Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille
Taps: 50 / Bottles: 72
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woemad:
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Finally, there's a decent watering hole on Spokane's South Hill for beer geeks. The theme of Waddell's would seem to be a three-way split between Irish pub, sportsbar and Yuppie haunt. But what really intersted me when when I saw an ad for them was the claim they had 20 beers on tap, 72 bottled options and made growler sales.
Located in a recently constructed strip mall on Regal across from a Shopko, parking was a bit difficult to find, which, I suppose, is a good sign for business. I was there on a Saturday, just after noon. Maybe a dozen people where there for lunch. A somewhat long bar is on the left as you enter. The bar is stocked with wine and hard alcohol as well as beer, though if you're looking for a good martini, you should probably go next door to Twig's Bistro, as that's kind of their thing. A very "woodsy" looking place.
Perusing the menu revealed that Waddell's mainly deals in somewhat upscale variations of pub grub. I opted for the "Rube Waddell Burger", which was essentially a cheeseburger cooked to order with pastrami and at least one sauce (I forget now what it was) for $8.95. It was big, messy and tasty, with beer-battered fries that were just right (a pet peeve of mine is somewhat hoity-toity prices for food that comes with fries that clearly came from a frozen bag at the grocery store - thankfully none of that here!)
Twenty taps yielded a mix of micros and imports, though three macros were present - Bud, Bud Lite and Coors Light. Four if you count "Waddell's Stout", which was actually Bare Knuckle Stout. Micros were represented by Dale's Pale Ale, Pike Kilt Lifter, taps from Elysian, New Belgium, Rogue, Sam Adams, Boundary Bay and others I'm forgetting. Also there were imports such as Guinness, Boddington's, Bass, etc. I seem to have lost the list I forwarded to the Bros. when I submitted this place to Beerfly, and can't remember the other beers. Tap handles tucked into the slots of the wine covey behind the bar attested to frequent tap rotations. Tap selection seemed a compromise between what a beer geek would want and what the owner expected to sell to the predominantly yuppie-ish locals. While they don't sell growlers, they will fill one for you if you bring one in.
I was most impressed by their bottled/canned selection. You can peruse through a book of beers and wines offered. After a Kilt Lifter from tap, I chose a can of Old Chub and a bottle of Mephistopheles ($8.50 for a 12oz bottle - local bottleshops carry it for at least $1 more and other bars have it around $12-13!). Prices for bottled and canned craft beers are quite good overall.
I sat at the bar and service was prompt. My first two beers came from a friendly bartender who was prompt but who also didn't ask if I didn't want a frosted glass. Now the glasses weren't so frosted as some I've encountered in other places that weren't so much frosted as they were ice-encased, but it was still annoying, so I asked the guy who took my order for the Meph to get me an un-frosted glass, explaining why I preferred one. This turned out to be the owner, who told me, "I like you. You know what you're talking about!" Apparently the frosted glasses are considered a necessary evil for the ignorant that make up much of the clientele! Chatting about beers, I discovered he's a huge Oskar Blues fan and he's planning on getting a keg of Gordon soon.
While a bit far away to be a regular hangout for me, when I'm having to go up on the hill, I would definitely consider working a visit in to grab a pint or two, to drink or take home.
02-29-2008 19:30:21 | More by woemad
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4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Usually crowded, but for good reason I suppose. There is a fairly long bar and a long narrow dining area. I would suggest this place for one or two people but not for a larger group.
Lots of awesome beer. Fairly IPA/Hop centric. Usually at least half a dozen local handles and this is one of the places that will get something new first so I'm always glancing at their tap list.
Service is good but not great. Again, I chalk this up to them being busy when I'm there usually. I haven't had a poor experience at all and they are knowledgeable about what's on tap.
The food is great unless you're trying to watch your weight. Think about what you crave when you're drinking and that's what they have on the menu. Great burgers, sandwiches, dogs, etc.
05-15-2013 17:22:21 | More by leedorham
4.09/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
On my way passing through Spokane, stopped by here for a lunch break.
The pub is located in a smallish strip mall, and on the inside has the look of a chain restaurant, fashioned in the chili's or applebees mold. The place is fairly good size otherwise, with a long bar on the right side as you walk in from the front door. There are a couple of TV's over the bar area as well, turned to MLB on this particularly Tuesday.
On this particular day, it appeared they had roughly 40 beers on tap, with a focus on craft beer (they had a tap handle of Bud lite, for some reason, but that was the only macro swill I saw on tap here). I gather IPA's are a big deal here, as they had a seperate beer tower just for IPA's/DIPA's, holding roughly 12 different versions (which this day included Victory hop devil, much to my surprise). Otherwise, there was a good mix of regional and local beers; I guess given the far ranging selection, I thought they might have a few more seasonal and limited release beers here (if any place was going to have the just released Stone "best by" beer, I figured it would be this place. Not only did they not have it, but I'm not sure the bartender knew anything about the beer - a patron at the bar mentioned that it is available in Spokane, and knew of another place in town that had it). Still, I was pretty happy with the selection I saw here today.
Service was pretty good. The bartender was quick and attentive, and seemed fairly knowledgeable about most things I asked him about. Food was also good here. I got the chipolte wings, which were quite good and served in an intriguing spicey peanut sauce (I believe). I would add that Waddells seemed to be doing a good lunch business, with most folks simply ordering soft drinks or iced tea with their meal. In my mind, that's usually a sign of a restaurant that takes its food menu seriously (the menu is mostly pub grub, but often times with a gourmet or innovative twist on the usual suspects).
I've indicated that prices here are fairly reasonable, but I can see where someone might find them a bit on the high side. My order of 10 wings was a completely acceptable $10, but I was surprised that the 5 sample glass tray of IPA's I ordered was $12.75 (plus tax of course). While not terrible, by any means, it was a bit more expensive than I expected.
All and all, I thought this a pretty solid place, and one I wouldn't hesitate to visit again if I'm ever back in Spokane.
04-03-2013 15:23:54 | More by John_M
3.58/5 rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I did a brief Friday afternoon pub crawl of Spokane's South Hill, and stopped at Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille.
The place is a long narrow space, and was clean and quiet on a Friday afternoon. It has kind of a European theme, with an "Est. 2007" plaque above the bar. Seems a bit a bit sterile or staged. It looks like a bar from a movie set. Perhaps it will gain some character over time? There are sports on TV and board games available.. Max occupancy is 99 and patio area seats about 30.
Quality was OK. Run of the mill Euros on tap with mostly regional craft brews. A lot of Oskar Blues selections.
Service was good. The place was not busy. Not much knowledge of the beers on the part of the wait staff, but tasters were offered.
Selection is OK. 10 Euro handles and 9 domestics. 1 macro (Bud Light) on tap Bud Light. I counted about 75 bottle selections and a full bar.
Food: Did not try did not see.
Value is OK. I paid $4.25 for a Racer 5 IPA, which is OK by Spokane standards. $5 for Oskar Blues Gordon seems a bit steep.
I'd probably make a Waddell's a regular stop if I lived in the neighborhood. I will probably go back and try the food one of these days.
Update 8/3/11 - $5 a pint. $5.50 for some. No beer/price list in sight. Switching to a bit pricey rating
08-16-2008 17:27:09 | More by RJLarse
Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille in Spokane, WA
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.