When the sun sets, the streets of downtown Coeur d’Alene empty of tourists and families and fill with bar-hoppers ready to party. Planning a big night out? Whatever the theme of your get-together might be, downtown Coeur d‘Alene has a venue that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
Coeur d’Alene After Dark
Night Out With the Girls
Want a quiet night out with the girls? Meet them at Barrel Room #6. This upscale wine bar known for its relaxing atmosphere is owned by Coeur d’Alene Cellars, a local family-owned winery. Split a bottle of award-winning Syrah with the girls and catch up on life while sampling gourmet cheeses or locally made chocolates.
When the bottle is empty, walk a few blocks to the Coeur d’Alene Resort and check out The Shore Lounge, which is located on the lobby level. The Shore Lounge is open Tuesday through Saturday nights and features karaoke, salsa dancing and live music. Sip on a mojito or top shelf martini and enjoy the good service and entertainment the resort is known for.
Hanging Out With Co-Workers
Meeting up with co-workers or old college buddies? The Beacon is the place for you. The Beacon is a favorite hangout among locals and is conveniently located right in the middle of the action. The full bar offering plenty of tables makes it a great gathering spot. The 1890’s era brick building was once a bank, so be sure and check out the men’s room, the former vault.
Next, head across the street to the Moose Lounge, is the newest addition to the downtown bar scene. Here you’ll find an intimate, comfortable lounge with pool tables, several video games, beer, wine, and ridiculously comfortable couches.
Boy Night Out/Bachelor Party
Taking your buddy out for his bachelor party? Start the evening off with dinner and shots at Cricket’s Downtown Bar & Grill. With appetizers like Idaho potato skins, calamari and nachos, you’ll prepare your bellies for a long night of drinking. In addition to excellent food, Crickets has a shot menu with 101 choices and a different drink special every day.
After dinner, check out the Torch Lounge, Coeur d’Alene’s only bikini bar. With scantily clad women performing acrobatic pole tricks, nightly drink specials and pool tables, The Torch Lounge is the perfect place for a guys’ night out. Don’t worry, because the Torch is a “look, but don’t touch” kind of place, so the wedding will still be on when the party is over.
On a related note, downtown Coeur d’Alene is an excellent setting for a bachelorette party. Reserve a table for the group at The Wine Cellar & Bistro. With nightly live music, an extensive wine list and excellent service, The Wine Cellar is sure to impress. The dinner menu includes treats like crab manicotti and brie chicken. There is also an authentic Italian tapas menu for those who want a little bit of everything
After dinner, reward yourselves for behaving like ladies with a trip to Mik & Macs, the nightclub where locals and tourists alike gather to expect the unexpected. In addition to a large dance floor, a DJ spinning the hits from 9 PM to 2 am and an impressive flavored martini list, Mik & Macs has the sweetest VIP deal in the area. $50 gets you your own set of couches, an attentive server to bring your drinks, and a bouncer to keep away any unwanted “friends.” Best of all, the $50 deposit goes toward your bar tab. That should just about cover all the shots with naughty names you buy for the bride-to-be.
Looking for Mr. Right or Ms. Right
Looking to hook up? Again- Mik & Mac’s is your place. Described by locals as a “meat market,” Mik & Mac’s is always packed with sexy singles ready to dance. Buy the cute blond a drink and see where the evening takes you. But beware of those pesky beer goggles.
When nothing but a wild and crazy night will do, check out The Iron Horse Bar & Grill. During the summer months, this bar can be heard before it is seen. Patrons spill out into the street, enjoying their cocktails from the sidewalk tables. On weekends, a live cover band plays tunes that pack the dance floor.
The drink of choice here is the Derailer: served in a small bucket with four straws and has been proven to be highly effective. Guests of The Iron Horse tend to be friendly and outgoing, so a night of fun is guaranteed here- whether you remember it or not.
When the music stops and the lights go up, call Lakeside Taxi at (208) 704-0151 for a ride home. Nothing ruins a big night out like a DUI.
What & Where:
Barrel Room #6 (303 East Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene; 208-664-9632)
Shore Lounge (115 South 2nd St, Coeur d’Alene; 208-765-4000)
The Beacon (317 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene; 208-665-7407)
Cricket’s Downtown Bar & Grill (424 East Sherman Av, Coeur d’Alene; 208-765-1990)
The Torch Lounge (216 East Coeur d’Alene Ave; Coeur d’Alene; 208-667-3132)
The Wine Cellar and Bistro (313 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene; 208-664-WINE)
Mik & Mac’s (406 North 4th St, Coeur d’Alene; 208-667-4858)
The Iron Horse Bar & Grill (407 East Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene; 208-667-7314)
Jessica Lee is a freelance writer who was born and raised in Central Washington. She lives in North Idaho and travels whenever possible.