A Guide to the Saloons in Virginia City

Virginia City is more popularly known as the birthplace of Mark Twain, or the place where reporter Samuel Clemens of Territorial Enterprise first used the pen name Mark Twain in 1863. The city is the county seat of Storey County, Nevada. One of the oldest mining boomtowns, it was created overnight during the Comstock Lode silver strike in 1859. BBOnline recommends visiting these saloons in the city.

Red Dog Saloon
76 North C Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
(775) 847-7474

The Red Dog Saloon is housed in the Comstock House, which was a big brick hotel built after the 1875 Great Fire. It is a full bar with a famous Chicago-style pizza, calzones, salads and sandwiches. Entertainment is provided by popular local bands on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The bar is open all day and the pizza diner is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Brass Rail Saloon
62 C Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
(775) 847-0304

The Brass Rail Saloon, also known as Danielle's Brass Rail, is one of the few old saloons left over from the silver strike days when Virginia City was a booming town. It is located in the Old Washoe Club building along a very historic street, just minutes away from your Virginia City Inn. The saloon has gaming and slot machines. It also displays Nevada's oldest roulette wheel and an antique gold and ruby glass collection. Aside from getting a drink, you can also get a good cigar from its Cigar Bar and shop.

Delta Saloon
18 South C Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
(775) 847-0789

The Delta Saloon was put up in 1875 and is located along historic C Street, where the old businesses from the mining boomtown are. The saloon has the infamous Suicide Table, so named because three previous owners of the saloon have committed suicide after they lost their money and properties to winning players. The place is an interesting casino and bar with many preserved historical items.

Bucket of Blood Saloon
1 South C Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
(775) 847-0322

If you want a taste of the old Virginia City, go to the Bucket of Blood Saloon which is housed in a structure built in 1876. Its masonry walls originally belonged to the Boston Saloon and survived the great fire of 1875. Despite its name, the saloon is a fun place to be, with live country music during the weekends. It's easily accessible if you are staying at a Virginia City Bed and Breakfast, and is a great place to listen to music and relax.

Ponderosa Saloon and Mine

106 South C Street
Virginia City, Nevada 89440
(775) 847-7210

Ponderosa Saloon is located in a building that used to be a bank, which eventually closed when the silver mines ran out. It was later converted into a bar with the original safe intact, which you could still walk into. In the 1970s, the owners discovered that the Best and Belcher mine was right below the bar, so they dug a shaft at the back and offered mine tours.