HELLO INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS, DUSTY FOLX, AND RANDOM PASSERBY’S WHO MADE THE UNFORTUNATE DECISION TO VACATION IN RENO DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF AUGUST!
Playafurgoddess69 here and let me say it’s great to have you through our lovely town again! We realized some of you haven’t been to Reno before, OR have been coming through for years and don’t know about a few hidden secrets and guess what? There is a ton of new, awesome stuff in our fair city.
We absolutely love it here and can’t imagine anywhere else we’d rather live. We also love it when you look at us in horror when we say that. The joke truly has been on you the whole time. (kidding, kidding…not really)
Here are a few of our favorite things that we want to share with you that will help you navigate Reno…….and by the way….DON’T LEAVE YOUR GARBAGE IN OUR PARKING LOTS AND ON THE SIDE OF OUR HIGHWAYS. Carrying on….
For 11 years now, The Great Depressurization has been the main vein for the best of everything that Reno has to offer: we bring the music, the vibe, and show you the best hotel deals and the perfect tips for shopping, dining, staying, and most importantly, surviving and decompressing from That Thing in the Desert.
What began as a low-key series of back-to-back pool parties post-a’That Thing In The Desert Who Must Not Be Named’ in 2008 has developed into a week-long, all-encompassing event attracting non-burners and locals alike.
Discounted hotel codes from August 1st through September 15th, combined with city wide concerts and shows, special events, and pool parties have gained recognition in the canon of local Burner staples.
Whether you’re depressurizing, staycationing, or just love a good party, we’ve got you.
THE PLAYA FUR GODDESS HALL OF FAME BEST OF RENO SELECTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
This is your everything guide for the greater Reno-Tahoe area to help you prep, recover from, or skip the Burn all together—after all, we are all about enjoying the culture in the best way YOU see fit.
In this guide you will find the best we have to offer on food, bars, hotels, nightlife, music, art, shopping, advice, and playa information. From the obvious to the obscure, if you need to know where to buy it, eat it, plan it, or recuperate from it, it’s here. And if it’s not, maybe try your luck on the playa then. Don’t worry: we’ll be waiting right here for you with a hot shower and a cold pool when you get back.
Remember our website is constantly being updated at www.GreatDepressurization.com
SUPER SPECIAL HOTEL OPTIONS
At The Sands Regency, Whitney Peak Hotel and The Row [Eldorado, Silver Legacy, Circus Circus), you can use the code BURN19 to save on rooms from August 1st – September 15th.
READ THIS–> HOTELS SELL OUT the SUNDAY, MONDAY, AND TUESDAY after all the things burn down. Seriously, the whole freaking city of Reno.
Book a room for your exit day now. I know you think you are driving straight home to be at work on Tuesday morning. But you aren’t.
Do the safe thing and get some sleep and shower as most of the world doesn’t smell like you.
Do yourself a favor, make your room reservations before your 17 hour exodus wait.
Our host hotels have promised us the best rates for any reservation from now until September 15th using code BURN19
Want to get into our POOL PARTY for FREE?
As an added bonus: Book your room at #SandsRegency for Sunday Sep. 1st, Monday Sep. 2nd, Tuesday Sep. 3rd, or Wednesday Sep.4 to get into our official POOL PARTY for FREE!
Book now at www.GreatDepressurization.com/hotels/
THE GUIDE TO RENO
There are so many delectable places in the area to grab a bite, but here are a few of our favorites (also check out the Bar and Gastropubs section if you want food with your booze)…
Great Full Gardens (2 locations)
555 S Virginia St, 775-324-2013; 748 S Meadows Pkwy, 775-324-2016. Open 8am-9pm, Sun 8am-2pm. www.greatfullgardens.com.
With locations in both Midtown and south Reno, Great Full Gardens is one of the very best sit-down, casual restaurants to get really great and affordable food in the region, particularly organic and locally-sourced, whether you’re an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, and all with outstanding, friendly customer service. Particular favorites are their waffles, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, bowls, tacos, desserts, and smoothies.
Laughing Planet (2 locations)
650 Tahoe St, 775-360-2592; 941 N Virginia St, 775-870-9633. Open 11am-9pm. www.laughingplanet.com.
Located both in Midtown and just north of Downtown Reno, Laughing Planet is a little quirky, as well as totally laid-back casual, and it’s a fun place for people of all ages. They specialize in bowls, wraps, burritos, soups, salads, and smoothies, with many vegan and gluten-free options, and have a nice beer selection.
1565 S Virginia St, 775-420-4267, Open Tue-Thur 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 3pm-9pm. www.thaimoodang.com.
Located in Midtown and providing the best and most authentic Thai food in town according to many, Moo Dang has so many tasty plates, including vegan and gluten-free options. Also has a really very nice sake, wine, and beer selection. Seriously the crispy green papaya salad is ridiculous.
Whole Foods Market
6139 S Virginia St, 775-852-8023, Open 8am-10pm. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/reno
Located in south Reno, you’ll find a very huge variety of healthy foods and beverages to enjoy, whether to-order or make-it-yourself, in addition to any groceries for the playa you may need.
Noble Pie Parlor (2 locations)
777 S Center St, 775-323-1494; and 239 W 2nd St; Open daily around 11am to past midnight. www.noblepieparlor.com.
Located both in Downtown and Midtown Reno, Noble Pie has for years been known for the best pizza in town, but they also have a lot of other options – such as calzones, strombolis, wings, salads, and many appetizers – including options for vegans and vegetarians, and a nice beer, wine, and spirits selection. And, of course, they deliver.
Taste of India
1255 Stardust St, 775-237-3608, Open 11am-10pm. tasteofindiareno.com.
Located in west Reno near Save Mart and Highway 80, Taste of India is arguably the best place to get Indian food in the region. With several options for omnivores, vegans, and vegetarians to choose from, including amosas, pakaras, tandoori breads, meat, seafood or vegetable specials, salads, and desserts.
The Fix Falafel Food Truck
Find them via Facebook. Roaminghunger.com/the-fix-falafel.
The Fix Falafel specializes in all-vegan and really affordable falafel wraps, tacos, sandwiches, chicken-less wings, and seaweed or garlic fries. And look out for The Fix Falafel operating at Great Depressurization locations!
Nom Eats Food Truck
Find them via Facebook, www.renonomeats.com.
Reno’s Favorite food truck offers outstanding, fast, all-vegan, and very filling meals, such as burritos, tacos, sandwiches, and soy and buffalo curls, at really great prices.
148 West St, 775-470-5898, open Tue-Sun 5pm-9pm. www.thaireno.com.
Located in the West Street Market in Downtown Reno, Thali provides some excellent all-you-can-eat, authentic, vegetarian or vegan Indian food, at a very affordable price and in a cozy community space.
Naan & Kabob
2740 S Virginia St, 775-825-3113, Open 1130am-830pm (Sat until 930pm). naanandkabob.com.
Located south of Downtown Reno, Naan & Kabob is a local favorite for sit-down, but affordable, quality, eastern-Mediterranean faire. Lots of omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan options. Best to reserve ahead.
Old Granite Street Eatery
243 South Sierra Street, 775-622-3222, Open Mon-Thur 11am-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-3pm. www.oldgranitestreeteatery.com.
Great sit-down American-style dining for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians and gluten free, using food mostly from local farms and ranches. Also offers exceptional and unique cocktails. Highly recommended, but best to reserve ahead.
Los Gallos Taqueria
440 N Virginia, 775-324-2549, Open 10am-10pm.
A traditional, family-run taqueria in Downtown Reno, and to many, the very best, un-californicated, Mexican food in town. Vegetarian-friendly, but not really much options for vegans. Their cabeza is next level.
La Strada Restaurant
345 N Virginia St, 775-786-5700, Open 5pm-9pm.
Located inside the Eldorado Hotel-Casino, La Strada is one of the very best, upscale restaurants in the region, specializing in very fine Italian cuisine and fine wines. Must reserve ahead if you want to pamper yourself.
In-N-Out Burger (two locations) – 280 Pyramid Way, 800-786-1000, and 8215 South Virginia Street, 800-786-1000, Open Sun-Thu 10:30am-1am, Fri-Sat 10:30am-1:30am. www.in-n-out.com.
Located in Sparks and south Reno, world-famous In-N-Out Burger is craved by many before heading off or returning from the desert.
1907 S Arlington Breakfast, Lunch, and Dunner
A Reno staple for decades, The Stonehouse brings quality food, drinks and specials.
The patio is amazing and service top notch. Kale hash and eggs with a Bloody Bull is a great option
You can get everything you need in Reno to flash yourself up in as any ways as you want. Here are the very best spots to do so, all owned/operated by burners…
The Melting Pot World Emporium and Smoke Shop
1049 S Virginia St, 775-322-9445, Open Daily 10am-7pm. Call for extended hours before/during Burning Man. lomwww.meltingpotworldemporium.com.
Located in Midtown and 23 years in business, the world-famous Melting Pot is the best place to get new of everything for women and men. A huge selection of themed costumes and hip and sexy clothing, including faux fur coats, vests, and pants, carnival masks, wigs, head-dresses, tophats, biker hats, animal hats, dresses, blouses, lingerie, netting wear, booty shorts, pants, hoodies, hip belts, backpacks, jewelry, goggles, sunglasses, parasols, baby/children’s clothing, body and eco-friendly makeup, el-wire kits, bike lights, glow toys, playa toys and gadgets, incense, wind spinners, and smoking pipes.
Junkees Clothing Exchange and Junkees Gold
960 S Virginia St, 775-322-5865, Open Daily 11am-7pm. www.junkeeclothingexchange.com.
Located in the very heart of Midtown, world-famous Junkees has a massive selection of mainly recycled/upcycled, as well as new clothing and costumes for women, men, and children of all ages. Pretty much anything you need, want or wish to fabricate, ranging from wedding dresses, marching band and military uniforms, circus, steampunk, and cartoon costumes, dresses, blouses, netting, lingerie, stockings, bonnets, booty shorts, suits, vests, boots, pumps, hip belts, sunglasses, goggles, hats, wigs, makeup, jewelry, and el-wire kits. And be sure to check out Junkees Gold next door, with rare costumes and accessories. Enjoy the very helpful staff and always hip tunes.
Burner Bazaar @ The Nixon Store
50 Highway 447 in Nixon, Open 24/7 Wed Aug 21 to Tue Sept 3.
Located right next Highway 447 in Nixon on the way to That Thing In The Desert, the pop-up Burner Bazaar will have all kinds of clothing, costumes, organic movement wear, sequins, coats hats, masks, glow kits and toys, gloves, and boots and lots more from over 30 designers, as well as food, showers, and live music.
Polyesther’s Costume Boutique
Want something unique and one-of-a-kind, and just made especially for you? Something that will contain so many memories and last the test of time? Polyesther’s creates or has what you dream in clothing and costumes, in addition to makeup and wigs. Also provides general design consultation, sewing, and alterations. All by appointment only via phone.
The Chocolate Walrus
1278 S Virginia St, 775-825-2267, Open Daily 10am-9pm. www.thechocolatewalrus.com.
Located in Midtown, The Chocolate Walrus has the biggest selection of new sexy outfits and costumes for primarily women, and some outstanding things for men as well. You can find hundreds and hundreds of different themed costumes or accessories, as well as tons of dresses, jackets, lingerie, sequin bras, corsets, netting, faux fur outfits, bootie shorts, parasols, tutus, masks, hats, boas, boots, pumps, pasties, jewelry, makeup, and biofriendly glitter etc. You can also find many sex toys and role-playing outfits. Men can find some upscale gothic or steampunk outfits, in particular.
1360 S Wells Ave, 775-843-8343, Open Tue-Sat 1030am-6pm. www.redsquarereno.com.
Located near Midtown, Red Square is a great little boutique with special treasures, specializing in unique and vintage clothing, particularly 70’s and 80’s era t-shirts, as well as vinyl and other media.
201 Keystone Ave, 775-284-8841, Open 11am-6pm (Sun until 5pm). Call ahead for possible extended hours. www.thenestreno.com.
Located in west Reno near Save Mart and Ben’s Liquor, The Nest is a wonderful boutique to find vintage wear and knick-knacks. Women can find some great dresses, hats, and accessories, and men can find some swanky suits and ties.
Bars, Venues, Breweries, Gastropubs, and Cafes
Most bars and clubs in Reno are open until the sun comes up, and they are all over the place. And breweries, gastropubs, and cafes have been popping up all over, as well. Plenty to choose from, but here are the watering holes you should know about – including official venues of The Great Depressurization.
Cargo Concert Hall
255 N Virginia St, 775-398-5400, check out website for events and hours. www.cargoreno.com.
Located in the heart of Downtown Reno, Cargo will probably be the place you’ll catch many of The Great Depressurization performances. Great room, customer service, drinks, sound, and lighting.
The Bluebird Reno
555 E 4th St, 775-499-5549, check out website for events and hours. www.thebluebirdreno.com.
The Bluebird is an official venue of The Great Depressurization located in Downtown Reno. Carrying some of the best sound in the region, and offering some of the best customer service around, you’ll enjoy many events here, ranging from live acts, to world funk, to electronica.
214 W Commercial Row, 775-813-6689, Open Thur 10pm-4am, Fri-Sat 10pm-sunrise. www.1upreno.com.
Located in Downtown Reno and also serving as a Great Depressurization venue, 1Up is a favorite among has an in-house PK system and offers house and bass music mostly, casual and chill ambience, and genuine customer service.
Pignic Pub & Patio
235 Flint St, 775-376-1948, Open Mon-Wed 3pm-midnight, Thu 3pm-1am, Fri 3pm-3am, Sat noon-3am, and Sun noon-midnight.
Serving as an official venue of The Great Depressurization, Pignic is located in the cozy part of Downtown Reno, across from the Great Basin Food Co-Op. A local favorite born of a concept about community, you’ll find friendly vibes, a very fine selection of quality beers and other tasty beverages, and the means to BBQ food that you bring. You’ll make many new friends here, and enjoy great live music while you’re at it.
345 N Virginia St, 775-786-5700, Open 24/7. www.therowreno.com.
Located in Downtown Reno, the Row is three hotel-casino properties – Eldorado, Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus – with many types of bars, cafes, and restaurants. The Brew Brothers bar gets packed and La Strada restaurant is one of the very best, upscale restaurants in the region. Both highly recommended if you want to live a little. Serving as an official location of The Great Depressurization.
Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor
71 S Wells Ave, 775-384-1652, Open daily at noon until you stop buying drinks. jubjubsthirstparlor.com.
Known as “The fucking classiest dive bar in Reno,” and a local favorite among old-skool burners, Jub Jub’s is located east of Downtown Reno, featuring great drink specials, live music, free bad advice, and cheesy jokes.
Craft Wine & Beer
22 Martin St, 775-622-4333, Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. www.craftreno.com.
Located in Midtown across from Junkee’s, Craft has a tremendous selection of high-quality, but great value wines, beers, and spirits, and it’s also a cozy place to hang out inside/outside and enjoy drinks with others.
713 S Virginia St, 775-384-6756, Open Mon-Wed noon-midnight, Thur-Sat noon-2am, Sun 9am-midnight. www.brauhaus701.com.
Located in Midtown in a cozy old and gritty building, the new Brauhaus 701 is a fusion of great German/American ambience, drinks, food, and customer service.
711 S Virginia St, 775-Open Sun-Thur 5pm-10pm, Sat 5pm-2am. www.whiskyloungereno.com.
Located in Midtown, the new Whisky Lounge has contemporary ambience with a sophisticated twist on barrel aged cocktails, and one of the most inclusive and eclectic collections of whiskies in the region to choose from.
715 S Virginia
24 hour spot right in the heart of midtown. Live music and stiff drinks.
325 E 4th St, 775-737-4330, Open Mon 3pm-10pm, Tue-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-9pm. thedepotreno.com.
Located in Downtown Reno and inside a former train station, The Depot is a slightly upscale and modern, but very open and friendly place to enjoy beers or spirts produced onsite, as well as a wide variety of other beverages and foods.
Brasserie Saint James
901 South Center Street, 775-348-8888, Open Sun-Thur 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight. www.brasseriesaintjames.com.
Located in Midtown with one of the best breweries and restaurants in the region, St. James Brasserie is very popular and slightly upscale, with many choices of fine food, beer, and wine to choose from. Best to reserve ahead.
Pigeon Head Brewery
840 E 5th St, 775-276-6766, Open Wed-Thur 2pm-8pm, Fri-Sat noon-8pm, and Sun noon-5pm. pigeonheadbrewery.com.
Located just east of Downtown Reno, Pigeon Head Brewery is a down-to-earth hole-in-the-wall kind of place with chill vibes, great customer service, and a lot of fine beers, particularly packaged in cans (which are best for life on the playa).
1099 S Virginia St, 775-324-2244, Open Mon-Fri 2pm-4am, Sat-Sun 10am-4am. chapeltavern.com.
A laidback, modern, and very friendly and popular place located in Midtown, Chapel has a very large and fine selection of unique spirits, wines, and beers to enjoy in convivial conversation.
The Loving Cup
188 California St, 775-322-2480, Open Mon-Fri 3pm-4am, Sat noon-4am, Sun noon-1am.
Located near Midtown in old Reno, The Loving Cup is one of the best and most comfy places in town to catch local bands and dj’s, tasty drinks, and wonderful conversation.
Bibo Coffee Company (three locations)
945 Record Street, 775-348-8087, Open Daily 7am-9pm.
460 S. Sierra St, 775-329-2114, Open 6am-6pm.
717 S Center Street, 775-683-9840, Open 7am-9pm.
Located in Downtown and Midtown Reno, Bibo’s three locations are Reno’s favorite places to get some fine coffee, tea, baked goods, chill atmosphere, local art, and friendly conversation.
Too Soul Tea Co.
542 1/2 Plumas St, 775-322-2001, Open Mon-Fri 7am-60m, Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. toosoultea.com.
A cozy little spot in Midtown to hang out and enjoy fine teas, coffees, lunch, baked goods, and customer service to make you feel really at home.
1) Coffee Bar– huge outdoor seating area. Free Wifi. Great food and coffee drinks. Beer on tap too. Have a beer and a coffee at the same time…..Did you know that’s called a “Shapiro.”
2) The Hub – on the river. Great coffee and drinks
3) Bibos (multiple locations throughout Reno)
4) Magpie Coffee Roasters new spot on Wells Ave. Go support them. Great people and know their coffee.
5) Homage cute little house with great coffee and pastries.
6) Rounds Bakery has delicious pastries, sandwiches, coffee and more. Home of the cronut scandal (FYNYC), which came in number 2 in google searches under the googling the spelling of kerfuffle
Below are the best places to get bikes and accessories suitable for life on the playa. Whether it be a mountain bike, cruiser with fat tires, tricycle, or kids bike, you should be able to find what you need, even if just through their website and/or by calling them. Just keep in mind that bikes are in high demand, so best to get one as soon as you can!
Black Rock Bicycles
7875 N Virginia St Unit B, 775-972-3336, Open generally 10am-6pm, but they will have extended August and September hours, so call ahead. www.blackrockbicycles.com
Located in north Reno and owned and operated by burners, you can either rent or buy a new or used Black Rock Bicycle, as well as purchase locks, el-wire kits and spoke lights, bells, horns, spare tubes, bike racks, trailers, baskets, décor, and spare tubes/parts. A portion of sales is donated to the local Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission and Lions Club. Finally, if you buy a bike from them, you can have it cleaned up and stored with them year-round – call for further info.
Reno Bike Project
216 E Grove St, 775-323-4488, Open Mon-Wed 10am-5pm, Thur-Fri 10am-6pm, and Sun 11am-4pm. Call ahead about extended hours. www.renobikeproject.org
Located south of Midtown, Reno Bike Project is a local community bike shop that has been deeply involved in the burner community for a long time. Get a quality used bike at a great price, as well as el-wire kits or spoke lights, locks, and baskets. But act now before they’re all gone! Finally, you can also donate your bike to Reno Bike Project when you’re done with it.
Kiwanis Bike Program
145 Catron Dr, 775-337-1717. Note, beginning in July, they are moving to a new location at 6800 Pembroke Dr. www.kiwanis.org.
Buy a great used bike from Kiwanis, or donate your bike when you’re done with it, and support bikes for kids in need in the region year-round by doing so. You can also get various accessories, including bells, baskets, and el-wire kits. Go to their website to see and reserve a bike, and feel free to call them with questions, as well as to make arrangements for picking up your bike. You can also donate your bike to them at their location, or at the Reno Airport, Whole Foods, and Save Mart upon returning from the playa (see the Trash and Recycling section for further info.)
Trash, Recycling & RV Servicing/Dumpwater Locations (Don’t Trash Nevada!)
Please remember to FULLY SECURE YOUR LOADS while travelling, and RESPONSIBLY DISPOSE OF ALL YOUR WASTE before returning home. Litter and dumping at unauthorized locations is not only ILLEGAL. It negatively impacts others, and it reflects badly on all other travelers. Illegal dumping includes disposing in the wilderness, at rest stops, businesses and people’s homes, as well as losing and leaving it on the road. Other than at your home, the below locations are the only authorized locations in the region to dispose of your waste. Please don’t trash Nevada ☺
(Note, the below costs are subject to change.)
Trash and Recycling Locations
Whole Foods Market – South Reno
6139 S Virginia St, 775-852-8023, Available Sun Sept 1 to Wed Sept 4, 6am-Midnight.
$7 per 35-gallon trash bag. Free Recycling of bicycles, plastics, glass, metals, paper, cardboard, household batteries, and non-perishable food and water. Clean, sort, and unbag recycleables before depositing. Hazardous waste prohibited! All proceeds donated to Whole Kids Foundation!!
Save Mart Supermarket – West Reno
525 Keystone Ave (back of store), 775-786-2150, Available Sat Aug 31 to Wed Sept 4, 6am-midnight.
$10 per 35-gallon trash bag. Free Recycling of bicycles, plastics, glass, metals, paper, cardboard, household batteries, and non-perishable food and water. Clean, sort, and unbag recycleables before depositing. Hazardous waste prohibited!
Rabbit Traxx Truck Stop & Mini Mart – Cedarville, CA
580 Patterson Way, 530-279-2022, Open 24 hours from Sat Aug 31 to Wed Sept 4.
$5 for kitchen-bag size, $10 for 35-gallon size, $15 for 55-gallon or larger. $15 for bike recycling. Free recycling of plastics, glass, metals, paper, cardboard, and non-perishable food and water. Clean, sort, and unbag recycleables before depositing. Hazardous waste prohibited!
Waste Management Transfer Station – Fernley
1100 US Highway 95A, Fernley, 775-329-8822, Open Tue-Sat 8am-4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday: Closed
Minimum charge: $28 per cubic yard, and additional charges based on type of waste. Free recycling.
Waste Management Transfer Station – Stead (north of Reno)
13890 Mt Anderson, North of Reno, 775-972-9160, Open Tue-Sat 8am-4pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Minimum charge: $25 per cubic yard, additional charges based on type of waste. Free recycling.
Trash, Recycling, and RV Servicing/Dump Station
Modoc District Fairgrounds – Cedarville, CA
1 Center Street, 530-279-2315, Open 24/7.
$10 for grey and black water disposal. Trash $5 for 13-gallon bag and $10 for up to 55-gallon bag. Free recycling, but $5 for bike recycling. Clean, sort, and unbag recyclables before depositing. Non-perishable food items we will donated to their local shelter. Hazardous waste prohibited!
Trash Only Locations
Waste Management Transfer Station – Downtown Reno
1390 E Commercial Row, 775-326-2416, Open Mon-Fri, 7am-5p, Sat-Sun 8am-430pm. Open Labor Day.
Minimum charge: $30 per cubic yard, and additional charges based on type of waste.
Waste Management Regional Landfill – Lockwood, East of Reno
2700 East Mustang Road, 775-329-8822, Open Mon-Fri, 8am-430pm. Closed Labor Day.
Minimum charge: $35 per cubic yard, and additional charges based on type of waste.
Recycling Only Locations
Waste Management/Recycle America – Downtown Reno
1390 E. Commercial Row, 775-326-2381, Open Mon-Fri 8am-430pm. Closed Labor Day.
Free recycling of glass, plastics, cans, cardboard, and paper. Charges for electronics and CFLs (cash or check only).
Green Solutions – East Reno
1085 Telegraph St, 775-870-0812, Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun noon-4pm. Closed Labor Day. Free recycling/no buybacks of glass, plastics, metals, cardboard, and paper.
RV Servicing/Dump Stations
Pyramid Lake Marina & Campground – Sutcliffe
2500 Lakeview Dr, 775-476-1155, Open 24 hours.
$10 via credit card kiosk for gray and black water disposal.
Golden Gate Petroleum – Sparks
1055 S Rock Blvd, 775-358-7400, Open 5am-9pm.
$8 for gray and black water disposal.
TA Travel Center – Sparks
200 N McCarran Blvd, 775-359-0550, Open 24/7.
$5 for gray and black water disposal.
Love’s Travel Stop – Fernley
825 Commerce Center Dr – 775-575-2200, Open 24/7.
$10 for gray and black water disposal.
Reno Boomtown KOA – Verdi, West of Reno
2100 Garson Road, 775-345-2444, Open 8am – 9pm.
$10 for gray and black water disposal.
Alturas Chevron – Alturas, CA
1080 North Main St, 530-233-5114, Open 530am-midnight.
$10 for grey and black water disposal.
Groceries & Water
Whether you’re flying in or driving through Reno, you can get all your groceries and water in Reno at great prices and convenient locations. Here are the most popular places – and our favorites, too – in the area to load up…
Great Basin Community Food Co-Op
240 Court Street, 775- 324-6133, Open 730am-9pm. www.greatbasinfood.coop.
Located in Downtown Reno, the wonderful people of Reno’s only community-owned food co-op are committed to providing and supporting local, organic, and sustainable products. They have a wide variety of produce from local farms and bulk foods, notably including dried foods, nuts, seeds, and cereals, as well as energy bars, pre-packed meals, juices, coconut water, craft beers and organic wines, lotions, toiletries, and other bodily care items good for the playa life. You can also fill up your water containers up to 5 gallons with alkalized water. And they have a Food Shed café upstairs with lots of nutrient-rich and freshly-made sandwich, burrito, panini, soups, smoothie, and other options for omnivores, vegans, and gluten-free. Finally, check out their DROPP program at www.dropp.coop for possible discounts and about deliveries to the playa.
Whole Foods Market
6139 S Virginia St, 775-852-8023, Open 8am-10pm. Open until midnight on Fri-Sat Aug 23-24. www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/reno.
Located in south Reno next to Highway 580/395, Whole Foods has the biggest selection of healthy and quality foods in the region, particularly for vegans and vegetarians. Most notably, they will have lots of bulk water in 3 and 5 gallon sizes, organic and top-notch produce, ready-to-go meals and powders, bulk foods, juices, raw foods, energy bars, imported and domestic delicacies, trail mixes, coconut water, energy drinks, and a big selection of imported and domestic wines, beers, and spirits. They even have a section of fun playa-fashionable clothing and accessories, el-wire kits and glow toys, Yeti coolers, and high quality skin care and toiletries. Pre-order pickups are highly encouraged (call the store for info). They also have several restaurants and buffet selections, as well as a fine beer bar. Finally, you can also take your trash and recycling there after the burn (see the Trash and Recycling section for further info.)
Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave, 775-786-2150, Open 6am to midnight. www.savemart.com.
Located in west Reno next to Highway 80, this Save Mart every year goes to great lengths in support of burners, and has been one of the most popular pit-stops on the way to the playa since the beginning. Bulk water, used bicycles from Kiwanis Bike Program, bike accessories, el-wire and glow kits, many other supplies in abundance. A one-stop shop if there is one! You can also conveniently and responsibly dispose your recyclables and trash with them (in back of store, see the Trash and Recycling section for the details). This Save Mart is also one of the best places to rideshare to the playa from, as it is so popular at all hours. Finally, Burner Express buses will be making a pitstop here before heading off to the playa.
5035 S McCarran St, 775- 826-1621, Open 8am-9pm, but call ahead for extended hours. Locations.traderjoes.com/nv/reno/82
Located in south Reno, Trader Joe’s has always been a hot spot among local and world burners, carrying a large variety of unique foods, delicacies, energy bars, dried fruits and nuts, juices, coconut water, toiletries, body products, and booze good for playa life.
Blue Dot Water
1296 E Plumb Ln Ste G, 775-870-9727, Open daily Mon-Fri 1030-6pm, Sat noon-4pm. (Special hours: Aug 19-20 10am-7pm, Aug 21-24 9am-9pm, and Aug 25 noon-4pm.) www.bluedot-water.com.
Located near the Reno Airport in the Costco shopping center, you can get alkaline and purified water, either in your own containers, or in various sized-bottles or drums you can purchase there. You can also fill up your RV here with tap water! Highly recommend calling ahead to pre-order.
Spring Water Depot (4 locations)
Reno @ 895 S Center St and 12245 S Virginia St.
Fallon @ 925 W Williams St.
Dayton @ 100 Douglas St.
775-843-7852, Open 24 hours. www.watervendingreno.com.
Self-service with spring and distilled water machines at 50 cents per gallon. Cash only. Easy and safe access. Bring your own 1, 3, or 5-gallon containers. Call with any questions.
Unlike some states and countries, booze can be purchased at any time, on any day, and at many places in Nevada. In addition to any grocery store, the below establishments are the places to get pretty much anything you want, and at the best prices.
Ben’s Fine Wine & Spirits (5 locations)
901 W 4th St in Reno, 775-323-6277, Open 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
3480 Lakeside Dr in Reno, 775-825-0244, Open 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm
2990 Sullivan Ln in Sparks, 775-337-2367, Open 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm
10870 S Virginia St in Reno, 775-853-2367, Open 9am-9pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm
3777 N Carson St # 105 in Carson City, 775-885-9463, Open 9am-10pm.
Call ahead for extended hours. bensnevada.com.
Ben’s is a locally-owned, family-run institution with locations at all corners of the region to find pretty much anything you want for beer, spirits, wine, and ice, at some of the best prices around. Very helpful and knowledgeable customer service. Recommend you call ahead to arrange pre-order pickup.
Lee’s Discount Liquor
2950 Northtowne Ln, 775-636-6800, Open 9am-10m, Fri-Sat 9am-11pm. leesliquorlv.com/stores/reno.
Located in north Reno near Highway 580/395, the new Lee’s Discount Liquor has one of the largest selections of spirits, beer, and wine in the area, and by-and-large at the best prices. Very friendly and helpful customer service. Call ahead to make pre-order arrangements.
Craft Wine & Beer
22 Martin St, 775-622-4333, Open Mon-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun noon-6pm. www.craftreno.com.
Located in Midtown across from Junkee’s, Craft has a great and unique selection of high-quality, but really great value wines, beers, and spirits, and it’s also a cozy place to hang out inside/outside and enjoy drinks with others.
6671 S Virginia St, 775-853-3669, Open 8am-10m. www.totalwine.com.
Located in south Reno near Whole Foods, Total Wine has the largest selection of wine, spirits, and beer in the region, with really competitive prices. Also, very helpful to find what you may want. You can pre-order over the phone or online.
Whispering Vine (3 locations)
4201 W 4th Street, 775-786-1323, Open Tue-Sat 11am-9pm.
3886 Mayberry Drive, 775-787-9463, Open Mon-Sat 230pm-830pm.
722 S Virginia St, 775-451-7681, Open Tue-Thu 1pm-9pm, Fri-Sat 1pm-10pm, and Sun 11am-5pm. www.whisperingvinewine.com.
With 2 locations in West Reno and another in Midtown, Whispering Vine has one of the largest selections of boutique and rare wines around.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DRIVING TO AND FROM THAT THING IN THE DESERT (aka B.M.) BEFORE THE GREAT DEPRESSURIZATION
So, you made it to Nevada, and you have packed up your supplies…what next? Driving to and from the playa is not your regular Sunday drive, and without proper preparation and knowledge, you are likely to encounter one if not several roadblocks on your journey—literally and figuratively.
Now, we don’t claim to know it all about the ins and outs of traveling to BRC, but this ain’t our first rodeo, and if you take these pointers to heart, we guarantee they will only help make for a smooth adventure into the desert.
What seems like a no brainer sometimes gets forgotten. Hey, we get it. You don’t always use your blinker or fix your headlights in a timely manner. But we are here to let you know that one of your biggest concerns in driving to the playa should be making sure that you not only follow all of the laws, but that your vehicle is in proper working order. Make sure you have a tune up, check your brakes, lights, blinkers, speedometer, gas gauge, EVERYTHING! Go the speed limit (especially once you hit gate road!), use your blinkers, don’t roll the few stop signs you encounter, and don’t stay on the side of 447 for too long if you don’t want to draw attention.
From Truckee through Tahoe to Reno and into Fernley and ESPECIALLY on Native land, one of the most important and courteous things you can do on your journey is respecting the locals, their laws—especially the speed limit—and customs. We live here every day of the year, and we work in this economy and live in this community long after you’re gone and well before you arrive. We embrace this culture daily and encourage you to mingle with us, talk to us, and live with us for the period of time you are passing through. We want to help make our home as welcoming and inclusive as possible for this adventure, and that starts with you!
The Black Rock Desert is approximately 120 miles north of Reno. On a clear day in April, it’s about a two-hour drive. On a day in August pre-gate opening, it can be up to a 24-hour ordeal. We don’t tell you this to scare you—we tell you so that you are well prepared to be in in for the long haul. The drive on 447 is 70 miles of wide-open spaces, and even your last chance stops of Wadsworth, Nixon, Empire, and Gerlach don’t offer all of the amenities that Reno/Tahoe and Fernley do. Having extra gas and spare tires are always a good idea, and as always, we recommend that you bring more water than you think you need. There is only one road in and one road out of BRC, and with the speed limit on gate road being 5 mph, it is not uncommon to be on the road for two to 10 hours. Have snacks, drinks, and maybe even some puzzles, books, cards, and DEFINITELY good music. Want to stream a podcast? Check out the Fresh Bakin’ podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes!
- Timing is Everything
As we mentioned, it’s a total crap-shoot as to how long you can be on gate road or on 447 because, well, when 80,000+ people are migrating to one spot, things tend to get a little backed up. The desire to leave early and beat the madness is tempting, but keep in mind: everyone else is thinking that, too. It often results in a larger back up of vehicles on the road and can also land you in D-lot—the cursed lot at the Gate that you will get stuck in until the event opens if you show up early without an early entry pass (and that counts for EVERYONE in your car!). And when you do get there, make sure that you are prepared. Have your tickets ready, be prepared to get your car searched (for stowaways, as well as firearms, animals, fireworks, and other prohibited items), don’t speed on gate road, and under no circumstances should you even proceed to drive on the playa if it is wet. The alkali clay in the lake bed will turn into a fantastic mud once wet that will consume whole everything that puts its weight on it. Stay put in a storm, respect the rules, and don’t go into the desert unprepared!
We are absolutely thrilled to offer a diverse and talented line-up for The Great Dperessurization this year, especially our headliner JP SEARS. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, his long red hair and sarcastic videos lampooning (with love) fake spiritualism, hippies, vegans, meat eaters, Crossfitters, burners, festival culture and everything in between. He’s at the Silver Legacy Expo Hall on September 3rd with festival favorite comic Alex Hooper.
After JP Sears, you have time to head to Cargo to experience the project featuring singer, comedian and. Walker & Royce will be down the street at 1Up on September 3rd. This show will blow your mind and Mikey Lion from Desert Hearts will be dropping an amazing set as well. House beats until the early morning. Support to be announced.
Or you can head to FACES Cirque du Freakz!
Also, Depressurization faves The Great Bingo Revival will be doing a no cover show in The Sands Bingo Hall!
Next up is our bass mechanic G Jones. If you are a bass music fan and haven’t heard of him, we assume you’ve been under a rock since 2009. He is one of the most prolific producers and sound designers in the game, and he is bringing an epic sound and light show to Cargo on September 4th. Special guests are Tsuruda and Secret Recipe. Afterparty at Bluebird with the Wormhole and Untz crew.
1Up and FACES will also be hosting shows that night.
Don’t forget three days of pool parties at The Sands with takeovers by Solid Gold Jacuzzi (SF) on Monday, Funkytown & SurlyCamp on Tuesday and Wednesday surprise guests.
Also, Pignic Pub & Patio is hosting an entire week of festivities staring on September 3rd and running through September 7th! All are no cover and features a Loud As Folk takeover, funk band Magnicosynth and many more. Check out their calendar ad in here!
ESSENTIALS TO KNOW
The Black Rock Desert is a climate unlike any other on earth. Comprised of 300,000 acres of land, this National Conservation Area is, first and foremost, just that—a federally protected pocket of land due to its unique ecosystem. This means the most essential thing to know in order to keep TTiTD going strong is this…leave no trace! Black Rock City is a temporary city that is the work of thousands of people, including you. In order for us to keep coming back each year, it is absolutely crucial that we respect the land her and leave no trace of our presence. This means no glitter, no feathers, no dumping grey water or other liquids, no leaving your trash or bicycles on the playa, on the side of the road, at a rest stop, behind some business, NOTHING! It takes a village to keep this going, gang, so always remember to leave it better than you found it.
The weather on the playa can also be unpredictable and harsh. Remember this: the desert wants to kill you. We make the choice to vacation (we use that term loosely) in one of the most rugged environments in the world, and that means we have to bring everything we need to survive. It is not uncommon to see bursts of thunderstorms resulting in flash flooding, freezing temperatures at night, sweltering day time temperatures over 100 degrees, and dust storms at any hour of the day. If you bring nothing else, BRING WATER. At least a gallon and a half per person, per day. Dehydration in the desert is very real, especially if you’re not used to the climate.
TTiTD is not your average campout, and you cannot easily run to town to grab something that you forgot. This is where the saying “the playa provides” was born, because the culture of the burn is to share and take care of one another; it does not mean, however, that you should come relying totally on other people. In addition to water, you should definitely bring all that you need to survive—food, hot/cold clothing, and shelter—and your own cup and your own plate. And we highly recommend having one vessel specifically for water and one for other—this will be the cup you take around with you. No cup, no drink. That’s usually how it goes.
The desert can also have a very harsh effect on your skin. Making sure you bring enough socks will be key, if not to walk around in, at least to sleep in and wear with boots, your number one footwear friend for playa stomping. Also having things like lotion, aloe vera, and white vinegar (just trust us on this one) will help clean your feet and skin and keep them from cracking with the dreaded “playa foot.”
All of this is just the tip of the iceberg, but these are some of the most important items we can collectively recommend from our collective decades on playa. For our full packing list, including a breakdown of survival gear, first aid kits, clothes, and “the kitchen sink,” log on to (INSERT LINK HERE) and see our mega depressurization packing guide!
NEED A LAWYER?
In general, Nevada laws bode the same for traffic, narcotics, and alcohol as everywhere else. Everybody knows what’s right and wrong, and we trust that everyone will play by the rules! Should you, however, find yourself in a situation where you are in need of legal assistance, Reno has several law offices and attorneys who are not only well versed in criminal law, DUIs, property rights, searches and seizures, and the like, but also who are burners themselves. If you’re having trouble finding somewhere to start, or you are really short on cash, a great place to start is Washoe Legal Services in northern Nevada, or the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. Both are non-profits and offer a variety of legal assistance pro bono.
Find more info, on what to say to if you are pulled over and more visit
That’s right: cannabis is legal in Nevada…for everyone! Nevada became the fifth state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2017, a business that has boosted the economy and created its own twist on marijuana culture. This is a booming business during August as people begin to pass through Nevada for the burn. No matter if you’re coming from the north or the south, there are a number of major dispensaries in both Reno and Las Vegas to choose from that can meet all of your herbaceous needs—flower, shatter, edibles, and more.
Looking for a dispensary? We recommend MYNT (21+) They are one of our wonderful sponsors for The Great Depressurization 2019.
KNOWING THE LAW
While weed has become legal recreationally, it is still illegal to consume in public, on federal land (including the playa), or in a vehicle. This means hotel rooms, too. It is not illegal to travel with it, although it must be in a sealed container and should not be transported across state lines at the risk of conflicting with differing regulations in other states.
The extent of the legal recreational cannabis law works like alcohol in that it extends to those 21 and older. The exception to this is for those who hold a valid, state issued, medical marijuana card, who can purchase legally at 18.
Recreational users can purchase up to an ounce of flower or 1/8 of concentrate at one time with a 15 percent excise tax on each purchase, while medical users can purchase 2.5 ounces within a 14-day period of all usable cannabis product, which includes all edibles, concentrates, flowers, topicals, and anything with cannabis in it.
Looking for some popular strains? Tangerine Haze, Chemdawg, Tahoe OG, and Sour Diesel are some strains that carry weight throughout the entire state.
LAST STOPS OUTSIDE OF RENO
No matter how much you pack and prepare, the chances that you need that last minute stop are always pretty high, and it could be for anything: gas, ice, water, a phone charger, some candy to stash, one last case of beer, a handful of extra energy drinks…you name it, you’ll remember that you need it (or want it!). Your options for those last stops are limited, so it’s important to know where they are so you don’t run into a sticky situation.
If you have already left Reno, or are coming from the east to begin with, and still need a substantial amount of supplies or gas, taking the short detour to Fernley is your safest bet and well worth it. Fernley has a Lowe’s, Raley’s, and Walmart that will be prepared and well equipped to handle the influx of burner traffic that they are used to experiencing. They also have your last chance for cheap(er) gas, auto repair, and a variety of sit-down restaurants.
- Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Wadsworth/Nixon)
If you have passed Fernley or don’t want to take the detour and still find yourself in need, the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe towns of Wadsworth and Nixon, situated between I-80 and the junction to Pyramid Lake (NV 446) offer a small variety of services before the long, 70-mile stretch of road to the Black Rock Desert. You can catch gas in both spots, snacks, and small camp essentials (toiletry items, lighters, matches, Tylenol, corkscrews, etc.). Also, the Burner Bazaar of designers will have a huge selection of playawear, as well as showers, food, and music (check out the Costumery section for more details.) But one of the BEST things you can get in this area is authentic Indian tacos! Indian taco stands dote the road as the locals give you a taste of something truly unique and delicious to their culture. It’s also a great way to support the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribes in their own community. Finally, while traveling through tribal lands, remember to drive the speed limit, allow locals to cross the road, don’t take rocks or anything from the land as artifacts (they’re sacred), and do not trash the land or roadside.
So, you have arrived at the edge of the desert and maybe you overestimated your gas, decided you really DO want that last meal, and maybe one last real restroom to boot…this is your last chance. You’ll hit Empire first and can get gas, sandwiches and other small snacks there, but most of what you’ll need lies in Gerlach. They have a Shell station, but the line around burn time is always incredibly long, and they can’t have it backing up onto the road disrupting the flow of traffic. Should you find yourself in a situation where you really need gas, expect to wait, or expect to come back once the line has dwindled down. In the meantime, Bruno’s is the popular spot to go. Famous for its raviolis, Bruno’s will let you use the restroom and offers a full menu and bar with a lot of local history plastered on the walls. If you feel like you need a final rest in a real bed, Bruno’s offers a motel as well, but rooms may be hard to come by. There is also the Gerlach GID to fill with water any size water container or RV, a few pizza parlors and a few bars, and towing and repair service should you encounter some unexpected hazards on the way or, you know…just in case you need to remember for later. And remember to obey the 25 mph speed limit, respect the locals, don’t dump your trash here, and keep your clothes on!
THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE
One of the biggest draws about the Reno/Tahoe area besides burning is the unbelievable opportunities for exploring the outdoors. With its position at the base of the eastern Sierra and the edge of the Great Basin, the opportunities to recreate outside are endless. Don’t want to get too physical? Nevada has over 300 days of sunshine a year, and summer is arguably the best season in northern Nevada to mingle with the local and take in the city of Reno in a multitude of ways.
- If you have enough time to step outside of the city, hiking in the Sierra during the summer will be a peak highlight you can experience here! Sometimes, you don’t even have to go very far. Get a great cardio workout without leaving the city by hitting up Hunter Creek hiking trail, a 7-mile round trip hike that ends at a roaring, snowmelt fed waterfall. Looking to really get out? Do a local classic like Mount Rose peak, a 12-mile round trip, 2,000+_foot elevation gain climb to the summit of our grand home mountain. This hike has it all—meadows of wildflowers, views of Lake Tahoe, a waterfall, and grueling switchbacks toward the top. A must do for any hiker in the area!
Reno is fortunate to have a home river, the Truckee, running right through the heart of town. The Reno Riverwalk is home to a variety of boutique shops, bars, restaurants, and even🔥🔥🔥 art!Soak up the sunshine, put your feet in the cool water, grab a drink at a tavern like Sierra Tap House, or a meal at Wild River Grille. Make your way to the Reno City Plaza and relax in one of the letters of BELIEVE, a part of the “Big Word” playa art series by artists Jeff Schimberg and Laura Kimpton. Go back at night at see The Space Whale lit up in all her glory, a project out of the Generator in Reno by The Pier Crew.
- Lake day
Speaking of bodies of water, the two bookends of our Truckee River happen to be two of the bluest and most pristine bodies of water around. Lake Tahoe, a lake that needs no introduction, is a quick 40-minute drive away from Reno into our backyard of the Sierra Nevada. Lake Tahoe has it all: hiking, boating, jet skiing, lounging, and the coolest, cleanest, clearest water you have ever experienced. If you have never been, you should definitely make it a point to take a lake day here. However, don’t be afraid to go the opposite direction and visit the Truckee River’s end, Pyramid Lake. A terminal desert lake first mapped by John C. Fremont, Pyramid Lake is a local favorite and probably one of the most underrated lakes in the country. Just 40 minutes north of Reno, this could even be a camping stop on your way to the playa. Just remember: it is on tribal land, so respect the tribe and their boundaries.
- Search for patios
A simple game but a great way to support local businesses and enjoy the outdoors—where is the best patio in Reno? You tell us! Summer time is the perfect time to sit and sip and laugh and eat with friends in the high desert sunshine, and it’s probably good practice for all the heckling you’ll be doing on the playa with your friends and neighbors. For starters, check out Sierra Tap House, Pignic Pub & Patio, Stonehouse and 10 Torr Distilling and Brewing. The rest, adventurers, is up to you.
THINGS TO DO INSIDE
- Spa day/hotel pools
- Looking for ways to relax without the hassle of driving to the lake? Reno is full of several amazing indoor pools and spas that cater to your every need. Order poolside food service, get a massage and a facial, go for a swim, and steam or soak your playa woes away. Check out the hotels you’re staying at first for the best deals. Most hotels will give you free access to pool and spa areas if you’re a guest of the hotel, and even have deals for guests of the hotel to book services as well. If you’re a local looking to get away without getting away, almost every hotel in the city has a local deal with your ID. Don’t sleep on this!
We gather you’ll do most of your shopping pre-event, but even if you are looking to shop for things that are unrelated to TTiTD, or afterward, Reno offers some amazing stores specializing in local art as well as local clothing, both new and second hand, often catered specifically to the playa culture. A staple is always Junkee, a locally owned consignment clothing, costume, and antique store. The Junkee staff is well versed in helping you design the best looks for playa nights, photo shoots, or dance parties while you snag some vintage art from the antique store side. Also check out Culture and Bad Apple Vintage for more funky threads and specialty costume pieces, both locally owned and operated.
- Nevada Museum of Art / Museums
Nevada’s only fine art museum makes its home in Reno, and in true Nevada fashion, has its own twist on the collections it houses permanently and the exhibits they showcase temporarily. The museum houses four permanent collections that are categorized by theme rather than historical or stylistic influence. Catch the traditional First Thursday party every month for drinks, live music, and lovely socializing. Chow down at the museum’s restaurant, Chez Louie, every Sunday for a musical brunch, and partake in guided tours, education nights, gallery openings, or just a lazy Sunday stroll through the gallery solo. No matter what way you experience it, it is a must see for indoor activities in the greater Reno/Tahoe area!
- National Auto Museum is located right on the river and features many amazing cars from the dawn the automobile, even art cars!
- If you have some youngins, the Discovery Museum is a great place to take your kids to let them roam and learn, and it’s fun for parents too! (Check out the donut place next door)
XOXO PLAYAFUR GODDESS69