Pin It
Favorite

Nightlife- Jukeboxes of Note 

by Sheri Boggs


The Baby Bar


827 W. 1st Ave. * 471-1234


I love the Baby Bar for so many reasons -- the intimacy, the bartenders, the d & eacute;cor... But most of all, I love it for its jukebox. This is no hellhole of Sting/Celine Dion adult contemporary; it's a well-chosen smorgasbord of rock (the Pixies, Rolling Stones, the Clash, Reverend Horton Heat, the Violent Femmes), punk (the Sex Pistols, the Cramps), local (the Bucket Riders) and melancholy (the Cowboy Junkies, Leonard Cohen, Natalie Merchant). Other discs of note? The Pogues, Screeching Weasel, Frank Black, the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, Jets to Brazil and Sunny Day Real Estate. Have Patty whip you up a Maker's Mark Manhattan while you settle in for a little Surfer Rosa or maybe some good ol' Depeche Mode.





Far West Billiards


1001 W. First Ave. * 455-3429


Even aside from its jukebox, this is one of our favorite Spokane haunts. Conveniently located just a few blocks from Inlander HQ, Far West has a nice selection of microbrews, a specialty cocktail menu and, oh yes, the best damn fish tacos in town. Throw in some pool tables and the lovely 1930s hunting lodge d & eacute;cor, and you've got yourself a good time. The jukebox is almost always playing, and they have a pleasing selection of good ol' standards like U2, REM, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Tom Petty, Cake, Van Morrison and more.





The Blue Spark


15 S. Howard St. * 838-5787


Arguably one of the best jukeboxes in town, the Blue Spark offers a mouthwatering musical variety hand-picked by the late, great Dan Ellis. There's no way to really describe it without listing some of what we found within its patiently clicking pages. Joy Division. Queens of the Stone Age. Lucinda Williams. Wilco. Iggy Pop. Gary Numan. Tom Jones. George Jones. Radiohead. Los Lobos. Roy Orbison. Pet Shop Boys. Modest Mouse. Portishead. The Ramones. And Cat Stevens, by God. We couldn't help ourselves. Before we knew it, we had thrown in some hard-earned cash and were gleefully rocking out to Modern English and Tom Petty's "American Girl." It just doesn't get any better.





Mootsy's


406 W. Sprague Ave. * 838-1570


OK, maybe Mootsy's has the best jukebox in town. It's getting so we can't pick! We had to wait our turn to step up and seek communion within its mesmerizing white glow, but it was well worth it. Check this out: the White Stripes. Hank Williams. PJ Harvey. John Coltrane. Steve Earle. Elliot Smith. Loretta Lynn (Van Lear Rose, not the old stuff!), the Cure, Built to Spill, the Talking Heads, Louis Armstrong, Interpol. Adam & amp; the Ants, and (this one made us very, very happy) ... Pink Martini. You just can't get too down on this town once you see that in a local jukebox.





David's Pizza


829 E. Boone Ave. * 483-7460


"It only works sometimes." This is how David's jukebox was described to us by one of the employees. Still, we found it working on the day we visited and noted its largely Adult Contemporary canon. It's got Sheryl Crow. Paula Abdul. Clint Black. Robert Palmer. Alannah Myles. And both the Stevies (Nicks and Wonder). It's also got a few curveballs thrown in there -- notably Poison and Ratt (heh, heh... Ratt). Sprinkled throughout you'll also find REM, Dizzy Gillespie, Tom Waits, U2, the Beatles and even a few locals like Sammy Eubanks.





Publication date: 2/03/05

  • Pin It

Latest in News

  • Crash > Click > Cash
  • Crash > Click > Cash

    Lawyers and chiropractors already have your name, your address and the police report from your car accident — and they want you to hire them
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Starting Small
  • Starting Small

    A village of tiny houses in Spokane Valley could serve as a model for fighting homelessness in the region
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • Drastic Action
  • Drastic Action

    Spokane among seven school districts sued by State Superintendent of Public Instruction; plus, trio of police-chief finalists are in town
    • Jul 21, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Art on the Street

Art on the Street @ Spokane Art School

Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Continues through Aug. 27

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Sheri Boggs

  • BOOKS
  • BOOKS

    From puppies to a new James Bond adventure, there are tons of great reads this season
    • Dec 3, 2015
  • Beer and Branding in PDX

    • Sep 15, 2005
  • Nightlife- Bands to Watch

    Gorilla and Rabbit Aside from the fact that you can't help but watch Gorilla and Rabbit, you really should keep an eye on them. As much of a part of the Spokane scene as the Makers, metal and mullets, these oversized stuffed toys have crank
    • Jun 23, 2005
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Lane Ends Ahead

    Spokane wants to improve a mile-long section of Monroe — but that means taking away two lanes
    • Jul 7, 2016
  • Too Smart for School

    What happens when a 12-year-old prodigy tries to go to college in Spokane?
    • Jun 30, 2016
  • More »

Top Tags in
News & Comment

green zone


marijuana


Briefs


election 2016


trail mix


Readers also liked…

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation