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“Neat bit of history”
Review of Ponderosa Saloon

Ponderosa Saloon
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Reviewed November 12, 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!

1  Thank sparkytoo
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Reviewed August 23, 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!

3  Thank WanderingWilsons
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Reviewed May 5, 2006

Date Visited: May 3, 2006
We went on the mine tour which is located at the Ponderosa Saloon. Don't waste your money or your time!!! The tour guide was hard to hear and to understand and he spoke in a monotone voice. Of all the tours I have ever been on this was the worst! It was so bad we had a good laugh after. Cost was $4.50 each!! :) Lasted approx. 15 minutes.

6  Thank HattieS
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