Situated on a bustling corner, Splash beckons passersby inside to watch the game, hit the dance floor, or grab a bite to eat. A self-professed destination for both day and night, Splash's kitchen serves up a menu of bar-friendly appetizers and snacks, such as beer-battered onion rings with ranch for dipping and spinach-artichoke dip served with a toasted baguette. The day-to-day action usually centers around sporting events, which play throughout the bar on 10 high-definition TVs.
Barbecued meats and frosty brews are the main draw at Hot Rods Bar and BBQ, but you could probably guess that from looking at the name. What you wouldn't know without stopping in for dinner, however, is how much fun can be had when the plates are cleared away. A late-night destination no matter the night, Hot Rods pairs saucy ribs and pulled-pork sandwiches with entertainment options that range from live karaoke to beer-pong tournaments.
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.
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.
The Tipsy Muse painting series draws together wine appreciators to create acrylic paintings in the unpretentious environment of the Nectar Tasting Room. The venue aggregates the winemaking talents of five local wineries: Anelare Winery, Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards, Northwest Cellars, Skylite Cellars, and Terra Blanca Winery. Attendees cozy up with glasses of wine from the aforementioned producers inside the 2,000 square-foot space to sip and glean painting tips, such as how to properly speak to their paintbrush, from an experienced instructor.