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Far West Billiards

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4 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

1001 W. First Avenue
Spokane, Washington, 99201
United States

(509) 455-3429

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by harrymel:
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3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Atmos: nestled in the corner of spokanes historical district, the bar is roomy with high ceilings. Bar is set up with two order areas and plenty of bar seating. Pretty steady on weekends and low traffic on weeknights. Great for my tastes. Jukebox with excellent selections. Sometimes a bit loud.

Quality: clean yet musty rustic. Lines are clean and handles rotate frequently.

Service: I have always gotten great service when sitting at the bar. Only poor service happened when I was sitting in corner table with friends and it was pretty busy. Otherwise, attentive and easy to navigate service

Selection: 8 handles. Two staples: hamms and guinness. Otherwise, good variety all the time with frequent turnover.

Food: typical pub fare. Nothing special. Nachos, burgers, salads, etc.

Value: $4/pint. Middle of the road in this area.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Right on the edge of the Spokane Historic District.

Atmosphere is OK. A simple non-descript pool hall. 6 pool tables. A bit dark and dingy.

Quality was OK. Avery, Northern Lights, Bear Republic, Snoqualmie and Widmer.

Service was good OK. It was slow at 5 PM.

Selection was OK. 8 taps and a couple dozen bottles.

Value was OK during happy hour. $3.75. Otherwise a bit pricey at $4.75

Cool "computer geek" bar keep. He had a T-shirt that said.

$> cd /pub
$> more beer

A lot of people won't get it, but I did. Being a computer geek myself.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This place was located in part of the Montvale Hotel, so it sat right on the corner of 1st Avenue and Monroe Street. As I entered, the snaking, copper-topped bar was straight ahead with three pool tables off to the left. To the right of the the bar were two more pool tables and two sets of English darts. All of the way aft of the bar was a cabinet with various board games as well as a sixth pool table. Frankly, I am a hardcore barfly. I do not mind games on TV, but anything that detracts from my drinking serves as nothing but a distraction. On the other hand, if I had been able to find someone to engage in a game of "Clue" ...

Eight taps with only Guinness and Bass as the non-micros! Twenty bottles with an interesting mix of ciders, quality imports, and about ten micros, including Rogue, Victory, and New Belgium.

I just could not work up any enthusiasm and made it a one-and-done.

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Photo of woemad
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located next to the recently re-opened historic Montvale Hotel (after a hiatus of 5 decades or so), this place is a slightly pretentious pool hall, with very comfy chairs, lots of wood in the decor and high ceilings.

I've only eaten here once, as most of my visits have been after eating somewhere else, like the adjacent Catacombs. The one time I did eat here I had a very tasty hot pastrami and swiss sandwich with fries that hit the spot.

They don't have a terribly extensive set of taps, but they are all micros or imports. Most - but not all - are NW (Alpine, Boundary Bay, etc), though I once tried a Pranquster here as well. The beers seem to be rotated fairly frequently, though the Alpine pilsener seems to be a fixture.

Service is ok. When it's busy, it's sometimes hard to flag down a waitress. It seems to get busier as the night goes on. The clientelle tends toward the young and hip crowd, and people tend to be trying to look good when they come here. Beer saavy amongst the servers is mostly MIA. I once sat far enough away from the taps as to not be able to tell what was on, and was given a rundown by a bartender who told me one of the beers on was a pale ale from Alpine. Not knowing they had a pale ale, I ordered it, thinking I had stumbled across a new beer... and received Alpine's pilsener. The moral of this story - walk over to the taps and eyeball them yourself if you want to know what is on-tap currently.

Not a bad place to shoot pool, if you want a decent beer and want to stick to the downtown core of the city. If you want an even better beer selection, no pretentiousness and still want to play pool, I'd suggest the Viking.

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Far West Billiards in Spokane, WA
Place rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 4 ratings
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