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The Best Happy Hours in Spokane
Are you looking for the best happy hours in Spokane, WA? Look no further! Whether you’re looking for a great happy hour location after work, a night out with friends, or a romantic date night, you’re sure to find something you love with this list of happy hour specials in a variety of Spokane neighborhoods.
Note: Given the unpredictability of the supply chain and availability of servers, these happy hours are subject to change or close completely with little to no warning for happy hour goers. Please visit the websites/social media pages of these restaurants before you head out.
Happy Hour in Spokane
When it comes to the toil of the workday, few traditions are more beloved by the tired masses than happy hour. This tradition actually began in one of the driest periods in history – Prohibition. The failed social experiment led to one of the pillars of American food culture.
Instead of abiding by the new rules set across the nation regulating the consumption of alcohol, people across the nation just became more inventive (like a forbidden teenager). This led to gathering in speakeasies and an ever-growing number of tantalizing drink specialties to lure people out of their homes and into wetting their whistle illegally. Luckily you don’t have to know the secret password to get into any of these watering holes hiding in Spokane.
Today we are experiencing a revolution of a different sort – the renaissance of craft cocktails (where every element is handmade especially to suit the drink). This has completely changed what consumers expect, and we sought out some fun places near the heart of downtown that you can unwind as well as appreciate the work of the in-house mixologists.
From small-batch bitters to house-made shrubs to specialty glassware that makes anyone feel like royalty, you’ll find something truly memorable in this list. We did a little research of our own (the fun kind), and discovered some fantastic spots for you to get comfortable and unwind from the office.Check out our top favorites at our video here: Best Happy Hours in Spokane, Washington
Looking for more things to do before or after happy hour? Check out our top recommendations for the best things to do in Spokane here!
1) Wooden City
While Wooden City is a relative newcomer to Spokane, it’s quickly becoming the place to be, especially if you love happy hour. Located in downtown Spokane, on Riverside, Wooden City offers a unique happy hour menu – many of its items are not available on the regular menu!
Be sure to make a reservation in advance – Wooden City books up quickly and you won’t be surprised to see a packed house even by 5:15 PM.
Happy Hour everyday from 4 – 5:30 PM
- $1 off Draft Beer
- $10 Sparkling Rose
- $10 Beer and a Shot
- $8 Classic Mozzarella Cheesy Bread
- $9 Crispy Polenta
2) Bon Bon at the Garland Theater
Monday-Thursday: 4PM – 7PM
Friday & Saturday: 10PM – Close
If you haven’t had the absolute pleasure of popping into this Art Deco style treasure out in Garland District, what are you waiting for? It’s a tiny spot, so probably best to just catch up with one or two pals to vent about your crazy boss, or to meet up with a lover over a perfectly mixed cocktail.
Want to make it even more of an escape? Head out for a movie afterward in the same building at the Garland Theater. Bonus points if you visit on Totally Tubular Tuesday for a throwback movie that will have you forgetting your worries in no time.
3) 1898 Public House
With Spokane Guild Award-Winning Rising Star Chef, Blake Kaba, this spot is a sure fire win. Craveable shareables like the Wicked Shrimp (which I am still DREAMING about) with mascarpone polenta, harissa sauce and grilled crostini and their short rib egg rolls with slow-braised short rib, roasted corn and char-roasted tomato aioli will make you a super fan of this north side destination.
From 2-6 PM, 1898 offers a Happy Hour that is $2 off shareables.
Don’t be limited to just the shareables, though – go for the gold with their entrees and the famous “Ooey Gooey Lemon Bar” to satisfy your sweet tooth.
4) Zona Blanca
Zona Blanca offers not just one, but TWO happy hours for those who can’t make the earlier times!
Zona Blanca’s first happy hour is from 2 to 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and from 8 to 10 PM on Friday and Saturday.
On good weather days, grab your carnitas tacos ($6, happy hour price) and house margarita ($6) and head to ZB’s delightful patio. While not on the happy hour menu, we encourage you to splurge on some oysters or ceviche while you’re there!
5) Cascadia Public House
If you haven’t been to Cascadia Public House yet, this is the very first place you need to go the next time you want to enjoy happy hour!
Cascadia Public House has something going on every day (be sure to follow them on Instagram!) and Cascadia’s happy hour is from 3-6 PM, Monday through Saturday, and all day on Sunday.
You can enjoy discounts on Cascadia’s famous pretzels with beer cheese (or cashew queso, for those vegans in Spokane!), $5 margaritas, and much more.
6) Bark, A Rescue Pub
When it comes to casual cocktail hour – this is your spot. Plus, you have the benefit of getting to peek in and see sweet doggies from the Spokane Humane Society who are up for adoption! Talk about a win-win! Bark’s Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 2 to 5pm and daily 8 PM to close.
I’m a big fan of the dog bone pretzels with an assortment of toppings and the Bark Boards, which are perfect for sharing. Don’t forget the epic Bloody Mary for either happy hour or brunch! It’s a show-stopper.
Love the Perry District but not really sure where to go for happy hour? Francaise is a newcomer to the area, but WOW are their happy hour options excellent!
From 3-5 PM, enjoy $5 plates and drinks like oysters, deviled eggs with caviar, and more. We highly recommend the deviled eggs – they were incredible!
8) Gilded Unicorn
This underground Spokane favorite (literally, the whole restaurant is underground!) has imaginative comfort food down pat in a stunningly beautiful space in the heart of downtown near Railroad Alley.
Happy hour at Gilded Unicorn is:
Sunday – Thursday 4pm – 6pm, 10pm – Close
Friday & Saturday 3pm – 5pm and again 10pm – Close
It’s a historic, brick walled space that instantly makes you feel like you’ve been transported somewhere back in time and with sweet touches like vintage china and flatware, twists on old classics like bananas foster bread pudding, and their famous deviled eggs that are a must-try – you’ll feel like a treasured guest.
Happy Hours – Available for Bar or Patio Dining 4PM to 6PM Nightly
Tavolata is one of the most celebrated newer restaurants in the city thanks to multiple award-winning Chef Ethan Stowell and his team – read our full Tavolata in Spokane review!
From a phenomenally stocked bar with all kinds of specialty spirits to the drool-worthy Italian menu including handmade pasta, artisan charcuterie and more, you won’t want to go home. You’ll want to stay forever and keep ordering item after item until you can’t move anymore. Speaking from experience? Maybe.
10) Lucky You Lounge
Happy Hours – 3-5pm
Deal – $7 starters, $5 wells and drafts, $6 wine and $2 off cocktails
Menu Link – http://luckyyoulounge.com/menu/
The hottest hangout in town is Lucky You Lounge, and they are crushing the happy hour game. The 70’s decor and swanky feel make this oh-so celebratory no matter what night of the week you stop by.
Catering to vegan, gluten free and vegetarian customers, they really understand the needs of modern culinary clientele. They have an eclectic menu, which they update regularly.
When it comes to cocktails, they show off the best of the era with their take on the Whiskey Sour – it’s the perfect nightcap.
Happy Hours – 3-5pm
Deal – $3 off well cocktails, $6 house red or white wine, and a variety of discounts on their appetizers.
Menu Link – https://babaspokane.com/happy-hour/
With so many inexpensive but sophisticated appetizer options right in the heart of Kendall Yards, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to try Baba.
A Kendall Yard jewel in the Eat Good Group Crown, Chef Adam Hegstead and his team took on the challenge of interpreting Mediterranean cuisine with a twist for Spokane, and it’s a success from beginning to end.
You will definitely want to order the hummus and pita with preserved lemon, and seriously – order more pita. They make it in-house and it’s some of the best I’ve ever had. Pillowy and comforting, it’s the perfect pair with any cocktail. I’m especially a fan of the Old Fashioned inspired cocktail with a brûlée’ed orange.
This fantastic article was written by Erin Peterson of the Spokane Guild, a website devoted to celebrating awesome people and places around Spokane. In addition to being an award winning influencer and podcaster, Erin also hosts the Guild Awards, which recognize the best restaurants, bars, and more around Spokane.
We also run the Trending Northwest podcast and YouTube channel, which you can check out here: Trending Northwest.
Looking for free things to do in Spokane after enjoying happy hour? Check out our list of the top free things to do in Spokane here!
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