Where should you go if you’re starting early or want to combine a couple appetizers for dinner? Then there’s style to consider. Around our region you’ll find casual watering holes, classy hotel lounges and everything in-between. Then there’s the curious Spokane trend of teensy-weensy drinking establishments. The following is an eclectic mix of some of our area’s offerings.

Mini Bars (not the in-room, hotel type)

Baby Bar
827 W. 1st Ave (Downtown Spokane)
Low on capacity, high on service. This tiny, well… “baby-sized” bar is located on the corner of 1st and Lincoln across from the Davenport Hotel. The bar is actually nestled behind Neato Burrito and has very limited seating with no plans of expanding. What’s big here is the fresh squeezed juice for some of the best-made cocktails around. Baby Bar also is a strong contender for the best jukebox. This place is quirky in the hippest way.
*Happiest Hours are Monday through Friday 5-7:30 p.m. $1 PBR and $4 wells.

BON BON
926 W. Garland Ave (Garland District – North Spokane)
This small bar is like a concession stand for adults and is located just off the lobby entrance to the historic Garland Theater. Retro styled with well-crafted classic cocktails and awesome rotating micros on tap. Intimate yes, but still welcoming to those who aren’t yet regulars.
*Happiest Hours are Monday through Thursday 4-7 p.m., and all day Saturday. $5 Signature cocktails, $3 drafts.

El Que
141 Cannon St (Browne’s Addition – West Downtown)
A taco truck-sized bar west of downtown in historic Browne’s Addition. Expect street style tacos and other hand-held foods, remarkable guacamole, Mexican beer and an impressive lineup of house infused tequilas.
*Happiest Hours are non-traditional, such as Monday $2 Modelo, $5 Bloody Marias (yes, that’s correct, Marias) on Sundays, and other random daily specials.

Classy Hotel Lounges

Safari Room Fresh Grill & Bar at the Davenport Tower
10 S. Post St (Downtown Spokane)
Welcome to the elegant jungle complete with exotic zebra-print furniture, carved elephant busts and a full size fiberglass tiger watching over the bar. Complimentary valet parking for all guests with a minimum $10 purchase. Half-off HH is awesome and you can sweeten the adventure with mini shot-glass desserts that run just $2 each.
*Happiest Hours are 4-6 p.m. daily. 1/2 off flat bread and 1/2 off all wine and beer.

Lakeview Lounge at the Coeur d’Alene Resort
115 S. 2nd Ave (Downtown Coeur d’Alene)
This waterfront lounge has a cool vibe and an expansive lake view. You’ll find this plush bar on the seventh floor of the lavish Coeur d’Alene Resort. Expect new twists on classic martinis, creative food options and access to Beverly’s 30,000-bottle wine collection. There’s live jazz guitar on Tuesdays that pairs well with the non-stop lake views.
*Happiest Hours: Daily from 4-6 p.m. $3 off all wine pours, $3 off all house specialty drinks and $1 off bottled beers plus food specials, starting at $3 for house-made chips to $8 for a lobster corndog with several options in-between.

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops at the Double Tree Inn
322 N. Spokane Falls Ct. (Downtown Spokane, near the Convention Center)
It is here where our area’s movers and shakers gather. Spencer’s is the ideal place for an impressive power lunch or an elegant carnivore dinner. Definitely an establishment where you splurge, but the Happy Hour in the in-restaurant lounge is a delicious option with a substantial 1/2-price offer.
*Happiest Hours: 4-6 p.m. daily in the Lounge. 1/2 off entire the bar menu, which includes some outstanding and creative food items.

Hip & Causal

ZOLA
22 W. Main St. (Downtown Spokane)
Crazy cheap happy hour in a historical building with retro-industrial decor. The urban salvaged look is complete with vintage tilt-a-whirl booths and license plate paneling. The steady stream of live music adds to the ambiance and makes it hard to leave.
*Happiest Hours: Monday through Saturday, from 3-6 p.m. and all day Sunday. $5 tapas style menu, $3 wells and $1 select drafts.

Butcher Bar
404 W. Main (Downtown Spokane)
Tucked in-between Santé and Auntie’s Bookstore in the historic Liberty Building, Butcher Bar specializes in the classics with creative license and local flavor influences. This is Sante’s casual bar offering that’s walk-in friendly with the same quality and attention to detail you’ve come to expect from Chef Jeremy and Kate Hanson. This intimate bar could also be considered a “Mini Bar” due to its limited capacity.
*Happiest Hours: 3-5 p.m. daily, which they’ve dubbed “social hour,” features 1/2-price hand-crafted cocktails.

Moon Time
1602 E. Sherman #116 (Downtown Coeur d’Alene)
This is the Idaho sister of Spokan’e Elk. Expect a casually cool pub house-atmosphere with grubbing good food and rotating taps.
* Happiest Hours: $1 pints on Thursdays from 9 p.m. until the keg blows. Weekly hearty food specials are consistently posted on their Facebook page.




As published in Spokane Coeur d'Alene magazine March 2015 issue