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Best Sports Bar
Welcoming. Casual. Packed and lively during a sporting event. Those are a few ways to describe this downtown Spokane sports bar. With a friendly serving staff, robust food and drink menu, and an arsenal of massive flatscreen televisions, they're always ready for game day. Even if you're not a sports fan, there's a place there for you. They've even got a separate room geared for large parties or meetings happening over beers and food. Don't let the sports bar label scare you away. (JK)
2nd PLACE: The Ref; 3rd PLACE: Epic at Northern Quest Resort & Casino; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Capone's, Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, Hayden

Best of Nightlife
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Show off your pipes at Monterey Cafe.

Best Karaoke
If there's a better way to spend a night out then wailing your favorite throwback song into a microphone while everyone in the crowd pretends you sound just as good as the real deal, we haven't discovered it yet. Monterey Cafe is the place to do just that. Drink deals every night offer the liquid courage sometimes needed to pick up that mic. (MS)
2nd PLACE: The Star Restaurant and Lounge; 3rd PLACE: nYne; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Corner Bar, Coeur d'Alene

Best Place to Dance
Patrons at nYne are no strangers to dancing shoes and flashing lights. This late-night bar plays musical jams of every variety, from pop to EDM, rap to country (also, karaoke!) — so dancers with every taste can boogie on the large dance floor. (MS)
2nd PLACE: Lucky You Lounge; 3rd PLACE: ZOLA; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Nashville North, Post Falls

Best Movie Theater
Most multiplexes are the same, but the AMC inside River Park Square isn't your average mall theater. Sure, they've got all the latest Hollywood blockbusters, projected on their towering IMAX screen and booming through Dolby speakers. But it's just as easy to see a subtitled foreign film or a documentary, and their AMC Stubs app makes it easier than ever for you to indulge your inner cinephile. (NW)
2nd PLACE: Garland Theater; 3rd PLACE: Movie & Dinner at Northern Quest Resort & Casino; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Hayden Discount Cinema

Best Live Music Club
Best New Nightspot
The local music scene was collectively bummed when all-ages venue the Bartlett closed its doors last year. But owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll had an ace up their sleeve in the form of Lucky You Lounge, a Browne's Addition hangout that has, in a short time, carved out a place for up-and-coming indie bands, touring legacy acts and local artists. Their downstairs bar, meanwhile, also offers up lots of free shows, DJ dance parties, storytelling hours and comedy nights. With its mid-century design, eclectic food menu and welcoming stage setup, it's no wonder Lucky You snagged the top spot in both Music Club and Nightspot categories. (NW)
2nd PLACE: Zola; 3rd PLACE: The Bar at Bridge Press;
NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Nashville North, Post Falls
2nd PLACE: Flatstick Pub; 3rd PLACE: Cease & Desist Book Club; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: The Bee's Knees Whiskey Bar, Hayden

Best Casino
Hoping to turn a nickel into a dime? Northern Quest Resort & Casino is the place to be, with 94 jackpots a day. The luck doesn't stay at the slots, though. With restaurants, bars, concerts, arcades, spas and shows of all varieties, this casino doesn't have to be a risky gamble. (MS)
2nd PLACE: Coeur d'Alene Casino; 3rd PLACE: Spokane Tribe Casino

Best Place to Expand Your Artistic Horizons

Look, I love a dumb, extravagant Hollywood blockbuster as much as the next mindless consumer. But in between watching big-screen car crashes and universe-hopping battle scenes created by an army of overworked and underpaid CGI artists, I like to cleanse my palate with smaller, more intimate movies about real life in the real world. That's when the Magic Lantern Theater comes in real handy. The arthouse first started bringing indie, offbeat cinematic offerings to the Inland Northwest in the '70s, and give or take a few closures and a move to the Community Building, they're still at it. You could randomly pick any movie on the theater's lineup at any given time, and I'd guarantee you'd walk out two hours later wanting to discuss what you've just seen. (NATHAN WEINBENDER)

Best Bar to Sing Drunk Karaoke with College Kids

Ask anyone in Spokane's University District and they'll tell you that Thursday nights at Star Bar are a sight to see. Just a few minutes walk from campus in the Logan neighborhood, where most upperclassmen call home, Star is uniquely situated to service the Gonzaga student body with $5 Long Island Iced Teas and karaoke well into the early morning hours. Thursday nights at Star make for an excellent precursor to weekend festivities. (MACIE WHITE)

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