With Spokane County still in Phase 1 of Washington’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, many Gonzaga students’ favorite drinking destinations are closed for indoor dining and drinking. Local restaurants and bars are still providing alcoholic beverages to go, and trying some fun drinks from these places is definitely worth a shot.

Spokane Comedy Club: 315 W. Sprague Ave.

If you’re looking to shake things up, head to the Spokane Comedy Club building downtown. The restaurant trio of Fat Boy Wings, Quesadilla Queen and Spokane Breakfast Company offer an assortment of specialty alcoholic milkshakes including “Drunken Peanut Butter Cup” with Sheep Dog peanut butter whiskey. Patrons can also add a shot of booze to any of their classic flavors such as vanilla, chocolate or cinnamon toast crunch. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased with food from any of the three available menus.

Downriver Grill: 3315 W. Northwest Blvd.

Looking for a drink to help make Sunday morning brunch mimo-so-sweet? Downriver Grill offers mimosas and Bloody Marys for pick up and staff favorites include Blood Orange and Lavender Mint mimosas. 

Downriver Grill also offers evening cocktails, so drop by (maybe give it a few hours after you’ve tried their brunch?) and snag a Huckleberry Lemon Drop, Snowbird or Tequila Ora. These cocktails come in adorable mason jars that can easily be repurposed into cute house decorations. Or, you know, you could just mix another drink in it later on.

Gilded Unicorn: 110 South N. Monroe St.

If you’re in a group and are looking to grab cocktails for a night in, the Gilded Unicorn downtown offers cocktail kits for four. Staff favorites here include the Unicorn Old Fashioned, the Morgana and the Mezcal Negroni, which contains an intoxicating mix of Mezcal, Cynar and Lo-Fi Amaro. The Gilded Unicorn also offers all to-go cocktails in individual portions.

Elk Public House: 1931 W. Pacific Ave.

The Elk Public House offers both cocktail kits and to-go cocktails from their menu. If you don’t know where to be-gin, try an Orange or Lemon Sidecar, as recommended by the staff. Not in the mood for a specialty cocktail? The Elk also offers $10 growler fills or $15 wine bottles. I mean, come on, wine not try one of these?

GLOBE Bar & Kitchen: 204 N. Division St.

The GLOBE Bar & Kitchen also offers some pretty marti-neat specialty cocktails like the Pornstar Martini, Thyme after Thyme or Smokey the Pear. If it makes you hoppier, enjoy a growler of beer to go along with something off their brand new food menu, which features delicious daily specials.

Rincon Tapatio: 1212 N. Hamilton St.

If you feel like you’re drowning in homework and want to take a moment to relax, swim with the fishes by ordering a fishbowl to go from Rincon Tapatio on Hamilton Street, located just off-campus. If you need a recommendation, I’d man-go with the mango fishbowl.

Illinois Ave. Bar and Grill: 1403 E. Illinois Ave.

Looking tequila few hours at home with the roommates? Order some Tequila Sunrises and a few appetizers or meals from Illinois Avenue Bar and Grill. All of their to-go cocktails, which also include margaritas and White Russians, are carefully packaged to ensure a safe and legal drive home.

Bistango Lounge: 108 N. Post St.

If you want to bring a whole new meaning to lounging around the house, downtown’s Bistango Lounge re-opened on Feb. 9 and is serving a handful of cocktails to go. The lounge muddles fresh ingredients in lots of their cocktails, making them tough to serve for takeout, so be sure to call ahead and see if your cocktail of choice is available to-go.

Logan Tavern: 1305 N. Hamilton St.

For those who are looking to spice things up while staying as close to campus as possible, try a staff favorite spicy margarita at the Logan Tavern, which recently reopened for takeout. The tavern’s website is updated daily with all available food and drink options to-go.

Jack and Dan’s: 1226 N. Hamilton St.

The Star Bar: 1329 N. Hamilton St.

Even though some other GU favorite drinking destinations are not offering to-go drinks right now, local bar owners have plans for grand returns. Jack and Dan’s plans to reopen their doors at 50% capacity within the next few weeks. The Star Bar is also currently open with a covered and heated patio, serving up plenty of Kamikazes, Long Islands and Washington Apples.

Our local bars and restaurants are working hard to come up with crafty ways to get us the drinks we hold near and beer to our hearts. So, I encourage my fellow Zags to try to stay in high spirits and support our local businesses by getting drinks to go. Cheers!

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Dagny Albano is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter @dagny_albano.

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