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4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Puzzled by the name of this place? Mystified by the logo featuring an infant with a suspicious looking bottle? Don't worry, this isn't a place where infants hit the booze when they slip away from the parental units (I, for one, have long suspected the kiddies aren't nearly as innocent as they look).
"Baby Bar" is a reference to the size of the establishment, and it's tiny. It's located across 1st Avenue from the venerable Davenport Hotel, in what's best described as a strip mall/office complex that used to be a motel. The entrance is at a door located on the outside and somewhat to the rear of a restaurant, Neato Burrito. If you screw up and enter through the restaurant instead, have no fear. A corridor to the rear of the restaurant will lead you to the bar.
Once in the actual bar, one finds themselves in a cozy space that would be intolerably crowded by approx 20 people. Slightly kitchy in the decor department, an interesting thing about the place is that one wall is entirely dominated by a drawing or painting, which is replaced regularly. The clientele tends to be hipster-ish, so expect the consciously ironic.
Upon entering, the bar is nearby on the left, and combined booth/table seating is to the right, and if you insist on taking more than about 6 steps to the right you will walk into the wall. Lighting is somewhat dim, and there's no windows. There's a relatively full bar for those looking to get their Hard A on. On the bar sits stacks of the local independent weekly - the Inlander - plus copies of The Stranger, a similar, though undoubtedly more uncensored publication from Seattle. I've seen copies of it nowhere else in Spokane.
Beer selection is not huge - such a thing would be impossible give the size of the establishment and it's decision to include the cocktail crowd - but of it's 5 taps, you can count on 3-4 of them being craft beers. Often the only macro is PBR (remember, this is a hipster bar), but on my last visit, the others were Great Divide's Yeti, Avery's Maharajah, another Colorado micro I'm forgetting, and a NW micro (I think it was something from Snoqualmie Falls - in the past they've carried both Steam Train and Wildcat). They regularly rotate their taps. Another 5 choices are in bottle -the majority of which are macros, but there was at least one craft option as well, but I forget what it was. Best of all, on Tuesday nights all beers are $2 (the last place in town with cheap good beers on a designated night). I don't know about you but I thoroughly enjoy drinking 3 pints of an Impy Stout and owing $6 to the fetching and mildly flirtatious barkeep. On other nights the prices are about the same as everywhere else (certainly they're cheaper than the Viking).
I've never eaten in the bar itself, but the burritos in the restaurant are very tasty, though somewhat messy. I generally eat them in the restaurant portion, then retire to the bar for drinking, as I think it would be a little claustrophobic to try to consume a meal in the bar, once people start filing in.
This is a funky, cozy bar with a small but tasty craft-centric beer selection with a supply of burritos within a short distance, so essentials are pretty much covered.
11-08-2008 20:18:54 | More by woemad
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