The 10 Best Bars In Spokane, Washington

Photo of Sarah Lantz
9 February 2017

Spokane, Washington is a quirky, beautiful, and historic Eastern Washington town nestled on the Spokane River. It’s also an excellent place to get a drink. We’ve listed our favorite bars.

Strength performing at Mootsy’s | © Joseph Scozzari/Flickr


Bar, American
An endearing dive bar that is a favorite among the locals, Mootsy’s offers cheap, respectable beer on tap in an eccentric hole-in-the-wall in downtown Spokane. They also host Monday night Spelling Bees as well as decent live music on special nights. Plus, they have a pool table. It’s a fun place to stop on a night of bar hopping.

The Swinging Doors

Bar, American, $$$
Stouts at Post Street Ale House
Stouts at Post Street Ale House | © Amy Meyer/Flickr
A 30-something-year-old family-owned business, The Swinging Doors is a friendly sports bar. It’s the sort of place that you can come to on your birthday and get a free steak. They have 60 televisions and 27 different beers and cider on tap. They also serve cocktails like the Bacon Bloody Mary made with bacon, a few twists on the Moscow Mule drink, margaritas, and favorites like Skittles with 360 Fruit Flavored Vodka, cranberry juice, and sweet ‘n sour.

Post Street Ale House

Pub, Restaurant, American, $$$
Serving tasty pub food like their signature and award-winning fried pickles made from scratch, Post Street Ale House is a dignified, yet relaxed place to go for a drink. They claim 26 beers on tap, mostly from regional breweries and microbreweries. They also serve food like crispy fish and chips made with fresh halibut, onion rings, calamari, and a variety of sandwiches to sate the beer munchies.

Viking Bar & Grill

Bar, Diner, Restaurant, American
At Bistango
At Bistango | © I'm with Sam/Flickr
Located close to Gonzaga’s McCarthy Athletic Center, you’ll discover yet another excellent sports bar in Spokane. It’s a great place to go before catching a Gonzaga basketball game. You’ll find the booze of champions at this place, with a heathy selection of beers bottled and tapped. They also serve large portions of food, like ‘Viking Nachos’ and beer-battered ‘Blue Cheese Fries’ for appetizers, and they’ve also got a diner menu if you want to make a meal out of your drinking experience.

Bistango Martini Lounge

Bar, Cocktail Bar, American, $$$
Dead Serious Lovers at Jones Radiator
Dead Serious Lovers at Jones Radiator | © amiaphotos/Flickr
Unwind at Bistango, a cocktail bar with more than 200 liquors, wines, and beers. They offer an elite selection of booze including Cristal Rose, Stolichnaya Elite Vodka, and Hennessy Paradis Cognac. They also have live music and performers throughout the week. Their drinks are creative and fun, like their ‘Chocolate Fire’ with 360 Double Chocolate Vodka, crème de cacoa, muddle jalapeño, and cocoa rimmed. House martinis include ‘Reem’s Drop,’ with Stolichnaya vodka and lemon juice served with a raw sugar crystal rim.

Jones Radiator

Bar, American, $$$
Jones Radiator hosts trivia night, open mic, Whiskey Wednesday, and other events nearly every day. They have sixteen beers on tap, as well as serve cocktails, pizza, sandwiches, and tasty appetizers. It’s an eclectic sort of bar that often hosts live music, and it’s located right in downtown Spokane, so it’s easy to stop by on a bar hopping night.

Ambrosia Bistro and Wine Bar

Bar, Bistro, Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, American, $$$
O'Doherty's wall of dollar bills
O'Doherty's wall of dollar bills | © Dave Stromberger/Flickr
A 2011 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recognized restaurant, Ambrosia is a quiet dining spot and bar located in Spokane Valley. It’s a close distance to Downtown Spokane. They offer seasonal dining and a full bar; you can come for just an evening cocktail or a full dinner. They offer a variety of wines from Columbia Valley, Washington’s growing wine valley and viticultural area not far from Spokane.

O'Doherty's Irish Grille

Pub, Irish, $$$
Drag show at Irv's
Drag show at Irv's | © Tracy Hunter/Flickr
Established in 1992, O’Doherty’s is a friendly Irish-inspired pub with pub fare like Patty’s Scottish Eggs, Guinness Fish ‘n Chips, and Corned Beef and Cabbage. They import a select few beers, like Harp and Newcastle Nut Brown, as well as serving domestic and locally brewed beers. They also host events like author book signings, sports game watching on their televisions, and, of course, spectacular and entertaining St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.


Bar, Gay Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Interior lighting at Manito
Interior lighting at Manito | © The Purple Turtle, Inc./Flickr
With DJs, dancing, and karaoke, Irv’s is one of Spokane’s hippest bars. They’ve also got a game room with pool tables and four pinball machines. It’s Spokane’s only gay bar, and it’s very friendly and relaxed. Try out their pole where you can practice pole dancing. Beers are inexpensive, and they’re located right in Downtown Spokane for an easy bar-hopping spot.

Manito Tap House

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, Diner, Pub Grub, $$$
With 50 beers on tap, Manito’s Tap House is a great place to a get a cold one. They have two certified Cicerones and five certified beer servers on staff, as well as requiring all employees to pass a 45 question beer exam before serving. They’re pretty serious about their beer. Their bottled beers are a mix of imported and domestic, serving all sorts from Flanders Red Ale to English Barley Wine.

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