Best Happy Hours in Truckee
Happy Hour is one of our favorite excuses to get out on the town and the perfect way to test out a restaurant we’ve had on our list. Truckee has no shortage of great places to eat and drink and no shortage of happy hours offered at each. So if you’re new to town and want to check out the food scene, or you’re a long-time local and you just want to relax with a good glass of wine, you have to check out these staple Truckee Happy Hours.
Fall is the time most local restaurants start local deals. One that we’re very excited about is Cottonwood Locals Fall Early Bird Dining. Every Sunday-Thursday from 5-6pm, you can get a three course meal for $29! Each person can get a soup or salad, and entrée and dessert for this fair price. Cottonwood keeps their menu fresh with the and they make everything in house. We cannot get enough of the Pork Porterhouse with the blue cheese sweet potato gratin. Check out their full menu and event schedule on their website.
Uncorked wine bars
Uncorked is the town’s wine resource! While there are plenty of other place to stop and grab a glass, Uncorked has the variety and the knowledge to make your wine experience the best. As they say, “life is too short to drink bad wine.” We love Uncorked’s happy hour for two reasons: we can get a $6 glasses of wine and they donate a portion of the happy hour proceeds to the High Fives Foundation. Drinking wine never felt so good! You can find a current list of their wine offerings on their website or in person at the location in Downtown Truckee.
If you’ve never been to Truckee Tavern, you should make this a priority! Their second-story location in Downtown Truckee affords amazing views to patio diners on long summer nights. The inside is no compromise, either. We love sitting at the bar and chatting with Ian while he makes artisan cocktails — which are $1 off during happy hour. Truckee Tavern offers happy hour every single day, in the whole restaurant, with drink specials going from 4-6pm and food specials from 5-6pm. Thursdays, they offer a Burgers and Beers special that’s $2 off any burger and $1 off any beer. Check them out online or in person.
Pianeta offers a lot of drink specials as well as 7 different (and classy) appetizers and salads, making them one of our favorite happy hour spots. We love sitting at the dark wood bar, enjoying the great food, amazing wine, and good company. Happy hour starts promptly at 5pm and ends at 6pm, so the bar does get packed…like line out the door packed. If you’re there on time, it’s worth your while to pop in for a bite and glass! See the full menu on their website or in person every day after five at their Downtown Truckee location.
Old Town Tap
Old Town Tap offers a generous array of happy hour snacks and drinks. Their happy hour menu feels upscale without robbing the wallet. Their Burrata served with flatbread is one of our favorites, especially served with a $5 glass of wine or their super refreshing Fresh Prince gin cocktail. Thinking about it now makes our mouth water! Just like with their regular menu, everything is sustainably and locally sourced. Catch the Old Town Tap happy hour every Monday-Friday from 4-6pm. See the full menu here or in person at 10164 Donner Pass Road.
If you’re craving Mexican or a great margarita, Casa Baeza is worth stopping by. They offer happy hour specials every Monday-Thursday form 3-6pm. You can find $5 food specials, $3 beers, $10 clay pot special (Tenoch tequila, squirt, and fresh lime juice), and so much more. The best happy hour deal is stopping by every week for Street Taco Tuesdays. Their yummy street tacos, either asada, carnitas, pastor, chicken, or beef, are $1.25 all day. Throw a couple of those our way with a large margarita and we’re happy folks! See the full menu on their website or in person in Downtown Truckee on 10010 Bridge Street.