Jones Radiator

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5 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

120 E Sprague Ave
Spokane, Washington, 99202-1604
United States

(509) 747-6005

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Added by woemad on 12-23-2010

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of devlishdamsel
3.83/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

What I really like about this place, is that it's never the same place. The people and crowd tend to rotate as well as the staff and bands. It's not a particularly large bar. Step inside and instantly you are presented with exposed brick and the remains of what used to be a radiator shop. Gaze out the windows and you can see the slopping hillside staring you in the face. This bar is in fact a classic example of Spokane renovation gone right.
I'll never forget the first time it's existence was mentioned to me or the first time I dared venture there. "East of the trestle" bridge they told me. As nothing is east of the trestle bridge i raised my eyebrow in disbelief. But Upon first venturing there, I saw the illuminated red brick and heard the happy laughs, amidst many desired taps.
Flat out the atmosphere cannot be beat. The beer selection is solid, especially considering some of the selections are very potent in alcohol content and the standard pour is always a pint( or even larger if you were fortunate enough to bid for their mug club). You'll only find BMC selections in a bottle at this bar.
The music scene is pretty varied as well. Again this is a pretty small venue, but typically there is no cover and if there is it's never steep. I keep hearing the term hipster being thrown out as a means to describe this bar, however I would disagree. I think this is definitely one of the few bars in town where anything goes and the young and older alike can associate and coexist.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I stopped by Jones Radiator while on a Spokane pub crawl.

The pace is an old radiator shop, in a dubious part of town (at least for the last 50 years or so). There is a lot of exposed brick, nice lighting and an old cement floor. Bar stools made of old car wheels. No TV in the place so as not to stifle the conversation.

Quality is very good. Pike, Fremont, Racer, Ice Harbor, Rogue, and some imports, including an imperial Oktoberfest. They tap a firkin at 6PM on Fridays.

Service is good. Friendly barvkeep with a dry sarcastic sense of humor.

Selection is good. 16 taps.

Food is limited by the smalll kitchen It looked like mostly chips and salsa and wraps.

Value is excellent. $3 pints happy hour. $4.25 and up after that. A must stop on the Spokane micro brew circuit.

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Photo of woemad
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Edit: Jones Radiator closed in late April, 2016. Rumors are rife that it has been purchased by a new owner and will re-open at some point in the not-too-distant future.

Jones Radiator is the place I reccomend to beer geeks over any other bar in the Spokane area. Yes, it has fewer taps that the Viking, but there's so much more quality at the Radiator it's no contest.

For starters, the building is really cool. Jones Radiator was built as a radiator shop in the 1920s. It's a long, narrow brick building that actually is cut into a sort-of hillside. The building sat vacant for around 20+ years, so the owners have had to do quite a lot of re-habbing to the place. The building's automotive past lives on, not only in the name, but also in some of the furnishings. The chairs at the bar have wheels as their bases. Local artwork adorns the walls. Bands play regularly, I believe Fridays and possibly Saturdays. In addition, the bartenders are usually playing pretty cool music from Pandora or vinyl brought in by themselves or customers.

The 16 or so taps are roated regularly, though the Two Beers "evo" IPA is pretty much regular. Tom, the co-owner is also very partial to Ninkasi, which is often present on at least one tap. The tap selection is nevertheless regularly rotated, and is entirely craft-oriented. I've seen taps with Deschutes, DFH, Rogue, Fremont, Great Divide, Avery and Boulevard, just to name a few off the top of my head. They also do a Firkin the first Friday of every month, something that I believe is unique to this area.

Service is prompt when I visit, but that's usually shortly after they open at 4pm on weekdays (they are closed on Sundays), so I'm not aware of what it's like during evenings and live music nights. The bartenders are all very cool, with Tom probably being the most beer-oriented but everyone being able to give you a knowledgeable appraisal about whatever beer you ask about.

There is a small food menu featuring some simple but tasty dishes. The bartenders make the meals themselves by darting into a small kitchen next to the bar, so the food might not be too quick to appear if they are getting slammed, but it's never been a long wait whenever I've been there. There's also ice cream from Brain Freeze, a local micro-creamery owned by one of the bar owners, and it's pretty tasty stuff. The menus generally includes an up-to-date tap list as well, which I much appreciate.

Great beer, great service, tasty food and a cool building, what else do you want?

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Photo of leedorham
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Jones Radiator is a fairly new place in town but it's clear the ownership is passionate about great beer.

Went in there for the first time tonight. Recalling some of the taps:
Terminal Gravity DIPA
Rogue American Amber
Port Mongo IPA
New Belgium Lips of Faith Vrienden
Victory Storm King
Caldera IPA
Elisian Immortal
Pike Kilt Lifter
Great Divide Hibernation
Georgetown Lucille

There were more. Can't remember them all.

The owner is VERY into the beer. I hope to visit this place often in the future.

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Jones Radiator in Spokane, WA
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 5 ratings