If you still need a spot to watch the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons face off in Super Bowl LI, here are seven suggestions, plus an honorable mention.
This downtown family friendly sports bar features two dozen taps, just like its name suggests, as well as an array of pub grub – from gourmet burgers (mushroom and Swiss, black and blue, avocado and bacon, bacon and cheese, jalapeño, poutine – just to name a few) as well as sandwiches, wraps, tacos, mozzarella sticks and poutine with double-fried fries. 24 N. Lincoln St. (509) 309-3103. www.24taps.com.
Jack and Dan’s Bar and Grill
This lively Gonzaga-neighborhood bar, popular with students, features different sandwiches and wraps (Reuben, club, French dip, roast beef and chipotle melt, BLT, Fiesta Chicken) as well as appetizers including hot wings, mozzarella sticks, nachos and mini jalapeño poppers. On the kids menu: grilled cheese, chicken strips, spaghetti and meatballs, and a corn dog. 1226 N. Hamilton St. (509) 487-6546. jackanddans.com.
Poole’s Public House
This restaurant and sports bar, with two locations and an extensive menu, serves up elevated pub fare – from 11 signature sandwiches and 11 burgers to nine kinds of salads and much more. Nosh on chili cheese fries, fried zucchini slices, bacon-wrapped grilled and stuffed jalapenos, beer-battered mushrooms, hand-battered pickle spears, Scotch eggs and Irish nachos with corned beef. The north location features 18 taps, while the one in the south has a dozen. North: 101 E. Hastings Road, Suite A. (509) 413-1834. South: 5620 S. Regal St., Suite 1. (509) 368-9760. www.poolespublichouse.com.
This super-popular sporty bar serves fried foods in plastic, paper-lined baskets as well as cold pints. Look for stuffed tater tots, fried pickle spears, Italian sausage bites, jalapeño poppers, chili cheese fries and regular fries along with all sorts of sandwiches. And, if it’s your birthday – and bartenders do check IDs – spin the wheel to win a prize. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (509) 455-8752.
The Swinging Doors
This longtime sports bar, established in 1981, features some 60 TVs and soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, wraps and apps. 1018 W. Francis Ave. (509) 326-6794. www.theswingingdoors.com.
The Ref Sports Bar
Big screen TVs are the center of attention at this sports bar, known for its 31 different flavors of wings. Also on the menu: burgers, nachos, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, and chicken and waffles. 14208 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. (509) 315-9637. therefsportsbar.com.
Capone’s Pub and Grill
This North Idaho institution offers three locations as well as all sorts of salads and grinders, pizza and burgers. Started in Coeur d’Alene in 1991, Capone’s was featured on the 2010 “Wings and Things” episode of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-In and Dives.” Coeur d’Alene: 751 N. Fourth St. (208) 667-4843. Post Falls: 315 N. Ross Point Road. (208) 457-8020. Hayden: 9520 N. Government Way. (208) 762-5999.
Honorable mention: Victory Sports Hall
This new and contemporary Coeur d’Alene sports bar, opened in August, is a sister business to Crafted Taphouse next door. There are 50 beers on tap, two 165-inch LED video walls, craft cocktails and upscale pub fare. 519 Sherman Ave. (209) 930-0112. www.facebook.com/VictorySportsHall.
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