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Boise Weekly's Eleventh Annual Coldest Beer

Dedicating ourselves to the fine art of cold beer


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Kay and Traci's 127 Club

With pool tables, loud people and a jukebox--Kay and Traci's is a true bar. 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122


Proto's Pizzeria Napoletana

The bar provides some of the best people watching downtown.. With wood-fired pizza, any brew will go down easily. 345 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-331-1400,


Twisted Timber

Subdivision suburbia meets farmland: Twisted Timber is right between the two on Boise's outskirts. Absolutely packed even on a weeknight, this family-friendly pub is a neighborhood favorite. Bring the kids and enjoy beer, wine and pub fare surrounded by kitschy decor and plasma screens showing whatever game is on at the time. 4563 S. Cloverdale Road, Boise, 208-362-7157



Take a Sixth and Main streets meat market, punk up the crowd and give it food, and you'll have Mulligans. There is a Mulligans in every town and they are all the same: the place where your night ends. 1009 W. Main St., Boise, 208-336-6998


Rick's Press Room

Rick's Press Room may be a local restaurant attempting to be a sports bar or a sports bar attempting to be a local restaurant. The restaurant feels like a mom-and-pop shop, which is magnified by the home-cooked food. 130 E. Idaho Ave., Meridian, 208-288-0558


Sammy's Bar

Sammy's Bar, 38.3 degrees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

Limited seating means the concrete floor is for move-busting and hip-grinding, but don't let the shuffleboard table fool you. The crowd here is too young to know how to play. 509 Main St., Boise, 208-343-5159


Cafe Ole

Expansive basement Mexican restaurant with a fountain, salsa bar and dozens upon dozens of large booths. 404 S. Eighth St., Boise,


The Curb Bar and Grill

The Curb Bar and Grill has conflicting identities. With cement floors, mostly male clientele and many TVs, it looks like a sports bar. But with a full menu and nice outdoor patio, it also seems like a family restaurant. This combination results in a fun neighborhood hangout. 1760 S. Meridian Road, Meridian, 208-855-0202,


Lock Stock and Barrel

Steakhouse and jazz hut decorated in a wine-country theme. Plenty of wines and tasteful frivolity. 1100 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-336-4266,


Sam's Place

Sam's Place is the Moe's Tavern of West Boise. Complete with karaoke, pool tables and darts, Sam's is the spot for the locals. Beware: If you don't know the crowd and you're under the age of 40 expect to get some stares. 3395 N. Five Mile Road, Boise, 208-376-0074


Bier:Thirty Bottle and Bistro

One of the most impressive beer selections in Boise. Ten taps on rotation, hundreds of bottled varieties and growlers for sale. If you still aren't sick of beer, there are tastings and beer dinner events. 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-697-6443,


Kahootz Steak and Alehouse

Quiet, cozy and antique with comfortable booths and a genuinely interested staff. Forty-three beers on tap and special European-style cask conditioned beer kept at 65 degrees and not carbonated. 1603 Main St., Meridian, 208-895-9861,


Vista Bar

New ownership has added a patio out back for the summer and year-round for smokers. The iconic A-frame set back from Vista Avenue touts its cheap, stiff drinks and all the fun of Wednesday Flip Night: Flip a quarter with the barkeep to win a buck off your next beverage. 813 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-345-5058


Balcony Club

Cavernous second-story dance club overlooking downtown and catering to the queer crowd. Shirtless bartenders and stiff drinks make Jack a happy boy. 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-336-1313,


Bar Gernika

Charmingly intimate hole in the wall serving a rotating selection of fine microbrews and traditional Basque food. Try the croquettas or live the rest of your days in regret. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-2175,


Alterknit Lounge at Knitting Factory

Live music coupled with a full bar will complete any concert-going experience. Cap it off with a burger and fries and you have yourself a good ol' time. 416 S. Ninth St., Boise, 208-367-1212,


Smoky Mountain Pizza and Pasta

This mini-chain restaurant has a comfortable setting with walls decorated by black-and-white photos commemorating outdoor recreation and sports. The curried chicken pizza should not be missed. 1805 W. State St., Boise, 208-387-2727,


Chicago Connection

Venture east of Boise's downtown core to find a quiet patio, deep dish pizza, a rare salad bar and coveted parking spot. 310 N. Fourth St., Boise, 208-342-3434,


20th Century Lounge (at 20th Century Lanes)

What would a bowling alley be without a bar? 20th Century Lanes bills itself as a family establishment, but if you've got a hankering for an adult beverage, bowling pin-themed barstools and a pre-smoking ban musk will put you in the mood for a few more frames. 4712 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8695,


Mack and Charlie's

Looking for short skirts and muscle shirts but trying to avoid college bar prices? Mack and Charlie's is the loud, packed, dance-your-pants-off place for you. 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-5159


Parrilla Grill

Parrilla Grill, 39 degees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

With a neighborhood bar vibe and inventive daily drink and food specials (on top of happy hour discounts), Parrilla Grill is a surefire winner when you feel like throwing back a few with a buddy. 1512 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-323-4688,


The Press

The black-and-white-checkered floor and sidewalk patio make this watering hole more wine bistro than beer bar, and the boisterous after-work bunch fills the tiny nook with happy energy. 212 N. Ninth St., Ste. B, Boise, 208-336-9577


Tablerock Brewpub and Grill

Sky-lit and high-ceilinged, this microbrewery lurks quietly on the southern fringe of downtown Boise. The forgettable location betrays the memorable handcrafted beers that have flowed from these taps for more than two decades. 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-0944,


Shige Steakhouse

The sexy S-curved bar with black leather cushioned barstools promises sultry saketinis and Sapporo. Tepanyaki and tempura remind us that Shige does more than just raw fish. 100 N. Eighth St., Ste. 215, Boise, 208-338-8423


Ahi Sushi

Although Kirin is the only beer on tap, it is suitable for squelching the fire from an A-Bomb roll made with fresh jalapeno peppers, spicy yellowtail, avocado, salmon and a dose of damn-hot basil-habanero sauce. Scorched tongue not your thing? The chefs at Ahi can fashion any raw delicacy you like at the large, three-sided sushi bar. 1193 E. Winding Creek Drive, Eagle, 208-938-3474,


Firehouse Pub and Grill

The Firehouse Pub and Grill has a local restaurant vibe in a Meridian strip mall. Beer seems to be the No. 1 concern, and that is always a good sign. A sign that is confirmed by $1 tacos for a full eight hours each weekday. Kind of a surprise restaurant nestled between a car wash and Dutch Bros. 1767 Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-846-9535,



Casual, chic foodies find special-occasion cuisine at everyday prices with Fork's sustainable, star-worthy local fare. Thoughtful flavor pairings, flame-roasted meats and fries that don't need ketchup give Fork bragging rights. 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-289-1700,


Tom Grainey's Sporting Pub

Everybody needs a standby: a standby friend, a standby meal and a standby bar. Tom Grainey's serves that role for many a Boise local and for good reason. On a slow weekday, the upstairs bar is a quiet, dark, yet neighborly place. On weekends, the basement bar is filled to the brim with partiers by midnight. So, whether you're in the mood to slow down or to party on, Grainey's could be your standby, too. Just make sure you pick the right day of the week. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-2505,


The Cactus

You remember that place where you embarrassed yourself on your 21st birthday by drinking half a dozen Jagerbombs in 20 minutes? With the high ceilings and tables, and all the Bronco stuff, the one with the back patio? No? Well, everyone else remembers that. 517 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-9732


Louie's Pizza

Louie's remains an old family favorite. The bar is a place to have a drink before you fill up on Italian comfort food, though we miss the downtown location. 2500 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 208-884-5200,


Ben's Crow Inn

Ben's Crow Inn is at the crucial halfway point between downtown and Lucky Peak along the Greenbelt, and its hasn't-changed-in-decades vibe is a siren's call to kick back on the patio and relax in the summer sun. Try a bucket of clams--seriously. 6781 Warm Springs Ave., Boise, 208-342-9669


Eastside Tavern

This bar is built for debauchery. Group poker games where the winner gets a $20 bar tab. Free bacon Fridays, pool, karaoke and canines aloud make for a rowdy bunch. 610 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-3878



Handmade sandwiches are the specialty at this 35-year-old establishment. Settled on a bench at one of the picnic tables and surrounded by rough-hewn tongue-and-groove paneling in the dining room, you might imagine yourself munching away in a rustic cabin. 4348 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-322-7401,


Ha'Penny Irish Pub

With such a strong Emerald Isle feel, it's tough to not crave a Guinness. But Ha'Penny has plenty of delectable barley concoctions, and you may be tempted into something new. Saddle up to the dark-wood bar or soak up some sun on one of the bar's two patios, relax and imbibe with an Irish vibe. 855 Broad St., Ste 250, Boise, 208-343-5568,



Patio seating welcomes a brunch crowd, and afternoon deals attract happy hour-seeking patrons with $3 small plates, beers on tap and house wine. 3110 S. Bown way, 208-338-8887



A dark hipster cave full of rock 'n' roll and starry-eyed plans. Go for the stiff drinks and killer jukebox; go back because you got so drunk, you left your debit card and possibly your underwear behind. 111 N. 11th St., Boise, 208-343-0886,


R&R Public House

Dining and drinking among stone walls and under elegant light fixtures gives R&R Public House a classy and new feel. With no domestic beers on tap, the often-local drafts and microbrews are in constant rotation. 1626 S. Wells Ave., Ste. 115, Meridian, 208-258-2080,


Woody's Pub and Grill

Woody's is what happens when you mix a sports bar with a corner tap. Plenty of TVs and horseshoe pits and a great outdoor area. The bar has rotating taps and $5 PBR pitchers, and the kitchen has all kinds of ways to use the supply of daily smoked meats. Gotta try the Sriracha-Parmesan wings. 650 Vista Ave., Boise, 208-336-1790


Casa del Sol

Casa del Sol, 39.9 degrees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

The smell of Mexican food keeps the air warm and pleasant at Casa del Sol, while the brick walls and low ceilings bring a cozy feel. If that's not enough, seven flat screen TVs broadcast every sports channel available. 409 S. Eighth St., Boise, 208-364-7800,


Piper Pub

Perfect pre- or post-Alive After Five, the balcony with outdoor seating is the place to see and be seen. Perched handily next to the garage, parking is never an issue, even in the heart of downtown Boise. 150 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-343-24444,


Wiseguy Pizza

Wiseguy's downtown Boise location is a casual hangout worthy of solo lunch breaks or dinner out with your friends and family. The location's outdoor patio, situated just off hectic Main Street, affords a view of the street action without being stuck smack dab in the middle of it. Order a pizza and a pint and sit back to enjoy the view. 570 Main St., Boise, 208-336-7777,