What was once the boiler room at the historical Montvale Hotel has turned into the Catacombs Pub, a European-style pub situated inside the building's cellar. The hotel, which is listed on the Spokane and National Registers of Historic Places, has served as everything from a hardware store to a bordello.
Today in this underground pub, a brick oven fires up made-from-scratch pizzas in the spot where coal was once shoved into the boiler. The original coal chute has been transformed into a cave-like seating area where servers deliver irish stew, bratwursts, European beers, and specialty cocktails. The pub's brick hearth and exposed stone walls, modeled after German and Viennese pubs, contribute to the its Old-World feel, along with 2,800-pound solid oak beams, which weigh as much as King Midas's cell phone.
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.
Though watching a movie in a cinema has its charms, watching the same movie against a backdrop of trees and mountains ignites all the senses. This is what Epic Events aims to do through its outdoor productions and inflatable movie screen rentals. Throughout the Pacific Northwest, the event company sets up sprawling screens in parks, on college campuses, and atop roofs. From there, moviegoers can take in classic and modern films as they stretch out beneath the stars and whisper their favorite lines to cinema-loving squirrels.
Originally known as the Clemmer Theatre, the Bing Crosby Theater was opened in 1915, riding the first wave of movie palaces. A unique acoustic shell with thousands of lights hang over the stage, complementing the auditorium's atmosphere of old-timey elegance and Illuminating the night sky for attendees who flew in on their old-timey blimps.
Nine ounces of slow-roasted pastrami, melted swiss cheese, and housemade thousand island dressing, all held together between slices of freshly baked marble rye. When diners reach the reuben on Stir's menu, they instantly know it's amazing—either because of its description or because the restaurant— recently under new ownership and management— made sure to include "AMAZING" as part of that description. The sandwich stands out on a menu of upscale gastropub food that also features five different handcrafted gourmet burgers, each of which takes on the tasty identity of a particular city or region and comes with a birth certificate to prove it. Colorful mojitos, martinis, and specialty drinks—including domestic, imported, and locally crafted brews such as No-Li—wash down bites.