“When the daylight ends, the nightlife begins” is a theme that runs deep through Tahoe South among folks who come here to play. Sure there’s quiet time and family time. But there’s also foot stomping, hard rocking, get your groove on time.
Where do you begin? First you book your stay at The Ridge Tahoe. Enjoy our complimentary health club, indoor sports complex, tennis, indoor/outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis and a full service spa. Spend a day at the lake, and return for happy hour at the Bear Trap Bar and dinner at the Hungry Bear Restaurant. After that, let The Ridge shuttle bus whisk you down the hill to the casino area for nightlife adventure.
Nightclubs, live music, concerts and comedy – Tahoe South has whatever you’re looking for in your nightlife scene. Photo: Opal Ultra Lounge
Home to world-class casinos, Tahoe South is the place to get your game on. You may feel slightly virtuous after spending the day in the great outdoors: time to undo that feeling. If ever there was a place to rally, Lake Tahoe South Shore is it.
Stateline casinos attract big-name entertainment, so you could catch a headline show and follow the performance by checking out the after-hours nightclubs and bars both on and off the casino corridor.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe is the latest rock ’n roll themed resort to open, offering live music nightly and an outdoor concert series featuring reggae and bluegrass festivals this summer.
Music and nightlife is at MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa. Catch any number of chart topping this summer on stage in the MontBleu Theater (can you say Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, comedian Carlos Mencia and legendary Three Dog Night?) Or take in Opal Ultra Lounge, where fantasy meets reality as regional and national deejays get the blood pumping and the dance floor jumping.
Famous not only for its top-tier acts at the South Shore Room, Harrah’s Lake Tahoe is the place to party seven nights. There’s Casino Center Stage featuring DJ and keyboard player Arthur Hervey. After all, there’s no party without Arty, who covers everyone from Van Morrison to Shaggy. Then hit the dance floor at the always fresh, always lively PEEK Nightclub, which features 6,700-square-feet of optimal nightlife, live entertainment and VIP amenities. Then tune in. PEEK host some of the world’s biggest names in entertainment.
Then there’s Harveys Lake Tahoe. What can we say other than we are grateful Harveys has owned the summer live music venue with its famed summer concert series. Among this summer’s shows are Aerosmith, Kenny Chesney, Jackson Browne, Elton John and Imagine Dragons. The music continues over at Cabo Wabo Cantina, with bands nightly.
And when you feeling like switching it up, head on over to the Improv at Harveys featuring today’s hottest A-list and rising star comedians with emcee Howie Nave. This summer features headliners acts like Bobby Slayton, Nick Griffin, John Caponera, Rocky LaPorte, Graham Elwood and Bobby Collins. Shows are Wednesday-Sundays, 9 p.m. The Improv is dark on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For entertainment outside the casino corridor we recommend the Beacon Bar and Grill at Camp Richardson featuring live music on the deck, Himmel Haus featuring German and Belgian beers, area-sourced Bavarian dishes and live music. There’s McP’s Tap House Grill for if you’re looking to get your Irish on, catch a game on 20 big screen TVs or take in live music. Also worth checking out is Cold Water Brewery and Grill, a South Shore gathering spot where locals and visitors can unwind, connect and refuel featuring handcrafted beer and California comfort food.
Where’s your favorite Lake Tahoe nightspot?
You’ve made it a family tradition to celebrate Mother’s Day at The Ridge Tahoe. Have you considered the same for Dad?
Pick his favorite accommodations, either a one or two bedroom condominium suite or a deluxe hotel room for the weekend. Onsite, Dad can sit poolside, get in a good workout at The Ridge clubhouse, hit the tennis courts or take in a massage and spa.
Even your dad could enjoy a spa treatment for Father’s Day.
Is Dad one for high-flying outdoor adventure? He can swing through the trees and fly through the air via zip lines and ropes courses at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. There’s the four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. At the Gondola you can take him hiking and sightseeing.
Off the hill, you can treat Dad to a round of golf at any number of golf courses between Tahoe and Carson Valley. Golfer’s looking for the ultimate Lake Tahoe backdrops, have four courses to choose from at South Shore: the famed Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course, home to the 26th Annual American Century Championship July 14-19; Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a spectacular mountain meadow course with plenty of challenge and superb views; Tahoe Paradise Golf Course, an executive course in nearby Meyers known for its towering pine trees and Bijou Municipal Golf Course. On the Carson Valley side there’s the Lakes Course at Genoa Lakes; The Ranch Course at Genoa Lakes, and the Carson Valley Golf Course in nearby Gardnerville.
Does dad like to fish? If so, he’s in luck. You can charter a boat for dad and take him deep lake fishing for mackinaw lake trout. These deep lake fish can weigh more than 30 pounds and are quite a thrill to catch. There’s a number of charter outfits around Tahoe South that offer mackinaw fishing packages. Guides are known for taking their passengers out to the sweetest spots, best known for catching the big ones.
How about taking Dad for a bike ride? The South Lake Tahoe area has an extensive network of on and off road bicycle trails. You can also check with the staff of The Ridge Tahoe regarding bike rentals and organized rides planned during your stay. If your Dad is one to have his feet firmly to the ground, take him hiking instead.
Nightlife over Father’s Day weekend includes gaming at any of South Shore’s famed casinos, a free Saturday concert at Heavenly Village, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam Saturday night, June 20 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room and comedy at The Improv inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.
What are your plans for Father’s Day weekend?
A vacation or weekend stay packed full of Sierra sun, sandy beaches, high mountain adventure, entertainment, memories (and selfies) await this summer at Tahoe South. Check into The Ridge Tahoe, and check out the surroundings, where there is there is never a shortage of things to see and do.
Get out on the water, enjoy free music or sunbathe on a beach – whatever you do, enjoy summer in Tahoe South!
Photo: Erin Leigh Frederick
Heavenly Mountain Resort is now open for full seven-day-a-week summer operations with Gondola rides and the debut of the resort’s new four line Hot Shot Zip Line, along with the Discovery Forest Ropes Course and Boulder Cove Ropes Course. The Blue Streak Zip Line, Black Bear Ropes Course and summer tubing will open full-time on Friday, June 26.
Nearby Kirkwood Mountain Resort will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from July 3 through Sept. 6, with lift-accessed mountain biking and hiking trails, as well as DiscWood, Kirkwood’s own disc golf course. In the Village Plaza, Kirkwood will host the Kirkwood Volunteer Fire Department BBQ on July 4 from 3:30-6:30 p.m., as well as the 14th Annual Thin Air Chili Cook Off on Sept. 5.
There’s no shortage of hidden coves and large public beaches within a few miles from The Ridge Tahoe. Soak in the rays as you take in the panoramic views of the towering mountain peaks that surround Lake Tahoe. Tahoe’s a big lake known for big water adventure. You can skim the waves on a boat or Wave Runner, take a dinner cruise on a Paddlewheeler, canoe, kayak or paddleboard.
Live at Lakeview, a free weekly concert series featuring a venue with amphitheater style seating and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at Lakeview Commons. Every Thursday, June 25-Aug. 27, there’s live music and art, along with a variety of booths featuring local merchants, a beer garden and food options. Parking is limited, however, a complimentary bike valet service is available. Biking and carpooling is strongly encouraged.
Heavenly Village Summer Concert Series features free music events every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. through Labor Day weekend at Heavenly Village. Acts include the soul/rock sounds of Groove session, June 19; funk/rock with Idea Team, June 26; jazz/rock over Independence Day weekend with The Bumptet and Tuba Luba Brass Band, July 3-4.
In its fourth season, Lake Tahoe SummerFest, July 31 to Aug. 16, presents inspired orchestra and classical musical performances. The event features renowned national and international soloists from the world’s stages and exceptional musicians who comprise the SummerFest Orchestra led by Maestro Joel Revzen. The 40-member orchestra performs in a 500-seat, intimate acoustical tent pavilion on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.
Tahoe South has become home to the nation’s premier high-elevation lake adventure sport — Stand Up Paddle boarding. The world’s best SUPers will be at El Dorado Beach on June 27-28, for Race the Lake of the Sky. Races feature short course, long distance, team relay, grom (young racers) and SUP cross sprint course. The event includes vendors, food booths and music throughout the weekend.
The South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic features dozens of classic wooden boats on display at one of the largest gatherings of vessels in Northern California July 24-25. This year’s theme, “50s & Fins” will recognize those boats built between 1950 and 1959 including the Chris Craft Cobra, Silver Arrow, and Arena Craft Barracuda.
Entertainment, food, family and friends will converge under the stars at the iconic Sand Harbor beach this summer as Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival expands onto two stages with live entertainment seven nights a week, July 10 – Aug. 23. The Bard’s 43rd season is headlined by the romantic tragedy, “Romeo and Juliet” with the world’s longest running musical, “The Fantasticks” featured on the other stage.
What are your favorite Tahoe South summer activities?
The Ridge Tahoe has selected its three favorite names of the entries submitted over the last couple of weeks. They are:
Ridge Peak Bistro
Blue Horizon Café
Mountain Side Café
It is now up to the fans, locals, and tourists to vote on which name is most appealing and suiting for the Ridge’s Deli. Which name will be best for the fresh, simple, natural food the deli has to offer?
Enter here with your name, email, and pick for the deli.
Stay tuned for the winning entry!
Great news fans, we’re extending the contest for a few days until Friday, July 25 at 5 p.m. PST. Think outside the box, get the creative juices flowing because you can still come up with an ingenious name to describe the fresh, simple, natural food that Ridge Tahoe has to offer.
The Ridge Tahoe is looking to revamp their deli with a new name. However, they aren’t going to do it alone.
They would like to reach out to the community and any other clever minds to help rename the delicious Ridge Deli. Sharing an idea will have its benefits, too.
The Ridge Tahoe is launching a renaming contest that will last from July 8 at 12 p.m. to July 22 at 12 p.m. It is easy to enter: simply click on the below link, enter a brilliant suggestion, and you will automatically be in the running for a prize!
After the entering period is over, the best three ideas that suit the Ridge Deli’s divine cuisine will be selected, and the rest will be left to voters in the community and beyond. On July 30, the winner will be announced.
The person who submitted the new name with the most votes will receive three nights of accommodation in a 2-bedroom suite. The two runners up will get $50 to the Deli to enjoy the wonderful food it has to offer.
The prizes are so close you can almost taste them! Get creative, and go.
Enter you name, email, and an idea to rename the Ridge Deli!
- The Ridge Deli has a variety of fresh-made items, such as custom omelettes made in front of your eyes at the omelette bar.
- This divine deli has a menu to satisfy anybody, including a list of gourmet sandwiches and wraps.
- The cuisine options don’t pertain to your everyday deli. Delicious made to order stir fry can be found on the menu once a week.
You’ve spent the morning hiking or biking Tahoe‘s famed switchbacks and found that one vista with the backdrop that made for the picture-perfect selfie that says: I climbed a mountain in Lake Tahoe today.
By noon you find yourself wearing cleats, with your golf bag strapped to the back of a cart, teeing it up for 18 holes against a stunning Sierra backdrop.
You card the best round you’ve had in five years, and with two more hours left of daylight, you say “what next?”
Finish your day with your favorite beverage at The Bear Trap Bar.
Cap off the day, quench your thirst and figure out itinerary options for the next day over an ice cold pint of beer or tangy cocktail at the Bear Trap Bar, The Ridge Tahoe‘s Happy Hour spot open late afternoons and evenings. Daily happy hour and drink specials are a great way to relax after a day in nature’s playground. Set in a casual atmosphere with a relaxed setting, cool off with your favorite libation from 4-8 p.m.
If you’re hungry for some nachos or a burger as you sip your favorite beverage reliving the day, you can place an order directly from the Bear Trap Bar to the Ridge Club Deli where they will deliver the food right to you. Or you can head on over to the Hungry Bear Restaurant, The Ridge Tahoe’s onsite full-service restaurant.
Open evenings for dinner, the restaurant serves steak, seafood, chicken, pasta and lots of appetizer and beverage choices. For the little ones, there’s a children’s menu, plus a full array of desserts, coffees, and after dinner port wines and cognacs. Reservations are encouraged.
What drink will you end your day with?