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Boise Weekly's 10th Annual Coldest Beer

One-tenth of a century of frosty, cold beer


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Humpin' Hannah's

A large two-floored club with a warmer, wackier vibe than most dance clubs. And that's how they like it. 621 Main St., Boise, 208-345-7557,


36th Street Bistro

A babbling fountain creates a Zen-like experience on the brick patio surrounded by flowers and foliage. Try a wine-paired dinner in this greenhouse setting while you enjoy every dimension of organic. 3769 Woody Drive, Boise, 208-433-5108,


Fireside Inn

North End neighborhood pub with games aplenty. Smoky but low-key, with shuffleboard and pool tables. 1610 N. 31st St., Boise, 208-342-9075



Smoky, greasy, cheap, loud and raucously of the people. The place in downtown to play pool, foosball, lotto, watch sports or just get good, old-fashioned tipsy. It's where your night inevitably ends up. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998, @mulliganstaff


Pho Nouveau

Simple but elegant dining area with a patio, serving modern Vietnamese food in the heart of downtown. 780 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-367-1111,



In addition to the mouth-watering handcrafted wood-fired pies, this pizzeria offers a rotating selection of craft beers and a variety of primo wines. 1204 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-331-3535,



A classic neighborhood bar with 25 beers on tap. The finger steaks are hand cut and battered, and beer pong can be found here. 499 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737


Bar Gernika

Exposed brick and just a handful of tables make Gernika feel just like ... well, Gernika in the Basque Country. It's equal parts watering hole and restaurant. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-2175,, @gernika


Bella Aquila

This is where you go to impress a date. Candlelit tables, classic Italian food and a full bar seal the deal. Bonus: stellar wines. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-1900,



Kahootz is surprisingly upscale but from its simple sporting pub decor, you wouldn't guess it. It offers an array of local and regional beers on tap and a menu including pricey, yet delicious steak and seafood options. And its stunning arbor-covered patio makes you forget for a moment that you're right off Meridian's bustling main street. 1603 N. Main St., Meridian, 208-895-9861,



The classic bar and back bar were built in the 1860s and were a staple in the family's first restaurant opened in Sun Valley in 1965. Great outdoor patio with a splendid, wide-angle view of the Foothills. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200,


Burger 'N' Brew

An aptly named sporty spot. A favorite post-game haunt of many of Boise's rec league softball teams, this place is known for its inconspicuous but cozy presence on the west side of town. 4295 W. State St., Boise, 208-345-7700


The Curb

Upon first glance, the Curb could seem like just another sports bar, but it has the feel of a neighborhood tavern: good food, refreshing drinks and local owners. With $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys on Sunday, it's just like home--almost. 1760 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-286-4401,


The Bouquet

Live music is the name of the game here, with a recently remodeled stage and floor plan. Don't forget to check out the beautiful decor: The preserved bar is the stuff of Boise legend. 1010 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6605


Club Savvy's

Seven nights a week at Club Savvy's, you'll find a big dance floor where the melting-pot crowd boogies to a mash-up of musical genres played by a live DJ, who also doubles as the karaoke host. 3933 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-429-9339


Gamekeeper Lounge

Tucked inside the Owyhee Plaza, the Gamekeeper may be the most romantic bar in Boise. Let the candlelit tables, five-star food and stiff drinks seal the deal. 1109 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-4611,


Grainey's Basement

Warning: One visit to Grainey's and you might never leave. Live music paired with the wild-west-meets-Irish-bar feel make this place the "Cheers" of the Boise scene. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-2505


Twisted Timber

A bright and friendly diner turned pub that is the only sign of civilization for miles in any direction. 4563 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-362-7157


Lucky Dog Tavern

Laid-back gay bar with a chatty crowd. Bar games, arcade machines, pool table and darts round out the scene. 2223 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-333-0074,, @luckydogboise


Nut House

The West Boise sports bar is back under the oversight of its original owners, and the bright, airy space remains a haven for those who love to catch the game on big flatscreen TVs. 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise, 208-287-2191,, @nuthouseboise


The Refuge

With a large dark wood bar, this looks like the sort of place rich and powerful men swirl glasses of brandy and cackle to one another about their sinister plans to privatize the moon. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Ste. 300, Boise, 208-424-8211,


The Lift

Large bar and patio/pergola for a shady place to chow down or sip a beverage. 4091 W. State St.,, Boise, 208-342-3250,, @theliftboise



Bright lounge with multiple counters and TVs, pool tables and ping pong. Beers come in your choice of regular or giant-sized. 8654 W. Overland St., Boise, 208-658-0906


Parrilla Grill

Like a twist of lime gracing tequila, this twist of Cabo graces Boise's North End with a fresh-ingredient tang and flavorful pucker. If Camel's Back skirts the Foothills, Parrilla is the short and sassy hemline. 1512 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-323-4688.


Stubs Sports Pub

Comfortable high-ceilinged and wood-furnished gastropub that brings a little much-needed class to the strip mall off Federal Way. 3662 Findley Ave., Boise, 208-336-7882, @stubssportspub



The country's first restaurant distillery has perfected the cozy industrial atmosphere with high ceilings, brick, dark wood and a drink menu that's one of the most innovative in town. An A-list patio. 610 Grove St., Boise, 208-426-0538,, @bardenay


Willi B's Sandwich Saloon

Value-hunters should saddle up at this Western-themed saloon. $1.50 cans of PBR wash down "bunkhouse cooking" all week long. 225 N. Fifth St., Boise, 208-331-5666,


Lane 21

A huge bar connected to a bowling alley. Bowl a couple frames, grab a beer, maybe a pizza--these lanes are hidden in the rough. 4860 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-344-2695,



A sports bar atmosphere with billiards and a shuffleboard table. The outdoor patio offers late afternoon and evening shade from the blistering sun. Seven TVs and 14 beers on tap. Wednesday night is Rib Night, when $8.95 gets you a 1-pound rack of baby backs. 2310 E. Overland Road, Meridian, 208-884-4453,


Tavern at Bown Crossing

Upscale bar and grill with a large patio perfect for brunch, mimosa in hand. 3111 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-345-2277,, @bowntavern



Beer pong, juke, pool, sweet nightly drink specials, cheapo fatty beers and debauchery seven nights a week--you know, your typical party scene, but it's an all-new scene. 800 W. Idaho St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-514-2531,, @drinkfattys


Suds Tavern

This off-campus blue- and orange-themed bar houses a raucous crowd of college students and after-work drinking pals anxious to achieve a comfortable buzz. 1024 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-9656,, @thesudstavern


Cactus Bar

An Idaho bar with a Southwest-inspired twist. Cheap drinks, arcade games and a giant patio will help you escape the madness of Sixth and Main. 517 W. Main St., Boise, 208-342-9732


Ben's Crow Inn

Friendly, bright diner with a large patio where the clams are fried and the beer is copious. Both are served in buckets. Hearts, begin your fluttering now and your attacking after attaining regular status. 6781 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-342-9669


Little Dutch Garden

This is perhaps the most unexpected bar in Boise. Surrounded by residential housing, it could easily be mistaken for a garage. But the cheap drinks and plethora of bar games, ranging from pool to horseshoes, make it a strangely compelling destination. 1910 S. Owyhee St., Boise, 208-906-3719


Terry's State Street Saloon

The karaoke capital of State Street, this joint enjoys a loyal following. Pool and arcade games, patron pictures on the walls, and a cozy back patio tie the operation together. Karaoke all the time. 3301 N. Collister St., Boise, 208-331-8225,


Eastside Tavern

Large, dark and smoky bar, where high class is a slur and high culture is a shuffleboard tournament. The perfect place to drink your afternoon and your life away, especially on booming karaoke Tuesdays. 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-3878, @eastsidetav


Jumpin Janet's

A large, laid-back bar featuring just about every parlor game: pool, darts, ping pong and friendly folks just beyond the downtown scene. 572 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-7640,


Sun Ray Cafe

With the largest wraparound sidewalk-dining scene in the North End, this is where weekend warriors congregate following sweat sessions in the neighboring Foothills. It also features simple, tasty fare that is more than just fuel. 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887,



A dark, smoky lounge packed with the sorts of folks whose hairstyles are rarely cut but always on the cutting edge. Enjoy black walls and black lungs, as well as one of the most happening patios in town. Shake and shimmy at late-night dance parties or just get fall-down snockered. Quick Boise, to the hipster-cave! 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886,, @neurolux



The greenish pallor cast by the lighting in this more-than-40-year-old North End institution reminds us that corned beef and cabbage is year-round fare in some parts, including the Boise Foothills. 2433 N. Bogus Basin Road, Boise, 208-342-8948,


The VooDoo Lounge

Base-thumping techno and flashing lights make this subterranean club tricky for a first date. However, as one of the only bars downtown with a pole and live dancers, it's sure to put a kinky hex on your second date. 200 N. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-941-2144,


Flying Pie Pizzaria

The smell of tomato sauce is overwhelming when you enter Flying Pie. The beer is no joke, either, ranging from PBR to locally brewed favorites. Watch yourself when pies are flying. 6508 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-376-3454,, @flyingpiepizza