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Boise Weekly's 10th Annual Coldest Beer

One-tenth of a century of frosty, cold beer


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The Bar at the Grove

This is one hotel lobby bar that's almost exclusively for out-of-towners, so snag a piece of sofa and play like you're on vacation. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-333-8000,


Berryhill's Plan B
Berryhill's Plan B - LAURIE PEARMAN

This little nook between Berryhill proper and Bacon is a proper man cave, decked out with leather furniture, flatscreens and good-looking drink slingers. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553,, @johnberryhill


Longhorn Lounge

Another of downtown Kuna's venerable watering holes. Nothing fancy but be prepared to joke and jab with the regulars lined around the horseshoe-shaped bar. Drink specials rotate daily and free food gets laid out for Monday Night Football. 458 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-4163


The Buffalo Club

Deer and elk heads draped with Christmas lights, fake palm trees and a huge projection screen to watch sports on makes the Buffalo Club seem like you're drinking inside a Cabela's in Jamaica. Could you pass me that there shotgun, mon? 10206 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-321-1811



Chill hotel bar with plentiful games, ample dinner menu until midnight, and limited commotion. 1800 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-344-7691


Crescent No Lawyers Bar/Grill

Whether baking in the sun on the large patio or witnessing current sporting events on the theater-sized projection screens, the Crescent can play a gracious host, just make sure your lawyer friends miss the memo. 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-322-9856,



With a neighborhood serving as the backdrop of this dive, Crickets feels like the malt shop in Grease, only with adult beverages and fewer leather jackets. 1228 Oakland Ave., Boise, 208-344-6235


Smoky Mountain: Pizza & Pasta

Family friendly dining spot with a big selection of beer, wine and edibles. The outside patio was recently renovated, making it one of the more intimate spots for drinking/dining in north Boise. 1805 W. State St., Boise, 208-387-2727,


Sam's Place

Almost as if we were in the early 1900s, this bar looks like it was ordered out of a catalog and installed at Ustick and Five Mile roads. Whose place? Sam's Place. 3395 N. Five Mile Road, Boise, 208-376-0074



Mostly known for its grub, this west Boise haunt serves up a solid array of beer and wine as well. The vibe is set by tons of music memorabilia on the walls and a fairly impressive cactus collection near the kitchen. The owner's band plays Saturday nights. 7330 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-7757,


Charlie Brown's

With elk paintings on the walls, Charlie Brown's feels like grandpa's house, only with a full bar and enough arcade games to entertain an army of drunken competitors. 5783 Overland Road, Boise, 208-375-6541


Dry Creek Mercantile

A tin ceiling, plank flooring and turn-of-the-century style outfit the interior of this family friendly community hub at Hidden Springs. Watch the sunset turn the Foothills purple while sipping chilled refreshment on the big front porch. 5892 Hidden Springs Drive, Boise, 208-229-2001,


Mickey Ray's

Do not enter with an empty stomach: The thick wafts of smoky barbecue ensure a peek at the menu. The barbecue, Southern hospitality and cold beer make Mickey Ray's one to write home about. 395 W. State St., Eagle, 208-939-7427,, @mickeyrays


Broadway Bar

The atmosphere is akin to drinking at your buddy's--you can even bring your own food--but the bar full of happy-go-lucky customers, staff and booze makes it a little different than chilling on your friend's couch. 1712 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9951


TK's Bar

The sort of small and dusty roadside place that's bustling with people who will give you suspicious glances on a Tuesday afternoon. The bartender's shock at their beer temp says it all: "We're usually really warm." 3231 Federal Way, Boise, 208-331-0654.


Red Eye Saloon

This venerable Kuna watering hole reopened in early June, to the delight of its faithful clientele. So what's new? No more faux-wood paneling and a fresh coat of paint have brightened up what was once a dark tavern. Dinner specials and Biker Night on Thursdays mean $5 burger-and-fries combos. No Harley required. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797


Brews Brothers

Shuffleboard, Golden Tee and ample TV selections can be found at this sporty spot. With 23 beers on tap, this is truly a classic beer bar. 6928 W. State St., Boise, 208-853-0526,



This quintessential neighborhood bar and restaurant adheres to a simple formula--friendly service, warm patrons, quality food and a hearty selection of liquors and domestics. 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-345-0135,


Busted Shovel

This is just your average neighborhood bar that happens to be biker-friendly. Its name refers to an older Harley engine known for breaking down. 704 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-288-2217,


The Flicks

A Boise institution that needs no introduction. Art house films accompanied by beer, wine and gourmet noshery make The Flicks a true Boise one-and-only. 646 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-4222,


The Office

Pool on one of three tables, a game of darts, a couple karaoke songs, and catching the late game on one of the flat-screen TVs that are in every corner of this large bar ... it's just another day at The Office. 6125 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-672-0087


Q's Billiard

Walk in and feel like you've entered a pool tournament. Patrons at Q's know how to rack 'em up, and if you feel like you brought your A-game, this is where you want to be. 6570 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-9122



Tiki torches light the way to the thatched roof-on-a-rooftop bar. This urban island is a convenient tropical getaway--no surfboard required. No cheesy pink umbrella in your drink, either. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200,, @reefboise


Tom Grainey's

An historic establishment with more than 30 years in the biz, Grainey's boasts local and regional bands on two stages and two different floors, five days a week. Do shots of booze while you shoot the breeze with loyal patrons. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-2505,


Bill-n-Lynn's Place

This place has dive bar written all over it in the best possible way, including the lively bartender who would be a customer if she weren't serving up shots from the fireball machine. Featuring dark mixed-wood walls, shuffleboard and weekend karaoke. 229 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-4075.



From the outside, this cavernous, family friendly sports bar is cleverly disguised as a bowling alley watering hole. Inside you'll find clean white walls, scratch-made soups and a $4 burger-fries-drink deal that completely removes any smoky stigma. 5504 W. Alworth, Garden City, 208-376-6555,


The Kit Kat Club

No bar in Ada County has been serving up beer and scantily clad dancers longer than the folks at this fixture on Meridian's western outskirts. For those looking for something other than the brass pole ballet, there are pool tables and televisions everywhere. 4842 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-7731


Donnie Mac's

Intentionally themed as an old mechanic's garage, complete with old cars as booths, this place has a style all its own. It also features burgers, bingo Tuesdays, Old English 40s and brass monkeys. 1515 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-384-9008


Village Pub

This pub is hidden, so much so that you might not have heard of it. But you will be greeted with smiles, Golden Tee and 50-cent pool tables. 9936 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-375-3085


Falcon Tavern

A cozy neighborhood gastropub with a large patio, hardwood decor, flatscreen TVs for various sporting events and no fancypants required. 705 W. Bannock St., Boise, 208-947-3111,


White Water Saloon

There's an unmistakable blue-collar vibe to this place. On Sundays the owners lay out free finger food for patrons who partake in pool, darts and games. 1646 N. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-888-3063


Happy Fish

Sushi and martinis are the order of business here. There's only one beer on tap: Japan's Kirin Ichiban. But darn it, the cold beer goes perfectly with a hot Fire Roll. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-4810,


Jim's Alibi

Horseshoe pits, open barbecue grill, dog-friendly back yard, weekly pool and beer pong tourneys ... it all adds up to one of the most kick-ass neighborhood bars in town. 2710 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9220,


Visual Arts Collective

As the venue that hosts an array of events including movie screenings, live theater, art shows and the recording of live concerts, VAC is where like-minded creative types gather to entertain and find inspiration. 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297,, @vacuber


Alterknit Lounge at KFCH

Boise's go-to venue to enjoy your favorite band as it breezes through town. The upstairs bar is a welcome break from the action. 416 Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212,, @knitboise


The Huddle

New downtown sports joint, complete with all the regalia a fan could ask for. The large windows and patio will allow you to say: Damn it, I like sports, and I don't care who knows it. 205 N. 10th St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-338-5454. @thehuddlegrill


Quarter Barrel

When the Quarter Barrel is not hosting open mic comedy night on Tuesday, or an open blues jam on Wednesday, and not holding karaoke on Thursday and Sunday nights, or the weekly pool tourney on Sunday, you can browse a 2.2 million-song library on the bar's spiffy Touch Tunes jukebox. 4902 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-3430


Baan Thai

Classy Thai restaurant with a bar on the side: Think Thai finger foods with your beer. Get some Eastern elegance as you drink, all in the heart of Eagle. 78 Eagle River St., Eagle, 208-938-8424,, @baanthaieagle


Gil's K-9 Bar

Folksy bar in west downtown boasting the basics: beer, shuffle board, pool table, juke box and comfortable barstools. 2506 Main St., Boise, 208-345-4420


Pitchers and Pints

Proud to be a "hole in the wall," this simple, cozy, smoke-free peripheral downtown bar boasts a bumping jukebox and straightforward beer menu. The year-round back patio has a pool table if you need to get some fresh air. 1108 W. Front St., Boise, 208-906-1355,


The Pocket

There are two ways to experience this bar: With a poolstick and quarters in hand or in the dimly lit bar area, allowing the beer to chill you out to the fullest. Either way, the Pocket will have you in its pocket. 1487 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-2474, @thepocketboise


Berryhill and Co.

Beer is happily served here, though you'll certainly be better off letting the bartenders showcase their martini skills. It's a posh destination for when you want to impress and a super-fab patio for when you just want to be seen. 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553,, @johnberryhill


End Zone

This sports bar's cozy wooden interior provides a friendly atmosphere with an above-par selection of microbrews. The exterior boasts a spacious deck loaded with flat screens and horseshoe pits. 1010 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-384-0613


Leku Ona

Bright, friendly and simple, with the sort of comforting feel you expect from your mom's kitchen more than a bar. 117 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-6665,


Busters Sports Bar

This blue-and-orange-themed sports bar houses 14 taps, a burger-centric menu and enough Broncos memorabilia to keep any sports fan comfortably entertained. 1326 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-5688,