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click to enlarge Capone's Pub & Grill in Coeur d'Alene is buzzing during happy hour. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • Capone's Pub & Grill in Coeur d'Alene is buzzing during happy hour.

Birdy's Sports Bar This clean, classy sports bar, located in Division's northernmost strip mall, has a full bar and 15 tap selections, but there's no shame in ordering a can of PBR if that's more your speed. 12908 N. Hwy. 395 • 863-9572 • facebook.com/birdysbar

The Brass Faucet Bar and Grill On the outside, the Brass Faucet looks just like an ordinary bar. Inside, TVs abound and sports fans sit and stare — it's a great, quiet neighborhood place to watch the game. 12525 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 926-0293

Capone's Once again, Inlander readers decided that Capone's is the place to watch the big game, voting it their favorite North Idaho sports bar. On the patio in spring and summer, or indoors watching the big screen, meet friends and make memories over a glass of Guinness and wings or any of more than 40 microbrews on tap — not to mention the tasty pizza. The atmosphere is upbeat and laid-back. 751 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-4843 | 315 N. Ross Point Rd., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-457-8020 | 9520 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho • 208-762-5999

The Corner Club When it's game time, the Corner Club is where you meet your buddies for some quality yelling-at-the-TV time. Be sure to order a 32-ounce beer tub for everyone to share. It's what got the Corner Club listed on the "Top 25 Sports Bars" in Sports Illustrated. 202 N. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-2915 • cornerclubmoscow.com

EPIC EPIC lives up to its name with a 30-foot TV stretching over the top of the bar. Yes, 30 feet. This mammoth sports bar recently received new everything when Northern Quest morphed The Q into EPIC. There are drinks galore, a new, spiffed-up menu, and the Studio E club inside the restaurant with a dance floor and laser fog machine. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • northernquest.com/epic

Famous Ed's This family-friendly sports bar is covered with TVs and pictures of celebrity Eds: Eddie Murphy, Ed Sullivan, Edward Scissorhands. It gives the place a fun, quirky kind of feel that's made it a favorite stop-in-for-a-beer locale for the upper South Hill. 2911 E. 57th Ave. • 290-5080 • facebook.com/famouseds

Fast Eddie's Being just a hop away from the University District makes this bar a weekend favorite for the young, bar-hopping crowd. If you don't want to spend all your quarters in one place, keep an eye on their drink specials. Also, catch a game here or come to spin the wheel to win a prize on your birthday. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • 455-8752 • facebook.com/FastEdsBar

Flamin' Joe's  Know what you're getting into when you come here to catch the game and grab a bite. The wing sauce at Flamin' Joe's starts at naked, Code 1, moves up to Code 5, "Get the milk!" and finishes at Code Red, aka "the widow maker." To cool off your mouth — unless you actually do need milk — there's one of the most comprehensive beer lists you'll find. 7015 N. Division St. • 465-5052 | 2620 E. Ninth Ave. • 241-3843 | 11618 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-5052 • flaminjoeswings.com

Morty's Tap and Grille With a great beer selection, a menu full of wings, sandwiches, burgers and appetizers and sporting events lighting up the TVs, you could find yourself passing quite a few hours at Morty's. After a fun-filled night, you could always come back in the morning for a Benedict or a big breakfast combo. 5517 S. Regal St. • 443-9123 • mortystapandgrille.com

Red Lion BBQ Red Lion BBQ is known for strong drinks, great wings and an incredibly casual atmosphere (not exactly a first-date venue). This legendary sports bar also is a non-official gathering place for University of Montana alums... unless there are other people who go to a bar to watch the Griz. 126 N. Division St. • 835-5466 • redlionbbq.com

The Ref With a giant video screen that mimics what you'd typically see hanging at a sports arena, The Ref is committed to meeting all your game-watching needs. During football season you can settle in for breakfast and stay all day long. 14208 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 315-9637 • therefsportsbar.com

Rocker Room This longtime downtown bar location recently went from country to rock 'n' roll when the Country Club closed and the Rocker Room took its place. As a self-described "rock 'n' roll sports bar and grill," a full food menu accompanies the bar and live music cranks from the stage every Friday and Saturday night. 216 E. Coeur d'Alene Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-676-2582 • facebook.com/RockerRoomCDA

Screaming Yak With wings so hot they could make a yak scream, this Northside staple is a straightforward sports bar, with TVs, pool, video games and pull tabs. Try the Screamin' Demon wings, but only if you dare. 118 W. Francis Ave. • 464-3641 • screamingyak.com

The Sports Page If you're looking to watch sports, and lots of them, the Sports Page is a solid place to get it done. Grab a beer, check out their menu and hang with friends. You can also pre-order kegs for a weekend rager. 165 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 334-6748

The Swinging Doors Let's be honest. If you're going to watch some sports, you need TVs, and you need them to be large and numerous. Swinging Doors has 60 TVs. They have a 14-foot HD projector screen. They have a 70-inch 3-D plasma set. It's one part restaurant, one part sports bar and one part tech store. No wonder Inlander readers often vote this place their favorite sports bar. 1018 W. Francis Ave. • 326-6794 • theswingingdoors.com

The Wave Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar The Wave is an unusual fusion of Hawaiian and American, with sushi and a sports bar, but it totally works. Come for some of the city's best sushi, then order some sake or a pint, belt out some Karaoke on the Kouch (most Fridays and Saturdays) or shake it to occasional live music. If you prefer to watch soccer or basketball with a Mai Tai in your hand, this is the place to do it. 525 W. First Ave. • 747-2023 • wavespokane.com


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