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click to enlarge The Blue Lagoon Martini begs to be drank at Liquid. - YOUNG KWAK
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315 Martini Bar & Tapas With the food and drinks of a fine dining restaurant but a more relaxed feel, this hand-crafted martini bar has small plates and entrée menus long enough to encourage you to try something new every time you stop in. The classic cocktails are reliable favorites, but your huckleberry cravings can easily be satisfied by one of the seasonal sippers. 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho • 208-667-9660"

Bistango Lounge Try not to gape for too long when you see Bistango's selection of more than 200 liquors, wines and bottled beers and ales, all softly backlit by the bar. Pair your drink with a selection from the lounge's dinner menu and a show from a local musician, and you've got yourself one classy night out. Bistango also houses an extensive wine collection, much of which you can buy at wholesale prices to take home. 108 N. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-8464

Grand Terrace Bar When the weather's nice, grab a drink at the open-air bar at the luxurious Davenport Grand Hotel. Enjoy an app, a cocktail or glass of wine or beer and drink in views of Riverfront Park. Cozy up to one of fire pits if you get chilly. The Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 598-4200

Liquid Twenty-four seats at the bar offer video bar-top games to play while drinking one of the seven signature martinis. Sit atop a tall seat slowly sipping on a cocktail, pint or glass of wine and end your night on a relaxed, though classy, note. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

The Oval Office The counterpart to the White House Grill, the Oval Office is home to around 20 presidential-themed martinis. If you're looking to satisfy a serious sweet tooth, try the U.S. Mint, an oh-so-sweet blend of Godiva white chocolate, vanilla vodka and creme de menthe, just $5.50 during happy hour. 620 N. Spokane St. , Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-2102

Peacock Room Lounge It doesn't get any fancier than drinking award-winning double martinis and classic cocktails crafted with fresh-squeezed juices, herbs, and botanicals under a 5,000-piece stained-glass-ceiling. For a classy night of people watching, pair your martini with something from the tasty dinner menu, and try to spot the visiting celebrities who frequent the lounge. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 455-8888

Rain Lounge Soak in the ease of spending time in the dimly lit, calm atmosphere for a relaxing night or a mellow place to have a catch-up over a drink before heading elsewhere. If you're hungry, the quality dishes on Scratch's dinner menu can be brought over from next door. Don't miss out on the late night and happy hour menus. 1007 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-5656

Safari Room  You may stumble upon a cheetah or zebra on a safari, but in Spokane, the Safari Room is home to fresh cocktails and dishes. Beyond the stunning décor, tourists and locals alike flock to the heart of downtown for its flatbreads and house-smoked BBQ, not to mention stellar happy hour and late-night drink specials.  The Davenport Tower, 111 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 789-6800

Sapphire Lounge The drinks and bites from this jewel in the Hotel Ruby may be easy on the wallet ($3 draft beers, $4 premium wells, $5 house wines and $7 signature sips), but the lounge doesn't skimp on taste or class; a glass bubble chandelier spills luminous orbs from the ceiling and a mosaic of stained glass cutouts illuminates the bar. Might we suggest the Honeyed Elder? Hotel Ruby, 901 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-1041

Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar With 36 signature martinis, there really is something for everyone at Twigs. From the classic Twigs Martini to the classy High Roller, to more imaginative drinks like the Jalapeño Cilantro Margaratini, Twigs has it covered. There are six locations in Washington and more throughout the Northwest, so there are plenty of opportunities to try one of the 36 yourself. 4320 S. Regal St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-8000 | 808 W. Main Ave., River Park Square, , Wash. • 232-3376 | 401 E. Farwell Rd., , Wash. • 465-8794 | 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley Mall, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 290-5636

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