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From American small batch to Japanese single malt — it's all about selection at these bars

click to enlarge One of Spokane’s newest whiskey bars, Table 13, stocks more than 50 whiskeys. - YOUNG KWAK
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  • One of Spokane’s newest whiskey bars, Table 13, stocks more than 50 whiskeys.

Casper Fry Public House Look no further for quality, Southern-inspired food than this South Perry spot. Casper Fry's food menu lists classic comforts, reinvented with the goods from local farmers and ranchers. Ask the bartenders which drink on the cocktail list pairs best with your Southern comfort dish, or choose a bourbon or whiskey from the extensive list. Casper Fry also creates large-batch cocktails, then barrel-ages them for 90 days in white American oak, so find out what's most recently been aging. 928 S. Perry St. , Spokane, Wash. • 535-0536

Durkin's Liquor Bar Rye whiskeys, corn whiskeys, single-malts and blends, the selection at Durkin's Liquor Bar knows no end. They have whiskeys from near and faraway places. Some whiskeys are young, some are aged to perfection; with about 100 varieties, it's an agonizing selection. Prices range from a lot to a little; the burgers are tasty if you're in the mood for a nibble, and the cocktails are artfully crafted.  415 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 863-9501

Legends of Fire Expect deep reserves of premium whiskey and bourbon, along with well-aged Scotch, cognac and port at Legends of Fire, the region's only true cigar bar. Peruse the walk-in humidor, then settle into a deep club chair and revel in the refined, masculine atmosphere. Sundays are Hero Day, celebrating members of the armed forces and police, fire and EMT professionals with discounts on beer, cigars and appetizers. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000

Prohibition Gastropub Prohibition's candy-coated bacon is one highlight of the restaurant's classic gastropub fare, a menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads and savory, indulgent appetizers. Chef John Leonetti also makes his own beef patty mix for Prohibition's burgers, adding an unusual ingredient alongside the seasoning: coffee grounds. In the bar, the focus leans toward whiskey, bourbon and scotch, but also features several local and regional beer tap handles and regional wines. 1914 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 474-9040

Steelhead Bar and Grille Maybe you've been distracted by Steelhead's killer happy hour cocktails ($6 for top shelf liquor, the likes of Hendrick's, Grey Goose and Bombay). So if you haven't noticed, we can understand. But you should know that Steelhead is dead serious about whiskey. Keep paging through the drink menu and you'll see Canadian, rye, Irish, Northwest, Tennessee and Scotch whiskey. If you can't pick just one, order a themed flight, like the "New American" featuring Dry Fly Wheat, Balcones Brimstone and Hudson Baby Bourbon for $10.  218 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 747-1303

Table 13 Decisions, decisions. It's not easy to pick when Table 13 offers more than 50 whiskeys to choose from, including a handful of options from regional craft distilleries. So why choose just one? Build a flight or order a "Family Flight" that showcases three or four samples from one distillery. Not a whiskey purist yet? Trust us, the signature whiskey cocktails will turn you into a whiskey lover in no time.  The Grand Hotel, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 598-4300

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