Pin It
Favorite

Discreet Drinks 

The Blind Buck delivers a laid-back speakeasy vibe at the edge of downtown

click to enlarge The Blind Buck\'s interior features a throwback feel. - JENNIFER DEBARROS
  • Jennifer DeBarros
  • The Blind Buck\'s interior features a throwback feel.

Main Avenue has been targeted for its “hipness” in the past few years, as stores and restaurants continue to flourish in an unlikely pocket of east downtown Spokane. Apparently this trend is growing, as The Blind Buck becomes the latest bar to pop up in this already happening nightlife area.

Like some of its neighbors (Zola, Saranac and Boots, to name a few), The Blind Buck doesn’t skimp on the design elements. At a recent soft opening — the bar opens permanently later this week — guests pointed and checked out all of the quirks and details as if the speakeasy-style drinking establishment was a museum. There are the TVs displaying only black and white, the pennies that make up the bathroom floor, the word “Blind” spelled out in lights in the corner, and of course the eponymous buck on the wall beneath it. You can tell just by looking at the place that a lot of thought and passion went into making the bar just right.

The Blind Buck is easy to miss on the outside, given that it’s opening on a stretch of Division that’s long been vacant after the neighboring Globe bar closed. This may just add to the bar’s speakeasy-like vibe. You might even feel like you need a password to get in. Once you step inside, an eclectic group of people make up the crowd, from college kids to local hipsters. The easygoing music (think Foster the People and Passion Pit) makes the bar a place where you might actually be able to meet and get to know someone — like the bartenders, also co-owners, who are more than willing to tell customers their stories. One, James Fountain, was a professional snowboarder before he helped open the bar.

With its classy, trendy atmosphere, you’d think The Blind Buck’s prices would match the décor, but they don’t. Specialty drinks, which on opening night included Mules served in Mason jars and mint juleps, are $6. Well drinks are just $3. All go great with the Goldfish they use as bar snacks. 

The Blind Buck • 204 N. Division St. • 290-6229 • theblindbuck.com

Related Locations

  • Pin It

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Tasty Connections
  • Tasty Connections

    Growing community through the Inland Northwest Food Network
    • Jul 1, 2015
  • Second Helping
  • Second Helping

    The folks from Manito Tap House go refined with the Blackbird
    • Jul 1, 2015
  • Moving and Shaking
  • Moving and Shaking

    Some changes in the restaurant scene near Gonzaga
    • Jul 1, 2015
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu
Coeur d'Alene Fourth of July Celebration

Coeur d'Alene Fourth of July Celebration @ Downtown Coeur d'Alene

Sat., July 4

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Anna Clausen

Most Commented On

  • Sea Change

    Williams Seafood Market adds options for customers fishing for a quick bite
    • Jun 24, 2015
  • Games and Grub

    A new, board-game-themed café offers all-ages fun, snacks and a place to recruit extra players for any game
    • Jun 10, 2015
  • More »

© 2015 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation