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“Go back in time with the Ponderosa Saloon!”
Review of Ponderosa Saloon

Ponderosa Saloon
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Albany, CA
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Go back in time with the Ponderosa Saloon!”
Reviewed 4 September 2012

Great service, cold beer, awesome, nostalgic atmosphere, and historic artifacts and mine shaft! They have reasonable prices on snacks and drinks, a pool table and live music for entertainment, an old bank vault with historic photos an info., and overall a great historic feel as if you are back in the Old West! Well worth the stop, especially if you love Old West history and you are a fan of Bonanza!

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English first
Richmond, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An interesting visit to the mine”
Reviewed 20 August 2012

The mine is located at the back of the Ponderosa Saloon in Virginia City. The tours run approx every half hour and last about 20 minutes. The tour guide was humorous and, when he realise that my husband and I are English, offered to convert all of the measurements into kilos for us!

The cool if the mine was a lovely break from the oppressive heat of the day.

We stopped for a drink in saloon afterwards. Overall, a pleasant experience.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank HorseyGirlie
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Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“educational mine tour”
Reviewed 31 December 2011

The mine tour is led from the back of the Ponderosa Saloon....the tour guide was very informative telling us of the history of the mine and the area as he led us through some mine tunnels. An educational and enjoyable experience!

Visited December 2011
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1 Thank Lucy M
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Edmonton
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Neat bit of history”
Reviewed 12 November 2011

It was like visiting the Pondorosa. The names and places brought back memories of watching Ben and his son's Sunday night on Bonanza. Nostalgia personified!

Visited September 2011
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1 Thank sparkytoo
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Portland, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A relaxing, interesting historic saloon with Pondo Drool Pale Ale!”
Reviewed 23 August 2009

The Ponderosa Saloon was the highlight of our trip to Virginia City! We spent an entire day wandering Virginia City, and stopped at the Ponderosa Saloon to cool off and have a glass off "Pondo Drool Pale Ale", a speciality beer created by the owner in honor of his gorgeous Saint Bernard dog. The Saloon itself is an interesting old historic building, with original bank safe, wooden bar with brass rails, and wooden floor. The atmosphere was low-keyed, welcoming, relaxing, and comfortable; the staff were friendly and responsive. Big fans cooled the room, and we felt that we had stepped back in time - we could imagine relaxing there after a hard day's work in the mines. To our delight, the Saloon's mascot, Pondo the St. Bernard, arrived and promptly greeted every customer! She is a beautiful, affectionate puppy (6 months old in Summer 2009). We played with her a bit, then took the mine tour. The tour guide (who looked like Santa Claus!) was well educated, informative, and funny. The tour takes visitors back into an old mine, where you can see how the miners spent most of their days, in dark, dusty tunnels. It wasn't a long tour, but was just the right amount of time to experience the mines. All in all, a great experience, and the best part of our day in Virginia City. We highly recommend Virginia City for a true "Wild West" town experience, and the Ponderosa Saloon for a pleasant, historic atmosphere, nice staff, Pondo, and the Pondo Drool Pale Ale!

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