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Nine bars where you'll never be bored

click to enlarge Fifteen pool tables are open for play at the Black Diamond. - JEFF FERGUSON
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  • Fifteen pool tables are open for play at the Black Diamond.

Black Diamond For pool lovers, the Diamond is the place to be. Along with the pool leagues and tournaments, there's also darts and shuffleboard at this family-owned bar. Sip on one of the 33 beers on tap or snack on Loaded Kickers — a mountain of tater tots covered in nacho fixings — in between games. 9614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 891-8357

Checkerboard Bar This little bar is so well-loved by Spokane, Bennidito's named a local brew after it — Checkerboard Pale Ale. This spot has a pool table, two pinball machines and a whole assortment of other games, including chess, checkers and dominoes, to play with a partner at the bar rail or outside in a covered seating area. 1716 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-4007

Fast Eddie's On the edge of the University District, Fast Eddie's is a weekend favorite for the bar-hopping crowd. Come to spin the wheel on your birthday, or if you prefer to play games rather than passively watch sports, belly up to the pool or foosball tables and dump your quarters into the Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter arcade games. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 455-8752

Hillyard Library Sports Bar & Barbershop Most libraries are full of books, but the Hillyard Library is full of games not even found inside most bars. Choose between virtual golf, darts or foosball inside, or play a round of giant Jenga, beer pong or cornhole while catching a live musician out on the back patio. And if you've been feeling like it's time for a trim, you can even get a haircut while you're there. 2936 E. Olympic Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 475-2500

Litz's Bar & Grill Litz's boasts Spokane's biggest outdoor bar and beer garden, including a sand volleyball court. And if it's raining, Litz's still has plenty of entertainment inside to keep you occupied. It opens early on Sunday to serve its famous "Hangover Bowl" of hashbrowns, scrambled eggs and a whole lot of grease, along with free pool and shuffleboard all day Sundays. There's also karaoke, trivia and plenty of pull tabs. 204 E. Ermina Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 327-7092

My Office You would always look forward to work if it had pool and darts like My Office. This spot has been entertaining the people of Pullman for more than 50 years, with no plans to stop. Catch a game on one of the 16 TVs or play games late into the night while still keeping up your energy, with the full food menu available until midnight and a limited menu after that. 215 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 334-1202

Paddy's Sports Bar Rows of pool tables and ample room to set up a shot make Paddy's the best venue in Coeur d'Alene if you're looking to play a serious game and split a pitcher without the fiasco of the bar scene. Nights are usually chill, and there's always someone to challenge to a game of pool if you're bored, lonely or feeling lucky. 601 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-765-0701

Rick's Ringside Pub Rick's is to the Garland District what the Elk is to Browne's Addition: casual and smack-dab in the middle of the neighborhood. It's a classy dive with four pool tables, ping-pong and food that compares to the big daddy of Spokane bar food, the Swinging Doors. 921 W. Garland Ave. , Spokane, Wash. • 324-9718

Sullivan Scoreboard Sports Bar & Grill When the weather's nice, there's no place like Scoreboard's patio in the Valley. Listen to the tunes of live musicians on weekend nights while playing volleyball on one of the sand courts, a couple of rounds in the horseshoe pit or a game of beer pong to reconnect with your inner college kid. 205 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 891-0880

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