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Boise Weekly's Eleventh Annual Coldest Beer

Dedicating ourselves to the fine art of cold beer



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Jim's Alibi

Anyone who is looking for a quality conversation and barley soda at 7 a.m. will not be let down at Jim's Alibi. Enjoy both inside or outside, where a manicured covered patio and horseshoe area is cleaner than any public park in Boise. This is a place where if the owner stopped pouring, people would still come to spend time together. 2710 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9220


The Brickyard

A touch of class at Sixth and Main streets, with tasteful leather booths and a marble bartop basking in natural light form large windows and the soothing sounds of live piano. 601 Main St., Boise, 208-287-2121, brickyardboise.com


The Buffalo Club

Walking into the Buffalo Club may seem intimidating to those who have never gone the full eight seconds. But never fear, even those who don't enjoy the shade of a cowboy hat can find a stool and a frosty glass. The animal heads mounted on the walls are alarming at first, but the free country dance lessons and episodes of Glee projected on the walls are plenty distracting. 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811


Dry Creek Mercantile

Situated at the entrance to the charming Hidden Springs community, this old-style mercantile is outfitted with plank flooring and a high tin ceiling. The huge front porch can't be beat for watching the sunset turn the Foothills purple at the end of a summer day. 5892 Hidden Springs Drive, Boise, 208-229-2001, hiddensprings.com



Paramount is the horseshoe-shaped bar from which all manner of beer and liquors are poured. Specializing in late-night grub as the only after-hours eatery in Kuna, the Longhorn prices drinks cheaply and never skimps on the charm. 458 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-4163


Lucky 13

A cyclist destination along the Greenbelt with pizza, salad, plenty of taps and an interior that opens wide to the great outdoors thanks to large garage doors. 3662 Eckert Road, Boise, 208-344-6967, lucky13pizza.com


McCleary's Pub

No frills and gimmicks, just a neighborhood bar with affordable drinks, pool, darts, shuffleboard and potlucks during Boise State football games. For those confused with the McCleary's on State, they have the same owners, but the one on the Bench is the original. 604 N. Orchard St., Boise, 208-342-3007, mcclearys.net


Jakers Grill

Brushed stainless steel, cool granite countertops, slate-colored walls, orange hints of wood and warm lighting complemented by jazz music, Jakers' new location gives the Chandlers' mood a run for its money. Now, if the martinis compare likewise, the staff might be on to something really special. 268 E. Pine St., Meridian, 208-288-0898, jakers.com


Buddies Pub and Deli

This bar smells like smoke and is packed with dogs (the pet kind, mostly). If the bartender doesn't know your name, be ready for a side of suspicious glances with your beer, pool, darts and Wednesday poker tournaments. 8654 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-658-0906


Pitchers and Pints

Possibly the most unassuming bar in Boise, Pitchers and Pints offers up a comedian bartender and cold beer in a space small in size but not in character. 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-906-1355


R Bar

Never judge a bar by its website. If it hasn't been updated in the last five months, that indicates all the good times being had there have put digital media on hold. For face-to-face interaction with a slew of new acquaintances, R Bar is a gem and taps into the Northwest's fine microbrew selection. 1041 S. Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-629-0029, rbarboise.com


The Flicks

The Flicks cannot be held responsible if you drink and forget the ending of that foreign film. But a lineup of micros, fine wines and gourmet noshes make the civic-minded, independent theater unforgettable. 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222, theflicksboise.com


Willi B's Saloon

With a new home, the Willi B's folks have capitalized on the larger space, trucking in a pool table, stage and huge seating area. A new patio, updated menu and an unshakable Western vibe make it a prime location for nursing brews or a plate of Frito nachos. While it specializes in "bunkhouse cooking," it slings domestic and microbrews on the regular as well. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-331-5666, willibs.com


Cheerleaders Bar and Grill

The bar boasting beer bongs and fluorescent alcohol signs makes it quite plain that this is a place for 21-and-up fun. Yet, afternoon booths are filled with children ogling arcade games that seem to challenge those wee buffalo wing-stained fingers to a playoff. 3541 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-939-9204, cheerleaderssbg.com


Cricket's Bar and Grill

A day spent casting in the Boise canals catching nothing is never a complete failure. Let Cricket's be your honey hole. With halibut batter fish and chips for $7 every day, this unmarked Boise Avenue score is more than shuffleboard and arcade games. 1228 Oakland Ave., Boise, 208-344-6235


The Dutch Goose

Cool and cavernous, the Dutch Goose is a classic hole-in-the-wall pub, complete with pool tables and surprisingly great food. Be sure to check out the expansive patio out back. 4295 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8887, dutchgoose.com


Shotsie's Pub and Eatery

A stone's throw away from Plantation Golf Course, this full-service pub has something for everyone. 6100 State St., Ste. 101, Boise, 208-629-7381, shotsiespub.com


The Village Pub

Tucked behind Europe Delicious and Capital Sports Sales is the quaint Village Pub. From the outside, it doesn't look like much, but upon entering, visitors can enjoy a fireplace, birthday tacos and $1.75 Miller High Lifes for all the troops out there. 9936 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-375-3085


Visual Arts Collective

The coolest thing about this art gallery/concert space is how it brings together different communities by hosting concerts, theater performances and art shows. There's nary a bad seat inside this small, energetic venue. 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297, visualartscollective.com


Humpin' Hannah's

Humpin' Hannah's, 35.2 degrees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

There's no place like home when you want to relax. And there's no place like Humpin' Hannah's when you want to drink, dance and delight in debauchery. Two bars, pool, a dance floor and constant live music make this the perfect place to party down. 621 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557


Busted Shovel

The Busted Shovel seems to be the bar that time forgot. Self-described as "Meridian's only biker bar," the bar has one small window providing the only light shining in. With smoking, video games, pool tables and a full-size lottery machine, the lack of extra frills is almost comforting. 704 Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217, bustedshovel.com


Falcon Tavern

Watch a game at this downtown man cave, where the ladies are always welcome and the Cordon Bleu-trained owner puts a gourmet spin on everything from grinders to homemade soups. 705 Bannock St., Boise, 208-947-3111, falcontavern.com


Burger 'N' Brew

Burger 'N' Brew has 15 flat screen televisions and 24 beers on tap, making it an ideal full-service sports bar. 4295 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-7700



This ristorante's Tuscan vibe is ever-present. Be it lounging on the patio, drinking a primo vino or a frosty brew while sampling authentic Italian eats courtesy of Chef Gino, the atmosphere beckons patrons to drink in old-world flavor. 3015 W. McMillan Road, Ste. 108, Meridian, 208-887-7710


Jumpin' Janet's

On summer Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, staff clears out some dining tables to make way for four ping pong tables. And no, this ain't beer pong. Everything on the menu is homemade and there's no deep fryer in the kitchen. That means tasty salads, slaws and soups with the burgers. 574 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-7620


Ranch Club

If you like your bar gritty and smoky, you'll love it here. The air at the Ranch Club is so thick with testosterone, you can cut it with a switchblade. 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-7447


Cosmic Pizza

The Intergalactic Confederation of Aliens agrees, Cosmic Pizza has the hottest drink deal on Earth. Eight-dollar microbrew pitchers during happy hour enjoyed underneath a ceiling solar system mobile--it's a no duh. Search no further for strange encounters of the seventh kind. 1221 W. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-258-3871, cosmicpizzaboise.com


Berryhill and Co.

An upscale bistro and bar with a neo-industrial vibe. Nothing Budweisery on tap, and plenty of fancy desserts. Perfect to impress your clients and your dates but not your accountant. 121 Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553, johnberryhillrestaurants.com



This cozy, family-friendly sports bar is the place to view hard-to-get sports thanks to an old-school satellite dish. Finger steaks, buffalo wings, juicy burgers and female servers clad in tight tees and skimpy shorts are longstanding hallmarks of Buster's. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800, busterseagle.com



Two words: dart league. Striker's may have been an afterthought as a bar next to a bowling alley. But with a friendly staff, very inexpensive beer and said dart league, Striker's now has its own identity. 324 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-2048


Rockies Diner

Classic '50s diner scene with roller-skating servers, homemade chili and all the DJ-spun Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry you can handle. 3900 Overland Road, Boise, 208-336-2878, rockiesdiner.com


Lucky Dog

A down-to-Earth gay bar with an enthusiastic staff, Lucky Dog offers good music, intellectually engaging wall art and $1 PBR on Thursday to those who shed their pants and/or shirt. 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-333-0074


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