Towers on 100 N. Arlington Ave. open every day from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. Relax and unwind at the new spacious place, which occupies two stories and 5,600 square feet.
The downstairs features hookah, individual cocktails and shot platters for groups and a traditional bar will encompass the upstairs part of the lounge.
Hookava offers up to 20 hookah flavors that range in price from $21.25 to $24. Pick from flavors with tropical tones like guava and melon to specialty options like white gummy bear and spiced chai.
Did someone say hookah happy hour? Continue your night out at Hookava and come in from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. to enjoy the late-night deal of all you can smoke for $10.
7. Bibo Coffee Co and gelato store
Locally owned, Bibo Coffee Company is the latest business to join the West Street Market. The coffeeshop offers an extensive menu from traditional drinks to caffeinated specialties from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you are a fan of cold brew coffee then make sure to stop by Bibo, which, serves all cold brew on tap after an extensive brewing process.
Not only does the coffeeshop serve drinks, but also creamy, rich gelato. Also known as Bibo Freddo, pick from 18 different flavors of gelato and completely vegan sorbetto or cashew and almond-milk gelato that will melt in your mouth with every bite.
Combine the two offerings for affogato (espresso and gelato) or a coffee-gelato blended shake.
Bibo’s location is secluded towards the back of the West Street Market making it the ideal, perfect place to have meetings, work and spend time with good company.
8. The Jesse Hotel & Bar
Whether you are passing through Reno or looking for a staycation, the Jesse Hotel & Bar provides an “authentic Nevada experience” in the heart of downtown. The hotel has a bright and vibrant atmosphere that features a bar, coffee shop and lounge area on the ground floor.
Grab a latte in the morning and share a cocktail at night while lounging comfortably inside or relax outdoors on the scenic patio. By the end of July, you can enjoy street tacos inspired by Mexico City and savory sips of mezcal at the quaint restaurant, Estella, located at The Jesse.
The Jesse gives visitors a more intimate stay with six guestrooms that are all different, but still maintain a similar, modern aesthetic with handcrafted furniture, greenery and design.
The Jesse Hotel & Bar will be open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m and from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends.
Mike Higdon and Rachel Ribeiro contributed to this story.