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29.8˚ Outpost Cafe

Tested: $4.50 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 6 a.m.-2 a.m.

Turned off by those airport bar prices? Here's some help: For an extra $2, you can top your beer with a shot of your choice--what a great way to disinfect your insides before breathing all that recirculated air. (2 TVs) In the Boise Airport, 424-1061

29.8˚ Casanova Pizzeria

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

The pizza's so good, so imaginative and so reasonably priced, you'll be scared to let anyone else in on the secret. (1 TV) 1204 S. Vista Ave., 331-3535

30˚ Lone Star Steakhouse

Tested: $3.25 Coors Light in a frosted mug

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

A Texas-themed bar that smells like meat. If you listen hard enough, you can actually heat the diners chewing. Good place for watching NASCAR. (3 TVs) 8799 W. Franklin, 377-5565

30.3˚ The Trolley Bar

Tested: $2.25 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 3 p.m.-close

Happy hour: M-F 4-6 p.m. ($1.75 domestic drafts)

Yes, it actually is a trolley, but with a big back yard with misters, regular cribbage tournaments, friendly staff and plenty of regulars. (2 TVs, 1 pool table, horseshoes) 4103 Rose Hill St., 342-9084

30.5˚ P.F. Chang's

Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a frosted glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m.

Upscale chain restaurant bar with professional people and a comfortable vibe. Just don't get loaded and get freaky with the giant horse statues out front. (2 TVs) 391 S. 8th St., 342-8100

31.2˚ Reef

Tested: $2 Pabst in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-late, F 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sa-Su 1 p.m.-late

All hail the rooftop patio with the tiki torches! Bit of a check-'em-out scene, but who cares, when the sun is shining? (3 TVs) 25 S. 6th St., 287-9200

31.2˚ McCleary's Pub

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 7-2 a.m., Su 7-12 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 9-10 a.m., M-Su 5:30-7 p.m. ($1.50 drafts)

The cribbage-playing bartender will greet you with a smile and an icy cold brew poured into a glass straight from the bar's new cooler. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, 3 video games, 1 video dart game, 1 shuffleboard) 604 N. Orchard Ave., 342-3007

31.3˚ Red Robin

Tested: $3.49 Coors Light in a frosted mug

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

The inside is reminiscent of that restaurant in Office Space. 211 Parkcenter Blvd. 344-7471; 267 N. Milwaukee St., 323-0023

31.3˚ Characters

Tested: $3.50 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. daily

Happy hour: Daily 4:30-6:30 p.m. ($2 wells, $2.25 Miller Lite, half off apps)

Quiet, nice, sports-themed--i.e., a hotel bar. Clean, dim but not so much you have to squint to check people out. No smoking. (7 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, 2 dartboards, jukebox) 1800 Fairview Ave. (in Red Lion Downtowner), 344-7691

31.6˚ Players Pub and Grill

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

Happy hour: Daily 3:30-6 p.m., ($2 domestic draughts and wells, $6 domestic pitchers)

Decorated in NASCAR and beer posters with buxom babes. Right next to bowling lanes. (9 TVs, 1 pool table, 1 video game, lotto ticket machine) 5504 W. Alworth St.; 376-6563

31.6˚ McGrath's Fish House

Tested: $3.25 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Happy hour: F-Sa 4-6 p.m. (drink specials)

The place kind of looks like the interior of a ship. Cool. (3 TVs) 1749 S. Cole, 375-6300

31.6˚ Goodwood BBQ

Tested: $3.46 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 ($1 off wells, house, beers, apps)

A little hideaway connected to a massive restaurant. From the bar, you can watch the waitstaff ring in their orders and chatter about their tables. (2 TVs). 7849 W. Spectrum, 658-7173

31.8˚ Main Street Bistro

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 8 p.m.-2 a.m., F-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: F-Sa 8-10 ($2 pints)

If you wanna grind with a guy wearing a Yankees cap and a spray-on tan, go no further. Check that hipster attitude at the door. (11 TVs, 8 pool tables) 609 Main St., 345-9515

32.2˚ Opa

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Red walls, groovy glass art and a friendly staff make this narrow bar (formerly The Interlude) easy to disappear into. (5 TVs) 213 N. 8th St., 342-6555

32.4˚ Red Robin

Tested: $3.50 Bud Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

TVs, TVs everywhere, including one in the floor at the entryway. The constant whine of the blenders makes you pray for earplugs, but the frozen concoctions are worth it. (A million TVs). 1475 N. Eagle Rd., Meridian, 401-0184

32.5˚ Mike's Hillcrest Lounge

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 4:30-6 p.m.; Sa 6-7:30 p.m.; Su 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. (2-for-1 liquor, drafts)

A hotel lounge full of locals who'll want you to stick around and drink with them. The all-you-can-eat Prime Rib Sundays are a spectacle to behold. (4 TVs, 1 video game, karaoke) 5264 Overland, 345-5572

32.5˚ Tapas Estrella

Tested: $3 Lagunitas IPA in a glass

Open: Lunch: M-F 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner: M-W 4-10 p.m., Th 4-11 p.m., F 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Sa 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Su 5-9 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m.

The antithesis of a sports bar, built with aesthetics, atmosphere and gourmet snacking in mind. 121 N. 9th St. 426-8400

32.5˚ The Ranch Club

Tested: $2.75 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F, 4-6:30 p.m.

Under new ownership, the Ranch Club has been redesigned, redirected and resurrected. Check out the daily drink specials, 35,000-song karaoke library and a whopping 60 beers. (10 TVs, 5 pool tables, 2 dart boards, 1 shuffleboard, jukebox, karaoke) 3544 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 343-7447

32.5˚ The Ram

Tested: $4 Idaho Blond in frosted glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Happy hour: Daily 4-6 p.m., 11-close ($2.50 pints and $2 pints late)

A cavernous place that can get very loud, but always worth coming by after work and sitting outside next to the Greenbelt. (26 TVs) 709 E. Park Blvd., 344-7471

32.5˚ The Crescent

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Sa 11-2 a.m.; Su 12 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. (half-price everything except pitchers, bottles, and wine); M-S 11-1; ($2 domestic drafts and wells)

The place to go in Boise for fight night. It's so big inside, there were probably 50 people and we still couldn't get a sense of the clientele. The pool tables are beautiful. (31 TVs, 6 pool tables, 1 foosball, 6 horsehoe pits, fried testicles) 5500 W. Franklin, 322-9856

32.9˚ Lindy's Steakhouse and Lounge

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a frosted mug

Open: Restaurant: M-Sa 5-10 p.m., Su 1-9 p.m., bar M-Su "all the time"

Bar on one side, restaurant on the other. This straightforward, quality meat-and-oysters-and-booze joint has yet to win the title of coldest beer, but they've been close. (8 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, 1 dartboard, shuffleboard). 12249 W. Chinden (corner of Cloverdale), 375-1310

33.2˚ Romano's Macaroni Grill

Tested: $3.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Sun-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.: Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Pretty classy, for a chain. It's all dark wood and tall stools. Free Italian lessons in the bathroom! (2 TVs). 980 N. Milwaukee, 323-4445

33.3˚ The Hangar

Tested: $1 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 5 p.m-2 a.m.

Happy hour: 4-8 p.m. ($1 pints)

Where White Snake, 50 Cent, and the Wright Brothers go to get loaded and play Golden Tee. (7 TVs, 3 pool tables, 3 video games) 509 W. Main St., 343-1600

33.4˚ The Plank

Tested: $1 Pabst in a chilled mug

Open: M-F 11-2 a.m., Sa-Su noon-2 a.m.

Happy hour: 4-7 daily, all day Tu ($1.50 dom. drafts, 75 cents off micros)

Don't let the pirate theme scare you away from $1 PBR and some of the best bar food this side of the Atlantic in a no-smoke setting. (4 TVs, 1 dart board, 1 pool table, 1 video game) 650 S. Vista Ave., 336-1790

33.4˚ Applebee's

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Happy Hour: Daily 3-6 p.m.; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. ($3 domestic 23 oz., $2 domestic pints, $3.50 margaritas)

When the mall gets you down, have a cold one and watch families fight over the last scoop of artichoke dip. (7 TVs). 7845 Emerald, 378-1890; 7025 Glenwood St., 853-2330

33.4˚ Mason's Pub & Eatery

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun hours vary by season

Happy hour: M-F 4-7 p.m., Sa-Su 12-6 p.m. ($2 domestics, $2 wells, cheap wings)

Big TVs, plenty of beers and chicken wings that border on "condor." (10 TVs, 2 pool tables, 6 video games). 601 S. Main St., Meridian, 884-3737

33.4˚ SportZone

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: W 5-9 p.m., during events at the Bank of America Center

The perfect perch to sit on high, bend an elbow and watch a wide variety of local and national sporting and music events. (4 plasma TVs, 25 TVs). 245 S. Capitol Blvd., 424-2238

33.6˚ Turner's Sports Bar

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 10 a.m.-1 a.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Su 10 a.m.-1 a.m.

Happy hour: 5-7 M-F (25 cents off everything)

The super-friendly service contrasts the initially gruff crowd, but they'll warm up as the night goes on. (4 TVs 2 pool tables, 2 dart boards, 1 video game) 4022 W. State St., 342-9090

33.6˚ The Torch

Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 2 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 2-7 p.m. ($2 pints, wells)

Not a big city baller's kind of strip joint. It's friendlier, better-lit--call it the place for boys who like to pretend that strippers are their girlfriends. Or who like to see their pretend girlfriends wrestle in Jell-O. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, video game, dancers) 1826 Main St., 344-0218.; Torch 2: 610 Vista Ave, 336-4747

33.6˚ The Buffalo Club

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Tu-Sa 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 6 p.m.-12 a.m., closed Sunday

Happy hour: Daily 4-7 p.m., Th 4-11 p.m., ($1.25 domestics, $2.25 micros, $1.25 wells)

The patio is an ideal habitat to meet up with the herd after work. Dance lessons on Tu, Th and Su from 7:30-9:30 p.m. (7 TVs, 4 pool tables, 1 video game, 1 dart board). 10206 W. Fairview Ave., 321-1811

33.8˚ Iron Gate Lounge

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Su 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

A low-key bar that hasn't changed in years. A favorite with the college students, especially when they should be in class. (2 TVs, 2 big screens, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, shuffleboard) 2360 University Ave., 345-7170

33.8˚ Angell's

Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a frosted glass

Open: M 5:30-10 p.m., Tu-Th 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m., F 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sa 5-10:30, Su 5-9 p.m.

Dressed up or casual, this is a great place for a dinner and a drink. The Rumpleminz checks in at 13.6˚. (2 TVs) 909 Main St., 342-4900 

33.9˚ Outback Steakhouse

Tested: $4.75 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Hours: M-Th 4 p.m.-10 p.m., F 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Sa 1 p.m-11 p.m., Su 1 p.m.-9 p.m.

Happy Hour: Daily 4 p.m.-6 p.m. ($1 off house, well, and draft).

The mother of all Sheilas when it comes to places to get a steak. They specialize in serving glasses of Fosters the size of wallabies (4 TVs). 7189 W. Overland, 323-4230

34˚ Suds Tavern

Tested: $2 Coors light in a frosted glass

Open: Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m., open at 11 a.m. Sa-Su during football season

Happy hour: M-F 3 p.m.-8 p.m. (2-for-1 wells, $1.75 bottles and drafts and $3 liquor)

Cheap drinks, dog-friendly and air-conditioned--you can't beat it for a college bar. It gets a little rowdy around football-season. (8 TVs, 2 pool tables, Golden Tee). 1024 Broadway Ave., 345-9656

34˚ Cactus Bar

Tested: $1.25 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10-2 a.m.

Home to a slew of regulars with a variety of fun and exciting social conditions. Surprisingly cheery bartenders penetrate the gloom (or smog). (1 TV, 1 pool table, 2 video games). 517 W. Main St., 342-9732

34.1˚ Romio's Pizza

Tested: $3.75 Budweiser in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Six-seat bar just waiting for some locals. 8 tap handles and a good selection of Greek wines. You can even get s'mores and roast them over a mini-campfire--outstanding bar fun. (1 TV) 535 N. Milwaukee, 658-1550

34.1˚ The Vista Bar

Tested: $2 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-F noon-2 a.m., Sa-Su 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

This unmistakeable A-frame is great after work or after working out Spot. (2 TVs, 1 pool table, 2 video games, jukebox, WiFi). 813 Vista Ave., 342-9911

34.3˚ Cafe ole

Tested: $2.75 Coors LIght in a frosted mug

Open: M-F 11a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6 p.m. (2-for-1 any drink)

With free chips and those margaritas that are stiffer than the toilet seat you'll be using as a pillow, this is a can't-miss cantina. (2 TVs). 405 S. 8th St., 344-3222; 210 N. Milwaukee St, 322-0222

34.3˚ Mulligan's

Tested: $2.50 Pabst in a frosted glass

Open: M-F 11a.m.-2 a.m., Sa-Su 1 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m., Sa 1-6 p.m. ($1.50 domestic, $2 wells, $2.50 microbrews, $1 Pabst after 7 p.m. on Su)

Play your favorite tune on the jukebox, but make sure to wear your slightly-too-small ironic T-shirt to show your ink. (10 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 foosball, 4 video games, 2 dart boards, 1 air hockey table). 1009 W. Main St., 336-6998

34.4˚ Leku Ona

Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-12 a.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

A diverse clientele and a horseshoe-shaped bar make this place feel like a classy neighborhood joint in a much bigger city. The tapas are wonderful. (3 TVs) 117 S. 6th St., 345-6665

34.5˚ Murphy's

Tested: $4.20 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Sa noon-12 a.m., Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy hour: M-Sa 4-6 p.m., Sa noon-6 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (2-for-1 Bighorn beers, wells and house wine)

A classy sports bar with a heady booze lineup. The brunch is to die for, with a wide variety of food and stiff mimosas. (11 TVs) 1555 Broadway Ave., 344-0037

34.5˚ Flying A Café

$2.25 Kokanee in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 7 a.m.-7p.m., F 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa-Su 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The perfect place to kick back and spy on the upper-middle-class separatists at the Hidden Springs planned community. (3 TVs) 5892 W. Hidden Springs, 229-2001

34.7˚ Stubs Sports Pub

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a frosted glass.

Open: $M-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 12-6 p.m.

Happy hour: M-Sa 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Su noon-6 p.m. ($2 domestics and $4 micro schooners)

A family sports pub. Decor is more "diner" than "bar," but a friendly clientele gives it a loyal watering hole atmosphere. (17 televisions, a pinball machine, Golden Tee, putter video game) 3662 Findlay Ave., 336-7882; 12505 W. Chinden Blvd., 378-8273

34.7˚ Gil's K9 Bar

Tested: $1.75 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 9:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

Small but busy, loud but not obnoxious. Nicely padded bar for lazy elbows, and a bar-length mirror for self-admiration. (2 TVs, 1 pool table, 1 shuffleboard, jukebox) 2506 Main St. 345-4420

34.8˚ Eastside Tavern

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 3-7 p.m. ($2 drafts, $3 microbrews, $2.50 wells)

A dark, welcoming bar with plenty of ways to occupy your attention. The manager, Josh, can toss and spin a shaker to "Slim Shady" with pride (4 TVs, 3 pool tables, 3 video games, ping pong, shuffleboard, 3 dartboards) 610 E. Boise Ave., 388-8700

34.9˚ Smoky Mtn Pizza and pasta

Tested: $2.75 Coors Light in chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su noon- 9 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F: 3-5:30 p.m. (2-for-1 draft beer and house wine)

A small bar, permeated with the smell of pie. The black-and-whites of old Idaho hanging on the walls are worth a seat in the dining area. 34 E. State St., Eagle, 939-0212

34.9° Longhorn Lounge

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Down a degree since last year! Ya hear that, boys? Neeee-haw! (Shoots ceiling). It's that kind of bar, but with karaoke ... and not so much shooting. (2 TVs, pool table, 3 video games, pinball, dart board) 458 W. 3rd, Kuna, 922-4163

35˚ Harry's

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; F-Su 11 a.m-11 p.m.

Happy hour: 4-6 daily ($2 domestic pints)

The beautiful redwood bartop and simple design gives it a classy feel, but the bartenders make you feel right at home. (5 TVs, 1 pool table). 404 E. Parkcenter, 424-8211; Hyde Park: 1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260

35˚ The Bouquet

Tested: $2 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa: 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 5-8 p.m., ($1 dom. drafts, $2 imports, wells)

A landmark in downtown Boise. Big, beautiful wood bar, great shows, super-friendly staff--plus they make a dynamite Bloody Mary. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables) 1010 W. Main, 345-6605

35.1˚ Taste

Tested: $4 Snake River Lager in a chilled glass

Open: M-Su 5 p.m.-late

This chi-chi sushi joint offers 150 beers, one of the largest selections in the Northwest. Purchase 99 bottles from the wall and receive a magnum of Chimay Grande Reserve. Tastes good. 1530 N. 13th St., 336-5122

35.2˚ Bittercreek Ale House

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-close

Happy Hour: F-Sa 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ($1.25 Pabst, $2.50 food specials)

Word is, this was former Gov. Kempthorne's hangout. Expect to see the loose-tie crowd as well as sports-bar types camped around a multitude of taps. One of Boise's best patios (and the panhandlers know it). (4 TVs). 246 N. 8th St., 345-1813

35.2˚ Jim's Alibi

Tested: $1.25 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

A quiet place with a diverse clientele--it's open at 7 a.m. The price is right for a night (or morning) of fun away from downtown. (5 TVs, 2 pool tables, 4 video games, 2 dart boards, 1 horse shoe pit, jukebox) 2710 Broadway Ave., 342-9220

35.2˚ Shorty's Saloon

Tested: $1.50 Budweiser in a chilled glass

Open: 2 p.m.-2 a.m. daily

Happy hour: 2-7 p.m. daily, $1 off everything but Keystone

Like an airplane hangar with bar stools. Dukes of Hazzard on the tube, country twang on the juke. (1 big TV, 4 pool tables, 3 video games, 1 dartboard, jukebox, stage, dance floor). 5467 Glenwood, 672-9090

35.2˚ Cricket's

Tested: $2.25 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 4-6 p.m. (daily specials)

A comfy neighborhood bar with plenty of ways to spend loose change. On Taco Tuesdays, $2 buys all you can eat for three hours. (3 TVs, 2 pool tables, 5 video games, gambling machines, 4 dartboards, karaoke) 1228 Oakland Ave., 344-6235

35.2˚ Village Pub

Tested: $1.75 Coors Light in a chilled mug

Open: M-Sa 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-11 p.m..

Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. ($5 pitcher, $1.50 pounders, $1.75 domestic bottle)

Nice folks doing some real drinking. A real hidden gem to get away from the image-conscious bullshit. (3 TVS, 3 pool tables, Internet jukebox, 1 video game). 9936 Fairview, 322-9153

35.3˚ Humpin' Hannah's

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: W-F 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: W-F 5-7 p.m.

The vast interior and kitschy western motif packs in the 30-somethings. Three more years, and this wild joint will be a 30-something itself. (7 TVs, 7 pool tables, 1 foosball) 621 Main St., 345-7557

35.5˚ Ves's Broadway Bar

Tested: $1.50 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 7-2 a.m.

Drinks so cheap and so stiff, if you've never been, you deserve to have your drinker's license revoked. (6 TVs, 2 25-cent pool tables, shuffleboard, dartboard, jukebox) 1712 Broadway Ave., 342-9951

35.5˚ Muggsy's

Tested: $2.25 Bud in a frosted mug

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: Daily 4-7 p.m. (Rotating specials)

A bar with two entrances: One for family eating, t'other for drinking and sports. The mugs are so frozen, they look like Han Solo in Jabba's palace. (2 TVs, 1 video game). 501 Main St., Meridian, 898-9470

35.7˚ On the Border

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a frosted schooner

Hours: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 3 p.m.-6 p.m.($3 18-oz. schooner)

Sassy, bright bar with a funny bartender. The temperature took a long time to stabilize, because the beer wasn't quite as cold as the schooner. Science makes us thirsty. (4 TVs) 7802 W. Spectrum, 322-8145

35.8˚ Gamekeeper Lounge

Tested: $3.25 Fat Tire

Open: M-Sa 10:30 a.m.-close, Su 9:30 a.m.-close

Happy Hour: M-F 3-6 p.m. ($1 off wines, $2.25 domestics and wells, $1 off martini, 2-for-1 apps)

Swanky lounge where you're more likely to order a cocktail than a beer from employees dressed like Isaac from Love Boat. (2 TVs) 1109 Main St., 343-4611

35.8˚ Texas Roadhouse

Tested: $4 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 4-10 p.m., F 4-11 p.m., Sa 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

Ribs, corn muffins and beer, oh my! And the margaritas--oh, my head! (4 TVs). 3801 E. Fairview, 887-9401

36˚ Shenanigans

Tested: $2.50 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Sa-Su

Happy hour: 4-6 M-F (half-price drafts and wells)

Funky-shaped bar, like Euclid got drunk and designed it. Is that Windham Hill on the stereo? (9 TVs, 1 pool table, 2 video game consoles, 1 dartboard, 1 aquarium) 4091 W. State St., 342-3250

36˚ Brews Brothers

Tested: $2.50 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11:30-1:30 a.m.,Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F 12-2 p.m., 4-8 p.m. (50 cents off draughts)

Smoky but homey bar catering to younger men. Pretty much everything on tap. (3 TVs, 1 shuffleboard, jukebox). 6928 W. State St., 853-0526.

36.1˚ Fat Jack's

Tested: $2.25 Coors Light in a frosted glass

Open: Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m

Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. ($1.75 domestic pints)

Nice hideaway bar to have an affair in. The bartender is sweet as a Twizzler, and same for the clientele. (3 Tvs, 2 pool tables, jukebox). 4303 W. Overland, 395-0131

36.1˚ Koi

Tested: $2.75 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 5-11 p.m., Sun 5-9:30 p.m.

Happy hour: 5-6:30 p.m. M-F, 1 roll, 1 domestic draft $7.95, or 2 rolls, beer or sake $10.95, or hot and a roll $7.95

More genuinely Asian-feeling than its sister restaurant Mai Thai, Koi is smaller, more intimate, and always cool and dark on the hot summer nights with rolls to kill for. (1 TV) 800 W. Idaho St., 343-3474

36.3˚ Smoky Mtn. Pizza and pasta

Tested: $2.75 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 3-5:30 p.m. (2-for-1 pints)

Prefunk here before blowing all your money on disappointing movies. On Thursdays in the summer, they rock the patio via Thursday Thunder. (2 Tvs, 3 Video Games) 7609 Overland Rd., Edwards Spectrum, 323-0038; 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 429-0011; 1805 W. State St., 387-2727

36.3˚ Red Lobster

Tested: $3.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

A place to have a drink and listen to people's cell phone conversations while you wait for your table. (4 TVs) 550 N. Milwaukee, 672-1188

36.4˚ Bardenay

Tested: $3 Coors in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-close (varies)

Forget "cold." The beer selection is fabulous, and the cocktails are made with in-house distilled liquor. Family friendly pub by day, smoke-and-ogle central by night. (3 TVs) 610 Grove, 426-0538

36.5˚ Lock, Stock and Barrel

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 4-11 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m. ($2.50 wells/wine, $1 off beer)

As a restaurant, it's a dining staple with the most famous prime rib around. The bar adds fancy beers and comfortable seats to the appeal. (3 TVs) 1100 W. Jefferson, 336-4266

36.5˚ Carrabba's Italian Grill

Tested: $2.99 Bud Light in a frosted mug

Open: M-Th: 4-10 p.m., F-Sa: 4-11 p.m., Su: 3-9 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F: 4-6 p.m. (2-for-1 drinks, excluding martinis, bottles and bottles of wine)

The bar is sleek in a marbled, chain restaurant kind of way, but the staff is all smiles and the happy hour is impressive. The food is worth gushing about. (2 TVs) 3284 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 887-1270

36.5˚ Symposion

Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 1 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-Sa 4-6 p.m., Su 5-7 p.m., $2 draught/well, $1.75 bottles

There are still plenty of people who call it "Symposium." You can try to convince them of the truth, but you'd have better luck perusing the drool-worthy Internet jukebox. (One TV, 2 pool tables, 3 video games, dart board) 2801 Fletcher St., 342-9420

36.6˚ Jumpin' Janet's

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-7p.m. ($2.50 for two wells)

Home away from home for some of the nicest Bench-dwellers you're ever going to meet. Love the prime rib dinners on Wednesday and Friday and breakfast on Sundays. (4 TVs, 4 pool tables, 1 foosball table, 2 dartboards and 1 ping pong table) 574 Vista Ave., 342-7620

36.6˚ Buddies Pub and Grill

Tested: $1.50 Coors light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Su 10 a.m.-12 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 10 a.m.-7 p.m. ($1 off 24 oz beers)

Coming in is like walking onto the set of Cheers--but in a strip mall. There's pizza, nachos and a popcorn machine if your inner Norm gets the best of you. (5 Tvs, 4 pool tables, 1 video game, 2 dartboards, jukebox) 8654 Overland, 658-0906

36.8˚ Willow Creek Grill and Java

Tested: $3 Coors Light in an unchilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 9 a.m.-2 p.m. brunch

Happy Hour: M-Sa 3 p.m.-6 p.m. ($1 off everything)

Lunch and dinner are delicious, but check out their brunch menu. Who knew French toast could be so sublime with a beer? (2 TVs). 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste 150, 343-5544

36.8˚ Ha' Penny Irish Pub and Grill

Tested: $3.25 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: 12 p.m.-12 a.m., Su 3 p.m.-12 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. ($1 off drafts, 2 for 1)

And old world taste in BoDo. The only thing bigger than the beer selection is the huge-arse TV, which occasionally shows real football (4 TVs) 855 Broad St., Ste 250, 343-5568

36.8˚ Quinn's

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: Daily 5-7 p.m. (50 cents off everything except pitchers)

A neighborhood bar with full menu service. 1005 Vista Ave., 345-0135

36.8˚ J.T. Toad's Lounge

Tested: $2 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: W-Sa 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

Cover bands abound in this low-ceilinged basement bar where the hip and unhip commingle like tadpoles. 107 S. 6th St., 345-2505

36.8˚ Kit Kat Club

Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. ($1.50 beers)

Don't be scared--it's just your standard rural bikini bar with a picture of a cat with boobs on the sign. You know you're curious. (3 TVs, 4 pool tables, dancers). 4842 W. Franklin St., 888-7731

36.8˚ Calle Verde

Tested: $3 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-late

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m.

Let's cut to the chase: free chips and salsa with your beer! Great airy atmosphere with a Mexican vibe that occasionally slips over to merely tropical. 612 Grove St., 343-4708

36.9˚ Stonehouse

Tested: $2 Kolsch lager in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

One of the best pool halls in town, with awesome tables and grotesquely large and cheap beers brewed next door. (3 TVs, 6 pool tables, 2 video games) 655 E. Park Blvd., 345-2173

36.9˚ O'Michael's Pub and Grill

Tested: $1 Pabst in a frosted glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy hour: Daily 4-7 p.m. ($2.50 wells, $2 domestics and bottles, $3 micros, 50 cents off top-shelf liquor)

An ideal pit stop after navigating the road back from Bogus Basin, no matter the time of year. They've got a fireplace and a great beer selection. (4 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games). 2433 N Bogus Basin Rd., 342-8948

36.9˚ 43° North

Tested: $4 Sierra Nevada Pale Ale in a chilled glass

Open: Tu-Sa 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 5:30 p.m.-close, Su 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Meridian's newest joint is located in the former Smoky Mt. Pizza. With a park at its front door, a big patio and Thursday night Jazz, this is going to be a west-Ada hotspot. 112 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 855-2070

36.9˚ McCleary's Pub

Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 5:30-7 p.m. ($1.50 draught, $4.50 sm/$5.50 lg pitchers)

Country atmosphere where the bartender is the picture of Southern hospitality. Relaxed, everybody's-your-friend feel--and a B-ball court! (4 TVs, 3 video games, 1 dart board, 2 horseshoe pits, jukebox, basketball court, covered BBQ pit). 9155 W. State St., 853-9910

37˚ Warm Springs Golf Course

tested: $2.25 Coors light in a chilled glass.

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

A mix between a pro shop and a convenience store. The patio is great for wiling away the summer, laughing at the duffers. (2 TVs, golf) 2495 Warm Springs Avenue 342-6397

37˚ Navajo Room

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

happy hour: M-F 5-7 p.m. ($1.75 bottle/draft, $2 wells, $5 pitchers).

A Bench classic that will outlive us all. Loud, friendly and with a mural that should be in a museum. (5 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, 1 dartboard, jukebox) 4900 Emerald St., 343-5817

37˚ Johnny Carino's

Tested: $3.25 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 1-11 p.m.

An oh-so-corporate Italian joint with walls covered in black-and-white photos of ethnic-looking stuff. The bar is just as good a place the restaurant to have a meal. (2 TVs) 3551 E. Fairview Ave., Meridian, 888-7801

37˚ Spearmint Rhino

Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 11-7 p.m. ($1.50 drafts)

Behold the darkest strip club in the West. Not that it's sketchy; on the contrary, it's as classy, luxurious and disinfected-looking as these sorts of places get. It's just dark. Do you have to tip if a stripper helps you find a contact? (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, dancers) 1500 W. Grove St., 429-8229

37˚ Olive Garden

Tested: $3 Budweiser in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Three beers on tap; no clientele to speak of. Drink up while waiting for your table. 320 N. Milwaukee, 322-3327

37.1˚ Grove HOtel bar

Tested: $3.25 Budweiser in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 11-12 a.m., F-Su 2 p.m.-12 a.m.

Nice local and international beer selections, especially for a hotel bar. Great scotches, and sushi every Tu-Th from 5-8:30 p.m. 45 S. Capitol Blvd, 333-8000

37.2˚ Neurolux

Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily noon-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: Daily 12-8 p.m. ($2 pints)

Not only is it the most convivial, mysterious, diverse bar in town, but it's also the only one with a sexy red pool table and stiff drinks that will make you wish you'd asked for a tall glass. (1 pool table, 2 video games, jukebox, blinking crown) 111 N. 11th St., 343-0886

37.2˚ Overland Bar

Tested: $1 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m. ($1 drafts all day long)

Karaoke 7 days a week, start-to-finish regulars, and an affable, welcoming bar staff. (2 TVs, 1 pool table, shuffleboard). 3907 Overland Rd., 336-4707

37.2˚ The Pocket

Tested: $2.75 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. ($1.75 domestics, wells) Well-maintained, regulation-size pool tables, free pool daily until 2 p.m. and all day Wednesday. 'Nuff said. (19 pool tables, 7 TVs, 7 video games, 1 dartboard) 1487 N. Curtis Rd., 375-2474

37.3˚ Asiago's

Tested: $3.50 Fat Tire in a glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-close, F 10 a.m.-close, Sa 4-10 p.m., Su 4-9 p.m.

A cozy restaurant with a rustic Italian vibe, a cozy patio and an exclusive wine assortment. 1002 Main St., 336-5552

37.4° Four-E Bar

Tested: $1.25 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. ($1 drafts, $1.75 cocktails)

An old-style country/motorcycle bar with photographs of patrons on the walls. Everybody knows everybody--they might wonder what the hell you're doing there. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, foosball table, 3 video games, pinball, dart board, jukebox) 379 E. Main St., Kuna, 922-1853

37.5˚ Falcon Tavern

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

Happy hour: 4-7 p.m.

This bare-bones little bar with a minimal tap selection nonetheless offers baskets of pretzels and the Jimmy Buffett on the stereo tops it off: low-key, low-maintenance. (4 TVs). 780 W. Idaho St., 947-3111

37.6˚ Club Max

Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: 4 p.m.-late

Happy hour: M-F 4-7 p.m., $1 off drafts and wells, $2.99 apps.

Club Max is the ideal setting in town for an '80s flashback party--especially with Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine already on the speakers. The cushioned bar-top roller-chairs are great for racing. (6 TVs, ping pong, Golden Tee, DJ and dancefloor) 2900 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 343-1871.

37.7˚ The Beer House

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: 11-2 a.m. every day

Happy hour: Daily 3-6 p.m. ($1.75 pints, $5 pitchers)

You could park a football field in the outdoor beer garden. They regularly throw BBQs and host an annual triathlon the first weekend in August. (4 TVs, 1 pool table, 3 video games, 2 dart boards, 2 horseshoe pits, 2 sand volleyball nets, karaoke). 9751 Cory Lane, 322-9958

37.8˚ Old Chicago

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a chilled mug

Open: M-Th 11 a.m. to close, F-Su 11-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: Daily 4-7 p.m., Sun-Wed, 11 p.m.-close

The ultimate chain beer bar and sports pub. Good pizza, classic bar food; a reliable option. (10 televisions, two pool tables) 730 W. Idaho, 363-0037; 350 N. Milwaukee, 321-0033

37.8˚ Shaker's

Tested: $2 16 oz. Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-Su 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: Daily 4:30-6:30 ($1.50 wells and domestics)

Shaker's is always, well, you know, shaking. Especially the dancing cowgirls. (11 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games). 199 N. 8th St., 395-7000

37.8˚ Red Eye Saloon

Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 9:30 a.m.-3 a.m.

Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. (25 cents off all drinks)

Friendly, inclusive saloon with a mile-wide TV that just screams for tuning in and checking out. Dig the Ducks Unlimited neon sign. (2 TVs, pool table, 3 video games, pinball, dart board) 414 W. Main, Kuna, 922-9797

37.9˚ Montego Bay

Tested: $2.75 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 3 p.m.-late, Sa 5 p.m.-late

Happy hour: M-F 5-7 p.m., Sa 6-8 p.m.

Upscale watering hole with a lakeside patio. Clean, well-kept, not a whole lot of bouncin' goin' on. Mellencamp on the stereo?!? Where's Jimmy Buffett? 3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 853-5070

38˚ Kaye and Traci's 127 Club

Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. ($1.75 drafts/wells, $2 bottles)

A classic wood-lined country bar with teacher's lounge furniture and plenty of karaoke and dancing. (5 TVs, 4 pool tables, dartboard, karaoke) 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 884-0122

38.2˚ Terrapin Station

Tested: $3 Lagunitas in a chilled glass

Hours: M-Sa 4 p.m. to close

Happy Hour: M-Sa 4:20-7:20 ($1 off wells and drafts)

Tune in--or out--every Tuesday for Drum Circle Night. The psychedelic decor is rife with posters that remind us of our bedroom in the 9th grade. 1519 W. Main St., 342-1776

38.2˚ Tom Grainey's

Tested: $2 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Tu-F 5-close; Sat. 8-close

A classic hot spot for local music, and the fish on the side of the building is sweet. Service is fast and friendly, even when the spawning grounds are packed. (1 TV, 2 pool tables) 109 S. 6th St., 345-2505

38.2˚ Brick Oven Bistro

Tested: $2.75 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: W-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

This is your grandfather's all-American eatery with a sweet location, friendly staff and the quietest patio in town, right on the Grove Center. Consistently satisfying. 801 N. Main, 342-3456

38.4˚ Proto's Pizza

Tested: $2.75 Pabst in a glass

Open: M-Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-Su 4-6 p.m. ($2.75 Fat Tire)

An airy little pizza joint with a great patio and an honorable beer selection. BoDo's perfect venue for a first--or last--date. 345 S. 8th St., 331-1402.

38.4˚ The Loft

Tested: $2.25 Bud Light in a glass

Open: M-Th 4pm-2am, F 4 p.m.-4 a.m., Sa 5 p.m.-4 a.m.

Happy hour: 4-6 p.m., 9-11 p.m. ($2 all drinks)

The theme is Old-Victorian-meets-"Shake That Ass," but the real reason to go is for its women's bathroom, which features a variety of lotions and a big jar of Werther's Originals. (11 TVs, 2 pool tables, dartboard) 622 W. Idaho St., 344-5223

38.5˚ The Ram

Tested: $3.75 Idaho Blonde in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: Daily 4-6 p.m. ($2.50 Bighorns and wells, $3 house margaritas, $2 off apps)

This sans-brewery version has a dark wood interior and enough TVs to use all your fingers and toes (and your date's) counting them. But every bar has TVs--not every bar has Kevin and Jake, the Ram's brewmeisters. 3272 E. Pine Rd., Meridian, 888-0314.

38.6˚ TGI Fridays

Tested: $2.50 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour: 3-7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close daily ($3 import pint, $2 domestic, discount cocktails)

Pretty nice for a chain, with professional service and a decent beer selection. (8 TVs) 600 N. Milwaukee, 373-0889

38.6˚ Mai Thai

Tested: $2.75 Bud in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 5-9:30 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F 5-6:30 p.m.

Too cool for school. The groovy decor, the killer lighting and the hip food presentation will force you to remind yourself that you're not in L.A. (1 TV) 750 Idaho St., 344-8424

38.6˚ Satchell's Grill

Tested: $3.50 Widmer hefeweizen in an unchilled glass

Open: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

A no-frills eatery offering an easy-going atmosphere that comes alive in the summer, when the patio is the best place to sit. No see-through beer here! (Outdoor movies) 705 W. Bannock, 344-3752

38.7˚ Cheerleaders Sports Bar & Grill

Tested: $3.25 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 7 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Su 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m. ($1 off drinks)

The servers clump and disperse, in-uniform, like a food-bearing pep squad. Oh, and they serve breakfast. (Many TVs, two patios) 287 E. Shore Dr., Eagle, 939-9209

38.8˚ Hooligan's Pub

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-W 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Th-Sa 11 a.m. --2 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy hour: M-Sa 4-7 ($3 domestic 25 oz., $4 microbrews)

Thursday is ladies' night, with $1 bottles and wine coolers. Frank Bartles and Ed Jaymes would be proud. (8 TVs, 4 pool tables, 1 video game, 1 dartboard) 10704 Overland Rd., 376-9800

38.8˚ 20th Century Lanes

Tested: $2.25 Budweiser in a chilled mug

Open: Daily 9 a.m.-12 a.m.

Ah, the sweet sound of bowling. Not the cleanest bar on the globe (lay your head down, you might stick), but just fine for a brew before rolling gutterballs. (2 TVs, 1 video game, 1 dart board, karaoke, bowling galore) 4712 W. State St., 342-8695

39˚ Fireside Inn

Tested: $1.75 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: 4-6 p.m. daily, 50-cents off liquors, $3 small pitchers, $1.25 draughts

Homespun, traditional American bar. Overhear the patrons arguing the best Doors album. Holy nostalgia, they've got a working pay phone! (3 TVs, 2 pool tables, 5 video games, 1 dart board, 2 pinball machines) 1610 N. 31st St., 342-9075

39˚ Pair Restaurant

Tested: $2.75 Coors Light in a Chilled Glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-close varies

Happy hour: Daily 3-6 p.m.

The mod furniture makes up for lack of things to do. If you've been watching Sex and the City, you'll be able to fool yourself into thinking you see Mr. Big near the bar. 601 Main St., 343-7034

39˚ Strikers (Meridian Bowling Lanes)

Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 3-6 p.m. ($1 domestic drafts, $2 wells, $3.50 pitchers)

A bowling alley bar with a thriving darts scene and cheap beer. For fun, dress up like The Dude and order a Caucasian. (3 TVs, 4 faux slot machines, 6 dartboards, Internet jukebox, karaoke) 3245 Meridian Rd., Meridian, 888-6908

39˚ Dutch Goose

Tested: $1.75 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 4-6 p.m. daily (25 cents off drinks, daily specials)

Cozy and dark, classic cave-with-kegs atmosphere. Relaxed vibe, friendly staff and patrons, no smoke. (5 TVs, 3 pool tables, 2 foosball, 4 video game, 2 dart boards, 3 horseshoe pits, video poker, air hockey table) 3515 W. State St., 342-8887

39˚ Bill-N-Lynn's Place

Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 8 a.m.-2 a.m., F-Su 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: 2:30-6 p.m. (25 cents off draughts, wells $2.25

The building, like its patrons, can seem a little rough around the edges at first, but it's probably the friendliest yokel-bar between the horizons. Everybody's a regular, but they don't mind if you play along. (4 TVs, 1 pool table, 2 dartboards, shuffleboard, horseshoe pit). 229 W. Franklin Rd., Meridian, 888-4075

39.3˚ Johnny Carino's

Tested: $3.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Hours: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

With the faint aroma of tomatoes and garlic in the air, this is a great place to pretend you're on the Italian coast while you knock back some cold malted hops (2 TVs) 1700 S. Entertainment, 373-4968

39.3˚ Mr. Lucky's

Tested: $2.25 Coors Light in a chilled glass

OPEN: $2.25 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Mr. Lucky's takes their NASCAR very seriously, with racing paraphernalia hanging everywhere and a full-on shrine next to the pool tables. Live music, lots of chain smokers, big hairdos and trucker hats that aren't being worn ironically. (4 TVs, 2 pool tables, jukebox) 4902 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 327-0925

39.3˚ The Big Easy

Tested: $2.75 Pabst in a plastic cup

Open: Tu-Sa 4 p.m.-1 a.m.

Happy Hour: None

Why come here? To hear the biggest names in music ... who also happened to have a day off between Portland and Salt Lake. Throw that cup at the stage and you'll get 86'd outta here in a second, mister! 416 S. 9th St., 367-1212

39.3˚ Sports Pub and Grill

Tested: $3.25 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-Sa 4:30-6 p.m. (2-for-1 everything)

So many TVs, it's hard to tell if you're watching them or the other way around. (32 TVs, 8 pool tables, 2 foosball tables, 3 video games). 7609 Overland Rd., 377-1819

39.3˚ Q's Billiards

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a glass

Happy Hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. (wells and domestics $1.50; free pool M-F 11 a.m.-2 p.m.)

Old school pool hall with cheap food deals: The BFD (burger/fries/draft) is only $2.95. R.Crumb could find some inspiration here. (5 TVs, 11 pool tables, 1 foosball, 10 video game, 5 dartboards, 1 pinball). 6570 Fairview, 322-9122

39.4˚ Piper Pub and Grill

Tested: $2 Pabst in a frosted glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-12 a.m., F-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Su: 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: Daily 3-6 p.m. ($2 wells and Bud Light and Coors drafts)

The newly renovated patio is the perfect place to peer down at strangers as they make their way around Boise's downtown. (5 TVs, patio, live music). 150 N. 8th Street, 343-2444

39.5˚ Parilla Grill

Tested: $ 2 Pabst in a plastic cup

Open: F-W food until 10 p.m., drinks until midnight; Th food until 11 p.m., drinks until midnight

Happy Hour: Daily specials

Another primo Hyde Park patio, serving breakfast in the morning, buffalo burritos for lunch and brews until late. (2 TVs). 1512 N. 13th St., 323-4688

39.5˚ Club Savvy's

Tested: $2 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 4 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Happy Hour: 4-9 p.m.

A big-ass bar with tons of drink specials--including "all you can drink" on Wed. for $5. They take their Karaoke very seriously. (4 TVs, 3 pool tables, 1 foosball table, 4 video games, 2 dartboards, horseshoes coming soon, Internet hotspot). 3933 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 429-9339

39.7˚ Lulu's Pizza

Tested: $3.50 Sierra Pale Ale in a plastic cup

Open: Daily 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m.

Tasty New York-style pizza by the slice, inside or out on the patio. Beer, wine, nifty toppings and fancy cheeses ... mmm ... (drools in beer). (1 TV) 2594 N. Bogus Basin Rd., 387-4992

39.7˚ The Basque Center

Tested: $2.25 Budweiser in a chilled glass

Open: M-Su 3-9 p.m.

Finally below 40˚, formerly known as "The Basque Center Line." This year, we encountered a gaggle of bridesmaids bursting through the rear door--where else but the Basque Center? Drink up; proceeds benefit the Basque Center and Museum (1 TV, 1 pool table). 601 Grove St., 342-9983

39.7˚ 10th St. Station

Tested: $1.50 Coors Light in a glass

Open: M-Th 12 p.m.-1 a.m., F 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sa 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 5-7 p.m. ($1.25 domestic, $2.25 wells)

Dark and cool, with some of the best bar chairs in town. The cocktails pack a wallop you won't soon forget. Or maybe you will. (2 TVs) 104 N. 10th St., 344-2677

39.7˚ Burger N Brew

Tested: $3.25 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. M-Sa, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Su

Happy hour: 4-6 daily, (50 cents off drinks, $1 off pitchers)

The bar is a small part of BnB experience, which leans more family-oriented. Well-lit, and it's got a rustic Idaho decor thing going. (3 TVs, 1 video game). 4295 W. State St., 345-7700; 6125 W. Fairview Ave, 377-2800

39.9˚ Turf Club

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a chilled glass

HOURS: Daily 10-12 a.m.

Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs., 4-7 p.m.

Sparse inside, but they've got an unbelievable number of monitors showing, of course, the ponies! (Simulcast horse racing) 5610 Glenwood, Les Bois Sports Park, Garden City, 376-7223

40˚ Kahootz Steak and Alehouse

Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m. (50 cents off pints, $2.25 drafts)

So many beers ... so many wonderful, regional, international and dark-as-sin beers. This deceivingly Hooters-sounding brewpub has over 40 on tap in all, including a few that nobody's heard of. (5 TVs) 1603 Main St., Meridian, 895-9861

40.1º Todd Stewart Salon

Tested: $3.50 Fat Tire in a chilled glass

Open: Tu-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Whilst making the rounds 'round the bird burg in the search for Boise's coldest beer, a fellow elbow bender casually wagered that the beer on tap at his beauty salon was colder than at bar where we met him. We were intrigued. The salon won. 172 W. State St., Ste. A, Eagle, 939-9867

40.3˚ End Zone

Tested: $1.50 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Definitely a dude-bar. For $35 a year you can join the "mug club," where you get discounts on your beer and get your mug hung from the ceiling. (6TVs, 1 pool table, foosball table, 2 video games, 1 dartboard, shuffleboard, horseshoe pit) 1010 Broadway, 382-0613

40.4˚ Louie's Italian Restaurant

Tested: $2.75 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa noon-10 p.m.

Happy hour: M-Sa 4-6 p.m. ($2.50 micros/wells, $1.50 domestics, $2 off apps)

A quiet basement lounge with good beer, good food and a big TV that shows Seinfeld. 620 W. Idaho St., 344-5200

40.6˚ Art's Rosebud Tavern

Tested: $1.50 Budweiser in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Su 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

The nicest drunks we met all night. Small, relaxed, very much a blue-collar place. (2 pool tables, 2 video poker, jukebox, BBQ pit out back, Wall of Honor military photos) 3931 W. State St., 433-8613

40.6˚ Buster's

Tested: $2.75 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-S 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F 4-6:30 p.m. (25-oz domestic beers for $3)

The high ceilings, spacious atmosphere and Bronco theme make it a second home for a maniacally devoted clientele. (7 TVs, Xbox). 1326 Broadway Ave., 345-5688

40.8˚ Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

Tested: $3.25 Spoon Tongue in a frosted glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F 3-6 p.m. ($2 pints)

Warm your cold toes at the fireplace with a hot Irish coffee in December or rest your tired dogs and enjoy a handcrafted brew in August. No trip back from the mountain would be complete without a stop. (4 TVs) 2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

41.1˚ Sam's Place

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 10-1 a.m., F-Sa 10-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-Sa 3-7 p.m. (25 cents off everything)

Visitors not down with the smoke can take refuge in an outdoor beer garden. The TVs play NASCAR and other heavy-duty sports. (6 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, shuffleboard) 3395 N. Five Mile, 376-0074

41.1˚ Cottonwood Grille

Tested: $3 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily lunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m., dinner 5-11 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m (discounts on house wines and select appetizers)

A high-end restaurant with big city attitude and a small-town smile. The granite and wood bar is the perfect place to chat up an important client or hot date. (2 TVs) 913 W. River St., 333-9800

41.1˚ Terry's State Street Saloon

Tested: $1.75 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 4-7 p.m. (25 cents off everything)

Terry's is a bright and airy neighborhood bar. Love the free popcorn and the decorative flair for holidays throughout the year. (5 TVs, 2 pool tables, 4 video games, horseshoes) 3301 Collister St., 342-9739

41.5˚ Double Eagle

Tested: $2 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Su 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. ($1.50 drafts)

This rowdy beer-and-wine-only bar boasts an el-cheapo menu with $3.50 burgers to help you soak up the Bud. (2 big TVs, 2 small TVs, one pool table, 2 video poker machines, one dart board). 2825 W. State St., Eagle, 939-0559

41.5˚ Charlie Brown's

Tested: $1.75 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 7 a.m.- 9 a.m; 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Chuck probably never hung out in a busy bar next door to a strip club (Linus did) but his place has it going on. The pool tables are cracking and AC/DC is plentiful. (8 TVs, 3 pool tables, 1 foosball table, 6 video games, 2 dartboards) 5783 Overland, 322-9869

41.5˚ Stagecoach Inn

Tested: $1.50 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sa 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Su 11-12 a.m.

A restaurant bar, heavy on history and western decor. No smoking, and the prawns are delish. (3 TVs) 3132 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 331-0336

41.5˚ Kessler's Cafe

Tested: $3 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 7 a.m.-9 p.m

Happy hour: Daily 4-6 p.m. ($2 domestic pints, $3 microbrews, $1 tacos)

A thoughtfully decorated neighborhood bar for the upper-middle-class folks that call Bown's Crossing home. (2 TVs) 3110 Bown Way, 338-6632

41.7˚ The Garage at Lucky 13

Tested: $2.50 Pabst in a plastic cup

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Happy hour: Daily 5-6:30 p.m.

Have a Lucky 13 sandwich or pizza and then down a cocktail served with a smile by the Brothers Midnight. (1 TV) 1602 N. 13th St., 344-6967

41.7˚ Buster's Eagle

Tested: $3 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour: M-F: 4-6:30 p.m. (big beer for the price of a small, $2.25 wells, $3.25 calls)

A casual stop for beer in a town where a trip to the grocery store requires designer clothes and lipstick. (8 TVs) 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 938-1800

41.9˚ Tablerock Brewpub and Grill

Tested: $2 Wood Pecker Light in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Happy Hour: Tu 4:30-6:30 p.m. ($2.25 pint, $1.25 10 oz.)

Serving only beer brewed In-house, they've got a selection that stands up to any in town (6 TVs). 705 Fulton St., 342-0944

42.2˚ Boulevard Bar

Tested: $2 MGD in a chilled glass

Open: 10-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 4-6 p.m.

A bar that would make Martha Stewart run away screaming, with an adult bookstore next door. Friendly bartenders and a diverse crowd. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, 1 dart board, juke box) 4079 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 342-9906

42.4˚ Pengilly's

Tested: $2 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 3 p.m.-close

Happy hour: 3-7 p.m.

Downtown Boise's classic old-school saloon. Smoky but comfy. All-wood furniture and deep booths make it easy to hide from the daily grind. (1 TV) 512 W. Main St., 345-6344

42.4˚ Sockeye Grill & Brewery

Tested: $3.20 Kolsch lager in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Happy hour: M-F 5-6:30 p.m.

With a beer-loving waitstaff, award-winning brews and $2 food specials, Sockeye is a beer lover's dream. (3 TVs) 3901 Cole Rd., 658-1533

42.4˚ The Funny Bone

Tested: $3 Coors Light in a glass

Open: T-Th 8 p.m., Fr-S 8 p.m.-10:15 p.m., Su 8 p.m.

The place for live comedy in Boise, the Funny Bone has been host to some of the funniest people this often unfunny country has to offer. Wakka wakka. 405 S. 8th St., 331-2663

42.5˚ Front Door Pizza

Tested: $4 Mongoose IPA in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-late

Happy hour: 3-6 p.m. ($4 draft microbrew with a slice of pizza)

This late-night pizza dispensary is about to get a rep for having the wildest tap selection this side of Bittercreek. The refrigerator has a host of big Euro-style bottles of beer, too. (3 TVs). 105 S. 6th St., 287-9201

42.8˚ Lucky Dog

Tested: $3 Bud Light in a frosted glass

Open: M-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

Happy hour: M-F 5-7 p.m., Su 2-4 p.m. ($3 domestic pitcher, $4 premium pitcher, $2 wells)

Wear your night vision goggles so you don't trip on the bar stools, and bring a shirt for the bartender. (2 TVs, 1 pool table) 1108 Front St., 333-0074

42.8˚ Balcony Club

Tested: $1.50 Pabst in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 4 p.m.-close, F-Sa 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

The loudest, wildest dance scene on weekends with a sound system and dance floor built for just that. New ownership plans better, colder tap system. (7 TVs, 1 dartboard) 150 N. 8th St., Second floor, 336-1313

43.5˚ Skylight Bar

Tested: $3.50 Miller Lite in a frosted glass

Open: M-Sa 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Su 4 p.m.-11 p.m.

Swanky hotel bar with good bartending and classic style. (2 TVs) 981 W. Grove St., 342-4622

43.9˚ The MilkyWay

Tested: $3.50 New Belgium Skinny Dip in a glass

Open: M-Th: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5-10 p.m., F-Sa open till 12 a.m.

MW has a small but upscale bar area, a perfect stop before or after that big show. 205 N. 10th St., 343-4334

44˚ Ben's Crow Inn

Tested: $2.50 Coors Light in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-late

A timeless destination for boaters, fishermen and everyone who almost made it out to go rock climbing. (2 TVs) 6781 Warm Springs Ave., 342-9669

44.3˚ China Blue

Tested: $2 Miller Lite in a chilled glass

Open: Th-Sa 4 p.m.-Close

Happy hour: 9-11 p.m. ($2 drinks)

The Red Bull-fueled crowd packs in the "shake what your mama gave ya" mentality. If you haven't been invited to the very exclusive upstairs ice-bar, grab a seat at the bar in the women's bathroom. (15 TVs, pool table). 100 S. 6th St., 338-6604

44.4˚ Emerald Club

Tested: $1.50 Pabst in a glass

Open: Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

Happy Hour: M-Su 5 p.m.-8 p.m. ($2 bottles/domestics, $2.50 wells)

Dark and welcoming. When the DJs get started, you won't have a choice but to dance the night away. (2 TVs, 1 pool table, 4 video games, 2 dartboards). 401 S. 9th St., 342-5446

44.5˚ The New Frontier

Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Happy Hour: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. ($1.50 domestics, $2 wells, $2.75 small pitchers)

Darker than the black hole of Calcutta, but with free popcorn and a surprisingly diverse beer selection, it's much more fun. (7 TVs, 4 pool tables, 3 video games, shuffleboard) 116 E. Broadway Ave., 888-9034

44.5˚ Little dutch garden

Tested: $1.25 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-Th 2 p.m.-10 p.m., F-Su 12 p.m.-late

Happy Hour: Daily 4:30-6 p.m. ($3.50 pitchers, $1.25 pints)

You could live next door to it for 30 years and not know it was there, or live inside it and not know that the last 30 years were there. (7 TVs, 4 pool tables, 3 video games, shuffleboard) 1910 S. Owyhee St., 342-9034

44.7˚ Busted Shovel

Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily

Happy hour: 5-7 p.m., 10-12 p.m. daily (domestics $1.75, micros $2.50, wells $2.50)

Formerly Harry's Bar and Grill (as well as last year's winner), now a biker-themed bar with choppers a'plenty out front and--gasp!--a massage chair. (6 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games). 704 E. 1 st St., Meridian, 888-9868

44.8˚ River Rock Alehouse

Tested: $3 Bud Light in a glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Over the years, River Rock has done its darndest to strip out the strip mall feel with a sprawling patio and plenty of greenery inside. (One big TV and a smattering of small ones) 228 E. Plaza St. #Q, Eagle, 938-4788

45˚ DaVinci's

Tested: $2.50 Michelob Ultra in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 4 p.m.-close bar, 5 p.m.-close restaurant

Happy Hour: Daily 4-6 p.m. ($2 domestics)

The walls are painted a warm burnt orange and the happy hours stools populated by post-office, post-golf Polo shirts squeezing in a few cold ones before rambling back to the cul-de-sacs. (2 TVs) 190 E. State St., Eagle, 939-2500

45.5˚ bar Gernika

Tested: $3.50 Skinny Dip in a chilled glass

Open: M 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Tu-Th 11-12 a.m., F-Sa 11-1 a.m.

Basque comfort food in a brick corner bar that's more welcoming than home. 202 S. Capitol Blvd., 344-2175

49.5˚ Bardenay

Tested: $3 Coors Light in an unchilled glass

Open: M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bustling with suburbanites at lunch, dinner and every time in between, the crowd's chatter is often quite loud, but the food and distilled on-site booze are worthy distractions. (4 TVs) 155 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, 938-5093

50.4˚ TK's Bar

Tested: $1.25 Pabst in a glass

Hours: Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

happy hour: M-F 4:30-6 p.m. (50 cents off drafts, cans and bottles)

A brand-loyal drinker's heaven. Coors, Coors Light, Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Pabst and Kokanee all on tap. If you can tell them apart, you're lying. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, 1 shuffleboard, dartboard, Billy Bigmouth Bass) 3231 Federal Way, no phone