Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Bar of America, Downtown Truckee

Posted on June 29, 2016
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Hot Spots

You’ve lived here how long, and haven’t had a drink yet?

Located at the corner of Truckee and Truckee, you know what I mean, the Bar of America is where the local’s hang out, a classic watering hole since the early 1900s.

The Bar of America is located in downtown Truckee on the corner of Bridge St. and Donner Pass Rd. You know, at the corner of Truckee and Truckee.

Just look for the locals.

The building where the Bar of America is located has had many faces throughout the years. Prior to 1891, early photos show a stove and tin-ware shop at this location where the Bar of America stands today. Following a fire in 1891, a four-story Victorian hotel was built on the Bar of America site. Since then it has been the California Restaurant owned by Antone Mahne and Joseph Filipic, the California Restaurant later owned by the Bretthauers, and Essie Polyanch’s Restaurant. Eventually, it became the downtown Truckee bus station and yes, even a Bank of America. In 1974 Jack Leonesio leased the building and opened the Bar of America. For three decades now, the Bar of America has been recognized as the iconic watering hole in historic downtown Truckee.

When Ed and Robyn purchased the space for Pacific Crest Grill, the adjacent Truckee restaurant, they also negotiated the option to purchase the adjoining bar, the Bar of America, and in two years they did just that. In 1999, Ed and Robyn revitalized the Tahoe bar and created a casual, fun atmosphere catering more to locals and providing a perfect alternative and compliment to the white table cloth dining in the adjacent Pacific Crest Grill.

In March 2012, Tom and Maurine Turner (and partners) acquired Bar of America & Pacific Crest Grill and will continue to operate the popular bar and restaurant as Bar of America. Bar of America becomes part of the family that includes Gar Woods Grill & Pier, Riva Grill on the Lake, and Caliente Southwest South.

Synonymous with great live music, good food and plenty of free-flowing libations, the Bar of America has been a happy hour hangout and weekend watering hole for locals and visitors alike.

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