Reno - Downtown
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Land of a burgeoning arts community, lots of shopping and entertainment, the blinky lights of the casino-hotels, and plenty of tourists.
Downtown Reno is radically transforming. Home to a bubbling innovative arts community as well as most of our mega hotel-casino resorts, downtown is an experience in itself apart from the rest of Reno, offering a variety of attractions amid old and modern, but currently one requiring the patience and sharpness of the experienced traveler.
Below is a brief travel narrative from I-80, pointing out some of the highlights to help guide you a through Downtown Reno. Scroll down further for all the resources details you may be looking for.
A few helpful notes on navigation:
* Wherever you plan to park downtown, please be sure to remember to lock your vehicles.
* Less and less of Reno’s parking is free, so be sure to have change available for parking.
* As with many places off the playa, we recommend some caution and care in cruising around in your burner props and esprit.
* Virginia Street is the heart of Downtown Reno, but it is NOT the street to use through Downtown, as it is mostly for pedestrian tourists. Sierra and Center Streets – which are one-way streets – lie on either side of Virginia Street, and these are the streets to use. Use Sierra Street to access and travel south through Downtown; use Center Street to return north to I-80. But once you get to Midtowne, then yes, Virginia Street will be your travelthrough.
* Finally, many streets divide into east and west on either side of Virginia Street (for example, West 2nd Street is west of Virginia Street). And Virginia Street, and streets parallel to it, divide into north and south on either side of the Truckee River in Downtown Reno (for example, North Center Street is north of the Truckee River).
To the journey Downtown…
Off Interstate-80 is Sierra Street, the street to use through downtown.
In need of EMERGENCY MEDICAL attention, St. Mary’s Hospital is a block over to your right.
Continuing down Sierra Street you will pass through the several casino-hotel complexes of Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, and the El Dorado, each with some discount room rates for burners.
You can also access the regional bus-system close by, eastward at Lake and Fourth streets, to venture around the entire region.
At Third Street / Commercial Row, a block over to your left at Virginia Street is the legendary Reno “The Biggest Little City in the World” Arch.
Continuing down Sierra to First Street, this is where Reno's burgeoning arts center begins along the Truckee River. There are several shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants in the area, and a walk or hang-out along the river is highly recommended. A MUST SEE are two permanent art installations that once graced Black Rock City. The Guardian of Eden by Kate Raudenbush is in front of the Nevada Museum of Art, and the Portal of Evolution by Bryan Tedrick is in the Mapes Plaza, both care of Black Rock Arts Foundation and area leaders. And also notable here is the Great Basin Community Food Co-Op, where you can load up on water, groceries, and body supplies.
1st Street, right off Sierra: Westwards you will soon find Java Jungle-Vino, and down a few blocks further, the Greyhound Bus Station on Stevenson Lane. Further ahead at Ralston Street, in the Truckee River Lodge, you will find Reno’s only vegetarian/vegan restaurant, the Pneumatic Diner. And nearby is Label’s Consignment Boutique with vintage women’s clothing.
1st Street, left off Sierra: East of Sierra at 1st Street is the best place to access Virginia Street and south of Downtown…
South on Virginia Street, across the Truckee River, about 1/2 mile you will soon be entering what has lately come to be known as the Midtown District. A loose band of largely burner-owned, operated, or supportive businesses that have come to be the center of much of the local enterprise and burner communities. The world-famous The Melting Pot World Emporium, Polyesther’s Costume Boutique, Junkee Clothing Exchange, and Carter Brothers Ace Hardware are the most notable highlights to check out, along with The Doll House, Black Hole Body Piercing, and Chocolate Walrus Boutique, are all within 1/2 mile along Virginia Street.
If you wish to continue southwards beyond Midtowne, look to the Plumb Lane hub.
Returning to I-80? Remember that Center Street, the street one block east of Virginia Street, is the street that will get you back to I-80.
And this concludes our brief narrative through Downtown. Thank you and please come again!
Groceries and Water
Great Basin Community Food Co-Op
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133 – map
Open daily 8am-9pm. Call or email for possible after-hours appointment. The wonderful people of Reno’s only community-owned food co-op are committed to providing and supporting local, sustainable, as well as organic products to the fullest extent possible. They have a wide variety of produce from currently 85 local farms, and 333 bulk foods including dried foods, cereals, energy bars, prepacked meals, dried fruits, seeds, frozen items, juices, coconut water, craft beers and organic wines, as well as lotions, toiletries, and other bodily care items. If you bring your owner containers, you’ll receive a 5-cent discount on each item. And you can fill up your water containers up to 5 gallons with filtered water at 29 cents/gallon. Great Basin encourages burners to special-order for their bulk supplies for the playa — if you do so, you will receive a 15% discount! Check out their special ordering website or email for further information. In the special order section of the website you can view order catalogs and forms, deadlines, pick up dates. Call or email email@example.com for any questions or help.
Spring Water Depot
895 South Center Street – 775-843-7852 – map
24-hour vending-machine service available with spring and distilled water at 50 cents per gallon. Well-lit at night. Cash only. Easy access to fill your own sanitized containers. One and three-gallon containers for sale. Check the website or call for further info.
Random Curiosities and Money Exchange
The Melting Pot World Emporium
1049 South Virginia Street – 775-322-9445 – map
Regular hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun noon-5pm. Around the time of Burning Man, open earlier and as late as 9pm. Call ahead for special hours. Family-owned and operated by burners Monique, Eric, and Kaz, this wonderful place is also a year-round and longtime favorite of the local and world burner community, getting bigger and better all the time. Lots and lots of great, exotic, ethnic, futuristic, retro, steampunk, eastern, and other fashionable costuming, clothing, lingerie, stockings, corsets, tutus, booty shorts, belts, boots, shoes, leg warmers, goggles, bags, jewelry, masks, hats, pasties, capes, wings, hoola hoops, playa-safe boas, parasols, a large variety of fire tools, ready-to-go el-wire kits, light toys, flags, tapestries, playa gifts, backpacks, camel-bags, belts, poi, body paints and latex, body and eco-friendly lotions and oils, lip balms, smoking tools, portable ashtrays, books and dvd’s about Burning Man, Burning Man calendars, and other curiosities. Also a section of fun clothing just for kids too! All-in-all, a great place to meetup with other burners and for local info.
Junkees Clothing Exchange
960 South Virginia Street – 775-322-5868 – map
Open every day, 11am-7pm. Open 10:30am-8pm during Burning Man, call ahead for special hours. Owned and operated by burners Jessica and Troy and crew, and focused principally on providing exceptional and unique customer service, Junkee Clothing Exchange is a wonderful journey backwards, forwards, and sideways in both time and space. You will find a HUGE and MASSIVE variety of very affordable vintage recycled, upcycled, custom, and one-of-a-kind clothing for women and men, including exotic and fun costumes, dresses, hats, scarves, corsets, tutus, vests, tunics, suits, jumpsuits, faux fur coats, band uniforms, purses, shoes, masks, hats, glasses, el-wire kits, jewelry, and other accessories for funkee life on the playa. They can be especially helpful to you in finding costume ideas. Also a place to sell or trade back, recycle your playawear! Just can’t rave enough about this place!
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique
655 South Virginia Street – 775-420-5050 – map
Open Tue-Sat 11am-7pm. During Burning Man season, open daily 10am-8pm, but call ahead for after-hours possibilities. Recently expanded, Polyesther’s is noted for it’s custom-made line of wild and fun fashion-ware, unique to the life of Black Rock City and beyond. Designs by Esther and other designers, you will find upcycled as well as brand-new clothing and costumes ranging from vintage to Renaissance to Steampunnk to faux to industrial to disco to fishnet to chain-malle to sexy, for both women and men. Items include a variety of coats, mini-coats, dresses, pants, shirts, vests, suits, tutus, corsets, lingerie, leggings, gloves, belts, ponchos, boot toppers and covers, vests, pants, hats, wigs, halos, wings, bikini-wear, el-wire kits, LED toys and hokey spokes (for bikes), el-wired and weighted hoola-hoops, hand-painted parasols, wigs, masks, and jewelry. And you can also get your hands on their own line of LED-lit and patterned faux fur clothing by Lightning Fur and Firefly Lighting. Esther will also make something custom just for you, contact her by August 15 to get in your order.
The Doll House
1092 South Virginia Street – 775-337-6060 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 12pm-6pm. During Burning Man, call for after-hours. The Doll House is the place to get some of the sexiest custom-made outfits and costumes for the playa, including spandex pants, booty shorts, mini-pleated skirts, bikinis, tops, fishnet stockings in a wide variety of colors and designs, fur clothing and accessories, feather earrings, pasties, eye lashes, and a large selection in boots and shoes. Some sexy wear such as booty shorts, thongs, and boots for men too. Also carrier of men-magnet lotions and lip gloss. Owner and burner Jeanne specializes in sewing stretch fabrics, including lames and other wild fabrics, and she also carries a large variety from other brands. Custom outfits possible — orders should be placed by no later than August 15!
Sippees for Kids!
955 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2110 – map
Open daily 10am-6pm. If you are bringing your children to the playa, this is THE place to hook them up with some great new and upcycled clothes, costumes, and accessories for ages 8 and younger. Recently opened and wwned by burners Jessica and Troy, who also own Junkee’s right across the street, your kids will have a fun time at Sippees!
Label’s Consignment Boutique
601 West 1st Street – 775-825-6000 – map
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm. A large variety of recycled vintage, classy clothing, including tutus and faux fur coats, designed primarily with women in mind.
1274 South Virginia Street – 775-329-2661 – map
Open daily 10am-4pm, call ahead for special hours. Thrift store carrying lots of used bicycles, as well as bike trailers, vintage wear, goggles, used carpets, tutus, poodle skirts, and knick-knacks. Best to call beforehand to reserve a bike.
Dressed Like That
711 South Virginia Street – map
Open Tues-Sat 11am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm. Call ahead for special hours. Carrying upscale vintage wear for women, including dresses, rompers, bathing suits, petticoats, shorts, parasols, jewelry, and snoods, as well as providing skin services and products.
1925 Sutro Street – 775-688-4588 – 775-688-4589 - map
Open 9am-6pm, closed Sundays. Large thrift store.
Happy Happy Joy Joy
955 South Virginia Street – 775-562-1113 – map
Open Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-6pm. Carries light up objects, masks, hula hoops, toys, bike horns and bells, and various other gadgets and doodads.
Black Hole Body Piercing
912 South Virginia Street – 775-329-6010 – map
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm. A full-service piercing studio owned by a female burner since 1995. The Black Hole carries a huge selection of jewelry for body piercing and stretched ears, and offers clean, private and group-viewing piercing rooms, using only single-piercing needles. The friendly and knowledgeable staff would be pleased to discuss any piercing questions or ideas you may have.
Nevada Museum of Art
160 West Liberty Street – 775-329-3333 – 775-329-1541 - map
Open Wed-Sun. 10am-5pm, Thur 10am-8pm. Reno’s largest art museum, and bringing a little more of the playa through art exhibitions and installations to Reno every year — most notably Kate Raudenbush’s Guardian of Eden.
99 North Virginia Street – 775-323-3221 - map
One of our favorite theatre and production companies, founded and operated mostly by burners to create and share the experience of innovative theatre. Call ahead or check out the website for shows and times.
Carter Bros. Ace Hardware
1215 South Virginia Street – 775-337-1200 – map
Open Mon-Sat 8am-6:30pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Call ahead for later hours during Burning Man. Owned and operated by burners, one of the few hardware stores in town that is independently seeking to meet the shade and camping needs of the burning man participant. Stocking up on a wide variety of playa-specific hardware, camping, and lighting needs. Tents, sleeping bags, tarps, conduit, pvc, wood, tools, solar showers, solar pathway lights, headlamps, water jugs, coolers, and crank flashlights are just some of the items to be found here.
Kiwanis Bike Program
145 Catron Drive – 775-846-7146 – map
Open 9am-9pm during Burning Man. Just north of downtown Reno, Kiwanis Bike Program is normally to benefit kids in-need in the community. However, every year they receive large numbers of bikes left on the playa each year, and end up setting aside and taking extra special care of a bunch of them for burners next year to purchase at very fair prices. They also provide bike repairs.
There are exactly only two ways at this date to purchase one of the bikes from these great folks: one way is to stop during the week of Burning Man at their shop; the other way is at the Save Mart supermarket located in the Keystone shopping hub. In either case, get em while they last!
Reno Bike Project
541 East Fourth Street – 775-323-4488 – map
Regular hours are Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Extended hours Aug 25-26 10am-8pm, although you can call ahead for possible unusual-hours appointment. A used-bike seller and community bike shop operated by many burners, this is a great place to get a bike at a great price. Get em while they last! They also repair bikes with enough notice, and carry lights and lighting, baskets, racks, and bells. And they will take back bikes post-Burning Man.
Eldorado Hotel & Casino
345 North Virginia Street – 800-648-5966 - map
The luxurious Eldorado is offering a discounted room rate of $55 from Aug 26-29 and Sept 2-5. Also receive a $10 nightly food or beverage credit valid at any of nine Eldorado restaurants (valid only with room rate discount code). Taxes also apply on room rate. Reserve online or call for further info and use discount code: YBURN13. Eldorado has world-class restaurants, a micro-brewery, night club, pool, and plenty of parking.
Circus Circus Reno Hotel and Casino
500 North Sierra Street – 800-648-5010 - map
Circus Circus is offering a discount rate of $35 on Aug. 22, Aug. 25-29, and Sep. 2-5, and $95 on Aug. 23-24, Aug. 30-31, and Sep. 1. Taxes also apply. Reserve online or call using code: IBURN13. In addition to gambling, Circus also has a fitness center and tons of games, and is connected to the Silver Legacy and Eldorado Casino Resorts where you will find bars, nightclubs, additional restaurants and other entertainment. Free parking for RV's and other large vehicles.
Sands Regency Casino Hotel
345 North Arlington Avenue – 866-386-7829 - map
Sands is offering discount rates for spacious rooms of $30 for Aug. 19-22, Aug. 25-29, and Sep. 2-4; $60 Aug. for 23-24 and Aug. 30; and $80 for Aug. 31-Sep. 1. Reserve by calling and mention that you are going to “Burning Man 2013″ for discount. Also has plenty of free parking for RV’s, and an outdoor pool complex.
Silver Legacy Resort Casino
407 North Virginia Street – 800-687-8733 - map
The Silver Legacy is offering a 20% discount off the prevailing rate and based on availability — offer not valid Aug. 31-Sep. 1. Reserve online or call using code: BURN13. Along with refreshing rooms and suits, the Silver Legacy also has some great restaurants and entertainment.
Club Cal Neva
133 North Virginia Street – 877-777-7303 – map
Very supportive of local burner community, the Cal Neva is providing a great discount at $29 during Sep. 2-6. Reserve online or call using offer code: Burn 13.
219 North Center Street – 888-788-3232 - map
Harrah’s is offering discount room rates for beautiful rooms at $40 during August 26-29 and Sept 2-5. Reserve online here. Also has wonderful restaurants and plenty of parking.
Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street – 775-786-5151 - map
Ramada is offering a discounted room rate of $59.99 during Aug 26-29 and Sep. 2-5. Call for further info and reservations, using code: LKBM. Also offers complimentary airport shuttle and parking, and has outdoor pool.
Legacy Vacation Club Reno
140 Court Street – 775-329-4251 – 866-507-1429 - map
Legacy offers a 15% discount on its rooms at available rates. Reserve online or call using discount code: BURN13. Within short walking distance of all that Downtown Reno has to offer. Rooms include mini-kitchens and indoor pool is onsite.
Siena Hotel Spa Casino
1 South Lake Street – 877-743-6233 - map
Located right next to the Truckee River, the luxury-infused Siena offers standard room rates of $59 and deluxe room rates of $73 for Aug. 25-26 and Sep. 2-3, $99 and $113 for Aug. 23-24, and $119 and $133 for Sep. 1. Taxes also apply. Rooms come with free wifi, regrigerator, ipod docking station, and other amenities. Call for further info and reservations.
666 North Wells Avenue – 775-329-3125 - map
I-80 at Wells Avenue Exit # 14.
866 North Wells Avenue – 775-786-9852 – 775-786-3162 - map
I-80 at Wells Avenue Exit #14.
701 East 7th Street – 775-786-4070 - map
I-80 at Wells Avenue Exit # 14.
501 West First Street – 775-786-8888, ext. 106 – map
Open 11am-11pm daily, except Sundays open at 9am for brunch. A long-time favorite hangout of many vegetarians and vegans as well as non-vegetarians, the laid back and cozy atmosphere quickly leads one to forget where one is at in the biggest little city. Seating at times may be hard to come by, as it is a very popular and cozy hole-in-the-wall, but well worth the wait. The entrance is located in the northeast corner of the Truckee River Lodge Building on Ralston St. It’s up the stairs on the back side of the building and is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. Oh, and the food is YUMMY with a wide variety of vegan/vegetarian/raw creations!
1170 South Wells, #2 – 775-322-6100 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 10am-4pm. A very favorite deli among the locals serving vegans/vegetarians as well as carnivores with a wide variety of very, VERY GOOD food at reasonable prices. Also does catering.
Noble Pie Pizza Co.
239 West 2nd Street – 775-622-9222 – map
Open Mon-Tue 11am–midnight, Wed 11am-2am, Thu 11am-4am, Fri and Sat 11am–6am, Sun 11am–9pm. Some of the best pizza in town and a very popular hangout for many, providing many options for all tastes — including vegetarians and vegans. Also has bar with nice beer selection. Regularly features art by local artists. Highly recommended!
That Bowl Restaurant
148 West Street – 775-327-4443 – map
Open Wed-Sun 5pm-9:30pm. A very unique and excellent restaurant with a variety of choice, organic-as-possible ingredients that change with the seasons to make your own bowl of yummy.
St. James Brasserie
901 South Center Street – 775-348-8888 – map
Recently opened and already a great hit, St. James Brasserie is an outstanding restaurant and brewery with many choices of great food, beer and wine to choose from.
India Kabob and Curry
1091 South Virginia Street – 775-348-6222 - map
Open daily 11:30am-10:30pm, with lunch buffet from 11:30 til 3:00. One of the best Indian restaurants in the area. Most notably, they have a pretty darn good lunch buffet that is fairly affordable, with plenty of options for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
669 South Virginia Street – 775-329-4787 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm. New location. Offers some great soups, salads, and sandwiches for both omnivores and vegetarians/vegans, a favorite spot among the locals.
Blue Moon Pizza
190 California Street – 775-324-2828 – map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 1pm-9pm. A local secret, Blue Moon wins accolades from folks in the know. Many vegetarian pizzas, and they stuff the pie to the brim.
Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs
420 South Sierra Street – 775-329-2600 – map
Open 6:30am-2pm daily.
Silver Peak Grill and Taproom (two locations)
135 North Sierra Street – 775-284-3300 – map
124 Wonder Street – 775-324-1864 – map
Open Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Sat-Sun 11am-1am. Very popular local brewery/restaurant with two locations to serve you: One in the heart of the arts district, and the other is south of downtown, across from the very popular Zephyr Lounge.. Features indoor and outdoor dining, serving imaginative dishes and brews.
Craft Wine & Beer
22 Martin Street – 775-622-4333 - map
Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. Call ahead for possible later hours. A HUGE (over 300!) and awesome selection of imported and domestic craft beers, imported wines, scotch and bourbon, and some other spirits. Notably will be stocking up on canned beers and unique spirits for during the event.
Hospitals/Urgent Care Facilities
Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
71 South Wells Avenue – 775-384-1652 – map
Open daily 2pm-whenever! Look for the giant monkey and “FYD” on the side of the building — Jub Jub’s is located in the back.
Well, seeing how there may be some people who are eager for some local burner scenery mixed with firewater and grit, we just had to include Jub Jub’s here among the areas Hot Stops. Owned and operated by Burners, and known as “The Fucking Classiest Dive Bar in Reno,” if you are wondering if there is any kind of affiliation between this place and the Jub Jub’s Theme Camp in Black Rock City, well, ehhhh…… , you’ll just have to come find out for yourself. Regularly featuring great drink specials, live music, free bad advice, and cheesy jokes, this is the best place in town to stir with other bizarre and fun personalities, events, and games. Oh and Fuck Your Day.
214 West Commercial Row – 775-329-9444 – map
A new nightclub that is a smash dance-music scene and very big burner hangout.
310 South Arlington Avenue – 775-348-9911 – map
A very popular and fun spot with a cozy style and great local bands and house music.
St. James Infirmary
445 California Avenue – 775-657-8484 – map
Open 3pm-3am daily. A very popular, slightly upscale watering hole most notable for the OUTSTANDING craft beer selection, but also with some nice wines and great cocktails.
Red Rock Studio
241 South Sierra Street – 775-324-2468 – map
One of the more unique lounges in town – clean and cozy, wonderful service, and some class ! Open most all day with espressos.
600 West 5th Street – 775-323-6565 – map
A very classy, friendly gay bar with mixed crowd, and deluxe pool tables. Mostly women on Friday nights.
1099 South Virginia Street – 775-324-2244 – map
Recently opened, Chapel has an amazing and huge selection of spirits and beer in particular, as well as some wines, and often has live entertainment.
248 West 1st Street – 775-329-4484 – map
Open Mon-Thurs 3pm-midnight, Fri 3pm-2am, Sat 12pm-3am, Sun 12pm-midnight. Fine wine and food in an intimate, sophisticated setting. Features a full-service bar, weekly wine tastings, and special events supporting local artists and music.
Bibo Coffee Company
945 Record Street – 775-348-8087 – map
Open daily 6:30am-9pm. Just north of I-80 and downtown. A local favorite especially with the university with great coffee, tea, and goodies.
Dreamer’s Coffee House
701 South Virginia Street – 775-322-8040 - map
Open Sun-Thur 6:30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7am-8pm. Coffeehouse and deli with wifi, local favorite!
Recycling and Garbage Disposal
1100 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8822 – map
Open 24/7. Takes plastics, glass, aluminum, tin, and steel cans, cardboard, and paper. No dumping — NO FURNITURE!
490 Valley Road, Reno – 775-331-2267 – map
Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm, Sat 8am-3pm. Accepts all metals for recycling.
Reno Salvage Company
301 Montello Street – 775-323-7109 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Takes scrap metals only.
Reno Transfer Station
1390 East Commercial Row – 775-329-8882 – map
Open Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat and Sun 8am-6pm. Garbage disposal at $6 per cubic yard.
Rankin’s Auto Service
530 Merrill (off Wells near I-80) – 775-329-8433 – map
Open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.
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