Episode #19 Nikos Wine Bar Spokane

When wine in Spokane meant a handful of wineries and a small selection at the local grocery store, Niko’s owner Laith Elaimy anticipated a trend and took a chance by hiring Pauline Riley, his wine representative from a local distributor, to run his wine menu. The seemingly odd pairing of Niko’s Greek Restaurant and its mediterranean menu and the Niko’s Wine Bar has resulted in one of Spokane’s finest places to enjoy not only a great dinner but a huge variety of wine.

“Wine is food for the soul,” says Pauline, “we want to provide a place to bring people to good conversation and good wine.” Niko’s not only provides a great dinner menu and wine selection but is a premier location for VIP dining rooms, valet parking, and catering; all of this in the heart of downtown Spokane on Post and Riverside (just 2 blocks from Riverpark Square).

Pauline is one of the go to wine people in Spokane. She is a trusted expert in the community. Her years of experience have made Niko’s wine bar the place to enjoy a good glass of wine, a fun wine flight, or buy that special bottle retail for the last 12 1/2 years.

The wine bar, an extension of the restaurant, is a quaint nicely decorated room to enjoy wine. Pauline prepares a new wine tour sheet every few weeks that features between 40-50 wines by the glass, chosen from their 1100 bottle cellar. The menu favorites are the various wine flights where you can experience regional, international, varietal or producer flights. Pauline even likes to feature a “anything but Sideways flight” where patrons get all Merlot. My favorite is the blind white or red flight where Pauline brings you a random selection. After the tasting she brings out the bottles challenging you to pair the wine you drank with the correct bottle. It is a fun and challenging tasting.

When I asked Pauline what she wants people to experience at the wine bar, she said, “I want people to embrace new wine in an environment that is conducive to shared experiences. I want to serve the best selection of wine in a beautiful location using quality stemware. Life is too short to drink the same wine twice.” Niko’s has been voted by local Spokane Inlander readers as the region’s Best Wine Bar and Spokane’s Best Wine Selection for ten straight years!

Whether you are a wine expert, new to wine or, somewhere in between (like me), Niko’s has developed a fantastic reputation as the spot for wine in Spokane. With so much wine available, Pauline sees her job to be your wine professional helping you select the best wine for your needs. “You have a Real Estate professional or a finance professional, why not a wine professional.”

The NectarView:

  • The Stats: Niko’s Wine Bar is open Sun – Wed 4pm – 10pm and Thur – Sat 4pm – 11pm. Open Friday for lunch from 11-3 (all entrée’s $10)
  • The Social: www.nikosspokane.com 509.624.7444
  • The Streets: 725 W. Riverside (Riverside and Post)

2010 represents Niko’s 25 years in business. To celebrate the longevity Niko’s is offering a $25 gift card to use on a return visit when you enjoy dinner during 2010. You heard it here first. Tell them DrinkNectar sent you.

NEW UPDATE 1/29/10 – Talked to Pauline last night and she has started a fantastic Happy Hour $2 Glass of Wine (1 red, 1 white), $2 off any glass, $2 off any flight and $2 beer. Happy Hour is 4-6pm and 9-close Monday – Friday! Tell them Josh @ DrinkNectar sent you!


Owner of Nectar Tasting Room in Spokane, WA. (@nectarwine) Publisher of Spokane Wine Magazine (@spowinemag), author, speaker, consultant and internet marketer with Nectar Media (@nectarmedia)

11 comments on “Episode #19 Nikos Wine Bar Spokane

  1. Randy Watson

    Looks like my kinda place!

    You’re so lucky to have so many cool places like this around you!

    Maybe we can meet up some time for a bottle!

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  3. Seattle Wine Gal

    This is such an amazing way to showcase great places Josh. I am impressed and hope they realize how lucky they are to get this sort of attention from DrinkNectar! Very cool. -Seattle Wine Gal (@seattlewinegal)

    1. drinknectar

      Thanks, SeattleWineGal! If you and TheWineWhore ever decide to grace Spokane with your presence, I’ll take you guys out!

  4. Darren

    I enjoy the wine flights at Nikos but the service seems very rushed these days. Nice blog! Fun to see some Spokane area love. My rec for the best wine experience in the area is Beverly’s at the C’D Alene Resort. Top notch service and an experience you’ll never forget. cheers

    1. drinknectar


      I’m sure they would appreciate hearing that feedback. I have heard others refer to Bervery’s at CDA. I will definitely have to put them on my radar.

      Cheers – Josh

  5. Darren

    Ask for Eric at Bevs, he is a great guy. I would love to see more wine bars in Spokane (Left Bank has been a nice addition). Nice job with the blog, keep it up!
    cheers, Darren

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  8. Pauline Riley

    Josh – Thanks for including Niko’s on your blog – it helps motivate me to keep doing what I’m doing and it helped pull me out of my Niko bubble – it’s good to get into the virtual world sometimes. Also, thanks for the second visit where I enjoyed watching you and your friend in action – thanks for going along with my suggestions.
    I’m adding to the overall Niko’s experience by making a few hours in the day even more affordable — I call it the Happiest Hours
    $2 Glasses of Wine
    $2 Bottled Beers (Except Chimay)
    $2 Off Any glass of Wine
    $2 Off Any “Wine Tour”
    Monday – Friday 4-6 p.m. and again from 9:00 to close
    Cheers to all and to all a good flight 😉

    1. drinknectar

      That is great news Pauline! I have let people know on Twitter and Facebook about your Happiest Hour, and will continue to do so.

      Nikos is truly a special place to enjoy wine and you are a wine goddess!


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