A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Or, in this case, as much like beer. Looking back through the mists of time--back almost a whole decade to 2004--the 507 W. Main St. address was home to a little place called The Hangar, a nondescript warehouse-y drinking room with bits of aeronautical paraphernalia offered as evidence for its name. In 2008, The Hangar had morphed to the sleeker, more sophisticated Mack and Charlie's and its Siamese twin, Gusto--still sprawling, the vibe was less collegiate and more urban chic (but you could race goldfish). Next in the four-year cycle, Silly Birch opened in 2012, swinging the pendulum ever so slightly into sports bar territory. Will we be watching the newly adopted Olympic sport of Quidditch at Silly Birch in 2016? Only time will tell. 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-2505, sillybirch.com.
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