Customers perch on bar stools and the conversation is always flowing at this downtown nightspot open since 1996. The large windows at Bittercreek Alehouse are perfect for people watching. With about 21 different Northwest micro-brews, the pub has become a favorite hangout. The food is original and inventive with appetizers such as polenta fries, halloumi with jam and poutine, which is a popular Canadian dish with gravy, fries and cheese curds. Their beignet and butterscotch dessert is also worth a try!
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.
For stiff drinks minus the flair, this cozy full-service downtown bar caters to sports enthusiasts and alternative 20-somethings alike. Local and national sports memorabilia enhance the bar's interior, located in the basement of the historic Idanha Hotel. Conversation is encouraged in this dim and smokey, but strangely charming tavern. Although housed in small quarters, chairs and stools take up most of the space. The draft beer selection is limited. If you prefer premium beer, buy it in the bottle.
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 you step into the Balcony Club, you will get a view for sure. Only the view is not picturesque, but Gothic Industrial! This bar has a variety of theme nights and entertainment events every week. Mardi Gras, Pride Fest, and White Party are a few of the hot events that attract huge crowds throughout the year. Check the website for upcoming events.
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.
Located in the heart of Boise, this popular establishment plays hosts for patrons from both near and far. Not you're typical taco outlet, even though its name might suggest otherwise, this is where you can get your hands on some truly innovative fusion creations that wonderfully blend ingredients and cuisines from all over North America and Asia. While their menu might not be as extensive as its contemporaries, it does offer immense diversity and uniqueness. Some of their specialties include the Thai Lard Salad, the Chicken Roja taco, and the Local Mole Smothered Burrito. Beer and wine are also served here with the Barbarian- Big Bad Wolf, Fremont-Dark Star and Chateau de Series Cotes du Rhone being the stand-outs.
Offering a beer for every season, this pub brews a variety of handcrafted beers, including the Maui Light for summer sippers to darker ales for winter tastes. The food menu also includes something for every month of the year from steamed clams to sausage served over red beans to Snicker Pie. Be sure to check out the photographs of Boise's oldest breweries. The restaurant also hosts a variety of live music events. Check website for upcoming performances. Open daily from 11a to closing.
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.
Yardarm is a seasonal bar located by the waterside and generally visited by surfers and paddlers. The casual looking bar has been made out from an old shipping container, and everything from the bar to the high stools has been made from up-cycled materials. On the drinks menu they have lots of icy cold beers on tap along with local cider and wines. If you are feeling hungry, they have a dedicated food truck that serves delicious tacos, fries and burgers. The joint is a perfect place to bring along your friends and family and enjoy good food and drink.