As a penny slot player I'm pretty demanding about what I do and don't like in a casino offering these machines. I don't like (and I don't think anyone else does either) hand pay machines.
The short time that I gambled in The Golden Phoenix the computers were somehow fouled up and the attendants were running around like chickens with their heads cut off. I waited a very long time (probably more than 20 minutes) for a hand payout on a penny machine.
I was on a package trip from British Columbia and other people on the bus who were staying at the hotel told me that the service in the restaurant was hopelessly slow and that when they came back in the afternoon (around 4 pm) their beds still weren't made.
Dress Code: Anything goes in a Reno casino (although I don't think you'd get away with being shirtless or shoeless).
This beautifully constructed, new hotel (which is also a spa) has a airy, well-ventilated casino with a wide variety of machines and lots of my favourite penny slots.
Most of their machines are on the EZTicket system where you get a printed ticket out of the machine instead of money and you simply take that to another machine to play or take it to the cashier to turn in for money.
The cocktail waitresses are pleasant and come round frequently. One was so kind as to bring me popcorn from the bar (I was very hungry) and suggest ineresting drinks for me to try.
Because the casino is high-ceilinged and well ventilated even non-smokers can enjoy gambling here. The amenities of the hotel - the washrooms, coffee shop and restaurant - are all well-designed and finished with high quality trim. It's a lovely place.
Dress Code: Pretty much anything goes in Reno but you probably need a shirt and shoes to go in any establishment.
If you enjoy live theater then you're in for a treat at Reno's Riverfront Theatre. For community theater, the caliber of acting, singing and direction is superb. Their selection of shows has been wholesome and delightful. If you can manage to attend one of their performances, you will have a fond memory of your visit to Reno.
Even though the setting is relaxed and very casual, you'll get a high-energy performance full of talent and enthusiasm. In recent months I've seen "Gypsy" and "Forever Patsy Cline" - two delightful, traditional musicals. This is a small, intimate theatre - you can feel the intensity the cast puts into their performances. And these shows are wholesome entertainment - not like many casino shows that open with a toilet-mouth comedian. I liked casual atmosphere - no Tuxedo-clad Maitre d's with hands out for tips - just casual open seating and all seats are good. Don't expect fancy sets or lavish costumes - not at the Riverfront Theatre. But you won't be paying fancy prices either. Ticket prices are only $15-20. Seats are often, but not always, available right up to show time. The theater is in the midst of downtown Reno, an easy walk from all central casino hotels. The Riverfront Theater does not have it's own web site (shame!), but you can find performance details at other web sites shown below.
The management of this community theater is as casual as the venue, so I recommend you call ahead to confirm show times.
Dress Code: Verrrry casual.
The best (and only) exciting thing to do in Reno is spend the night partying at the casinos. These are the highlight of the city and pretty much the only night life there.
Dress Code: Anything
The Pioneer Center is Reno's premier venue for live performances such as classical music, opera, ballet, youth orchestras, and other high-brow entertainment.
Dress Code: Depends upon the show.
When you visit check out the clubs. In reno clubs aren't that hard to find. Kicks is very popular.
Dress Code: In the clubs you can pretty much wear what ever as long as your dressed!!
A full selection of shows are available in all of the casinos. You will never run out of nightlife.
Dress Code: Just about anything goes. Even in the fancier spots, a little dressy fits in. Don't overdress.
hey this just an adult show and not a strip club ok. located in harrah's and you have an entrance of $ 10. again no photography or videos allowed inside.
Just after midnight, the Silver Legacy is one of the casinos that shoots fireworks off their roof.
Dress Code: Dress warm. Even if it isn't snowing, it tends to be chilly in the high desert.
The poker table at the Club Cal-Neva is frequented by many individuals that I know who would rather play poker at a table than at a machine. I've watched, I like machines myself.
The Fun Center is jumping on Friday and Saturday evenings. You can get the kids a wristband so they can ride these rides over and over again without paying over $1 each time.