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Boise Weekly's Eleventh Annual Coldest Beer

Dedicating ourselves to the fine art of cold beer


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Plan B Lounge

Liquor and leather is the theme in this classy nook. The flat screen is silenced, allowing jazz to fill the air while you ponder: Why did we ever bother with a plan A? 121 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-387-3553,


The Lift

With a full menu of beer, liquor and food, this is an easy place to go to on Saturday night and return to Sunday morning for brunch. 4712 W. State St., Boise,



It might be rock solid or solid as an oak, but this joint has more in common with solid gold. It's airy and bright, with an emphasis on local brews to quench your thirst no matter what your state of matter. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-6620,


Leku Ona

Leku Ona, 36.3 degrees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

The wooden bar takes up a good portion of this Basque Block haunt, providing plenty of spots to pony up and imbibe something tasty. The patio also provides primo people watching along the Sixth Street bar block and Grove Street. Take your beverage outside and bask in the Boise sun. 117 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-6665,


Mickey Ray's Roadhouse Barbeque

Bring a bib for prime rib and catfish specials weekly paired with Mickey Ray's specialty bbq sauces. Ten rotating beers on tap and service with a sense of humor. 2325 Apple St., Boise, 208-344-7427,


Smoky Mountain Pizza

Enjoy beers and pizza under the shade of three giant pergolas. Free meals on your birthday and kids eat free on Sundays so bring the whole family. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-429-0011,


The Beer House

The Beer House is rough in the front and tumble in the back. The bartenders don't hesitate to give drinkers a hard time and the crowd is boisterous; but it's all in good fun. If you're in the area, expect darts, volleyball and an unavoidable hangover. 9751 Cory Lane, Boise, 208-345-1813


Little Dutch Garden

This little hideaway on Owyhee Street has been a secret among neighbors on the Bench for decades. The best way to describe it: It's like hanging out in your buddy's garage, albeit a garage equipped with taps and coolers. The LDG also has horseshoe pits outside and is dog friendly. 1910 Owyhee St., Boise, 208-906-3719


The TapHouse

The TapHouse is Boise's newest brew pub and it fits the sports-bar description to a T--from the 15 big screen TVs fighting for wall space down to the patrons clad in sneakers, jeans and baseball caps. Although there is a full bar, this place is definitely about the beer, with 44 selections on tap. 760 Main St., Boise, 208-336-6991


The Symposion

A difficult bar to find, the Symposion is even harder to leave. With snacks to keep the munchies at bay and drink specials that keep you glued to your seat for fear of falling upon standing, you won't even notice the lingering smell of pre-smoking-ban cigarettes clinging to your clothes and hair. 2801 W. Fletcher St., Boise, 208-342-9420


Turner's Sports Bar

Located behind a bait shop, Turner's has loyal customers, a few pool tables and enough sports fans to make this a cool, relaxing place to watch the game. 4022 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-9003



There are few places, let alone bars, that leave the customer thanking the establishment for a wonderful time and happy atmosphere. Endzone is that place. Its non-assuming entrance does nothing to foreshadow the experience. It is dog friendly, has outdoor TVs, horseshoe pits and a patio that would cause a Corona commercial to blush. 1010 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-384-0613



This bustling Northwest pub is as popular for its patio as it is for its distillery, where gin, vodka and rum are handcrafted onsite. Located next door to the Eagle Hilton, Bardenay's contemporary fare and Sunday brunch keep the business travelers and the local residents coming back. 155 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 208-938-5093,


Crescent "No Lawyers" Bar and Grill

The Crescent is the creme de la creme of sports bars in West Boise. The beers aren't cheap, but the overhead TVs, extensive collection of memorabilia and half-price drinks during happy hour make this bar a worthy adversary. 5500 W. Franklin Road, Boise, 208-322-9856,


Navajo Room

We dare you to find better wall art than the campy cowboy and Indian paintings hanging in this longstanding saloon. Free pool on Sunday and Wednesday and Karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights. 4900 Emerald St., Boise, 208-343-5817


Cassanova Pizza

This eatery was started by a Connecticut transplant who got tired of selling pizzas to neighbors out of his home kitchen. The Eastern Seaboard influence shows in its wood-fired pizzas with clams. 1204 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-331-3535,


Crooked Fence Brewing

If you missed the grand opening in February, you missed one hell of a barrel-draining party at Garden City's newest microbrewery. Crooked Fence earned the Golden Keg award at Treefort Music Festival. Pedal your bike to the tasting room on Thursdays and your second beer is on the house. 5242 Chinden Blvd., Garden City,


Goodwood Barbecue Co.

Quiet and warm with stylish decor, Goodwood offers a classier twist on the classic hillbilly staple. Diners are greeted at the door by mouthwateringly unmistakable aromas of meat slow cooking in made-from-scratch barbecue sauce. 7849 W. Spectrum St., Boise, 208-658-7173,



This club is as fluid as its name connotes--Mondays feature punk music, Wednesdays are open mic nights and Thursday-Sunday it's the place for a comedy show. If that's not enough, a pool table, pinball and ski ball set-up provide hours of entertainment at this happen' BODO bar. 405 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-5379,


Creekside Lounge

The wood-paneled lounge is where a large wooden bar and smoky vibe serve as a quiet aside from the Main Street Kuna bar scene. A large stage, cheap drinks and a TV known for broadcasting Boise State football round out the cozy establishment. 751 W. Fourth St., Kuna, 208-922-4421


El Gallo Giro

While not the watering hole its Main Street bar crawl peers aim for, the selection of Mexican brews and slew of domestics mark a good way to begin a night out, with a belly full of $1 tacos almost required. Bottled brews are favored, but Tecate is on tap. Especially alongside a smoldering pile of chicken mole, a Dos Equis or Negra Modelo is a perfect companion to the house-made Mexican eats. 482 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-5169,


Legends Sports Pub and Grill

Loud and family friendly, but sporting (pun intended) a full bar and all the plasmas a sports fan could want. 7609 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-377-1819,


The Reef

This bar's linear footage alone welcomes crowds to belly up under its thatched roof. The longboards, bamboo and shark teeth make you want to catch a wave. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9200,


Torch II

Does it really matter how cold the beer is? Or how many beers are on tap? Nope. Those aren't the key selling points at this Boise Bench bikini bar. 610 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-336-4747,


Varsity Pub

This place certainly sports Boise State pride, but its enthusiasm extends to more than the more notorious college sports. Anything from weekly free dance lessons to dueling pianos and live comedy is on the menu for the lively Meridian crowd. 1441 N. Eagle Road, Meridian, 208-906-0658,


Ves's Broadway Bar

You'll never get flack from us about too many people enjoying a cold one, and with $2 all-day, everyday drink specials, it's common sense that Ves's bar is standing-room only by 10 a.m. Start off the day with Beerios and seven televisions showing nothing but Nascar and golf. If hunger and sobriety strike at noon, there are Bugles in the vending machine and Fireball Whiskey on tap. 1712 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-342-9951


The Gathering Place

What used to be the 102-year-old lunch counter inside Orville Jackson's general store is now the only beer bar with a shuffleboard table in downtown Eagle that stays open past 10 p.m. Drink a pint from each of the 19 tap handles and you'll get a free T-shirt, but you'll need a serious commitment and help from a local cab company to beat the current record for completing the challenge in just two and a half days. 50 E. State St., Eagle, 208-230-1180


Gil's K-9 Bar

Contradictory to this bar's name, no K-9s are allowed. With the bar top spanning nearly the length of this dimly lit dive, drinking is king. 2506 Main St., Boise, 208-345-4420


Grove Hotel Bar

The Grove bar offers a classy granite countertop to sip drinks in business casual while listening to the piano player and the chance to sink into a comfy chair. 245 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-319-9830


Q's Billiards and Eatery

Nestled between Flying Pie and the rugged Fairview strip, Q's is a haven for pool junkies and fans of cheap beers. $2.50 for a PBR? Yes, please. 6570 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-322-9122.


The Huddle

What was once the chic Milky Way has morphed into a sports haven, resulting in an eclectic atmosphere of modern metal chairs mixed with plasma TVs. Enjoy a brew alongside a selection from the mac-n-cheese or burger "bar" and get ready to watch your favorite athletic contest. 205 N. 10th St., Boise, 208-338-5454


Kit Kat Club

The Kit Kat Club is a strip club (ahem, bikini bar) on the outskirts of Meridian, in what used to be rural Ada County, and it has been in that location longer than most of us can remember. The atmosphere isn't bad, as strip clubs go. It's dark, with the distant smell of smoke (perhaps mixed with Febreze), but no liquor and only four beers on tap. 4842 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-886-7731


36th Street Bistro

Looking for a classy date spot? Immerse yourself in the airy well planned architecture of the 36th Street development. Don't miss the popular weekend brunches. 3769 Woody Lane, Boise, 208-433-5108


Construction Zone

It's been Bill and Lynn's for as long as anyone can remember, but Meridian's hometown bar is now under new ownership. With its new name comes a remodel and a new outdoor space with activities, live music and karaoke livening up the scene. 229 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-888-4075


Fireside Inn

A loud, proud, no-frills sports bar where the regulars have claimed stools for years. 1610 N. 31st St., Boise, 208-342-9075


Moe's Place

Moe's Place, 37.9 degrees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

What used to be Club Savvy's is now Moe's Place. The spacious dance floor is still the main attraction and the DJ plays hip-hop or whatever the crowd wants to hear. 3933 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-343-1243