Dozens of glasses dangle by their handles from the humongous mug rack over Jones Radiator's bar, hinting at the pub's commitment to good drinks, classic cocktails, and current trends. These robust cups receive pours of stouts, IPAs, and lagers from the 25 taps of craft beer below, whereas bartenders mix cocktails with sprits such as rum and habanero tequila. In the kitchen, cooks prepare starter plates of pulled pork tacos and serve them street-style on corn tortillas and speckled with cilantro and onions. An array of flat breads–including chicken pesto, rosemary and mushrooms, and sausage and peppers–arrive at tables with an air of aromatic smoothness while classic french dip and gyros sandwiches provide classic satisfaction. Edibles act as only one draw to the venue, however. The staff welcomes live bands of all genres, from jazz to rock to bluegrass, and schedules themed movie nights.
Founded by lifelong Spokanites, Poole's Public House fosters a sense of community for locals from across the cultural spectrum. Throughout the week, special events cast a mass appeal with unplugged jam sessions for musicians on Tuesdays and drink specials for golfers who've just finished their rounds. For everyone else, the bar features 18 brews on tap and more than 30 flavors of bottled beer as well as hand-picked wines and spirits.
Even with the pub's distinct Spokane flavors, the menu leap-frogs between America and the British Isles. Along with Angus beef steaks, fish tacos, and 100% Angus burgers, diners enjoy transatlantic favorites such as bangers and mash and Brit-style corned beef hash. And since co-owner Scott is a University of Montana Alum, the pub pays homage to the Big Sky State with lots of Grizzlies memorabilia on the walls and broadcasts of UM games on the HDTVs.
The Pacific Ave Pizza dining room overflows with comic book memorabilia such as vintage lunch boxes, superhero posters, and individual issues of popular comics placed on tables. Captain America keeps watch over skilled pizza makers as they craft more than 20 specialty pizzas in thin crust, deep-dish, and vegan and gluten-free varieties. Diners can sip microbrews before biting into warm oven-baked strombolis, crispy fried apps, or the handle of a colorful lunch box depicting Knight Rider.
The chefs at The Sidebar & Grill sizzle 6-ounce Angus beef burgers and serve sandwiches beside house-made chips in a relaxed sports bar setting. Diners dive headfirst into the menu's selection of appetizers with an order of orange chicken bites, morsels of boneless chicken basted in sweet and spicy orange sauce and speckled with sesame seeds. David's Parolled pork sandwich nestles a 6-ounce pork medallion with pepper jack cheese and barbecue sauce inside a hoagie, while the Double Jeopardy's corned beef and pastrami on grilled marbled rye must be ordered in the form of a question. Sports fanatics can scarf down baja fish tacos with grilled mahi-mahi while keeping eyes fixed on eight HDTVs, broadcasting adrenaline-pumping athletic action.
Open late every night, The Blue Spark sops patrons with 26 tasty on-tap beers, a collection of cocktails, and delicious bar fare. Stop in for happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and enjoy $3 pints of Spaten Optimator, Samuel Adams, New Castle, and more (pints are normally $3.50–$5). Cheer up your melancholy stomach by snacking on tri-color tortilla chips and salsa (regularly $4.50, $2.50 during happy hour) or untangle a web of lies about your baseball career over a soft stadium pretzel ($3). For cheesier choosers, The Blue Spark offers a double cheese calzone with extra-extra cheese ($8), as well as a pizza stuffed with Italian sausage, pepperoni, onions, and jalapeños ($11). Wine by the glass ($6–$6.50) is available for unparching palates; gargle Red Diamond merlot or Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling for a mouthful of fruity fun.
Founder Jennifer Miley designed The Calm as a wine bar that embodies its name—a place where women can unwind, socialize, and enjoy a glass of merlot. Women can stop by for a quick drink after work, or sign up for a membership and enjoy perks such as complimentary drinks, soothing massages, and community events featuring actresses, authors, and broadcasters.