One of my favorite things about Reno is the monthly wine walk! On the third Saturday of every month, about 20 local downtown businesses open their doors for this event a few hours in the afternoon. You start at one of several locations where you pick up a uniquely-designed wine glass; and for $20 you get a bracelet and a map and you’re let loose to explore. Each business along the walk will offer you one of 2 wines, or in some spots one of 2 sangrias (my fave). It’s not so much about the wine as it is supporting local businesses and exploring new places with your friends. This is not high quality wine by any means, but most of it is decent and if not, of course there’s chuck-it buckets for whatever you don’t want.
We started out yesterday at Crafted Palette, a local paint & sip place. Once you pick out your glass, you’re given a bracelet and a map which you need to keep out whenever you visit a new spot so they can stamp on it.
Also have your ID out every place you go. And the biggest thing to remember is that you absolutely cannot have any alcohol in your glass when you leave an establishment, since Reno has an open container law. (But no open carry laws, so you can bring your GUN around everywhere, just make sure your wine is drained first-!!) That’s just funny to me. And we saw cops everywhere, driving AND on foot, so you have to be careful if you want to avoid a fine.
From Crafted Palette, we were welcomed to The Jungle.
One side is a coffee bar, and the other is an alcohol bar, separated by a hallway. Loving the atmosphere in here! You can be chill and mellow on the coffee side or perky and fun on the bar side. Yes I totally just stereotyped there, but it is what it is
On the left, bar and lounge. On the right, coffee. Same building but separated by these lovely sliding doors. I took this from the hallway which leads to a bathroom and other places.
After a brief stop at Sierra Tap House, we went uphill to Pignic Pub & Patio, which is located in a charming old house.
Outside are grills where you can bring your own food and grill it there and enjoy on the outdoor patio.
Inside there's a bar upstairs and down, with plenty of lounge areas in every open space and even in the rooms, some of which are also equipped with TVs. There’s also a shuffleboard table!
The chaise is just my size.
Some of the other places we stopped were Reno eNVy, Noble Pie Parlor (which gives you free little sample squares of pizza with your wine, I may or may not have had quite a few), Ole Bridge Pub, Brewer’s Cabinet, finishing the afternoon at Liberty Food & Wine.
I love this hoodie!
Tip jar at Ole Bridge Pub! And of course I donated to the ninja fund.
The Wine Walk is a great way to get out and explore downtown and try some eats in new places. The weather for this one was PERFECT despite it being January. It was sunny, and the temp was in the low 50s, without any wind, so with just my light sweater and scarf I was great! Didn’t even need the scarf, it was more for decoration than anything else.
I did this wine walk with a good friend and we ended up running into another group of friends and hung with them for a few stops. This is perfect for a small group or even a big group like a bachelorette party or when you just want to go out with a bunch of friends and have a good time. At the end of the walk, you can go to a central location for a raffle where you can win fun prizes! We didn’t stay for this one this time, but as long as you grab at least 5 stamps from different businesses, you can enter to win!
If you're visiting Reno, be sure to check out the wine walk!