Valentine’s Day is today and nothing says romance quite like a tasty glass of wine.
Whether you’re planning a romantic date night or celebrating with friends, here is a wine-lover's guide to the best wine bars in Spokane. Cheers!
Nectar Wine & Beer
Located in Kendall Yards at 1331 W Summit Pkwy, Nectar Wine and Beer is the ultimate spot for specialty wine, beer and artisan cheese. It offers 32 wines by the glass with 300 more in the retail shop.
With a modern design and TV’s playing sports, this bar’s atmosphere is casual and caters to a younger crowd. A large wall is plastered with the motto, “Enjoy Life with Friends, Drink Happy.”
The owner, Josh Wade, said he is committed to selecting only the most carefully curated wines.
“I taste over 100 wines each month to find fun, unique and delicious wines that will become favorites for our guests and provide a rotating and unique glass pour program unlike any other in the city,” Wade said.
Nectar also offers fun events. Every Tuesday there’s Trivia Night at 7 p.m. The shop also celebrates Wine Wednesday and Thirsty Thursday, with discounts up to half-off on select glass pours of wine.
Nectar opens 2 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and noon Saturday–Sunday. Nectar closes at 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
LeftBank Wine Bar
When you step through the door of LeftBank Wine Bar, it feels like you’ve walked straight into a cozy shop in NYC.
LeftBank is located in the American Legion Building on 108 N Washington St. Each bottle of wine is hand selected from around the world to cover a wide range of palates and preferences.
It also offers a variety of appetizers, deserts and regular-sized entrée’s like thin-crust pizza. I enjoyed a delicious Pear Crunch Salad and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from France, both of which were to die for.
LeftBank offers happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every evening. Guests can hear live music on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
With its brick walls, dim lighting and warm fireplace, this wine shop is the perfect date-night location for you and your valentine.
LeftBank Wine Bar is open 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The shop closes at 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and at 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.
Vino! A Wine Shop
Vino! A Wine Shop is no amateur when it comes to Spokane’s wine scene. The shop has served wine-lovers since 1995 and accumulated over 1,000 monthly wine club members.
Don’t let the modest exterior of this shop fool you, either. Inside features glowing lamps, a wine cellar, and an art gallery. The atmosphere is friendly with knowledgeable staff that are passionate about giving advice to any customer that walks through the door.
The staff at Vino! tastes over 200 wines a month to ensure customers can find the best and most up-to-date options available. The selection has a strong emphasis on Northwest wines.
Besides hosting wine tasting events every Friday and Saturday, Vino! also offers wine education classes for those looking to learn more about wine tasting. If you are trying to be the next wine connoisseur, this is the place for you.
Vino! is downtown located at 222 S Washington St. The hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Happy wine tasting!
Cara Konowalchuk is a staff writer.