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My wife and I were staying at the Comfort Inn on North Division (near the Costco). We were hungry, so we went next door to a place called Flaming Joes.
Man, were we surprised! The place had a firefighter theme with plenty of chrome diamond plate. The hot wings (the specialty of the house) were great. There is a huge list of sauces, with various "Hotness" represented. My wife had the Code 3 sauce on her wings, and I had the Code 5 (which was very hot!)
When were finishing, the waiter suggested we stick around for a trivia contest. They explained that every Wednesday evening they held the contest. There seemed to be a pretty good group of regulars, because the place became packed really quickly. There were general trivia questions of varying difficulty levels. We had a blast! Our little trip across the street ended up lasting 3 hours, and was one of the most entertaining evenings we had in a while.
I asked the trivia guy if there was a contest the next evening. He wasn't sure, but said there was a website (http://www.spokanetrivia.com) that listed all of the trivia games around Spokane and, man, there are a LOT!
If you are coming to Spokane, check out the website and try it out. You may not win (there were some smart people there!) but you'll have a great time!
Dress Code: Super Casual.
Written Aug 24, 2011
Address: North Division near Costco
Phone: (509) 465-5052
Currently this is about the best club in Spokane. It has a coyote ugly theme with the girls dancing on the bars about every 30 minutes. The club is divided into two sections. One side has pool tables and places to sit and have a drink. The other side has dancing and a bull to ride.
Dress Code: I don't know of any dress code that is enforced
Written Jul 27, 2007
Address: On Sprague in Downtown
Ella's Supper Club is a restaurant and lounge featuring live jazz music and good food. You can go early in the afternoon for appetizers and drinks during happy hour, or stay for dinner and live jazz music later in the evening. The walls feature portraits of famous jazz musicians. One is of Nora Jones, who I'm told did an impromptu performance at Ella's during a visit to Spokane. Ella's is also known for projecting black and white silent movies onto a wall across the street for you to watch out the window. It's a quaint touch, though no one seems to actually watch the movies.
It's a small place, so seats fill up fast and the noise can drown out conversation. You can always go downstairs to the quiet Library Room for drinks and billiards if Ella's is too busy and loud. My only complaint is that the service wasn't very good the night I was there because the waitress seemed pretty inexperienced and overwhelmed. However, it's possible that was a fluke since I've heard a lot of rave reviews from regulars. I still have to recommend it because it's one of the classier places available in Spokane for a night out.
Dress Code: Like most places in the Northwest, there is no strict dress code. But you would be encouraged to at least wear business casual. Some people were dressed to go clubbing after, while others were dressed in formal evening wear.
Updated May 4, 2007
Address: 1017 West First, Spokane, WA -- Third Floor
Phone: (509)74-STAGE ext. 103
Both artsy cafe and pool hall. Located downtown next to the Montvale Hotel this place has couples talking over wine, friends shooting pool and local art on the walls . With massive windows looking out to the street outside it is great for people watching from both sides of the glass. They serve up good beer and play a good mix of music like classic rock and new alternative artists. This place is very bohemian. Sorry, you must be 21. To start out the night eat a good brick oven pizza next door in the basement of the Montvale. The restaurant is called "The Catacombs Pub" great food reasonable price and after dinner shoot some pool and enjoy a drink.
Dress Code: Of course not.
Updated Feb 21, 2006
Address: Far West BIlliards 1001 W. 1st. Spoakane
For the record, Thirsty's has a new owner and is now Crazy 8's. Adress is 21 E Lincoln (509)777-1010
Spokane is awsome for karaoke. There are several locations on thur-sat nights to dance, including Matthew's, Crazy 8's, The PubClub, Blue Dolphin, and Trick Shot Dixes.
I agree with the comment about avoiding The Big Easy. They are WAY overpriced, and in spite of thier security, there are more drugs there than any other club in Spokane. They also false advertise (full bar with ID, altho I know a night where the featured artists made her own rules, including no alcohal, smoking, or TALKING while she was there, after patrons paid $20 for tickets to her show! and the club let her get away with this!!)
There are also "alternative lifestyle" bars all down first avanue, including Dempsey's Brass Rail and Another Sinn's.
In conclusion, Spokane has several places to go, if you dont find what you are looking for the first try, go down the street! We may not be New York, but if you are looking for that... go to New York!
Dress Code: Every bar in Spokane has a different dress code. Some are very lax, most include no gangsta-wear or baggies. There are a few were, altho its not posted, youd think that leather was a requirement!
Written Nov 16, 2004
Do NOT visit The Big Easy concert house, even though they bring in a lot of good entertainment. They will take your money and evict you from their facility for the most ridiculous reasons. I know of numerous folks who have been kicked out of the facility for standing in the wrong place, leaning on the rail, dancing and carrying their drink into the bathroom. The security guards outnumber the guests and they are watching for you to do anything wrong and they are counting how many drinks each and every guest has had at all times.
Written Aug 16, 2004
What is nightlife? There is not much nightlife here except for the usual bar scene. Mostly college students and working people.
It's a very sad thing for a city of this size. Hopefully, this will change in the future but I am not betting on it.
Dress Code: People here don't dress up...if they do it's a rare thing. Anything really goes.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Spokane nightlife isn't exactely booming, but there are enough clubs and bars open late to keep most people entertained. Some of the better restaurants stay open until midnight on weekends also. With that said, Spokane is hardly New York when it comes to nightlife.
Written Aug 26, 2002
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