Lantern Tap House
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Now known as Lantern Tap House, bar has changed hands and purchased the defunct Perry Street Cafe next door and now has at least triple the capacity it once had. They now have 8-10 taps, plus food. Some servers are knowledgeable about beer and some haven't a clue. Still a cool neighborhood hangout with all taps craft beers that are rotated frequently>
Tiny, tiny, tiny bar in the Perry Street neighborhood, which is an odd, funky, village-like area plunked into the midst of Spokane's south hill. The Lantern has 135 square feet of area for it's customers to congregate in. The owner is attempting to get approval for more seating outside along the sidewalk which, according to him, will double capacity. Even then, this place will fill up quickly during peak hours.
There are five seats at the bar, and another eight or so at four small tables that seat no more than two. There's lots of wood and local art that is tastefully unobtrusive. On the left side of the bar is a chalkboard where draft and bottled options are posted with their prices. Wines and various ports are also available. According to a sign, cheese plates are available as well, but were not on the day I was there. Music is from the owner's iPod, and is at a volume that does not inhibit conversation. There are no TVs.
There's a grand total of 4 taps, which doesn't sound like much, but they were good taps. From the light to dark, the choices were North Coast's Scrimshaw pilsener, New Belgium's Mothership Wit, Elysian's IPA and (drumroll, please) Stone Russian Imperial Stout. All were $4.25 per pint, except the Stone RIS, which was $5.50, though you could order a 12oz glass which would have been the same price as the others. Bottled choices, you ask? There's 23 of them, and , incredibly, there's no Bud, Miller, Coors or PBR. The closest you can get is Full Sail's Session Lager ($3), which the owner says more often than not is a successful substitute for the Big 3 macros. Regional micros like Deschutes beers and more exotic micros like Oskar Blues Gordon round out bottled and canned options, along with some common imports (Stella, Guinness) and less common ones (Westmalle Dubbel).
The owner - Jeff, I think his name is (incredibly, he has a degree in pathology from a school back east, I forget which one) - seems to get the idea that different beers need different glasses, and doesn't need to be told to get a glass for you if you order a bottled or canned beer. No frosted glasses, either, which is a godsend.
The Lantern Tavern is a charming hole-in-the-wall watering hole in a neighborhood that just might be feeling the very first growing pains of gentrification. There's talk of a neighborhood pizza joint soon being built down the street in the soo to be vacated 100-year old drug store. If that occurs, the Lantern is well-placed to become a post-meal beer destination. While I don't happen to be in the neighborhood that often, it's nice to know that there is a craft beer option when I'm there.
07-20-2009 01:41:11 | More by woemad
Lantern Tap House in Spokane, WA
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