Live music and a full bar welcome visitors to this painfully hip club. In addition to its often peculiar patrons, pinball, pool and Ms. Pac-Man fill the space of this dim, smoke-filled building on the periphery of downtown's nightlife. Bands range from obscure local musicians to the borderline mainstream variety. Other nights, DJs spin music and wannabe models strut their stuff at fashion shows. Check website for upcoming events.
This popular bar is one of the veterans of Boise's downtown nightlife. Live blues and rock acts pound out cover tunes at this centrally located watering hole. The Rocci Johnson Band, an old mainstay, plays its own original tunes here. A balcony overlooks the stage and dance floor. Darts, pool and video games also are located downstairs. Despite a smattering of college students, the clientèle is generally 30 and older.
When comedians come to Boise, they come to Liquid Lounge. This comedy club features some of the country's best comedians on Thursdays through Sundays. For those looking to break into the game, open mic Wednesdays and comedy workshops during the week are there to help you learn the craft. The bar features a good selection of beer, sure to make any comedian a little bit more hilarious. Check out Liquid Lounge's calendar of performers and prepare to laugh until it hurts.
One of Boise's truly local bars, this saloon has pleased its patrons for decades. In lieu of loud music and gimmicks, the tavern features stiff drinks, great conversation and a laid-back ambience. Its gorgeous old-style serving bar comes complete with an antique cash register and also complements the high-backed, wooden booths. Pengilly's Saloon is a great escape from the elbow-to-elbow traffic that often defines the downtown's weekend nightlife. Check their website page for upcoming bands.
Popular with the college kids, Suds Tavern is one of the most popular bars to go to catch a game or play some pool. With minimally priced food and drinks and fast, friendly service, it's no wonder Suds Tavern is a favorite among the masses. Bar snacks like chicken wings and burgers are favorites among the crowd, while the bar menu favorites include beer, which is available both on tap and by bottles, and a variety of zippy cocktails. The decor consists of sports-themed memorabilia and the flat-screen TVs show the ongoing games. Live music nights featuring local bands just add another reason to come here.
Cactus Bar fills the void for a downtown dive bar. Outdated Western decor seems at home with inexpensive cocktails and draft beers. Weekend nights become crowded and occasionally rowdy, but there's never a dull moment. The jukebox plays a variety of cool tunes, and a pool table resides in the back of the narrow establishment. The clientèle is diverse, and occasionally the bar features live music.
Paying homage to the Broncos of Boise State University, this fun-loving 360-seat restaurant and bar is one of Idaho's largest pubs. Soaring ceilings and outdoor seating give the sports pub a touch of elegance. Next door is an entertainment room with pool and darts. The extensive restaurant menu is packed with standard pub fair and more, from quesadillas to sausage penne. With a movie theater located right next door, this is the perfect place for a snack before or after a show.