Beloved Pubs

Where people know your name

click to enlarge The Two Seven pleases crowds on Spokane's South Hill.
The Two Seven pleases crowds on Spokane's South Hill.

Area 51 Taphouse The Northside Onion's bar had a brand-new look with the new Area 51 Taphouse, but the most impressive addition is 51 taps, paired with 50 bottles and cans, bringing its drinking options to a grand total of 101. A new, state-of-the-art bar top is also cooled to keep beers chilled, but warm near the edge so patrons' arms don't get cold. 7522 N. Division St. • 482-6100 •

Andy's Come here to have a meaningful — and audible — conversation with friends. The laid-back setting has big windows looking out to Carnegie Square and some seriously outstanding food, too. Go for the sweet potato fries. They even open at 6 am to serve up breakfast during the weekdays. 1401 W. First Ave. • 747-0304

The Blind Buck Crackle-painted walls and a framed taxidermied deer head surrounded by pennies make up just part of this new speakeasy/Prohibition-era-style bar. The bartenders zero in on craft cocktails with a wide selection of classics, old-fashioned drinks and their own creations. 204 N. Division St. • 290-6229 •

Bucer's Coffeehouse & Pub Bucer's doesn't just pour the coffee, beer or wine and hand it over. For them, the process is more involved than that. They roast their own coffee, carefully curate their wine list with local experts, create a beer that fuses Paradise Creek's milk stout with their espresso blend, and make chocolate truffles in-house that pair perfectly with the wine. 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-5216 •

Corner Bar Corner Bar is the perfect dive — clean and spacious, with enough intentional and unintentional kitsch to keep drinkers from boredom. Cheap-ass disco lights, Jolly Roger "CASH ONLY" sign above the register, a hoppin' crowd of friendly rowdies young and old, and — most important, dirt-cheap PBRs — make this a terrific gem of a dive. 1628 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-9084

Charley's Grill and Spirits Close to the courthouse, Charley's keeps a low profile. The pub has experienced a slow and steady remodel, getting new tables and a fresh paint job, as well as several flat-screens to enhance a sports fan's night out. Actors from the Spokane Civic and Interplayers theatres frequent the bar and are known for singing show tunes, as well as spontaneous outbursts of jazz hands and choreographed dance routines. 801 N. Monroe St.• 328-8911 •

The Elk Public House In the little hub of activity at Pacific Avenue and Cannon Street, you'll find that this beloved Browne's Addition pub is popular year-round, thanks to its great menu, extensive beer, cider and wine selection and relaxed atmosphere. We suspect that most of the Elk's customers feel so at home here, they all would call themselves regulars. 1931 W. Pacific Ave.• 363-1973 •

Geno's After a fire broke out at Geno's, the owners of The Elk and a handful of other successful public houses jumped on the chance to buy the popular Logan Neighborhood venue. Now Geno's is thriving once again. The menu resembles the pub fare found at the other locations, and every Tuesday from 4 to 6 pm they feature a different weekly brewery. Order a pint from that brewery during those hours and you can take your pint glass home after drinking it. 1414 N. Hamilton St. • 368-9087 •

Iron Horse Bar & Grill In 30 seconds or less, a bartender whips up the famous (or is it infamous?) 48-ounce Derailer: three kinds of rum, two kinds of soda, orange and pineapple juice, sour mix and as many straws as you need to share with friends. Other than Derailers, this longtime Sherman Avenue bar serves up a few smaller "bucket" drinks like the 24-ounce Catalina. 407 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-7314 •

click to enlarge With your beer, consider fried pickles from the Post Street Ale House. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
With your beer, consider fried pickles from the Post Street Ale House.

The Lantern Tap House When it opened in 2009, the Lantern (it was then called a tavern) was one of Spokane's smallest bars, at a whopping 200 square feet. Not so anymore. The space that once had only 12 stools at the bar expanded into the next-door space and now boasts 1,200 square feet, 60 chairs and some of the best pub food you can find in Spokane. 1004 S. Perry St. • 315-9531 •

Moon Time The food is creative, the microbrews are plentiful and the atmosphere is comfortable at Moon Time. That's the pleasant formula shared by Moon Time's sister pubs like the Elk in Spokane and the Porch in Hayden, and everyone seems to love it. 1602 E. Sherman Ave., #116, Coeur d'Alene • 208-667-2331 •

Park Inn The P.I., one of Spokane's oldest bars, definitely has history on its side. It opened in 1932 and had one of the first drive-thru windows in the U.S., serving burgers and milkshakes. Today, the Inn has become a watering hole for neighborhood locals and nearby medical professionals to blow off steam, and enjoy Kokanee Gold by the pitcher, free popcorn and extremely cheesy pizza. 103 W. Ninth Ave. • 747-4425

The Porch The atmosphere is casual, but you still get the classiness of overlooking a golf course. The food is pub food, but — like its sister restaurants Moon Time, The Elk and the Two Seven — still a few steps up from what you think of pub food. The menu is full of sandwiches, salads, soups and specialties prepared from scratch, and there are cocktails, microbrews and wines to choose from. 1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 208-772-7711 •

Post Street Ale House Even though it's located in the heart of downtown, across from the Davenport Hotel, the Post Street Ale House still manages to feel like a friendly neighborhood pub. Its unassuming, casual atmosphere draws a diverse crowd of drinkers. The fried pickles are the signature dish, made with sweet horseradish pickles and served with sauce. Wash them down with a massive array of local, regional and specialty beers. 1 N. Post St. • 789-6900 •

The Riff The Riff is the definition of a hole-in-the-wall bar in more ways than one. The cheap beer, small venue and rock-and-roll posters seem to be dead giveaways. If you're into PBR, Jimi Hendrix and a bar where everyone knows your name, check it out. 215 W. Main Ave. • 279-2921

The Swamp Tavern This is the place for beer lovers who like to gather around outdoor fire pits with friends and strangers. The Swamp gives off a little of that hole-in-the wall vibe, but it's an oasis off the beaten path and makes you feel at home with a backyard-style patio. 1904 W. Fifth Ave. • 458-2337

The Two Seven Public House The Two Seven Public House has turned into the South Hill's living room of sorts. It's a comfortable place to hang with friends, order a pint from the diverse beer list and relax in the low-key atmosphere that's delightfully free of loud karaoke, boisterous 21st birthday celebrations and dozens of blaring TVs. Well-executed pub food makes it easy to stay for hours. 2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. • 473-9766 •

Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille Whether you're here for a burger (which you should definitely order) or one of the 50 beers on tap, Waddell's is a friendly South Hill haunt, designed in the tradition of an English pub, that's become a sports-bar stalwart. Since opening a brewery at their new Northside location, you can now find some of Waddell's own beers among the vast draft selection. • 4318 S. Regal St. • 443-6500 • | 6501 N. Cedar Rd. • 321-7818 •

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