Sagebrush Saloons

Many real-deal saloons around the West have gone the way of the cowboys and the miners and the tall tale tellers that frequented them and all but disappeared. But here in Nevada, the cowboys and the miners and the tall tale tellers haven’t gone anywhere—and neither have their real-deal saloons. In our opinion, there are few better ways to “drink in” the history of the Silver State than in the historic bars that were part of it—or, as we like to call ‘em, “Sagebrush Saloons.”

To be sure, folks all over the United States are no strangers to good old fashioned “dive bars”—and neither are Nevadans—but that’s not what we’re talking about here. Our oldest bars are the kind that attracted miners, buckaroos, traders, outlaws (or at least famous mischief-makers like Mark Twain), Golden Age of Hollywood movie stars, outdoor enthusiasts, and other scrappy, adventurous, tale-worthy types—and still do—from Virginia City and Carson City to Pioche and Goodsprings, and everywhere in between.


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Picture the kind of old-school old western saloons and “thirst parlors” that still slide whiskeys across their old wooden bars—big ol’ Brunswick bars that were shipped “around the Horn” and delivered by train or wagon—with maybe a crooked floor here and a wooden or stamped tin wall covered in musty, dusty old paintings there, a stuffed critter (perhaps of questionable origin) or three guarding the mechanical till, where locals and adventurers alike rub elbows, swap tips, and share stories. It all still happens in Nevada’s Sagebrush Saloons.

Even our more “modern-day” Sagebrush Saloons that don’t quite have the years on their eldest counterparts, we can assure you, still have plenty of mileage.

If you’re looking to celebrate a hard-earned day exploring Nevada—or are simply craving a little cool, frosty Silver State history to sprinkle into your future stories—hop off that Nevada backroad, park the rig for a while, pull up a stool, and toast your way back in time at Sagebrush Saloons found in cities, towns—heck, even a handful of ghost towns—and slices of backcountry paradise all throughout the Silver State. Here, the people are as friendly as the beers are cold—just be careful hitting them on the way to your adventure, because you might not wanna leave.

Oh, and although it goes without saying: always drive, sip, and adventure responsibly.


As you sip your way around the Silver State, snapping pics of the history-covered walls or resident cowdog snoozing beneath your barstool, tag #TravelNevada to show off your favorite Sagebrush Saloons. If we love the shots you took, you may find one featured here.

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 Here in Beatty, where we stayed for a night, there are people who walk donkeys around and uninterruptedly drink beer in typical restaurants.  One of these is
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The letters on our iconic windmill began their life at the Lucky Spur casino in Carson City, NV.  Operating from 1975 to 1979, the closed and abandoned Lucky Spur casino was a downtown fixture in Carson City for 25 years.

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Here are a few photographs of bars and saloons from our archives... what is your favorite place - old or new - that you miss?
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