Manito Tap House
3011 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA
Despite its location in the lower level of a South Hill strip mall, Manito is the Taj Mahal of local craft beer hangouts. Its 50 taps are filled with wide-ranging selections from around the region, nation and the world (with detailed menu descriptions, down to how many miles each beer has traveled). There’s a cellaring program for rare beers, along with a tap club for regulars. A tap handle greets you as the front doorknob, and beer signs and posters are plastered on a wall in the dining area. The vibe is industrial chic, with lots of reclaimed barn wood, metal and concrete; a fountain graces the covered patio, surrounded by woven branches. A menu of upscale gastropub fare offers favorites from house-made yam chips to blackened mac and cheese, with vegetarian and gluten-free options. Owner Patrick McPherson places an emphasis on service, putting his employees through the national Cicerone training program, and on environmental consciousness; Manito gets four-star certification from the Green Restaurant Association, and biking is encouraged with a rack incorporating a repair stand.