Best Local Cocktails

The Modern Hotel and Bar

When it comes to cocktails, subtlety and elan are everything, and few Boise bars can match the grace of The Modern Hotel. There, the well-balanced cocktail menu changes regularly to keep things fresh, and only the highest-quality boozes and ingredients are used. The hallmark of The Modern, however, is creativity: What the bartender makes you might not be familiar, but it will be delicious. themodernhotel.com

2nd Place: Red Feather Lounge—It's hard to talk about cocktails in Boise without mentioning Red Feather Lounge. A regular on this list, it's known for its excellent atmosphere, killer patio and second-to-none appetizers—all of which pair brilliantly with some of the best boozes in town. With an extensive drink list, Red Feather Lounge is a must-stop spot for a night on the town. bcrfl.com

3rd Place: Barbacoa—Largely known for its amazing guacamole table service and tunnel of wine, Barbacoa has something else Boiseans might want with their meals: amazing cocktails. From classics like cosmos, mojitos and bloody Marys to specialties like the Kiss Off (Maker's Mark, lime and ginger beer) and XXX (Smirnoff grapefruit vodka, X-Rated and sour), there's something there for every taste. barbacoa-boise.com

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