Goofy’s small space brings quiet atmosphere

Dylan Paulus/The Easterner

Dylan Paulus/The Easterner

by Al Stover
Eagle Life Editor
easterner.eaglelife@gmail.com

For students who are looking for an alternative to Eagles Pub and Wild Bill’s, there is Goofy’s.

Goofy’s is a bar located next to Wild Bill’s and across the street from Eagles Pub. Like most bars, it has two shelves filled with a variety of liquor. In addition to the mixed drinks, like a Jack and Coke or a Long Island Iced Tea, some bartenders will also make a surprise drink at the customer’s request.

For those who are more of the beer type, there are the typical domestic brews on tap, like Coors Light and Bud Light, as well as craft beers, like Black Butte Porter and Mac & Jack’s African Amber ale. Domestic beer costs $3.75 a pint while microbrews are $4.75 a pint.

Goofy’s also has a seasonal beer on tap, which is currently New Belgium’s Snow Day, a winter ale that is dark brown with a taupe-colored foam on top. Fans of winter ales made by Samuel Adams and Alaskan Amber may be put off by the dark color and the slightly chalky taste.

For customers who are strapped for cash, Goofy’s has daily specials Monday through Saturday on mixed drinks as well as a daily special of tequila shots and Fireball for $3.50. Power Hour is from 3-4 p.m., which has domestic pitchers for $4.50, while Happy Hour happens from 3-6 p.m.

While customers have a wide selection of alcohol, Goofy’s does not have a wide range of food options. Choices are limited to popcorn, sandwiches, pizza and nachos.

The decor of the place will catch patrons’ eyes. The walls in the billiards area are covered in vintage music and movie posters. Above the bar are decorations, like a large Pez dispenser of the Disney character Goofy that sits above a sign that reads, “There will be a $5 charge for whining.”

There is also a mirror on the wall that spans from the lounging area to the back of the billards area.

Customers may feel space is limited as the lounging space across from the bar area only has five two-person tables and two booths.

Past the bar there is an open space that has two billiard tables, three arcade games and “The Simpsons” Pinball Party next to the juke box. There is also an isolated area past the bathrooms where patrons have some privacy and play billiards. However, this area is not in good view of the bar and bartenders may not be able to see if a customer is finished with their beer.

Although the small space in Goofy’s may not be able to handle the crowds who show up and want to jump on the dance floor after two or three mixed drinks, it is a great place to watch sports on TV, do homework or relax with friends.

For EWU student Ana Lendeza, the atmosphere is more relaxing than at places like Eagles Pub or The Basement.

“It’s a bar just to hang out and not have distractions of everything else,” Leneza said. “The music is not too loud. It’s just a chill bar.”

The small area and relaxed atmosphere also allows bartenders to be more personable with the regulars who enter the bar.

“Your friends can come in and get them to try different drinks,” said Ashley Johnson, bartender. “I can do my homework if it’s really slow.”

Although the clientele of Goofy’s is the same at other bars, there is no fighting or rowdy behavior from customers.

“Everyone who comes in here [lets] loose but everyone seems to be in their right mind,” said Eryyn O’Dell, bartender and EWU student. “The patrons don’t get crazy or ruin anything.”

If a group of 20 or more friends want to find a bar to have their bachelor party or celebrate the Eagles latest victory, they might want to go to a bigger place.

However, if two friends want to just grab a beer and watch the game without having to wait 10 minutes to get service, then Goofy’s is a good spot.

Address:
407 First St., Cheney, WA 99004

Hours:
Monday through Thursday
from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Friday and Saturday
from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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About Al Stover

I graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in journalism. I currently work as a Staff Reporter for the Cheney Free Press. I have interviewed characters like cage fighters, drag queens and dungeon masters. I like Batman, coffee, MMA and beer.

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