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Volume 1 What’s in a name? In addition to simply stating its obvious purpose, Bar Bar actually gets its name from Boise Weekly’s parent company, Bar Bar, Inc.

CONTENTS ] Introduction ] Downtown Bars ] Bench Bars ] ScaBARger Hunt ] West/Southwest Boise Bars ] Southeast/Northeast Boise Bars

] University/ Broadway Bars ] North End Bars ] State Street Bars ] Garden City Bars ] Eagle Bars ] Meridian Bars ] Kuna/Canyon County Bars

#OVERBY!DAM2OSENLUND PUBLISHER Sally Freeman Office Manager Shea Sutton Man About Town Stan Jackson EDITORIAL Editor Rachael Daigle Contributing Writers Amy Atkins Deanna Darr Jennifer Hernandez Nathaniel Hoffman Elaine Lacaillade Tara Morgan Proofreaders Jay Vail Annabel Armstrong ADVERTISING Account Executives Joe Dewey Meshel Miller Chelsea Snow Jessi Strong Blake Green Jill Weigel

CREATIVE Art Director Leila Ramella-Rader Graphic Designers Megan Decker Adam Rosenlund Photographer Laurie Pearman Boise Weekly ISSN 1944-6314 (print) ISSN 1944-6322 (online) is owned and operated by Bar Bar Inc., an Idaho corporation. Address editorial, business and production correspondence to: Boise Weekly, PO Box 1657, Boise, ID 83701 Boise Weekly’s office is located at 523 Broad St. Boise, ID 83702 Phone: 208-344-2055 Fax: 208-342-4733 E-mail: The entire contents and design of Boise Weekly are ©2009 by Bar Bar, Inc. BOISE WEEKLY IS AN INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED NEWSPAPER. |  | 76G76G

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Let me be the ďŹ rst to congratulate you on being 1. savvy enough to pick up the very ďŹ rst edition of Bar Bar, and 2. smart enough to realize that if any media in town knows how to have a good time (something this little number is deeply committed to ferreting out), it’s Boise Weekly. Whether you want ’em stiff and cheap, thick and dark, or fullbodied with nice legs, BW is here to point you to the promised land, a place where everyone knows your name—at least for the night. And since this is the ďŹ rst of these little babies outta the gate, let’s get the ground rules straight. First, don’t drink and drive. Designate a driver, hail a cab, hire a limo, take a long walk home—hell, call your mom if you have to, but do not ever assume you’re OK to drive. Second, Boise Weekly does not, never has and won’t ever condone underage drinking. Be 21. Have a valid ID. Third, know when to say when. No one likes a puker, a ďŹ ghter, a crier or a passer-outer. And ďŹ nally ‌ remember to tip your bartender and/or cocktail waitress. As you thumb through Bar Bar, you’ll notice a couple of things about the bars and restaurants included herein. First and foremost, we covered all the locally owned and independent watering holes in town that are strictly bars. Then we dug out a few locally owned and independent restaurants where we’d feel entirely comfortable setting aside the food menu and drinking our way through a visit. We also included a few places that seem unlikely stops for a drink but were doing something drink-related that warranted a mention. Last, we threw in a listing for every bar or restaurant with an ad in this here mag. And we have a good reason for that. All advertising businesses get to participate in the Bar Bar ScaBARger Hunt should they choose to, and so that you know what you’re getting into before the crawl, we included a listing to help you get there and be prepared. Now, of course, you want to know what the ScaBARger Hunt is all about, don’t you? It’s your way to win more than $250 in free drinks all over the valley. Turn to page 20 to play. Last but not least, head to, where space is unlimited and we’ve listed all the bars we could possibly think of. Cheers. Rachael Daigle |  | 76G76G

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BARDENAY 610 Grove St., 208-426-0538

10TH STREET STATION 104 N. 10th St., 208-344-2677

This subterranean space has plush pleather rolling chairs, sports memorabilia on the walls and enough smoke in the air to set off the fire alarms. It’s a favorite with hipsters but attracts a steady stream of college students and the blue-collar crowd, too. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. $2.75 wells, $1.50 domestic drafts.

1108 LOUNGE 1108 Front St., 208-331-4110

Don’t let the scruffy exterior scare you. 1108 has been gutted and remodeled, the little oasis patio is good for beer pong and summer disco nights, and the crowd is mighty straight-friendly. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 5-6:30 p.m. $1.75 PBRs, 50 cents off everything; Wed. and Sun. 8 p.m.-close $5 all you can drink PBR and Rolling Rock.

ALTERKNIT LOUNGE AT KFCH 416 Ninth St., 208-367-1212

The Knitting Factory’s upper bar has its own name, but it’s only open on show days. It’s a great place to lounge and hide away after moshing all night. Get some grub before the show starts and get priority admission to the show.

ANGELL’S 999 W. Main St., 208-342-4900

Angell’s is known for its steaks and seafood. In warmer weather, the patio, tucked into a sloping grassy hill, is a lush respite from the concrete jungle. HAPPY HOUR: Sun.-Mon. 4-6 p.m. $1 domestics, $2 micros, $3 wells, $5 wings and skins. Tue.Fri. 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 cocktails and draft beers, $1 off appetizers.

The country’s first restaurant distillery and home to one of the best mixologists, Bardenay is a destination for those can’t decide between a good glass of wine and a good martini.

BALCONY CLUB 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, 208-336-1313

This bumping club with a fantastic view is the place to get your rump shaking. It may be the fiercest gay bar in town, but the straight crowd can’t stay away. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-7 p.m. $2.50 domestics, $3 bottled imports, $3.50 mixed drinks, $1 off wine.

BAR GERNIKA 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-344-2175

Croquettas and house red are all the rage at Gernika. It’s a dark little corner joint that’s nothing fancy, but it’s a favorite for Basque food, Spanish wine and a selection of micro taps that’ll keep a beer lover happy.

BASQUE CENTER 601 Grove St., 208-342-9983

Little known fact: The Basque Center is open to the public. It’s the unofficial watering hole for Boise’s large Basque population, but it also has a reputation for stiff drinks and outrageously fun crowds anytime the block is throwing a party.

BERRYHILL & CO. 121 N. Ninth St., 208-387-3553

At chef/owner John Berryhill’s place, you’ll want to grab a martini or sip a single-malt Scotch as you wait for your table or get ready for a night on the town. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 4-6 p.m.; Thu.-Sat. 10 p.m.-close 2-for-1 drinks.


BITTERCREEK ALE HOUSE 246 N. Eighth St., 208-345-1813

Nothing goes better with good beer than a good burger, and Bittercreek has both. This pub is a great place to relax with friends, and the summer patio is a prime people-watching spot. HAPPY HOUR: Sun.Thu. 3-6 p.m. half off appetizers, $2.75 microbrews. Sun.-Thu. after 9 p.m. $2.50 wells, $2.75 microbrews, 50 cent wings.

THE BOUQUET 1010 W. Main St., 208-345-6605

This century-old landmark has been brought back to its former glory. One of the best places to mix your whiskey as well as to catch live music. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-9 p.m. $2 well drinks.

CACTUS BAR 517 W. Main St., 208-342-9732

Watering hole for the serious drinker by day, 20-somethings by night. Dance on the bar or lounge on the alley patio any time. Cactus is a shot and a beer kind of bar. HAPPY HOUR: All day, every day $2 well drinks and $2 domestic drafts.

CAFE OLE 404 S. Eighth St., 208-344-3222

In the basement of BoDo, the maze-like interior offers privacy and a social atmosphere. Grab chips and salsa and a marg in the cantina and call it a night. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 all drinks, $3 all you can eat taco bar.

CHANDLERS IN HOTEL 43 981 W. Grove St., 208-383-4300

The lights are low, the drinks chichi and the music live. Bask in the bar’s blue light with a Scotch or a martini and act like you’re a high roller.

CHINA BLUE 100 S. Sixth St., 208-338-6604

With a bar in the women’s bathroom, one made of ice, two hidden away in the VIP lounges, and one for the masses, China Blue is committed to a party. For maximum fun, try all five. HAPPY HOUR: Fri. and Sat. 9-11 p.m. $2 beers, $3 you-call-it.

COTTONWOOD GRILLE 913 W. River St., 208-333-9800

If you love having drinks in ski lodges, Cottonwood is your in-city destination. Inside and out, it looks like it was airlifted out of Aspen and dropped on to the Greenbelt. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. discounts on select wines by the glass and draft beers, special appetizer and martini menu.

DIRTY LIL RODDY’S 100 S. Sixth St., 208-338-6604

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415 S. Ninth St., 208-342-5446

109 S. Sixth St., 208-345-2505

Boise’s grande dame of gay-friendly clubs has been welcoming people for decades. It looks like a little hole in the wall, but inside, the full bar fuels some of Boise’s best movers across the large dance floor night after night. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-7 p.m. 50 cents off all drinks.

Varied live music and a fun-loving clientele in this underground space. One flash of ID provides access to both Grainey’s bars so boredom will never rear its ugly head. HAPPY HOUR: Sun. all night, 50 cent Rainiers.


GRAPE ESCAPE 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 100, 208-368-0200

If you’re not looking for this little pub on Idaho Street, you might miss it. Too bad for you because you’ll miss out on a superb rotating beer selection; Falcon strives to keep it seasonal and keep it local. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 16 oz. pints and house reds and whites.

For years, the Grape has held down the most sought-after restaurant real estate in downtown, and on a busy summer night, it’s easy to see why. If fine wine (or a martini) and a decadent cheese plate is your idea of a relaxing time, the Grape is your escape. HAPPY HOUR: Tue. 5 p.m. wine flights, price varies.



646 Fulton St., 208-342-4222

1124 W. Front St., 208-342-3375

Praise be for the Flicks, where limited-release films are paired with beer and wine. Not feeling like a film? That’s OK. Flicks makes the bar guide because you don’t even need a movie ticket to share a drink with friends.

A little naughty, a little nice, a little country and a little hip-hop. The Grizz is still fairly new, but it has intimate concerts featuring big names. A VIP room, big old dance floor and a mechanical bull ensure that whether you’re stopping by or staying all night, fun will had by you and all your friends. HAPPY HOUR: Fri.-Sat. 9 p.m-2 a.m. drink specials and free bull rides.

780 W. Idaho St., 208-947-3111


Two words sum up drinking at Front Door: “domestic free.” The pub consistently bottoms out Boise’s Coldest Beer contest for good reason: good beer don’t need no cold. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6 p.m. $1 off drafts.

GAMEKEEPER LOUNGE 1109 W. Main St., 208-343-4611

Slip into the shadowy lounge and sink into one of the lavish lounge chairs. Order a drink, close your eyes and listen to some live jazz. Sigh. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. $1 off domestic beer, drafts, well drinks, wines by the glass, $2 off martinis and half-price appetizers.

GUSTO’S 509 W. Main St., 208-343-5159

Dark walls, a tin ceiling and low lights lend it a lounge feel; the invasion of college coeds on the weekends and the occasional metal, punk or rock show invigorates the joint. You may even see a sk8r on the half-pipe—inside.

HAPPY FISH SUSHI & MARTINI BAR 855 Broad St., 208-343-4810

The martini menu at Happy Fish keeps its patrons hooked with frou-frou choices like the Jackie O or the G-Spot, or with classics like the Dutch or James Bond. Or ditch the hard stuff for sake, beer or wine. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Thu. 3-6 p.m. $5 select martinis and $5 8 oz. hot sake. |  | 76G76G

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855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 208-343-5568

760 W. Main St., 208-342-5874

This pub offers good craic right here in Boise, bringing a taste of the Emerald Isle to the City of Trees with old-world pub atmosphere, taps lining the long bar and a menu filled with both Irish and American favorites. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 2-6:30 p.m. 2-for-1 well drinks.

Lush is the hangout for those who cherish sleek black leather couches against deep red walls and chrome accents with martinis, Scotch or fine wine. With its prime downtown location and roll-up garage doors, Lush is for the lounge lizards and the dancing queens. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-7 p.m. $3.75 well drinks, $2.25 domestic bottles, $3.25 drafts, $4.25 house wines; Mon. and Tue. 2-for-1 well drinks and domestics all night.


Perched above Eighth Street, Hijinx is one part comedy club, one part bar with a view. Don’t feel like a laugh? Drown your sorrows in the bar without even setting eyes on a funny man.

HUMPIN’ HANNAH’S 621 W. Main St., 208-345-7557

For three decades, Hannah’s has been the place to go to get your dance on. On any given night, the place is packed thanks to the Rocci Johnson Band, and you’ll have to thread through a throng of party people to order a drink. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 3-8 p.m. $2 domestics, $2.50 well drinks.

MACK & CHARLIES 507 W. Main St., 208-343-5159

Dark and sleek interiors will help you decompress any weeknight while you knock around some billiards. But stop in on a weekend and you’ll be able to peruse what seems like the city’s entire population of beautiful 20-somethings. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-8 p.m. specials vary daily.

MAI THAI 750 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8424

Proprietor Giuseppe Veneziano puts the social in “sociale” and is never shy about popping open a bottle and sitting down with customers. HAPPY HOUR: Every day $4 house wine.

Mai Thai has been serving up style along with Thai cuisine and colorful cocktails for years. Many of its drinks were concocted to snag awards during the annual Martini Mix-Off. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Thu. 5-6:30 p.m., 9-10 p.m. and Fri. 5-6:30 p.m. $2 daily bottled beer selection, $5 2-for-1 well drinks, $5 mai thai cocktail, $5 mojito, appetizer specials $.99-$3.95.



111 S. Sixth St., 208-345-6665

609 Main St., 208-345-4515

Leku’s three-sided bar invites conversation and is a decent place to smoke a stogie; perhaps that’s why it’s one of the favorites with the political set. It has a positively sophisticated, old-country feel to it. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-5:30 p.m. half off well drinks, Bud, Stella and house wines.

MSB has long been the place to go looking good and looking for a good time with many a newly 21-year-old discovering the need for a good hangover cure. In the summer, the prime-location patio is barely standing room only. HAPPY HOUR: Mon., Tue., Thu. $2 domestics, $5 pitchers; Wed. $1 domestic drafts, $2 micro drafts, $3 sex on the beach, $4 large Corona or Red Stripe; Fri.-Sat. 8-10 p.m. $2 you call it, $4 Red Bull drinks.

LA CANTINA SOCIALE 707 W. Bannock St., 208-377-0224

LIQUID 405 S. Eighth St., 208-287-5379

Liquid has an ever-changing music and entertainment schedule of punk, rock, acoustic, comedy and more. Cheap drinks and an owner who knows a thing or two about bartending. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Sun. 2-7 p.m. $1 PBRs, $2 well drinks, $1 off everything else; service and military receive happyhour pricing 24/7.

LOCK, STOCK & BARREL 1100 W. Jefferson St., 208-336-4266

This attractive, well-stocked bar has the bases covered for a quiet drink or a midday meeting. Steaks are the main attraction, but a nice drink does just fine, too. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. $2.50 well drinks, drafts and house wine, $1 off on select drinks, food specials.

MULLIGAN’S PUB AND EATERY 1009 W. Main St., 208-336-6998

Mulligan’s serves up strong, cheap drinks, plenty of bar games and pub grub. The spacious, if smoky, interior allows for large groups but also corners for intimate convos. If you’re not one of the cool kids, step lightly, pardner. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m., Sat. 1-6 p.m. $2.75 microbrews, $1.75 domestics, $2 wells.

NEUROLUX 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886

Smoke. Drink. Talk. Listen to music. Repeat. Neurolux. Sunday bloody mary-fest with the best juke in town? Neurolux. Want to bask in the glow of a giant blinking crown? Neurolux. HAPPY HOUR: Every day noon-8 p.m. $2 domestic drafts, $2.50 well drinks. |  | 76G76G

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PENGILLY’S SALOON 513 W. Main St., 208-345-6344

OPA 213 N. Eighth St., 208-342-6555

Opa! Every time someone walks in or out of the skinny bar, the staff yells “Opa!” Dressed in red from head to toe, Opa is a sleek little place where the pretty people and the hipsters coexist. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 4-7 p.m. $2 wells, $2 drafts; Mondays, international drinks $2 off.


Cosmo rated Pengilly’s the best bar in the U.S. of A in which to steal a kiss. Esquire called it one of the greatest bars in the country. A bar could get a big head from all that attention, but Pengilly’s has been around long enough to know how to take a compliment without getting too big for its britches. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m., all night Tue. 2-for-1 well drinks and drafts.


601 W. Main St., 208-343-7034

345 S. Eighth St., 208-331-1400

Low couches and dark, moody walls make a dramatic backdrop for consuming cocktails. With floorto-ceiling windows and prime corner patio space at Sixth and Main, Pair is a place to watch and be watched. And if that gawking works up an appetite, check out the menu. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. $5 martinis.

Try the signature Prototini, a brilliant concoction of Absolut Vanilla Vodka sprinkled with coffee beans, shaken and topped with Kahlua. In the summer, the bar goes indoor/outdoor thanks to some garage doors. Belly up outside for a change. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. $1 off all drinks and an assortment of $5 small pies.



212 N. Ninth St., 208-336-9577

246 N. Eighth St., 208-429-6340

This little wine bar certainly creates an unpretentious scene of its own. With an art gallery upstairs, a modest menu and off-the-hook DJ parties, it’s easy to forget that it’s really all about wine. But all about the wine it is.

Red Feather whips up righteous cocktails. It’s a prime place to nibble on local apps and get buzzed on local booze. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. appetizer specials, no drink specials.


603 Main St., 208-343-7034

150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, 208-343-2444

During the warmer months, Piper Pub’s balcony is so full of happy-go-lucky folks, it looks like a Mardi Gras celebration. And during the wintry days, the Scotch club sips the night away. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. 2-for-1 drinks and appetizers (some restrictions apply).

RED ROOM Red Room is a hole in the wall. Literally. It’s no more than 10 feet wide. Get a can of man (PBR flavored, of course), and play Supermario Brothers. Take too many friends and you’ll look like you’re pouring out of a clown car at the end of the night. HAPPY HOUR: Tue. double well drinks for price of a single; Wed. $2 PBR tallboys all night; Sun. $2.50 well drinks and $1 Rainier cans.


REEF 105 S. Sixth St., 208-287-9200

This downtown destination is part tropical retreat with a great patio and part restaurant with live music. Island food is matched with a large selection of beer or wine. Or order a tiki-themed cocktail served in a large ceramic bowl and set afire. HAPPY HOUR: Sun.-Thu. 3-6 p.m. $3 wells and domestic pints, shot specials, $4.50 mojitos, key lime martinis and margaritas, half-price appetizers.

TABLEROCK BREWPUB AND GRILL 705 Fulton St., 208-342-0944

Downtown’s only microbrewery pours a selection of handcrafted drafts in hefty 20 oz. British imperial pint glasses. So whether you’re giving the comehither lash bat to the Laughing Dog Pale Ale, the Hopzilla or the Dawson Taylor Stimulator Stout, you’ll probably still leave with your arm thrown around a bubbly growler or two. HAPPY HOUR: Tue. and Thu. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $2.75 20 oz. beer, $2.25 14 oz. beer, $2.25 house wine.

TERRAPIN STATION 1519 W. Main St., 208-342-1776

Terrapin used to be ground zero for the Dead Heads. Although the music has strayed from the hippie lineup, the beer selection is still outstanding, the tapestries psychedelic and though the crowd at times is more “trustafarian” than rastafarian, good vibes usually rule the roost. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-7 p.m. $1.75 wells, $1.50 PBR, $2.50 micros, $5 PBR pitchers, $9 micro pitchers.

TOM GRAINEY’S 109 S. Sixth St., 208-345-2505

This two-for-one bar has long been the anchor of the Sixth and Main scene with live music all the time. Grainey’s is comfortable and homey with an old Wild West feel to it. Or get your urban on downstairs in the Basement. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 3-9 p.m. $1 off everything.

YEN CHING 305 N. Ninth St., 208-384-0384

Have a martini with your potstickers and chow mein if you please. Yen Ching has an air of class probably due to the recently added full bar, which, thanks for asking, is why it’s a popular spot for downtowners to lunch and makes an appearance in BW’s bar guide. No Happy Hour (yet).

THE ZONE AT THE GROVE HOTEL 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 208-472-3333

If you prefer to devour a plate of nachos while you watch a couple of dudes beat the snot outta one another on ice, The Zone is a good place to catch a hockey game. But that’s about the only time to check out this second-floor haunt. Seasonal closures and erratic hours have chased all the fun out of this bar in recent years. |  | 76G76G

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MODERN HOTEL AND BAR 1314 W. Grove St., 208-424-8244

DONNIE MAC’S TRAILER PARK CUISINE 1515 W. Grove St., 208-384-9008

Six different beers are always on tap in the trailer park, which is definitely more family friendly hangout than destination bar. But for a change of pace, check it out. Kitsch is so cool here, you can get a Brass Monkey. Classy. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 2-7 p.m. $1 PBR.

GIL’S K-9 BAR 2506 Main St., 208-345-4420

This hidden gem, perched near the industrial, Connector end of Main Street, is a windowless dive you’ve probably motored by a million times. But don’t be scared of the unknown. Pub grub and a healthy selection of libations lurk inside.

JOE’S CRAB SHACK 2288 N. Garden St., 208-336-9370

Joe’s has a riverside patio that’s a great place to spend a summer evening, and outside is where you’ll want to be. Inside is mayhem with eight highdefinition televisions, a full menu, a full bar and entertaining servers. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m., $1.25 domestic beers, $2 well drinks, $3 frozen margaritas and select martinis.

LUCKY DOG 2223 W. Fairview Ave., 208-333-0074

This little gay-friendly bar just outside the downtown grid is a great place to start your night. Great prices, strong pours and a unique non-smoking lounge with an affable clientele. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 2-7 p.m. $2.50 wells, 50 cents off call drinks, $4 small pitchers of domestic beer.

A destination for folks who put stock not just in what they drink, but where. The Modern is one Boise’s tres chic lounges. With 45-rpm record players in each bathroom and unique bar snacks, it’s definitely not your average juke joint. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. $3 beer specials, $3.50 wells, $5 wines by the glass.

SPEARMINT RHINO GENTLEMEN’S CLUB 1500 W. Grove St., 208-429-8229

One of a chain of upscale, international gentlemen’s clubs, Spearmint Rhino Boise is rife with babes in bikinis and fights, but only on the big screen TVs. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. Sat.Sun. 5-7 p.m. $2 well drinks, wine and drafts, $4 you call it.

SYMPOSION 2801 Fletcher St., 208-342-9420

This is a bar for dogs, but humans will be tolerated. Without a canine companion, you don’t belong at the Sympo. It ain’t the cleanest bar around, but the barkeep is entertaining and the drinks are a decent bang for your buck.

THE TORCH 1826 W. Main St., 208-344-0218

This is the kind of bar your mom warned you about. It’s not much to look at from the outside, but inside is the draw: bikini-clad dancers. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 2-7 p.m., Mon. 10 p.m.-midnight, Sun. 4-7 p.m. $3 domestic drafts and wells. |  | 76G76G

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CHARLIE BROWN’S 5783 Overland Road, 208-375-6541

Charlie Brown’s used to be a place for young folks in bellbottoms and leisure suits. Unlike its early patrons, not much has changed about Charlie Brown’s except the neighborhood. Now Charlie Brown’s is like the old guy who’s lived in the same place his whole life; he’s not going anywhere. All grit, no grace. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-6:30 p.m. $2 drafts, $2.75 wells.

JUMPIN’ JANET’S 572 S. Vista Ave., 208-342-7620

The jumpin’ in Jumpin’ Janet’s has everything to do with the fun-loving clientele after happy hour. In a strip mall, a menu of sandwiches and delicious apps gives patrons a little something to soak up two-forone happy-hour cocktails. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. $3 2-for-1 wells.

LITTLE DUTCH GARDEN 1910 S. Owyhee St., 208-342-9034

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The “LDG” sits smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood, and the selection of beers might be reminiscent of what patrons stock in their own refrigerators. In the cold weather, huddle around the fireplace, and when it’s hot, practice for the LDGsponsored horseshoe tournaments in the bar’s huge fenced back yard. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4:30-6 p.m. $1 Rolling Rock 16 oz. pounders, $1.50 draft beer, $4 pitchers.

MCCLEARY’S PUB 604 N. Orchard Ave., 208-342-3007

The regulars will leave you alone or welcome you into the fold while you throw back some cold suds or stiff spirits. Get a little liquid courage in you, strike up a game of pool, shuffleboard, darts or pinball all by your lonesome or with a couple of your newest drinking buddies. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 9-10 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. 50 cents off drafts and $1 off wells.

NAVAJO ROOM 4900 Emerald St., 208-343-5817

Ah, the soothing comfort of a Western theme. Larger-than-life photos of the Duke and Clint Eastwood share wall space with Native American murals, and a corner stage serves as a karaoke corner. They’ve served up suds and drinks for more than 40 years in this joint where regulars meet at the bar, in front of a wood-burning brick fireplace or stake a claim in a cushioned corner booth. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. $2 cans, $2.25 wells.

OVERLAND BAR 3907 Overland Road, 208-336-4707

Black velvet paintings and stiff pours make the Overland feel like your parents’ bar. That is if your parents enjoy karaoke, shuffleboard, pool and ice-cold shots from a Jaeger machine.

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A drinking game for the traveling lush. And now the fun begins. What you’ll ďŹ nd here is a friendly little competition we like to call your way to get free drinks. Yes, free. Here’s how it works: Thumb through Bar Bar and pay close attention to the ads. With few exceptions, you’ll see a three-quarter-inch circle somewhere on every ad. Some circles are dashed lines, others are laid over the ad’s design. What belongs in those circles is a sticker. The ďŹ rst person to collect a sticker on every participating bar wins the big prize. To get a sticker, you must visit each bar and order a drink. The big prize? Gift certiďŹ cates to every participating bar, totaling more than $250 in free stuff. So get drinking and the ďŹ rst person to bring their completed, fully stamped copy of Bar Bar in to BW (523 Broad St.) will walk out of our ofďŹ ce with a ďŹ stful of free drink coupons to dispose of as they see ďŹ t. And you thought this was just a bathroom mag. —Rachael Daigle

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FLICKS—646 Fulton St.

PIPER PUB & GRILL—150 N. Eighth St.

THE GARAGE/LUCKY 13— 3662 S. Eckert Road

THE PLANK—650 S. Vista Ave.

BALCONY—150 N. Eighth St.


BARB’S DOWN THE ROAD TAVERN— 400 N. Kings Road, Nampa

GUSTO’S—509 W. Main St.

BARDENAY—610 Grove St.

HARRY’S BAR AND GRILL— 2032 E. Overland Road, Meridian



THE BOUQUET—1010 W. Main St.

HIJINX—800 W. Idaho St.

BULL’S HEAD STATION— 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian

HUMPIN’ HANNAH’S—621 W. Main St.

BURGER ‘N BREW—4295 W. State St. CAFE OLE—404 S. Eighth St. and 210 N. Milwaukee

JOE’S CRAB SHACK—2288 N. Garden St. JUMPIN’ JANET’S—572 S. Vista Ave. LEKU ONA—111 S. Sixth St.

COOL HAND LUKE’S— 291 E. Shore Dr., Eagle

THE LIFT—4091 W. State St.

CRESCENT BAR & GRILL— 5500 W. Franklin Road

MACK & CHARLIES—507 W. Main St.

DUTCH GOOSE—3515 W. State St. THE E-CLUB—415 S. Ninth St. FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN— 3139 S. Bown Way, Boise; 830 N. Main St., Meridian

LUCKY DOG—2223 W. Fairview Ave.

MULLIGAN’S—1009 W. Main St. NEUROLUX—111 N. 11th St. PAIR—601 W. Main St.

RANCH CLUB— 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City RED ROOM—603 Main St. THE REFUGE—404 E. Parkcenter Blvd. THE ROOSTER— 1652 Garrity Blvd., Nampa RUDY’S BAR AND GRILL— 2310 E. Overland Road, Meridian SHORTY’S SALOON— 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City SILVER SPUR STEAKHOUSE AND SALOON— 711 Main St., Caldwell SPEARMINT RHINO—1500 W. Grove St. SUDS TAVERN—1024 Broadway Ave. TINY’S LOUNGE—10 12th Ave. S., Nampa TOM GRAINEY’S—109 S. Sixth St. TORCH—1826 W. Main St. TORCH 2—610 Vista Ave. TURNER’S SPORTS BAR—4022 W. State St.

PARRILLA GRILL—1512 N. 13th St.

VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE— 3638 Osage St., Garden City


YEN CHING—305 N. Ninth St. |  | 76G76G

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THE PLANK 650 S. Vista Ave., 208-336-1790

This Bench haunt may be one of Boise’s most interesting little watering holes. It’s not just Boise’s only pirate bar, but it may be the only pirate-specific bar in the world that doesn’t serve rum. Beer and wine only, but bar grub, darts and live music make for plenty of merriment even without Captain Morgan. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 1-7 p.m. 50 cents off microbrews, 75 cents off domestics, rotating daily specials.

QUINN’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 1005 S. Vista Ave., 208-345-0135

When smoking was banned in restaurants, Quinn’s installed a wall between the bar and dining area. Now, the Bench joint has a family-friendly vibe on one side, and smokers can still indulge with impunity. Quinn’s is a must-stop on any St. Patrick’s Day bar tour. Hell, it’s a must stop every day. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-7 p.m. 50 cents off.

STUBS SPORTS PUB 3662 S. Findley Ave., 208-336-7882

Every seat in the house, including recliners, allows easy viewing of one of the many giant TVs. Watch them while digging into apps, salad or a pizza or sandwich. And if you’re as tough as a fullback, try a pickled egg. They score a touchdown every time. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. $2.75 20 oz. domestics, $4.50 20 oz. microbrews.

THE TORCH II 610 Vista Ave., 208-336-4747

Stepsister to the original bikini bar on Main Street, The Torch II is almost a more popular stop these days. Skin to win, baby. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 2-7 p.m., Mon. 10-midnight, Sun. 4-7 p.m. $3 wells and domestics.

VISTA BAR 813 Vista Ave., 208-342-9911

The little A-frame building has been a watering hole for many a year, and keeps its neighborhood bar feel. Grab your friends, drop some money in the jukebox and spend an evening tossing back a brew or two. Or three. Or four. Call a cab. HAPPY HOUR: Sun. all day 16 oz. PBR and shot of Jack Daniels $3.50, and 8 p.m.-close $2 wells and domestics; Mon. 8 p.m.-close $1 off pitchers; Tue. 8 p.m.-close $1.50 off bombs; Wed. 8-close flip against the bartender to see who buys on wells and domestics; Thu. 8 p.m.-close ladies 2-for-1.

WILLOWCREEK GRILL/RAW 2273 S. Vista Ave., 208-343-5544

Sushi or sweet potato fries? That’s the question when you’re deciding between Raw and its neighbor Willowcreek. And the outdoor patio is a nice option. The menu of Northwest fare comes with subtle yet savory beverage recommendations. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 3-6 p.m. $1 off all drinks and food. |  | 76G76G

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9751 Cory Lane, 208-322-9958

6508 Fairview Ave., 208-345-0000

It’s essentially an old house that serves beer. In the middle of a residential neighborhood, it has deals on mini-pitchers and spicket-heavy pours of chilled boxed wine. It’s like a perennial barbeque at your drunk uncle’s double-wide. Don’t expect to be pampered. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 3-6 p.m. $2 pints, $5.50 large pitchers.

This pizza joint makes BW’s bar guide for one reason only: Triple Pi Ale. Brewed exclusively for Flying Pie by Sockeye Brewery, any restaurant that has its very own beer is worthy. Drink specials include buy five bottles and receive the sixth free. They stand by their beverages with a guarantee—if you don’t like your drink, trade it for one you do.



10206 Fairview Ave., 208-321-1811

6125 W. Fairview Ave., 208-377-2800

Anyone who has a hankerin’ for Hank will feel right at home at the country-Western bar with line dancing lessons, live music, poker and pool. Check out the bar’s extensive list of daily specials by giving them a call. HAPPY HOUR: Tue. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., free dance lessons from 7-9 p.m., Texas hold-’em poker at 7 p.m.; Wed. 9-11 p.m. ladies’ night, 75 cent Bud and Bud Lite drafts, 7-9 p.m. line dancing lessons, 10 p.m.-1 a.m., beer pong; Thu. 7-9 p.m. free dance lessons, 7 p.m. Texas hold-’em poker, happy hour until 11 p.m.; Sun. Sin Night, $2 Long Island ice teas, $3 Jaeger bombs, $1 drafts.

With a new owner, the place is evolving faster than you can say, “No honey, I’m still at the office.” Its location doesn’t exactly welcome a kitten-heel and apple martini crowd ... yet. Expect a bar staff rolling with the punches, giant mugs of beer, a place to get your meal and your smoke on, and a place to play a little beer pong. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 25 oz. drafts for 16 oz. price; every day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. free pool, rotating food and drink specials.

CAFE OLE 210 N. Milwaukee St., 208-322-0222

The mall zone sibling of the downtown Boise cantina, this Mexican eatery offers needed respite from the head-spinning chaos of the Boise Towne Square (with a little help from Patron, of course). HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. 2-for-1 all drinks, $3 all you can eat taco bar.

THE CRESCENT BAR 5500 W. Franklin Road, 208-322-9856

To eat and drink at the Crescent, one must follow a small but important set of rules: enjoy cold beer and a varied selection of pub food; at least like sports; enjoy good service and kick-ass happy hour prices; and above all, don’t be a lawyer. Don’t believe us? Just try taking your solicitor or barrister in. We dare you. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $1 off drafts and wells, $1.50 off calls and cocktails, $1 off appetizers.

THE POCKET 1487 N. Curtis Road, 208-375-2474

Venture inside this expansive pool hall for a cold brew or a stiff cocktail. Regulars boast that the best pocket billiard players to ever wield a stick in the Northwest choose to rack one up at The Pocket. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. $2 wells, $2 drafts, $6 domestic draft pitchers, $3 micro drafts and $9 micro pitcher.

Q’S BILLIARDS AND EATERY 6570 Fairview Ave., 208-322-9122

This good ol’ fashioned pool hall hasn’t changed much over the last 20 years. The BFD special— burger, fries and any domestic beer—is still $2.95, and TVs still flicker with whatever sport happens to be in season. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. $1.50 drafts and well drinks.

SAM’S PLACE 3395 N. Five Mile Road, 208-376-0074

This strip mall dive has all the smoke-stained, harddrinking, pool-playing appeal of a country song. Don’t expect to leave without instigating or break-

WEST ing up a good bar brawl. Or at least kickin’ some ass at shuffleboard. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m., $2 domestic drafts, $3.25 premium drafts, $2.50 wells.

SOCKEYE GRILL & BREWERY 3019 N. Cole Road, 208-658-1533

Up on the Bench, a beer revolution is brewing. Best known for its selection of hop-kickin’ IPAs, Sockeye pours about a dozen homebrewed micros every day. The food is Northwest fare with a healthy bent to it, and live music happens every Tuesday and Friday. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-6:30 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. $3 pints.

TAJ MAHAL 10548 W. Fairview Ave., 208-327-4500

Decidedly restaurant, yet decidedly noteworthy for its beer selection, with more than 80 foreign and domestic beers. We say the beer list that comes with your curry is a thing of beauty. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-6 p.m. half off beers.

VILLAGE PUB 9936 Fairview Ave., 208-322-9153

Village Pub can be considered hidden, set back from the main drag in a clubhouse-like building. But walk inside and you will be immediately drawn to the central fire, the classic booth seating or a stool at the bar. It’s a long-standing institution that has a new feel to it. Pool table and lunch specials to boot. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 4-7 p.m. 25 cents off.


BUDDIES PUB & DELI 8654 W. Overland Road, 208-658-0906

Without another bar in sight, Buddies is Southwest Boise’s answer to booze prayers. Nevermind that it’s in a strip mall. If you really need a fix, Buddies can deliver. Otherwise, it’s best suited for regulars and wayward wanderers. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $2.50 drafts.

HOOLIGANS PUB 10704 Overland Road, 208-376-9800

It’s a working-class world, and Holligans is where an average Joe can grab a beer and play some pool between picking out favorite tunes on the jukebox. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 4-7 p.m. $3 24 oz. domestic drafts, $4 microbrew drafts; $2.50 PBR and Rolling Rock all the time.

LEGENDS SPORTS PUB AND GRILL 7609 Overland Road, 208-377-1819

Wrap your hands around frosty mugs of pales, IPAs and regional beers. A full bar is available as well for sports-loving patrons who come in for the big games or before a flick to enjoy the food part of the business as much as the spirits. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 3-6 p.m. and 9:30-11 p.m. rotating draft and well drink and food specials. |  | 76G76G

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FLATBREAD COMMUNITY OVEN 3139 S. Bown Way, 208-343-4177

BARBACOA 276 Bobwhite Court, 208-338-5000

Though this classy Latin-fusion restaurant can be pricey if you opt for the candle-lit, clink-clink, wine-anddine ordeal, it offers a pretty solid two-for-one early and late-night happy hour for those more charmed by a river of strong booze than all of that lakeside romantic stuff. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6 p.m. and Thu.Sat. 9:30-midnight, 2-for-1 all drinks.

EASTSIDE TAVERN 610 E. Boise Ave., 208-388-8700

Many would be put off by Eastside Tavern’s location. But never judge what happens in a bar by its not-sostellar location. All walks of life converge for a little late night drink slinging in the dark and shopping mall surroundings. This ain’t the kind of place you order a Cosmo; cherry bombs all the way. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 micro drafts, $6 domestic pitchers, $2.50 wells.

Flatbread is a win for the entire family. The wine and beer selections are excellent, kids make their own pizzas, and the patio is a summertime draw. Stopping in for just a drink with 10 of your closest friends? Chances are you won’t even have to pull tables together. The long tables encourage major socialization, be it within your group or with the strangers next to you. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. select wines $4, Coors Light and Bud Light two for $4, mini pizzas and flatbreads for $4. add up unsurpassed class. But if you find yourself loaded on pinot and crab, make sure to do the right thing and call yourself a cab. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Fri. 4-6 p.m. Up to half off wine, $5 calls, $1 off beer.


BEN’S CROW INN 6781 Warm Springs Ave., 208-342-9669

THE REFUGE 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 208-424-8211

New ownership and new management, but still the same neighborhood, shiny wood, pub feel. The Refuge, formerly Harry’s Parkcenter, now boasts an expanded beer and wine selection, as well as a beefed-up and refined menu. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Fri. 4-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-7 p.m. 50 cents off all beer and wine.

TAVERN AT BOWN 3111 S. Bown Way, 208-345-2277

A poem: Nary a happy hour in town makes us happier than the Tavern at Bown. Half-priced spicy tuna rolls, California rolls and a few wines by the glass

Ben’s is a little long in the tooth, yet it’s still one of the hoppingest places in warm weather. Boaters and campers all stop by Ben’s on their way back to Boise for a bucket of clams, a game of horseshoes and a couple of cold ones. Looking for some Idaho flavor? Ben’s will fix you right up.

THE GARAGE/LUCKY 13 3662 S. Eckert Road, 208-344-6967

Once the gatekeeper of cool in Hyde Park, this dynamic duo headed east to sidle up to the Greenbelt. Offering pizza, beer, salads and sandwiches at halfway between Boise and Lucky Peak, few can resist the urge to pull over and refuel. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6 p.m. $1 off pitchers, house wines and wells. |  | 76G76G

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1326 Broadway Ave., 208-345-5688

550 Broadway Ave., 208-713-6911

It’s one of Boise’s original sports bars, and it remains one of the city’s favorites. With televisions blaring sports and waitresses clad in skimpy outfits, it stays true to the noble genre of sports bar. There’s a full menu of pub-style food, and it’s family friendly. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6:30 p.m. $3.25 calls, $2.25 well drinks, $4 bombs, $2.75 25 oz. domestic drafts, $3.75 25 oz. microbrew drafts.

This new strip-mall spot is all about the deals. The 80 oz. to Freedom, an 80 oz. domestic pitcher for $8, and the 666 deal, six 16 oz. Keystones for $6, are guaranteed to get you sloppy. With a selection of grilled sandwiches and nightly drink specials, you might want to invest in a stadium buddy to maintain drinking efficiency. HAPPY HOUR: Every day, $1.50 Bud Light pints, $2.50 Widmer Hefe, Widmer Droptop and Longhammer IPA; Mon. 99 cent Keystone and PBR, $3.50 panty droppers; Tue. $3.50 Long Islands, $2.50 bottles; Wed. Ladies Night, $3 wells, $3.50 mixed drinks; Thu. $1.50 domestics, $3.50 vodka Rockstars; Fri. 9 p.m. beer pong tournament, $2.50 cherry bombs; Sat. free Clamato, $3 micros, $2.75 bloody marys.

CRICKET’S BAR & GRILL 1228 Oakland Ave., 208-344-6235

This corner bar is a favorite hangout for the Boise State set. You’re likely to find a bunch of students taking a break from the books, tossing back cheap beer, playing pool and video games, or warbling karaoke. Or maybe doing all that while “studying.” HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. and Mon., Wed.Fri. 10 p.m.-midnight $1.75 domestic pounders, $1.75 well drinks, $6 domestic pitchers.

END ZONE 1010 Broadway Ave., 208-384-0613

The bar is a mere hops, Scotch and chug away from campus, so Boise State fans can cross Broadway and shoot some pool inside or throw horseshoes out back. Join the mug club for $50 a year for special deals. Every day, a number is drawn and the patron attached to that lucky number gets to drink for free. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-7 p.m. $2 wells, $2 domestic bottle and 16 oz. drafts and $6 domestic pitchers.

JIM’S ALIBI 2710 Broadway Ave., 208-342-9220

We’re not quite sure what Jim’s alibi was, but the 20 or so regulars who appear on the mural outside aren’t going to rat him out. That’s just how things work at this smoke-filled, working-class haunt. So if you’re not a regular, or in with someone who is, keep your head down, sling your horseshoes with care and play by the rules.

SUDS TAVERN 1024 Broadway Ave., 208-345-9656

Suds is the epitome of a college dive bar. The drinks are priced for a financially challenged crowd, shots and beer specials are drinks of choice and the crowd is up for a party any night of the week. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-8 p.m., $2 domestics, 2-for-1 wells, $3 select liquors.

TK 3231 Federal Way, no phone

This bar is open to the public, but they prefer to keep it in the family. If access is granted, play shuffleboard, pool or throw some horseshoes in the back yard. Rumor has it TK’s is cash-only, so take a big stack of bills and order a round for the house. Maybe you can buy your way into the fold. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 10 a.m.-noon and 4:30-6 p.m. $1 drafts and $1.50 bottles of beer.

VES’S BROADWAY BAR 1712 Broadway Ave., 208-342-9951

Find another place in town where drinks are as cheap and as stiff as they are at “the Broadway,” and you might win a medal. With pool and shuffleboard and dark at all times, the crowd is as diverse as the selection.




1520 N. 13th St., 208-336-5122

2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948

Bungalow holds down prime corner real estate in the trendy historic North End nucleus of Hyde Park. The crowd at Bungalow eschews the rowdier destinations in order to throw back mimosas on Sunday, sip expensive wine and discuss the options available on the newest version of the Escalade. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-close $1 off beers and cocktails.

O’Michael’s isn’t just a wintertime pit stop. The outdoor patio is a great place to watch some of Boise’s craziest folks on two wheels shooting down Harrison Boulevard after a day tackling the surrounding hills. It’s an Irish bar, so be ready to drink like you belong. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sun. 4-6 p.m. $1 off everything.



1512 N. 13th St., 208-323-4688

2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, 208-343-6820

This raucous brewery at the foot of Bogus Basin Road has always catered to skiers. A favorite brew is the Gingerwheat, but Highlands serves up a list of its own beers and has bottles from all over the world on display and to drink. Hearty meals eaten around a large, central fireplace. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 3-6 p.m. $2.75 pints, $10 pitchers.

This concrete and metal Hyde Park eatery is a popular place to chill, especially during the halcyon days of summer. The terra cotta walls welcome all, and the casual atmosphere and good eats keep them coming back. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6:30 p.m. $2.50 wells and domestics, $3.50 micros, $1 off all pitchers.



1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887

1501 N. 13th St., 208-336-9260

If there’s one joint that’s always packed no matter the day or time, it’s Hyde Park Pub. A pub in every sense of the word, it has a menu of food you eat with your hands, a pool table, TVs in every corner, a varied selection of tap brews and that neighborhood pub feel. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6 p.m. $1 off drafts, $2 off pitchers.

During mountain biking months, Sun Ray’s coveted corner patio is a spandex cat walk and its fences lined with bikes. When the cold rolls in, the sprawling corner patio is empty, but the renovated inside has plenty of space. No happy hour but check for daily beer and food specials. |  | 76G76G

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4340 W. State St., 208-344-0693

4712 W. State St., 208-342-8695

It’s a small wonder that not only can the building support the weight of the sign, but that the whole structure doesn’t collapse in a strong wind. Even so, the 44 Club has two things going for it: karaoke and no draft beer. The former means crooning fun, and the latter just means really, really, really cold bottled beer. This is one of Idaho’s mainstays, so if you’re in the mood for an old bar with some local color, belly up. HAPPY HOUR: “We’re cheap all day long.”

This utilitarian haunt inside the 20th Century Lanes bowling alley serves up ridiculously cheap pitchers to spare you from a night of bowling sobriety. The lounge alone is the reason many bowlers choose 20th Century over other lanes in town. HAPPY HOUR: Mon. 5-7 p.m. and Wed. 9-11 p.m. 2-for-1 drinks.

BREWS BROTHERS 6928 W. State St., 208-853-0526

Pastel and smoky, it’s the kind of place where everyone has their own mug up on the wall. Tucked away in a strip mall hideaway, Brews is clean and new-feeling with a ton of beers: 23 drafts. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. noon-2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m., all day Sun. 50 cents off draft with daily specials Mon. 7 p.m. to close; half off drafts Wed. 7 p.m. to close, $1 off bottles.

BURGER ’N BREW 4295 W. State St., 208-345-7700

The State Street location of this Boise mainstay is the last man standing in the Burger & Brew family. This is what a sports bar used to be: family restaurant, sports memorabilia, bar area for the game crowd. It’s a comfortable, neighborhood bar feel, and it manages to retain some of the friendliest bar staff in town. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. 50 cents off.

DUTCH GOOSE 3515 W. State St., 208-342-8887

A no-smoking policy offers a respite from many a bar’s smoky ozone layer. Foosball, darts, pool, horseshoe pits and televisions galore, and the food guarantees plenty of repeat business. Steamed clams, French dip, Reuben sandwiches, finger steaks and a selection of brilliant burgers. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. $1.50 domestics, $2.50 premium beers.

FIRESIDE INN 1610 N. 31st St., 208-342-9075

When compiling a dive-bar hop, Fireside is a mustvisit. Big white building. No windows. Dark and smoky inside. It’s the kind of place you could hide in all day and no one would look for you. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6 p.m. 50 cents off liquor, $5 pitchers.

FLYING PIE 4320 State St., 208-384-0000

The draw might be the pizza, but Flying Pie on State Street is proud to offer a “7-Day Beer Keg Forecast,” updated regularly so patrons know what to expect from the taps. Triple Pi Ale, brewed especially for the Pie by Sockeye Brewing, is the big kahuna in the Pie’s beer pond.

THE LIFT 4091 W. State St., 208-342-3250

This sweet spot tempts traffic jammers with their ridiculous drink specials. Tuesday is Holy Oly night, with 50-cent Olympia cans from 4 p.m.-close, and every night you can throw back $2 domestics from 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. And if you need something to soak up all that cheap booze, gnaw on a plate of nachos or one of the vegetarian-friendly dishes. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. $2 domestic pints, $3 wells.

MCCLEARY’S PUB 9155 W. State St., 208-853-9910

The pub boasts a back yard bigger than your house. There are horseshoe pits, a basketball court and a gazebo. Inside, entertainment includes video games, dart boards and a pool table. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5:30-7 p.m. with 50 cents off domestic and microbrews.

MONTEGO BAY 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 208-853-5070

A little bit of the tropics in a land-locked state. Montego Bay’s claim to fame is its patio, or layers of patios, stretching from the restaurant down to the lake. There are multiple bars inside and out, and customers swill the night away in Boise’s tiki version of Margaritaville. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-7 p.m. $2.50 well drinks, $2 drafts, $5 domestic pitchers.

TERRY’S STATE STREET SALOON 3301 Collister St., 208-331-8225

Terry’s may look like it’s about to fall down, but the loyal clientele and the ever-present party will keep the roof raised. This is a converging point for the college and blue-collar crowds and wayward North Enders. Better know what you want when you finally get your 10 seconds at the bar, though, because bartender Kjell don’t wait for nobody, missy. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-7 p.m. $2 domestics, $4 double wells.

TURNER’S SPORTS BAR 4022 W. State St., 208-342-9090

Turner’s is about as classy as its exterior would let you believe. Though this rickety box of a bar is crawling with weary regulars, don’t forget that you’re all there for the same thing: the cocktails. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. 25 cents off well drinks, 50 cents off pitchers.


BOULEVARD BAR 4079 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-9906

The Boulevard is a tough little joint. But once you’ve seen how much fun the regulars are having, you’ll want to become one. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. 25 cents off everything.

CLUB SAVVY’S 3933 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-429-9339

One of the windowless Garden City dens, Club Savvy’s knows how to do the typical karaoke and pool table scene. The smoky dive is a surprisingly hip little joint with a younger crowd gathering for pool, dancing and a good time seven damn days a week. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-9 p.m. 50 cents off mixed drinks and drafts.

MR. LUCKY’S 4902 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-327-0925

Graced with a large stage (complete with silver curtain backdrop), padded bar, comfy chairs and friendly, happy regulars, Mr. Lucky’s is your poker and NASCAR bar. And it’s purple. Regular live music. No happy hour. Low prices. You lucky.

PLAYERS PUB & GRILL 5504 Alworth St., Garden City, 208-376-6563

Next to Westy’s Garden Lanes with a full menu and a multitude of televisions airing sports or horse racing. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3:30-6 p.m. $2 wells and domestics, $6 domestic pitchers.

RANCH CLUB 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447

What was once a hangout for the senior set, The Ranch Club is a hangout for anyone of legal age. Enjoy a brew and a shot of Jaeger or a prime rib dinner in this dark, homey bar. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $1.75 well drinks, $1.75 domestics, $5 domestic pitchers.

SHORTY’S SALOON 5467 Glenwood St., Garden City, 208-672-9090

With spurs, hitching posts, and a jukebox full of Willie, it’s a good old cowboy bar. Live music, lots of boot-scootin’. HAPPY HOUR: Wed. 9 p.m.-midnight $1 drafts; $4 trailer bombs daily.

STAGECOACH INN 3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-342-4161

If there is such a thing as an institution in Boise, it’s the Stagecoach. The windowless, wood-lined bar and restaurant serves strong drinks and big steaks. The waitresses wear fringe-lined mini dresses and know the names of every regular.

VISUAL ARTS COLLECTIVE 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297

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COOL HAND LUKE’S 291 E. Shore Dr., Ste. 101, Eagle, 208-939-5853

BARDENAY 155 E. Riverside Dr., Eagle, 208-938-5093

Bardenay has moved west, but it still pours the distillery’s own hooch. The drink menu is longer than the food menu and features unique concoctions from the bar’s award-winning bartenders. The riverside patio is the highlight of the Eagle location, so be ready to fight for a table on warm summer evenings.

BUSTERS BAR & GRILL 1396 E. State. St., Eagle, 208-938-1800

The Boise favorite expanded to Eagle to offer the suburbs a sports getaway. Between the big TVs and waitresses in tiny outfits, there is a full menu of pub fare, and oh yeah, sports and more sports. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6:30 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. $2 domestic pounders, $2.50 well drinks, $3.50 calls, $3.75 20 oz. drafts.

LINDY’S STEAKHOUSE 12249 W. Chinden Blvd., Eagle, 208-375-1310

Lindy’s is like your aunt Lola, she’s a lot older than she looks and parties a lot harder than you’d suspect. But she sure is pretty. Bar on one side, restaurant on the other. HAPPY HOUR: “A fair drink at a fair price all the time.”

MAI THAI 78 Eagle River St., Ste. 165, Eagle, 208-938-8424

Top-shelf booze served in a mod, cool atmosphere makes Mai Thai a great place to stop for drinks. During happy hour, appetizers are only 99 cents, $1.59 and $3.95. How about a Long Island iced tea with lemongrass shrimp? HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Thu. 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 9-10 p.m., Fri. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $2 daily bottled beer, $5 2-for-1 wells, $5 mai thai, $5 mojito, app specials $.99-$3.95.

The Western-themed restaurant takes its theme seriously. Luke’s is like a three-dimensional Western stereotype. Mosey on in to the saloon, pull up a seat and try one of the Stagecoach martinis. HAPPY HOUR: Sun.-Thur. 4-6 p.m. $1 off drafts, well drinks and house wines, appetizer specials.

RIVER ROCK ALEHOUSE 228 E. Plaza St., Eagle, 208-938-4788

Eagle’s other pub on the water. Here, nachos have a reputation, the patio hosts live music, and the bar area ain’t a bad spot to enjoy a diverse selection of beer. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 4-6 p.m. with food specials including sliders, mini tacos and $2 fish tacos. Get a River Rock Rewards card for access to happy hour drink specials every day, including $1 off all drinks.

SEASONS BISTRO 1117 E. Winding Creek Road, Eagle, 208-939-6680

This neighborhood sandwich and catering joint pours a mean glass of wine. Selections range from impressive pinots and a mourvedre on the red side to rieslings and sauv blancs on the white, many of which are local. Home to 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards, Eagle’s newest winery. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 3-6 p.m. $2 beer, $3 wine.

STUBS SPORTS PUB 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Eagle, 208-378-8273

Giant TVs offer viewing from every vantage point, and the remote controls are locked on sports. Even better: La-Z-Boy recliners. Munch away on appetizers, salad, pizza or a sandwich and wash it all down with a brew or two. Test your mettle on one or a dozen of Stubs’ pickled eggs. |  | 76G76G

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RUDY’S PUB & GRILL 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-884-4453

BILL-N-LYNN’S PLACE 229 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-4075

It’s a shack in need of a coat of paint sitting in the middle of a mud pit parking lot. But Bill-N-Lynn’s is like the ultimate Cheers, only a little smokier and grittier. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 2:30-6 p.m. $2.35 wells, draft specials.


A sports bar with a toned-down atmosphere. Giant flat screens, a pool table and assorted entertainment with a full menu and family-friendly restaurant suitable for all. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Fri. 3:30-6 p.m. $2.50 well drinks, $1 off domestic pitchers, 50 cents off domestic drafts.


1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-855-5858

729 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-888-4049

Above the Bull’s Head Station restaurant is the Bull’s Head Pub. And for frothy Guinness, the pub is where you’ll want to set up shop. HAPPY HOUR: Mon. half off wells and drafts; Tue. $3 Long Islands and half off for service workers; Wed. 6-8 p.m. half off for women; Thu. $1 off well drinks, drafts and burgers for police, military, fire and hospital personnel; Fri. $4 Long Islands; Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $2 wells, $4 Long Islands; Sun. $3 bloody marys, $1 off drafts.


THE BUSTED SHOVEL 704 Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217

It’s a biker bar that’s not just for bikers. This downtown Meridian staple offers a full bar and serves an array of pub-style food. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 5-7 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight $2.50-$3 drafts and well drinks.

CHEERLEADERS BAR AND GRILL 3541 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-939-9209

Sit in a straight-backed wooden booth while watching the game on your personal TV. If you’re stumped by the selection of more than 24 beers on tap, go for a pint of the High Life for $1. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. $1 off all drinks; Fri. noon-6 p.m. weekly specials.

This little low-ceiling joint is a low-key hangout for the crowd who likes their wine fine and their music smooth. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 beers and select wines by the glass.

830 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-0969

This location has garage doors that roll open in the summer, countertops made from recycled glass and live music every Wednesday all year. Flatbread has 22 boutique wines by the glass and donates 25 cents of every flatbread to the Idaho Foodbank. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4-6 p.m. beers two for $5; wine, flatbreads and pizzettas $5.

GELATO CAFE 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 101, Meridian, 208-846-8410

Gelato, coffee, sushi, pizza, sandwiches, gyros, martinis. The martini combinations all include a scoop of gelato. Get the Wet Dream, a chocolate, Baileys and vodka-enriched rapture.

HARRY’S BAR & GRILL 2032 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-888-9868

The last remaining member of the Harry’s clan, it’s absent the Harry’s memorabilia but is sports, beer and family friendly.


KAHOOTZ STEAK AND ALEHOUSE 1603 Main St., Meridian, 208-895-9861

A beer drinker really needs to know only one thing about Kahootz: 43 taps are pouring beer every day. And if all that beer-tasting makes you hungry, the soups and salad dressings are homemade daily. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat. 2-4:30 p.m. $1 off all beers and wines.

KAY & TRACI’S 127 CLUB 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122

A full dinner menu, a 4-9 p.m. menu, a slew of cocktail options, live music every weekend, and pool and darts should be more than enough to tempt you out to Meridian. HAPPY HOUR: Every day 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $1.50 drafts.

KIT KAT CLUB 4842 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-7731

The strip club has been around for as long as most locals can remember. While it serves beer, wine and bar food, no one really pays attention to the drinks. It’s more about the, um, atmosphere. HAPPY HOUR: 4-7 p.m. specials vary daily.

MUGGSY’S 501 Main St., Meridian, 208-898-9470

Muggsy’s is like Disney World for the over-21, sports-loving crowd. The place is packed with TVs and sports clutter from NASCAR to cricket. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sat., all day Sun. 4-5 p.m. $1.75 wells; Mon.-Sat., all day Sun. 4-7 p.m, $1 off pitchers, 50 cents off drinks, drafts and bottles, $4.99 mojitos, $2.75 Coronas.

MULLIGAN’S PUB AND EATERY 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737

The Meridian hangout ain’t a half-bad place to cop a squat, drink a beer and watch a game. It’s family friendly until 9 p.m. HAPPY HOUR: Everyday 4-6 p.m. 2-for-1 drafts, $1 off wells.

THE NEW FRONTIER 116 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-888-9034

If you’re new to the area, stop in to the historic New Frontier for a drink and a chat. You’ll see why more and more people are moving to Meridian. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $2 bottles, cans, drafts and well drinks.

RICK’S PRESS ROOM 130 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-288-0558

More restaurant than bar, but for a beer and a cigar, Rick’s is a nice stop. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 3-6 p.m. $2 domestic bottles, $3 microbrews.

WHITE WATER SALOON 1646 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-3063

The White Water Saloon may very well be the only real bar in Meridian—no food, no kids, light up as you please. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 4:30-6 p.m. $1 drafts, $2 bottles, wells. |  | 76G76G

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379 E. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9719

400 N. Kings Road, Ste. 34, Nampa, 208-442-9229

With its flower curtains, the bar almost has a livingroom feel to it. Quarter pool on antique tables and Wi-Fi so you can work and play. Happy Hour: Mon.Sun. 4-6 p.m. 25 cents off everything.

Seven pool tables to keep you busy. Happy Hour: Every day, noon-2 p.m., 6-8 p.m. $2 drafts, $6 pitchers, $2.50 wells.

AIRPORT INN 3111 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, 208-467-5460

This bar’s motto is: any excuse for a party. Get free soup daily from the crock pot. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Fri. 4-6 p.m. 25 cents off wells and beer, 50 cents off pitchers.

COWGIRL’S SALOON & TEQUILARIA 353 Avenue E, Kuna, 208-922-9522

Party central with a bar top designed for getting your groove on. HAPPY HOUR: Wed.-Sat. 4-8 p.m. $2 beers, wells; Thu. $5 big Coronas.

CREEKSIDE LOUNGE 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421

Large wine selection, cigars, a steak joint and a creekside setting. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. 5-7 p.m. $2 wells and domestics, $2.75 micros.

LONGHORN LOUNGE 458 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-4163

The only game in town for late-night grub. Prices so cheap, it don’t need no stinking happy hour.

RED EYE SALOON 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797

The Red Eye continues to instill a desire to get silly drunk but still behave oneself. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Fri. 3-6 p.m. $2.25 wells, $2.25 domestics, $3.50 36 oz. domestic growlers.

THE ROOSTER 1652 Garrity Blvd., Nampa, 208-461-9831

Karaoke six days a week. We love this bar. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.-Fri. all day, rotating deals.

SILVER SPUR SALOON 711 Main St., Caldwell, 208-453-4801

A steak house dressed in pine paneling and located in Caldwell’s historic district. HAPPY HOUR: Mon.Sat. 3-6 p.m., 2-for-1 drinks.

TINY’S LOUNGE 10 12th Ave. S, Nampa, 208-467-1717

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Boise Weekly Bar Guide 2009  

A printed companion to libations, deals and potential debauchery in the whole of Ada County brought to you by the swillers at Boise Weekly

Boise Weekly Bar Guide 2009  

A printed companion to libations, deals and potential debauchery in the whole of Ada County brought to you by the swillers at Boise Weekly