For the next time you 1) wanna know what summer actually feels like, and 2) wanna day drink your ass off, Zipcar your way over to Lake Tahoe and park it at one of these: Tahoe's 16 lakefront bars.

(FYI: a bunch of these spots are seasonal, so do your due diligence and make sure they’re open, otherwise you’ll pull your boat up to the pier and there won’t be anyone there to valet it for you -- and that’s no way to live life.)

Boathouse on the Pier

The Boathouse on the Pier at the Beach Retreat & Lodge

South Lake Tahoe
Paddle your kayak to the beach and then enjoy afternoon cocktails (try its signature Mango Mai Tai) at a picnic table on the longest (1,000ft!) pier in Tahoe.

Camp Richardson Historic Resort & Marina

The Beacon at Camp Richardson Resort

South Lake Tahoe
Camp Richardson is a lakeside resort in South Lake with a beachside bar and grill. Take a water taxi or pull your boat up in its marina, then order its famous Rum Runner while you enjoy live music on the deck from 1-5pm on almost every day throughout summer.

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Chambers Landing Bar & Restaurant

One of the best places to drink in North Lake, period, Chambers is also the oldest bar in Tahoe, even though it always has the youngest (and rowdiest) crowd. There’s a pier and moorings for easy boat docking. Just go easy on the Chambers Punch if you’re captain for the day ‘cause that stuff is no joke.

Dockside 700 Lakefront Grill

Dockside 700 Lakefront Grill & Brewery

Tahoe City
You can bring your dog if you’re planning to sit on the lawn at this low-key grill that’s located near the Tahoe City Marina. The covered porch has stunning views of the lake that look even better when you’re enjoying tri-tip and ribs fresh off the grill, plus a cold beer (or something from the full bar).

The Fresh Ketch at Tahoe Keys Marina

South Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Keys Marina has 20 guest boat slips, so pull right up from the water and enjoy one of its Beach Runners on the waterfront lawn patio.

Gar Woods Lake Tahoe

Gar Woods Grill & Pier

Carnelian Bay
Park your dingy at the public pier (or nearby moorings) and then get a seat on Gar Woods’ very popular waterfront deck. The food isn’t cheap (fish tacos will run ya $18), but drinking a Wet Woody at one of North Lake's best damn places to drink should be on your boozy bucket list, so suck it up (literally) and just enjoy the day, checking account be damned.

Hacienda Del Lago

Hacienda Del Lago

Tahoe City
To get to Hacienda, you have to walk into the Boatworks Mall and up the stairs. But once you’re sitting outside on the deck taking in the view of the lake and sipping reasonablypriced margaritas, you’ll totally forget you’re in a weird mountain town shopping center. Park your boat at the Tahoe City Marina if you didn’t car/bike/walk/Razor scooter over.

Jake's on the Lake

Jake’s On The Lake

Tahoe City
You’ll probably have to order food if you want to enjoy the marina views from Jake’s deck, but there’s a full bar inside and they’ll happily let you take your drinks outside to enjoy on the waterfront lawn. Dock your boat at the Tahoe City Marina. It’s just a short walk.

Lakeside Beach House BBQ

Lakeside Beach House

South Lake Tahoe
This BBQ joint is located right on Lakeside Beach (within walking distance of Heavenly Village) and overlooks the lake. It doesn’t serve liquor, but its beer menu ain’t too shabby and with a view like that, you really don’t need the hard stuff to be happy. Pro tip: get the Pickle Fries.

Moe's Original BBQ - Tahoe City

Moe's Original Bar B Que

Tahoe City
Located at the end of the Grove Street Pier, Moe’s has outdoor seating and lakefront views from every single table. Plus, it has really good meat. Like, really, really, really good meat, all of which goes really well with the 12 craft beers it has on draft (or a drink from its full bar). Don’t feel like staying off the boat too long? It has ready-to-go boat picnic coolers packed full of ‘cue and more.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

Pier 111 Bar at the Hyatt Regency

Incline Village
Pier 111 Bar is at the end of a 275ft floating dock, so you’re literally suspended over Lake Tahoe while you enjoy cocktails, sunshine, and one of the best views in the world. You can pull right up to the dock and just hand your keys to the valet and you’ll be sipping on a cold one in no time at all.

Riva Grill Lake Tahoe

Riva Grill

South Lake Tahoe
This bar and grill has boat access via the Ski Run Marina, so take a break from the water to enjoy one of its signature margaritas on a large, sunny deck.

Christy Hill

The SandBar at Christy Hill

Tahoe City
In the summer, it’s all about the SandBar at Christy Hill. There’s something a little magical about this spot -- tables are tucked into multi-tiered nooks and surrounded by foliage. But don’t let the romantic vibe fool you, ‘cause the best thing to order is the Sausage Feast ($27) and a reasonably priced (for Tahoe, anyway) beer ($5-$6). Plus, there’s boat access via the Tahoe City Marina, which is just a short walk away.

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge

Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge

West Shore
There’s a reason Sunnyside made our list of Best Bars in California, and that’s because its deck is one our favorite places to kick back in the summer with a Sunnyside Margarita or a Hendrick’s Cucumber Breeze. Plus, it has a guest dock, which is like valet for your (friend's dad's) boat. You’re soooo fancy.


Sunset Bar & Grille

Zephyr Cove
Just steps from the beach, the Sunset Bar & Grille is the perfect place to cool off with a frozen drink. You can also rent a beach chair and umbrella and have a server come directly to you.

West Shore Café and Inn

West Shore Café

The West Shore Café is another one of our summer favorites thanks to the friendly staff, killer martinis, boat valet that ferries you between your boat and the dock, and the fact that you can drink and dine, not just on the deck, but on its private pier. Life is good. Life is really, really good.

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Daisy Barringer a freelance writer who lives in San Francisco, but often wishes she lived in Tahoe. Follow her on Twitter @daisy and tell her where you’d live if you could.

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1. Boathouse on the Pier 3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Tahoe)

Located at the Beach Retreat & Lodge, this outdoor dinning spot offers views of the lake, happy hours, and live music twice a week.

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2. The Beacon Bar & Grill 1900 Jameson Beach Rd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96158

One of Lake Tahoe’s few restaurants on the beach, locals flock here during the summer for their famous Rum Runner. In the winter, come enjoy live music and great American grub like killer mac and cheese.

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3. Chambers Landing Bar 6300 Chambers Lodge Road, Homewood, CA 96142 (Tahoe)

This historic lakefront bar serves a menu dominated by grilled foods like fish, burgers, and steaks. They also host live music on the dock where the tables are located.

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4. Dockside 700 Lakefront Bar & Grill 780 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

A meal at this Tahoe City grille includes lake views from a covered porch or the lawn. If you're into burgers, the dinner burger at Dockside is a full half pound (!!!), and goes well with -- well any drink from their full bar. Plus, weekend nights they do serious BBQ.

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5. The Fresh Ketch 2435 Venice Dr E, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Tahoe)

If you're lucky enough to be on a boat on Lake Tahoe in the first place, you can pull right up and dock at The Fresh Ketch for lunch, dinner, or just some drinks.

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6. Gar Woods Grill & Pier 5000 N Lake Blvd, Carnelian Bay, CA 96140 (Tahoe)

Hang out on the back patio or pull the boat right up to the dock at Gar Woods, but just be careful handling its Rock Hard Woody, which boasts 151, light rum, peach Schnapps, fresh juices, sweet and sour, and two more shots of 151 floating on top. The California-inspired menu includes dishes like pomegranate-glazed pork ribs, an ahi poke stack, and beer-battered coconut prawns.

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7. Hacienda Del Lago 760 N Lake Blvd #30, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

It's a little bit hard to find (you have to walk into the Boatworks Mall and up some stairs), but this Mexican Cantina brings it with well-priced margaritas and classic Mexican dishes like tacos and burritos.

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8. Jake's on the Lake 780 N Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

To hang out on the deck at this award winning restaurant, you'll have to order food. But if you just want to enjoy a drink (or a few), the bar is inside and they welcome people to hang out on their waterfront lawn.

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9. Lakeside Beach House 4081 Lakeshore Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Tahoe)

This spot is truly 'lakeside' and serves tons of BBQ food alongside beer and wine. Our advice? Pickle fires are a good call.

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10. Moe's Original Bar B Que 120 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

Moe's serves killer (like incredible) barbeque at the end of Grove Street Pier. The southern comfort food includes ribs, pulled pork, smoked chicken, and fried catfish. If you're busy enjoying a day on the lake, they do boat coolers full of everything you could need.

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11. Pier 111 Bar Hyatt Regency 111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451 (Tahoe)

This bar is literally almost 300ft out into Lake Tahoe, giving it one of the best views you could hope for. Pull your boat up and let the valet take care of docking it while you grab a drink.

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12. Riva Grill On the Lake 900 Ski Run Blvd Ste 3, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 (Tahoe)

Easy boat access makes this bar & grille a convenient option if you're enjoying a day on the lake. If you have a few of their signature margaritas, then maybe let someone else drive for the afternoon.

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13. The SandBar at Christy Hill 115 Grove St, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

The SandBar is an outdoor patio space at Christy Hill that serves picnic style snacks and plenty of drinks in close proximity to the lake, with incredible views.

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14. Sunnyside Restaurant 1850 W. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

Sunnyside has easily one of the nicest decks in Lake Tahoe, where awesome views of the lake come together with incredible cocktails like margaritas, bloody marys, and mai tais.

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15. Sunset Bar & Grille 760 U.S. 50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448 (Tahoe)

Being walking distance from the beach doesn't just provide nice views: you can rent a beach chair and umbrella from Sunset Bar and the servers will come to you.

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16. West Shore Cafe 5160 W Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141 (Tahoe)

Between the pier and the deck there is no way to not have a good view at West Shore. There is also no way to not have a good martini, if that floats your boat (pun intended).



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