About Us

Our Story

Starting off as a dream, Karen Walsh had always wanted to own a wine bar. She spent years researching the perfect venue. Being a local, she always envisioned having her wine bar right on the water’s edge. With Lake Tahoe as a backdrop, it’s the perfect complement to wine tasting and good eats. She even had a name —a name that stuck with her from when her mother won a contest to name a new local ice cream store in her hometown: The Idle Hour.

After years of patiently waiting, The Idle Hour became a reality when our current location became available. At the time, it was just an office building with a view. Slowly, office by office, she began creating an oasis away from the busy downtown. Five years and counting, Karen and her wonderful staff strive to create an unforgettable experience for locals and first-time visitors.

Relaxed Atmosphere

Take refuge in our wine and bubbly bar and away from the crowds.

Hand-crafted Decor

In total 3000 sq ft mix of styles and designs.

A Cozy Place

Feel at home and find your atmosphere.

Unwind Reconnect

Join friends and enjoy our amazing wine selection and amazing views.

Rob the Chef

Chef Idle Hour



Events Manager Idle Hour & Tahoe Cruises



The Marketing Guy



Manager Idle Hour


Weddings & Group Events

We Do Private Parties

The Idle Hour is a South Lake Tahoe event venue spanning two interior levels with a spacious, panoramic deck that sits directly above the sparkling blue water of Lake Tahoe.

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Email: Chef@theidlehourlaketahoe.com/

Or Call Us 530-600-3304