Hill's Restaurant and Lounge
401 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA
When Hill’s opened in 1993 in the former Albertini’s on Sprague Avenue, a distributor warned that they would soon go out of business if they didn’t continue to carry Bud Light. More than 20 years later, they’re still around, in a new location not far from the Convention Center. And the 10 taps are blissfully Bud-free, focusing instead on a carefully chosen, rotating array of regional craft beers (discount growler fills are offered for $10 on Sundays). With home brewer Dave Hill as chef, the restaurant has hosted a popular series of 30-plus brewer’s dinners, pairing dishes with an individual brewery’s range of offerings (including some rarities), which also are incorporated into the recipes. The large, modern dining room extends into a back bar area with brick walls, a long, winding wooden bar and some intriguing pieces of paraphernalia, including a Jim Beam decanter commemorating the eruption of Mount St. Helens, complete with an ash cloud-shaped top.