What's In a Name: It might seem like an obvious connection to make, but Whiskey Bar is the Treasure Valley's home for dark liquor. It has a massive selection of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon behind the bar—more than 200 bottles strong. Its bartenders put those bottles to full use, and have filled several pages of the old-timey menu with endless variations of cocktails and inventive seasonals.
So, What Should You Drink? If you really need to ask, maybe this isn't the bar for you. Go for a whiskey-based cocktail, something more interesting than an old fashioned or a sour (although Whiskey Bar makes a mean whiskey sour). The bartenders are as knowledgeable as they are skillful, and are always quick to point out an obscure concoction that won't disappoint.
What Is This Vibe? Whiskey Bar has a weird combination of subdued high-class ambiance and Western swagger. Depending on the day of the week and time of day that you stop in, the experience is very different. You might end up in a nearly empty space where you can lounge on nice leather couches with a craft cocktail in hand, chatting about the aromatic notes of the 12-year-old Scotch you tried. Or you might end up in a hot, humid college crowd that makes it impossible to hear yourself think, much less understand what the bartender said the special was. Whatever your style, you can find it at Whiskey.
What's the Happiest Hour? From 3-7 p.m. daily, whiskey drinks are half-off, wells are $3, bottled beer is $2 and there is free pool. What else could you ask for?
Where to Find It: Whiskey Bar is located at 509 Main St. in Boise.