Best Places for Live Music in Truckee


We are incredibly lucky to live in a town that loves to get down. Almost every night in summer, you can hear live music strumming away around Truckee. From Bluegrass to Rock-n-Roll, there's always something to look forward to. We wanted to share our four favorite places to hear music in town. Keep grooving on, Truckee! 

Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats

Moody's bar, photo from  Facebook . 

Moody's bar, photo from Facebook

Moody’s Bistro is the sophisticated bluesy joint so near and dear to our hearts. Located at the historic Truckee Hotel, it’s reminiscent of the ‘50s with an intimate, dark-wood bar. The food is great, but we love to pop by for an Old Fashion and live music every Thursday-Sunday. The bands that play rotate in the genre, but typically stick to Jazz, Americana, Soul and Rhythm, and, of course, Blues. There’s space to dance and space to sit and chat, but the small quarters mean that you’ll probably meet some new people or bump into old friends. You’d be hard-pressed to find a Truckee local who doesn’t love Moody’s. To find upcoming shows, visit their website


Alibi Truckee Public House

Alibi Truckee Public House, photo from  Facebook .

Alibi Truckee Public House, photo from Facebook.

Since their opening one year ago, the Alibi Aleworks Truckee Public House has been grooving non-stop with major headliners and local favorites. They host bands from every genre, so you’ll be able to find mellow blues and swinging, high energy bands. And did we mention the acoustics?! The owners transformed the old bank building into a dream venue with music as the priority. We are always down for a pint of their awesome, locally made beer (drink Tahoe beer!). They rotate a plethora of handles, as well as kombucha and non-alcoholic drinks, so everyone you bring along can find something delicious to sip on. We love coming here because we can relax and chat away with friends or twirl around the dance floor all night long! Find upcoming shows here.


Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar

Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar, photo from  website . 

Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar, photo from website

Cottonwood may be the restaurant with the best view in Truckee as it sits on a hill, overlooking downtown. During the summer, their patio is one of our favorite places to watch the sunset and enjoy a plate of crispy polenta. The best part is enjoying live acoustic music every Thursday and Friday nights. The combination of view, food, and music is a delight for the senses and a great way to welcome to the weekend! Cottonwood highly recommends reservations. Contact them and check out their music line-up here



Philosophy Restaurant and Bar, photo from  Facebook

Philosophy Restaurant and Bar, photo from Facebook

Truckee’s newest restaurant and bar is also a fantastic music venue! Philosophy just opened its doors (at the building next to Burger Me) in May and already has a packed music schedule for summer! Their motto is “locally sourced, from top to bottom” meaning that their food, wine, and beer all come from the area. Their music is no different; the performers are from the Truckee/Reno area! We can’t wait to see more from Philosophy! Find shows, menus, and more information on their website