It's been nearly six months since the opening of Spacebar Arcade, a subterranean barcade located at 200 N. Capitol Blvd.
While it's already a popular haunt for late-night crowds looking to bend an elbow or catch live music, Spacebar's large selection of classic arcade and pinball games are the big draw for nostalgic Boiseans. Spacebar also offers regular tournaments with prizes each month.
The 7-Eleven tournament, which takes place tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 13, is a classic arcade and pinball tournament wherein contenders pay a $5 entry fee for a chance to win cash.
According to Spacebar's Facebook page:
Players pay a $5 entry and select three machines to play. There are 10 machines overall, with five seats available per machine, for a total of 50 seats in the tournament. Scoring is based on a percentage of the high score on each game.
But for those looking for a more focused competition, there's the upcoming Galaga tournament, hosted by Sockeye Brewing Thursday, Feb. 21. Players will be given five lives, no extra ships and a difficulty ranking of D. They then have 15 minutes to score as high as they can, with prizes awarded for first, second and third place scores.
It's Fat Tuesday, and in addition to the sugary drinks and lecherous looks you can get year round at downtown bars, tonight there will be even more debauchery.
-Main Street Bistro, China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy's are offering the chance to win a $3,000 credit for breast augmentation so you can augment the number of beads you'll get next year. There's a $5 cover for all three bars, and it's $3 for all drinks and shots, all night long. But you have to be present at one of the bars to win the boobs.
-The Drink Bar and Waterfront Grill is also throwing a Fat Tuesday bash with a carnival mask contest, no cover and $4 Cruzan hurricanes.
-Or, if you’re ready to get extra-gluttonous, you can take Duh Short Bus for free beginning at 8 p.m. from The Drink to Fatter Tuesday at Fatty’s Bar with DJ Flave. It's $10 for 32-ounce hurricane buckets.
-If it’s food you’re after, visit The Piper Pub and Grill for jambalaya, gumbo, crawfish and red beans and rice. They’ll also be serving “huge ass beers” ($5 for 32-ounce PBRs), hurricanes and mint juleps. There's live music with Brandon Pritchett at 4:30 p.m. and Steady Rush at 6 p.m.
-Another food and beer option is Highlands Hollow Brewhouse, which is offering a dinner special of Brewhouse Piaya with scallops, shrimp, clams and sausage over yellow rice topped with creole sauce. The meal also comes with salad or gumbo for $12.95.
In today's issue of Boise Weekly, we caught up with local band Innocent Man, a sextet set to release its first album, Home Grown, at the Visual Arts Collective Saturday, Feb. 9.
What we didn't tell you is that, while music and beer often go hand in hand, this band has an even closer relationship with suds—in the form of the Innocent Man Belgian IPA. According to guitarist and singer Scott Sprague, the beer is a hops-infused, gold-colored ale created as a collaboration between Washington, D.C.’s DC Brau Brewing Company and Salt Lake City's Epic Brewing Company.
“We know the guys at Epic pretty well because we distribute for them,” said Sprague, who spends his days working at Idaho Wine Merchant in Garden City.
Asked what the beer and band have in common, Sprague said “epic” definitely defines both.
“In more ways that one,” he said. “I’ve met the brewer, Kevin Crompton from Epic, and he’s a perfectionist. We’re pretty much perfectionists, too, and that resonates with me a little bit.”
When asked if the band tastes anything like a Belgian IPA, Sprague had an answer for that, too.
“I guess, in a way, you could say that, because it’s two different genres kinda being stuck together. In a way, that creates something unique and different,” he said. “I guess that’s what we strive for in the band.”
Twelve kegs of Innocent Man Belgian IPA were delivered to Boise last week and are available at Bittercreek Ale House, Bier:Thirty, Brewforia Beer Markets, Bar Gernika, The Front Door and Whole Foods.
Winemaker Neil Glancey's 2007 Meritage, a Bordeaux-style blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec and cabernet franc grapes, took a bronze medal in the category of Bordeaux Blends priced $20 to $29.99, alongside 13 other competitors.
According to the winery, Glancey has been crafting wine in Idaho for 11 years, including five at Woodriver Cellars. The grapes to create the medal-winning Meritage were grown at the winery's vineyard in Wilder, part of the Snake River American Viticulture Area.
Chronicle judges sift through more than 5,000 entries each year.
The party was yesterday, but you still have today off to nurse your hangover and come to your senses before the work week begins. Your itinerary may include joining your family in a collective massage of the temples, bloody marys and a hearty breakfast. For some, it means popping an Altoid, chugging a glass of water, pulling the sheets up, and hoping for a few more hours rest.
If your schedule is otherwise empty, there's foosball at the Dutch Goose to help you burn off that hangover and revive your spirits.
The cavernous Boise watering hole is hosting Boise Foosball. At 7:30 p.m., players join teams (or bring teams of their own) and sign up for the tournament. Play begins at 8 p.m.
Slanted Rock Brewing Company, Meridian’s new craft beer haus, will celebrate its grand opening New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, from 5 p.m.-1 a.m.
Founded by Bob Lonseth and Vincent Melchor, the brewery is located at 2374 E. Cinema Drive, Ste. 100, in Meridian, and will sling signature suds like the Initial Point IPA, Iron Butt Red Ale, Afternoon Delight and Silhouette Dark Ale.
The brewery will also feature a tap room with Slanted Rock and other craft brews on tap. The tap room is open Tuesdays-Thursdays, 4-9 p.m.; Fridays, 3-10 p.m., and Saturdays, noon-10 p.m.
Slanted Rock’s grand opening bash features live entertainment, raffle prizes and grub from Saint Lawrence Gridiron food truck.
For more info on the brewery, visit its website.
Red Feather Lounge is celebrating its 10th anniversary tonight, by bringing back old menu favorites from 2007 and earlier. The local-loving locale is setting aside its rules for a few hours to bring back longtime customer favorites like asiago-crusted calamari and crab cheesecake.
“Some of the dishes should come back forever. … And some challenge our company’s values as they’ve developed over the years. Forgive us, 1) for breaking our own rules about the distance from which we will have food shipped to us, and, 2) for taking them away from you because of that distance, just one day after they’re here again,” Red Feather wrote on its website.
Red Feather’s vintage menu, pasted below, will be served alongside its regular menu only from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. So grab a handful of curry cashews, tip back a cranberry vodka with pink limeade, and party like it’s 2002.
FEATURED DISHES, PRE-2007
CURRY DUSTED CASHEWS
House-made Flatbread, Fresh Chopped Basil, Stone-Hearth Baked to Order
ASIAGO CRUSTED CALAMARI
with Thyme Beurre Blanc and Capers
Savory Crab Spread with Croistini
CHICKEN PESTO PIZZA
Roasted Chicken, Pesto, Artichoke Hearts, Red Onion, Sundried Tomatoes, Feta
Panko and Parmesan Breaded Tofu Triangles, Tomato and Yellow Pepper Coulis
CEDAR PLANK SALMON
Sockeye Salmon Cooked to Order on a Cedar Plank, Jasmine Rice with Cranberries and Almond Slivers, Beurre Blanc
NAKED IN A BED OF CHOCOLATE
Half-Baked Chocolate Cake for One, with Blackberry Frozen Custard & Chocolate Ganache Sauce
FEATURED COCKTAILS, PRE-2007
Cranberry Vodka with Pink Limeade, Up
Basil-Infused Vodka, Triple Sec, Lime Jucie
Vanilla Vodka, Pink Lemonade, Lemoncello, Pink Pixie Dust & Kitty Candy (for tonight only!)
Cranberry Vodka, Peach Cordial, Tart Apple Juice
Silver Tequila, Midori, Lemon Juice, Orange Oil
Rosemary-Pear Vodka, Lime Juice, Angostura Bitters, Sparkling White Wine
WRATH OF TWEETY
Citrus Vodka, Lemon Juice, Amaretto, Sugared Rim
Bison Grass Vodka & Lillet Blanc, Lemongrass, Lemon Oil
PARADISE IN NARANJA
Plymouth, Orange Bitters, Cointreau
Plymouth, Lillet Blanc, Parfait Amour
Bourbon, Benedictine, Bitters
Maker’s Mark, Orange Bitters, Sweet Vermouth, Orange and Cherry
BOURBON PORT FLIP
Bourbon, Port, Egg Yolk, Cream, Sugar
Chocolate Cordial, Vanilla Rum, Freshly Whipped Cream Float
Boiseans bustling past downtown haunt Neurolux have no doubt noticed a change in the facade of the bar, located at 111 N. 11th St.
The front of the bar has been repainted stark white, with large black lettering spelling out "Neurolux" just above the patio.
The exterior formerly featured Toby Robin's bright red mural, which covered the entirety of the Hitchcock Building that also houses the Record Exchange. Neurolux owner Allen Ireland responded to Boise Weekly via email about the updated exterior.
"We decided it was time to break free from [the] mural to gain a greater street presence. There was no delineation between where we began and ended. This change to the building's facade creates a distinct, recognizable appearance that is solely Neurolux," Ireland wrote.
He added that other new elements are on the way to further augment the building.
"The first phase of the project, painting the facade and installing the letters, is complete. Now we are awaiting the arrival of a 20-foot-tall wall of bronze architectural laser-cut metal panels. These panels will add a decorative, vertical element and give us the appearance of a stand-alone two-story structure," Ireland wrote.
The day before Halloween, Boise Weekly reported that Booze Clues, the long-running trivia night at Pengilly's, was closing up shop.
"I've gotten to the point now where it's really difficult to generate the questions," Booze Clues host E.J. Pettinger told Boise Weekly.
Well, Pettinger is dusting off his trivia shoes tonight for a special Holiday Booze Clues, taking place at Pengilly's at 9 p.m. It's free to get in.
The hardwood stylings and old-timey feel at Pengilly's don't much cotton to whatever 20-something hooliganry is going on next door at The Cactus or Silly Birch. Pengilly's is in its mid-30s and proud to have grown up a bit.
In fact, today is the bar's 36th birthday, and to celebrate, it will be having a tasteful, distinguished party that you are cordially invited not to barf at.
What is happening at this shindig? According to Facebook: "PRIZES. MUSIC. MEMORIES."
There will be raffles for all manner of prizes, including bar tabs, booze swag and other mystery prizes, and jamming from a laundry list of local musicians.
The festivities will be hosted by local blues-folk crooner John Hansen from 5-9 p.m., and will feature a special reading by Tyler Nelson of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 8 p.m. After that, Fram Fram Four will frim fram their way into your hearts starting at 9 p.m.
The whole thing starts at 5 p.m. and is FREE.