Spokane knows good food and Spokane knows good beer. As such, we have numerous awesome options for places that combine those two things. Whether you prefer a pine dominant IPA or a hefty malt driven stout, our public houses offer a wide range of beers from near and far away breweries to satisfy your palette. Equally important is finding the right food pairings to go along with your brew. From locally sourced ground beef burgers to brisket Mac & Cheese, the food options at these beer spots are superb. So come along with me as I explore five of the top places to grab a beer in Spokane.
#5. 24 Taps Burgers & Brews
My stomach was rumbling as I scoured downtown Spokane for an extra late lunch spot. There were plenty of places that I wanted to revisit, but I was determined to try out a new restaurant that *hopefully* offered a solid beer menu and delicious grub to boot. As I rounded the corner of Lincoln St and Riverside Ave, a sign boasting 24 taps caught my eye. My husband, a fellow beer and food enthusiast, was all too happy to make the stop. From the outside, it’s a bit hard to determine the vibe of the interior but I’d heard good things and figured we had to try this place out. Once we scored a lucky parking spot up front, I took it as a sign.
The tap house is surprisingly spacious, with ample seating and comfortable booths lining the walls. Towards the back wall is a huge bar with the aforementioned 24 taps of beer, with wines and mixed drink options available. To the left of the bar lies a game room featuring a large shuffleboard table and seating for those wanting a view of the action. This is definitely the place to watch the game, as big screen TVs adorn the walls and the darker lighting gives off a sports bar vibe. In warmer weather, a huge patio offers additional seating and downtown views.
We were greeted by a friendly waiter, who hooked us up with a booth and made sure we knew that happy hour was in full swing. The beer selections are frequently updated but in general they offer 12 local beers on tap and 12 from larger brewers. It’s a good way to cater to a wide range of beer drinkers. I tend to enjoy more malty, grain forward beers, so I went with the No-Li Amber that did not disappoint. My husband ordered a flight that included the No Li Big Juicy IPA and Waddell’s Scottish Ale, both of which were incredible for their particular style.
With a large menu, this is a great restaurant to bring a big group to, as there’s something for everyone here. We went with the sliders with fries and were very impressed. The burger patties were cooked to order, using locally raised beef and the brioche bun is loaded with garlic mayo. Very delicious. For our second item, we went with the boneless chicken wings, a classic happy hour item. What I liked about this appetizer is that it was straightforward but done perfectly. Tender, yet crispy on the outside and doused in the right amount of franks red hot. I would get them again in a heartbeat.
24 Taps Burgers & Brews
825 W Riverside Ave Spokane, WA 99201
#4. Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub & Grill
Sitting at the top of Spokane’s South Hill lies a local gem, Waddell’s Pub & Grill. It’s unpretentious atmosphere makes it cozy and welcoming. The servers are friendly and will definitely recognize you when you return, making the place feel like home. The decor is eclectic, featuring posters from concerts, sports paraphernalia , hunting trophies and more. It’s a standard pub set up, with a patio overlooking a pond in warmer weather. But make no mistake, these guys take their pub food to new heights with their mind blowing brisket mac & cheese and a lamb-strosity sandwich that is out of this world. Their gourmet hot dogs are a popular item and well worth trying out as they offer a wide range of tricked out dogs. Definitely bring your appetite when stopping in.
Their beer selection is excellent, and they rotate their selections regularly. It’s a great place to try new breweries or styles you hadn’t thought to try before. Waddell’s features a brewer of the month, where every 16 oz pour goes for just $4 a glass, a great incentive to try out a new brewer.
4318 S Regal St, Spokane, WA 99223
#3. Prohibition Gastropub
An integral part of the revitalization of Emerson-Garfield neighborhood, Prohibition Gastropub came onto the scene in late 2015 and have been incredibly popular ever since. Driving by, it’s minimal exterior design belies the complex and upscale food and drink offerings that lie within. With lacquered wood grain table tops, a copper bar counter and brick walls, the gastropub embodies a modern meets historic feel. With flat screen TVs above the bar, it’s a good place to watch the game but not a full on sports bar. With the TVs limited to the bar area, it’s also a great spot to share a meal with friends, have a quiet conversation and enjoy their top quality food offerings.
I would describe their menu as pub food taken to a new level. Their Grilled Steak Bites are perfectly tender and melt in your mouth. Served with a side of roasted garlic & polano peppers, then doused in steak sauce, they are an incredible starter. A not-so-secret secret is their use of fresh brewed coffee grounds to keep their burger patties moist. Well, it works perfectly because their sliders were juicy and flavorful. Plus, I’m not complaining about an extra caffeine boost from my meal.
Their hand crafted cocktails are impressive. I went with their Gin-Fashioned, which fuses gin, bitters, a sugar cube, fresh rosemary, an amaretto cherry & an orange slice. It was strong, herbal, slightly sweet and fascinating. They often rotate their cocktail selection and I’m sure it’s hard to go wrong with any of their cocktails. They have a solid beer selection as well, featuring local brewers to the Spokane area.
1914 N Monroe St Spokane, WA 99205
#2. Manito Tap House
Tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood of Spokane’s South Hill, Manito Tap House is a local favorite and it’s easy to see why. With an ever-rotating selection of fascinating beers from near and far, Manito Tap House has one of the very best beer selections in Spokane. Their servers are quick, friendly and very knowledgeable. If you’re having a hard time choosing a brew, just tell them what you normally like and they’ll be happy to make recommendations. They have two certified Cicerones and 5 certified beer servers on staff, so they know their beer. The decor is a warmer modern industrial theme, with just a few pieces of historic beer making equipment to balance everything out. There’s plenty of comfortable seating and, in the warmer months, an outdoor patio.
They offer gourmet comfort food, like their black & blue mac and cheese. This comes with perfectly grilled steak bites atop macaroni doused in a decadent blue cheese sauce. Another popular item is their Andouille Chicken Sliders, which are spiced and cooked to perfection. Very juicy, incredibly tasty. Huckleberry dark chocolate truffles are available for the perfect end to the meal, and can be purchased in sets of 2. With a range of grub choices and a great beer selection, Manito Tap House is the perfect spot to indulge your inner Cicerone and your inner foodie.
3011 S Grand Blvd, Spokane, WA 99203
#1. The Onion Bar & Grill
Nestled in the heart of downtown Spokane, the Onion has been on the scene since the 1970s and infamous for it’s onion rings, beer selection and fantastic burgers. They also have a north Spokane location on Division St for easier access if you’re coming from the northside. The downtown location has a wonderfully historic, prohibition era vibe to the place. Entering through the double doors, the mahogany wood working and tiffany lamps make me feel like I’ve entered a great old classic movie. The ceiling has intricate detailing and the carpeting patterns match the historic feel perfectly. The booths are comfortable and offer the perfect vantage point for taking in downtown.
Each time I’ve visited this location the servers have been attentive and friendly, happily recommending appetizers or beer selections. Speaking of beer selections, this location hosts Area 51 taphouse who offer, that’s right, 51 beers on tap. Most of the beers are from Spokane and the greater region, so this is the spot for settling in and trying out a wide variety of microbrews. I highly recommend grabbing a flight to take advantage of the variety of beers on tap. As a lover of ambers and stouts, I occasionally find myself with a limited selection due to the dominance of IPAs. Not here, there are an abundance of every style of beer and therefore, a great spot for any fan of brew.
When in Rome, order the onion rings! Huge, golden, crispy, flavorful, these onion rings are setting the standard for what an onion ring should be. The perfect pairing to the golden rings are their locally sourced beef burgers. The patties are huge, perfectly cooked and very flavorful. For an interesting twist, try their 20 minute grilled cheese, which is effectively one of their burgers surrounded by a elaborate grilled cheese on sourdough. Aside from my own recommendations, the menu is extensive, offering flatbreads, soft pretzels, wings, salads, pasta, fish & chips and more.
302 West Riverside Ave Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 747-3852