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Virginia City Saloons

Pull up a Seat at Our Old West Saloons

The hard life and good times of the Comstock are remembered throughout town in its ten saloons.  No other type of business dominates the landscape of this historic mining town, where there once were as many as 115 bars and saloons. Many saloons have maintained their 19th century appearance and stepping in their doors is like stepping back in time.  A visitor today can get much more than their favorite cocktail at any one of the town's ten bars; they'll get a history lesson and an experience to last a lifetime. So pull up a seat and listen up! Following are a few of our most popular tales from the Comstock's saloon days:

The Delta Saloon and Casino is home to the "suicide table" where heavy gaming losses led to gamblers losing their lives in the height of the mining and milling period. Truth be told, one Black Jake reportedly lost $70,000 in one night before turning a gun on himself.

More peaceful, loving gatherings may have come in the 20th century when the likes of legendary rock singer Janis Joplin made an appearance at the Red Dog Saloon in 1968 with the house act Big Brother Holding Co. – which became her backup band in San Francisco.

The Millionaires Washoe Club of 1862, the oldest saloon in Virginia City, still wields the closest thing to opulence and age in this old western town with the original chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. On the wall a sign has been added that describes a world where elite men could call up a beer, whiskey or cigar for just 25 cents.

The Gold Hill Saloon is rooted in history, beginning as The Riesen House in 1859. Legend has it Mark Twain and The Monumental Liars Club hung out here, and according to local lore, ghosts Rosie and William still live there. 

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The Saloons of Virginia City

 

Bonanza Saloon and Casino

At the Bonanza Saloon and Casino, enjoy more than just great food - it's home to the "100 mile view" Bonanza Saloonand one of the largest shrines of Bonanza, a popular TV show.

Address
27 North C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-0655
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Bucket of Blood

The Bucket of Blood  has been serving 'em up since 1876. The building was constructed after the BucketofBloodGreat Fire of 1875 and sits on the remnants of Boston Saloon and is marked as a National Landmark for this. Most weekends you can enjoy live music from David John and the Comstock Cowboys, the official house band of the saloon.

Address
1 South C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-0322
bucketofbloodsaloonvc.com

Café Del Rio
From the historic Werrin Building, originally a grocery store and rooming house, Café del Rio has been serving up authentic Southwest flavors since 2005. cafe del rio 1Using fresh quality ingredients, food is prepared from scratch with traditional techniques and a sincere desire to please and impress. Pull up a seat at the bar to wash down the authentic Southwest cuisine. 

Address
394 South C Street 
Virginia City,  NV 89440
(775) 847-5151
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Core at the Cider Factory
Owner-Chef, Richard Oates, from Ayr, Scotland, brings his farm-to-table sensibility and a worldly aesthetic to the Comstock. The atmosphere at CORE is acore-sign fusion of historic elegance and casual fine dining. Come for dinner and leave with a dining experience worth talking about. CORE dining combines the historic elegance of the Comstock in its heyday, local farm to table sensibility and the creative fusion of modern gourmet cuisine.

Address
420 South B Street 
Virginia City,  NV 89440
(775) 453-5167
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Delta Saloon

The Delta Saloon and Casino is home to the "suicide table" where heavy gaming losses led to Delta 2gamblers taking their lives in the height of the mining and milling period. One Black Jake reportedly lost $70,000 in one night before turning a gun on himself. Two subsequent suicides were said to have taken place by other owners but their names and stories have been lost to history. The table now sits in the back of the saloon with a detailed history for visitors to delve into the lore.

Address
18 C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-0789

Gold Hill Saloon

The Gold Hill Saloon is rooted in history, beginning as The Riesen House in 1859 and 006known as the oldest operating hotel in Nevada.  Legend has it Mark Twain and The Monumental Liars Club hung out here. Former hotel guests and residents Rosie and William, who died at a ripe old age, are said to still frequent rooms and rearrange items belonging to guests.

Address
1540 Main Street
Gold Hill, NV 89440
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Firehouse BBQ
An indoor/outdoor BBQ restaurant and bar serving cooked-to-order hamburgers, grilled hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, smoked turkey and country-style pork ribs.firehouse bbq Owner and in-house BBQer, Rich Connell, received his training while working for the Redding Fire Dept. Once in Virginia City, look for the only outdoor seating place with shade, music and pine trees. Or just follow your nose towards the south end of town.

Address
171 South C Street 
Virginia City,  NV 89440
(775) 847-7744
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Mark Twain Saloon

The Mark Twain Saloon is tucked away along the boardwalk, a great little gem located in the Comstock Lode Mining District. The only 24/7 spot in town.mark twain update

Address
62 S C St.
Virginia City,  NV 89440
775-847-0599
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The Mustang Ranch Steakhouse & Hunter's Lounge

The Mustang Ranch Steakhouse is also home to the Huner's Lounge, a saloon that is Virginia City to it's core. Come as you are, dress casual, dress up and 
mustang ranch steakhouse interioryou're more than welcome to wear outfits that fit the era of the Historic Virginia City.The large banquet room has the most beautiful view overlooking Six Mile Canyon. The restaurant also has outside dining for the people that want to enjoy the fresh air and the sites of the town.

Address
5 North C Street 
(775) 847-4188
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Old Corner Bar

Attached to Piper’s Opera House, Old Corner bar is a great place to wet your whistle while on B Street. old corner barOne of the only saloons located off the main thoroughfare of Virginia City. In the winter you can find a warm spot next to the fire or enjoy a seat out front in the summer with your drink of choice.

Address
12 North B Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-4900
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Ponderosa Saloon

There are more than 150 years of history in Ponderosa Saloon, previously the Sharon Ponderosa SaloonHouse and current home of the old Bank of California vault from 1864. Take the 25 minute guided underground mine tour with over 300 pieces of antique mining equipment on display. After the tour enjoy a cold drink and a Pondo Dog!

Address
106 South C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-7210
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Red Dog Saloon and Pizza Parlor

Enjoy a locals favorite bar and Chicago-style pizza all in the ambience of the Red Dog Saloon 11-14-13old Red Dog Saloon, dating back to the heyday of the Comstock mines when the saloon was known as the Comstock House. In 1965 the Charlatans, hailing from San Francisco, were hired as the house band, thus beginning psychedelic rock on the Comstock. The likes of Janis Joplin and other musicians joined the ranks of musical acts playing on the Comstock.

Address
76 North C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-7474
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Silver Queen

The tallest bar in Virginia City was built in 1876 at the Silver Queen. Also home to the portrait of the “Silver Queen” who's silver queendress is inlaid with 3,261 silver dollars which represent how deep the Combination Shaft goes down and 28 twenty dollar gold pieces. The Queen is one of the most famous tributes to the Comstock of the past.

Address
28 North C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-0440
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Washoe Club

Original chandeliers hang from the ceiling at the oldest saloon in Virginia City: Washoe Club 2The Millionaires Washoe Club of 1862. On the wall, a description of a world in which elite men could call up a beer, whiskey or cigar for just 25 cents provides a glimpse into a place where modest prospectors-turned-mining-millionaires could find their own special hideaway in the heyday of the widely competitive mineral "rush."

Address
112 S C Street
Virginia City, NV 89440
775-847-4467
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