By Inlander Staff. Then we tackled as many other dives, lounges and distilleries as our wallets and livers could afford. Naturally, we probably missed your favorite place. And we totally short-changed a couple of neighborhoods. But we will live to drink — and report back — another day.
Until then, hoist a glass to those who keep us all in the suds. Cheers — Joel Smith, Section Editor. Sprague Forget the Casbah — the A Club is all about class.
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Made up of a ballroom, a pool room and a smaller space where live jazz is performed on Wednesdaysthis is a stylish t. Sprague Across the street from the swanky Davenport Hotel, this bistro is appropriately fancy — with big windows, high ceilings, modern, funky overhead lighting, glowing fish tanks and candles lining the bar. First Ave.
Or simply hang out for a while. Lincoln St. But the whole point here is to sit by the window and stare down at the raging falls below. Nothing finer. Spokane Falls Blvd. Snack on quesadillas while you sip a specialty margarita.
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Post St. Howard St. Catch trivia on Tuesdays and live music on the weekends. Monroe St. Spokane Falls Ct. Try a beer or two from their own Big Horn Brewery. Cannon St. Cosmo the first drinks of your night out. Order a pizza to share and a couple of frosty mugs. The federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund is a vital safety net for some local restaurant and bar owners. Third Ave. Everyone, it turned out, was in the lounge, which was dark and sagging from years of abuse not unlike the clientele. One hard drinker sitting at the bar hung his head the whole time, apparently asleep, and the friendly bartender removed his glass without disturbing him.
Catch cheap margaritas and draft beer during happy hour.
Take a peek before you go in if you want a guaranteed fist-pumping night. Main Ave. They specialize in tequilas including an inventive assortment of infusions and taco-truck type food. Pacific Ave. Washington St. It was a lateral move, musically, but an upgrade in terms of their kitchen and bar.
Wall St. Riverside Ave. Instead, try a Sex on the Piano. Division Order a beer and get first-rate bar food in this stained-wood-and-brass bar. Broadway Ave. Its bar — with its Formica counter and typo-riddled menu Captian Morgan? It has plenty of seating and pool tables along with club nights on Friday and Saturday. Bernard St. It smells terrific. But while it boasts almost 40 Italian wines, its cocktail menu is a bore. Stock the bar with Italian rarities — Fernet-Branca, Aperol, Cynar — and mix modern drinks with Roman ingenuity, and this could be one of the hipper bars in town.
Sprague Talk about a lot of liquor. This gin t has everything, plus plenty of seating. Sprague Woe to anyone who walks away from the Lamp Post because they only accept cash. Fourth Ave. It all adds up to possibly the best dive in Spokane. Plan a visit for this reason alone.
Try a popular Love Martini, made with peach schnapps, Malibu rum and cranberry juice, with your fondues. MIXX W. Plus, the bouncers let you in the concert hall from here before they do the losers waiting in the hallway. Get first dibs on the good seats. Sprague Ave. It was dead and closing when we arrived at 9 pm on a Friday, but the space itself was surprisingly chic, with a huge wood bar-back, plush booths, a backgammon tabletop and 10 or so inexpensive cocktails.
North River Dr. Since opening last fall, this modern, unassuming downtown pub has seemed to pack the house with tourists, businesspeople, lawyers and the like. Beer aficionados bemoan the draft selection — which, while it includes 20 rotating tabs, lacks many surprises. But if you want a fried pickle, this is your place.
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RAIN W. Bathed in blue light and offering up clams, mussels and frog legs, it prides itself on being all wet. Dive into their house Rain Drop. The bar is a quick alternative.
Division St. We had two — and had a really fun time. When I was there, a homeless dude told me where I could get my teeth cleaned for free. Sprague The Satellite serves up late-night food, strong coffee and eggs to order. Not a huge drinking destination, but a good place to scarf and slurp before a movie upstairs.
Down a Shogun Special a combination of vodka, gin, rum, pineapple and orange juices and grenadine before dinner. Their Greek martini is loaded with veggies and deliciously savory. Lemon Drop lovers will not be disappointed, either. Sunset Blvd. Fifth Ave. Sorry, though, no hard alcohol. UNO W. Sprague The riff-raff stays out of this part of the now-closed Ridpath Hotel.
Second Ave. ZOLA 22 W. This place is nicely appointed, with most of the decor made from salvaged items, including the tilt-a-whirl booths. The Holy Grail Looking for the perfect mixed drink in the Spokane area. Dive Bars The best, worst taverns around.