Thirsty Thursday in Tri-Cities

Pictured: Tiki-inspired cocktails at Moniker Bar in Richland.
Credit: Courtesy of Moniker Bar.

Shaken, stirred, brewed or barreled? However you sip and savor, the Tri-Cities has the handcrafted beverage for you and your tastebuds.

It’s a whole lot easier to roll out of bed when there’s good coffee waiting for you. Novel Coffee and Teas is adjacent to Howard Amon Park where you can truly begin your day with a stroll along the Columbia River. Their next level Italian roasting, relaxing ambiance and literary-themed scenery to let your inner bookworm explore. Other energy stops include Shade Café in Richland with their Instagram-worthy café or Kagen Coffee & Crepes in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center.

For those who prefer the healthy approach, get all of your greens and proteins without the suffering of eating a whole plate of spinach. FreshPicksWA in Kennewick has a wide selection of fruit, vegetable and protein blends to make tasty drinks that are so good you will forget it’s good for you. The Hulk or King Kong are signature beverages that will have you fueled and ready to take on the day with the natural energy that your body has been craving.

Happy hour is happier with your favorite drink in hand. Showstopping cocktails can be found at Frost Me Sweet in The Parkway in Richland. Ask for the French 75, a champagne cocktail stirred and mixed over spun sugar. Just steps away are other Thirsty Thursday favorites including Wine Social, a wine bar featuring local (and global) wine offerings; and Soi 705, the newest addition to The Parkway, featuring cuisine and cocktails inspired by Asian street food. Signature cocktails and stunning sunsets on the patio of Cedars at Pier 1 are a Tri-Cities classic. You can boat in for dinner and dock by the restaurant or at the Clover Island Marina to enjoy Rum Barrels on Cedar’s outdoor patio. Watching the sunset between the Blue Bridge and the Cable Bridge, on Clover Island- there’s no better way to take in the warm Tri-Cities skyline.

What’s your sign? At Moonshot Brewing in Kennewick there is a stellar selection of craft beers tailored to the tastes and characteristics of each birth sign. If your favorite drinking buddy is your dog, then the stars are in alignment at Moonshot as well-behaved dogs are welcome to join. A little further north in Richland is home to a collection of breweries including Bombing Range Brewing Company, White Bluffs Brewing and Iconic Brewing—three local favorites conveniently located near each other. To make the most of your Tri-Cities brewing experience, check out the Best Breweries in Tri-Cities.

It is impossible to talk craft beverages in the Tri-Cities without highlighting the amazing wine scene. And it is amazing. Tri-Cities, Washington boasts more than 200 wineries within an hour’s drive and some of the finest wines in the world.