Tahoe is not known for its nightlife, although something is always going on in the showrooms of the major casinos on the South Shore. Call Harrah's (tel. 775/588-6611), Harveys (tel. 775/588-2411), MontBleu (tel. 775/588-3515), and the Horizon (tel. 775/588-6211) for current show schedules and prices. Most cocktail shows cost $20 to $55. On the North Shore, Sandy's Pub, at the Resort at Squaw Creek (tel. 530/581-6617), hosts live music nightly. If it's just a casual cocktail you're after, my favorite spot is the cozy fireside lounge at River Ranch Lodge, which cantilevers over a turbulent stretch of the Truckee River, on Hwy. 89 at the entrance to Alpine Meadows (tel. 530/583-4264 or 866/991-9912; www.riverranchlodge.com).

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