Genoa Bar among Silver State's iconic watering holes

The Genoa Bar was behind the snowy landscaping on Dec. 11, 2022 after 7 inches of snow fell in Nevada's Oldest Town.

The Genoa Bar was behind the snowy landscaping on Dec. 11, 2022 after 7 inches of snow fell in Nevada's Oldest Town.
Photo by Kurt Hildebrand.

Nevada’s oldest thirst parlor tops the list of iconic watering holes as part of Travel Nevada’s Sagebrush Saloon Passport.

The Genoa Bar & Saloon, which is definitely the oldest bar in the Silver State, leads the list that includes locations from Jiggs to Goodsprings.

"With the Sagebrush Saloon Passport, travelers can belly up to the bar at some of the most treasured saloons in Nevada,” said Travel Nevada’s Chief Marketing Officer Caroline Sexton. "It's an invitation to get a little out there and soak in the ambiance of these historic establishments and the wild-at-heart spirit of the Silver State."

Crafted for a wide range of visitors including history buffs, Wild West enthusiasts, libation lovers, and adventurers simply seeking authentic experiences, the Sagebrush Saloon Passport is a digital exploration of the Silver State's iconic saloons and thirst parlors.

The complimentary passport allows guests to digitally check in at nearly 30 featured saloons statewide while earning points towards exclusive Travel Nevada swag to commemorate their journey through the heart of Nevada. Visitors can complete check-ins at their own pace, allowing for a personalized exploration of Nevada's historic saloons. 

A sampling of the watering holes include:

• Pioneer Saloon —The oldest bar in southern Nevada is the Pioneer Saloon in historic Goodsprings. The only thing better than the drinks is the unbelievable amount of history visitors will find.

• Jiggs Bar — About an hour south of Elko, Jiggs has a fascinating and extensive history. Today, all that remains is a good old-fashioned, rough-and-tumble saloon — a place worth checking out.

• Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon — The Silver State's oldest hotel, the Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon, is just down the road from Virginia City. Founded in 1859, the historic saloon is the perfect place to grab a drink after exploring one of the West's most famous boomtowns.

• Eureka Owl Club — Any drive along the Loneliest Road in America (Highway 50) requires a stop at the Owl Club. The full-service bar is one of rural Nevada's best haunts.

• Santa Fe Motel & Saloon — One of Nevada's longest continually operating businesses, visitors can swing a leg over a barstool just as patrons have been doing since 1905 in Goldfield.

• Odeon Saloon — The Odeon Saloon in Dayton originally opened in 1863 and retains its Wild West charms. Previous saloon visitors include Mark Twain and Marilyn Monroe.

To download the Sagebrush Saloon Passport, visit and click on Sagebrush Saloon Passport.


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