Coldest Beer in Boise 

709 E. Park Blvd., 345-2929

Tu-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Su-M: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

$3.75, Coors Light

Last year's winner is still cold enough to burn a few layers of taste buds off of your tongue. Ice flaking off the side of the glass looks like a glacier collapsing into the ocean. Loud, lit and full of wall-sized televisions, The Ram is Boise's closest stab at the platonic form of a sports bar.

600 N. Milwaukee Rd., 373-0889

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

$3.25, Coors Light

These days the corporate neighborhood bar from Cocktail is sans flair, but the French onion soup is still some of the best grubbin' on Milwaukee.

1228 Oakland Ave., 344-6235

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Coors Light

This dart-tossing hub jumped three degrees since last year. Could a future title be waiting in its cards? Either way, a great college bar with a friendly staff and plenty of homework diversions. (2 televisions, 2 pool tables, 7 video games, 4 dartboards)

4103 Rose Hill, 342-9084

Daily 3 p.m.-close

$1.50, Coors

Yes, it actually is a trolley. Play horseshoes on the patio or relax under the misters with some pickled eggs or hot mama sausages. Cribbage happens the first Sunday of every month and everybody from the bartender to the clientele is friendly as can be.

211 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 344-7471

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

$3.50, Coors Light

New tap lines and frosted glasses meant a seven-degree improvement since last year. The bar, burgers and patio are still huge, cementing the Robin as the most popular "family restaurant" in which to tip a few back. (7 televisions, 4 video games)

1646 N. Meridian Rd., 888-3063

Daily 10 a.m.-close

$1.50, Budweiser

This place is a piece of American history. When they asked what we were doing, they assured us that beer doesn't get any colder in Meridian. True. Just look at the top contenders.

509 W. Main St., 367-0040

Daily 2 p.m.-close

$1.75, Budweiser

A 1947 vintage shuffleboard table, and plenty of pool tables and televisions to keep you distracted. Cool features: the ladies painted on the wall perched atop martini glasses and the giant red airplane--complete with a propeller that turns the wrong way--mounted behind the bar.

1396 E. State St., 938-1800

Daily 11 a.m.-midnight

$2.75, Coors Light

A light, slightly more upscale-ish version of its Broadway brother. One big TV, seven little ones and a nice patio for the summer months.

7995 W. Franklin Rd., 327-0088

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

$3.13, Coors Light

Your connection to Southwest fare in Boise. Much love for the chips and queso.

1712 Broadway Ave., 342-9951

Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.25, Coors Light

Cheap drinks and plenty o' gaming keep this timeless dive packed year round. This is a classic locals bar with some of the most interesting bathrooms in any bar. (6 televisions, 2 pool tables, 2 video games, 2 dartboards, shuffleboard)

704 E. 1st St., 888-9868

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

$2.50, Budweiser

Classic bar with sports on TV and motorcycles outside. A few hoods from racing cars adorn the walls that are themed with great photos of anything Harry-related. The overactive AC keeps us cool when we're not willing to brave the heat of the patio.

500 W. Main St., 338-5006

M-F: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 3-10 p.m., Sa: 3-10 p.m., Su: 4-9 p.m.

$2, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

Cool and hip restaurant with a steel bar inside but outside on the patio, whoa baby, watch out. Best known for mixin' up some fine cocktails and an impressive wine selection, this is a great place to not only get a bite to eat but enjoy one of their four beers on tap.

1826 Main St., 344-0218

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

$2.75, Coors

Boise's best-loved gentleman's club. Fortunately the glycol system keeps the beer cold in this hot-n-happin' hangout.

5500 W. Franklin Rd., 322-9856

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Su: 11 a.m.-midnight

$1.50, Coors Light

NASCAR friendly and lawyer phobic, this is an action-packed bar: patio, horseshoes, foosball, giant screen TV, video games, and a large courtroom scene mural to decipher--hmmm, why do the lawyers have shark heads? (36 televisions, big screen, 3 foosball tables, 3 Golden Tees, 3 horseshoe pits)

621 Main St., 345-7557

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

$3, Budweiser

In its 26th riotous year, Hannah's has a warm spot in many a Boiseans heart, including BW's managing ed who fell hard for her mate over numerous White Russians at this very bar many a moon ago. Rocci Johnson truly rocks.

730 W. Idaho St., 363-0037

Su-Th: 11 a.m.-midnight, F-Sa: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (bar open until 2 a.m. everyday)

$2.75, Coors Light

Downtown destination for the college crowd. Televisions, foosball, pool tables and beer, beer, beer.

Capitol and Front, 333-8000

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

$3.25, Bud Light

Posh hotel bar in the center of downtown where we'll hang out during the day just because we like the bartender so much. Full of business-type out-of-towners during the week with a little more elbow-room on the weekends.

928 Main St., 336-9100

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$3, Budweiser

A pretty young and scantily clad crowd weekend nights, but the happy hour rocks. If you're a gawker or an exhibitionist check out weekly bikini contests on Thursday nights.

3933 Chinden Blvd., 429-9339

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

$2, Coors

Karaoke seven days a week. Seven days a week! The darling bartender says karaoke is their big draw. Everyone has a great time, and if you can get through Kamikaze Karaoke they'll love you forever.

415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 429-0011

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

$2.50, Coors Light

The "bar" consists of three chairs around a cash register and a TV tuned to CNN--making for a fine opportunity to gather some buds and commandeer the place in the name of good pizza. A nice game room provides surrogate parenting by the quarter.

416 S. 9th St., 367-1212

M-Sa: 4 p.m.-close, closed Sunday unless an event is scheduled

$3, Miller Lite

The saloon adjoining Boise's busiest downtown concert venue is a quiet little respite from the craziness that's usually happening downstairs.

2360 University Ave., 345-7170

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

$2.25, Coors Light

Love the rolling vinyl chairs in this Boise State student staple, and the jukebox is the most stylistically varied in town. Free popcorn makes it the perfect spot to end an epic pub crawl. (4 televisions, 2 pool tables, 1 video game, 1 dartboard, 1 shuffleboard)

4842 W. Franklin Rd., 888-7731

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

$2.25, Budweiser

This place makes us realize how hard dancers work for their buck. Ante up, boys (and girls) and dig deep for the dancers.

1108 Front St., 333-0074

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

$3, Budweiser

It may be oddly dark and a little eerie from the outside but it's way friendly on the inside--even to straight folk with thermometers for beer testing. For those of you who caught Insomniac with Dave Atell, fetish night is still once a week.

4900 W. Emerald St., 343-5817

M-Sa: 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Su: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.50, Budweiser

Cool, dark, and adorned with huge murals, the Navajo Room is the kind of place Billy the Kid might have called his home away from home.

1005 Vista Ave., 345-0135

Su-Th: 8 a.m.-close, F-Sa: 8 a.m.-3 a.m.

$2.50, Budweiser

Food, folks and fun guaranteed. And Gary is a real entertainer.

9751 Cory Lane, 322-9958

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$2, Coors

It's possible our tester was the only female to step foot in the place in the last five years, but the guys certainly are friendly in this neighborhood bar. Horseshoes, volleyball, darts, pool tables, Golden Tee and lots of smiling faces.

111 N. 11th St., 343-0886

Daily noon-2:30 a.m.

$2.50, Budweiser

If you like Modest Mouse and have a piercing you'll love the Neurolux as much as Boise Weekly. Always decent music to be heard and fine folk to rub elbows with at the Neurolux ... and the coolest crown in town.

610 Grove St., 426-0538

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$3, Coors Light

Cavernous distillery downtown for your patio pleasure or post-Alive After Five dinner chow. After 9 p.m. the minors are out the door and the smokers can light up indoors.

1603 N. Main St., Meridian, 895-9861

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Sunday

$2.75 Coors Light

A cozy pub-style gem in Meridian.

620 W. Idaho St., 344-5200

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

$2.25, Coors Light

Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown or escape the kids upstairs slingin' spaghetti in this basement bar. You've got a great reason with bowls of peanuts and popcorn. (2 televisions, 2 video games)

199 N. 8th St., 395-7000

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

$2.75, Bud Light

Classy Mexican food in the heart of downtown Boise. Salsa dancing every Saturday night.

813 Vista Ave., 342-9911

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2.25, Coors

According to the sign it's where the fun begins and we tend to agree. It's a must-stop on the Vista bar crawl where you can shoot a little pool or hit some digital balls on 2005 Golden Tee.

855 Broad St., 343-5568

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$3.25, Bud Light

Irish-style grub, local music, no cover, ever.

4902 Chinden Blvd., 327-0925

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$2.25, Bud

From the sweet bartender to the huge karaoke stage (complete with silver curtain backdrop) Mr. Lucky's is certainly a hot spot. They've got a great liquor selection, a padded bar, comfy chairs and friendly, happy regulars.

109 S. 6th St., 345-2505

M-F: 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa-Su: 8 p.m.-2 a.m.

$3, Coors Light

Great local music venue with not one, but two stages for the price of one cover. On Wednesday nights the place is packed with women and you can find a good glass of beer or booze just about anytime. (1 pool table, 1 foosball table, 2 video games)

601 E. 1st St., Meridian, 884-3737

M-Th: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Su: noon-9 p.m.

$2.38, Budweiser

Classic sports pub with all the traditional décor and a relaxed atmosphere. Smoke-free since 1995. (10 televisions, 3 pool tables, 4 video games)

4079 Chinden Blvd., 342-9906

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Budweiser

The Boulevard is a neighborhood bar in the heart of Garden City. The bartender is sweet, the regulars are nice, and everyone seemed to be having a good time. Just don't go in if you're squeamish about swearing. Really loud swearing. (3 televisions, 1 pool table, 3 video games, 1 dartboard, jukebox)

1555 Broadway Ave., 344-0037

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

$4, Big Horn Light

Great spirit selection, a stellar and cheap new appetizer menu, and an excellent lineup of Ram-brewed beers set this posh joint apart. Don't let the fine dining half of the house intimidate you from just stopping in to bend an elbow.

7609 Overland Rd., 323-0038

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

$2.50, Coors

Smoky Mtn. Pizza is a great place to get a beer and a slice. It's clean, it's cool and Brad the bartender really knows his beers.

1413 W. Idaho St., 342-0393

Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Coors

A longtime local hangout downtown with a gaggle of giggling afternoon regulars. Great bar, friendly clientel. Air conditioned--most important in the summer. Every holiday there is a client appreciation $4 steak feed. Look for the blue awning to find this place you've probably driven by 100 times. (5 televisions, 3 pool tables, 2 video games, ping pong, snooker table)

3931 State St.

Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.75, Budweiser

With regulars named Squirrel, Iceman and Mama Lou--who all have their own barstools--how can you not like a place like Art's? In prior lives this State Street icon has been a gas station and a barbershop. Check out the pics of young servicemen and women that line the walls, most of them are still customers today.

36.3º VILLAGE PUB

9936 Fairview Ave., 322-9153

Daily 10 a.m.-close

$1.50, Coors Light

Sshhh. Loyal customers want to keep this place a secret. (televisions, pool tables, video games)

6781 Warm Springs Ave., 342-9669

Daily 10 a.m.-close

$2.50, Coors Light

Love the red fabric walls and red plastic soda cups. The Inn hasn't changed a molecule in years--for which are thankful--and still offers the same welcome relief to anyone who thought about going rock climbing, biking, running or river floating, but decided to tie one on instead.

1800 Fairview, Red Lion Downtowner, 344-7691

Daily 4 p.m.-1 a.m.

$3.25, Coors

The loyal customers of this hotel bar were kind enough to test our thermometer in a glass of ice water to ensure proper calibration and therefore quality testing. Chino reigns supreme.

1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$2.50, Coors

Classic Hyde Park venue. Patio, dog-friendly, great food specials, awesome service. (5 televisions, 1 pool tables, 2 video games)

150 N. 8th St., 343-2444

Daily 11 a.m.-midnight

$3, Coors Light

Perfect place to perch and watch Boise's downtown action. Rebecca Scott on the deck every Thursday. (5 televisions)

916 Broadway Ave., 389-2200

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

$2.99, Coors Light

"Family airport bar" is how we describe this tiny section of the chain restaurant. The staff watched us nervously, like we were testing the strychnine levels of their beer. We weren't. Yet.

3907 Overland Rd., 336-4707

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1, Budweiser

The place is dark, but the employees are friendly, the customers are nice, there's a high-tech Jaegermeister-dispensing machine, the beer is cheap, they don't take checks but they do offer free popcorn. How could you not love a place that has nudes on black velvet hanging on the walls? (pool table, shuffleboard)

5467 Glenwood St., 375-0372

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

$1.50, Coors

The Silver Spur sports a huge, tiled bar and the place is festooned with Christmas lights. The bartender may give you a hard time, but bring 100 of your closest friends and this place might just be OK. (2 TVs, 2 dartboards, 4 pool tables, 2 video games, rumor has it the mechanical bull has returned on Monday nights)

4022 W. State St., 342-9090

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Budweiser

If you're looking for a neighborhood bar where 20-year customers are the norm, Turner's is the place to go. (3 televisions, 2 dart boards, 2 pool tables, 1 horseshoe pit, 3 video games.)

800 W. Idaho St., 367-0040

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (lunch), Tu-Sa: 5 p.m.-close

$3, Coors Light

Here at Boise's famous Dueling Piano Bar you can bet that at some point in the night you'll be singing along to Billy Joel's "Piano Man." The varied menu offers food that's "a step above pub chow."

550 N. Milwaukee Rd., 672-1188

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

$2.50, Coors

Everyone misses AYCE crab legs on Monday nights, but the bar is an excellent summertime stopover for icy drinks on a hot shopping day. Love to bartender Jake. Love for the fish shirts.

604 N. Orchard Ave., 384-5201

Daily 9 a.m.-close

$2, Budweiser

McCleary's is light, cool, clean and the whole decor is in varying shades of green (it's like St. Patrick's day every day). Need a little food with your brew? You can get nachos, pizza, popcorn, little smokies, egg rolls, pickled eggs and other fare all served right from behind the bar. (2 televisions, 2 pool tables, 2 video games, 1 dartboard, shuffleboard, jukebox)

350 N. Milwaukee Rd., 321-0033

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2.92, Coors Light

This bright, open place has a cooler right behind the bar. The employees are friendly and efficient and the bartenders take pride in two things: 1. Having placed in the top 5 in last year's Coldest Beer contest, and 2. Having the best physique around (this being a contest where only Old Chicago bartenders got to vote).

2495 Warm Springs Ave., 342-6397

Sunup to sundown

$2 pint, $5 pitcher, Coors Light

Where would golf be without beer? Nowhere we'd want to be. Watch for a few sneaky Greenbelters downing a pint of confidence before heading back to work, too.

574 S. Vista Ave., 342-7620

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Coors

The best thing about Janet's is her retirement fund ... it's on the ceiling. We tried our hand at throwing tack-stuck dollars into the ceiling but after too many near misses with other customers' eyes we asked for help. It's a cozy bar with entertainment and drink specials aplenty, and the staff laughs as hard as they work. (4 pool tables and video games galore)

6928 W. State St., 853-0526

Daily 11:30 a.m.-close

$1, Coors

This is a bar where you can take a good book and read while you imbibe. While reminiscent of a bowling alley, there's shuffleboard, a couple of small TVs and a jukebox to listen to while you sample the 23 beers on tap.

228 E. Plaza Rd., Eagle, 938-4788

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

$2.50, Coors

Tim, the super nice bartender pours the brews in this dark, cool place. You can watch the big screen TV or sit out on the clean, open patio. Join the mug club, drink enough of the many beers on tap and you too can have a mug with your name engraved on it.

401 S. 9th St., 342-5446

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Coors

Idaho's true gem. The always straight friendly Emerald Club has old-world wood paneling, cheap drinks and kick-ass dance music. Thursday night is game night so don't be shy; this place is for everyone. (2 televisions, 2 pool tables, 4 video games, 1 dartboard, the ever-popular crane game and a ping pong table)

2710 Broadway Ave., 342-9220

Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.25, Coors Light

Jim's can be your alibi for more hours per day than any other joint in town. Come in for a little pre-work hair-of-the-dog, stop in again at lunch and then tie one on before bed. Don't worry--you won't be the only one in the bar going for the triple crown. (5 televisions, 2 pool tables, 4 video games, 1 dartboard)

404 S. 8th St., 344-3222

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

$2.75, Bud Light

Café Ole has managed to outlast the perils of the S16 years when 8th Street Marketplace was a ghost town and now BoDo's construction, and, as it has for many years, still serves up a fine burrito to go with your fine beer.

9155 W. State St., 853-9910

Daily 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Budweiser

This is a place where everybody knows, well, maybe not your name, but they all know each other's. The outside space is great with shade and tables and everyone here is friendly even if they don't know you by name. (3 televisions, 1 pool table, 1 dartboard, 1 horseshoe pit and basketball)

1500 W. Grove St., 429-8229

Daily 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

$3, Coors

This strip club, ahem, bikini bar is the Starbucks of bikini bars complete with suited bouncers wearing headsets. The leopard print furniture won't camouflage your friends trying to hide when they see you walk in the door. On Thursday, which is amateur night, one acquaintance said, "I'm only here as a judge." Yeah? Me, too. (2 televisions, 3 pool tables, 1 video game, fireplace, private rooms, and, oh, naked girls)

2801 Fletcher St., 342-9420

Daily 1 p.m.-2 a.m.

$1.75, Coors

The Symposion may be a little tough to find but it's worth the effort. You'll enjoy good music, really nice employees, and an atmosphere that includes big windows, high, huge beams, good lighting and 30 years of character. (1 television, 2 pool tables, 3 video games)

1610 N. 31st St., 342-9075

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

$1.50, Coors

Yes, there is a fireplace. There's also plenty of reading material posted behind the bar, including one sign that reads, "If Osama was piece of ass, Clinton would have nailed him." Darts, video games and pool to be had.

248 8th St., 345-1813

Daily 4 p.m.-close

$2.75, Coors

This posh place has food practically pouring out of the kitchen and it takes some serious restraint not to order one of everything on the menu. The specialty drinks are some of the most unique in town, but too many Hello Kitty martinis and the giant lava lamp will have you spinning.

2506 Main St.

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

$1.75, Budweiser

Gil's has a great, long bar complete with a really friendly bartender. The vibe is relaxed, the customers are nice, it's not too smoky and the customers can't think of any place they'd rather be. (2 televisions, 1 pool table, 1 video game, shuffleboard)

800 W. Idaho St., 368-0200

M-Th: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa: 10 a.m.-close, Su: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

$3.50, Mirror Pond

Grape Escape is known for another libation: wine, but they'll serve up a game saver with their lone, rotating tap. This month was Deschutes Mirror Pond.

1009 Main St., 343-4611

Daily 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

$2.50/$3.50, Coors

Bright and lively, this place is for everyone. They've got one of the coolest barkeeps in town. (5 pool tables, lots of video games, air hockey, golf simulator, ping pong)

2433 Bogus Basin Rd., 342-8948

Daily 11 a.m.-1 or 2 a.m.

$2.50, Budweiser

O'Michael's is Boise's oldest Irish bar. With its green lamps, stuffed animal heads and cool, clean, good smelling atmosphere it's the perfect place stop for an Irish coffee after a day of skiing or for a cold beer after a day of hiking up at Bogus.

3132 Chinden Blvd., 342-4161

M-F: 11 a.m.-close, Sa: 4 p.m.-close

$1.50, Bud Light

Celebrating its 45th anniversary this year, the Stagecoach is a Boise staple. Homemade dressings, killer meatloaf and liver lovers can get it served up with a plate of onions, plus the best waitstaff in town hides out in the cool of this Garden City favorite.

1326 Broadway Ave., 345-5688

Daily 11 a.m.-midnight

$2, Coors Light

PG-rated Hooters-clone with a gazillion TVs and the unforgettable "Sundae Burger": chocolate sauce, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry atop a fatty patty. Eek.

3000 N. Lakeharbor Lane, 853-2583

Daily 3 p.m.-close

$2.25, Coors

At Montego Bay, you can hear awesome live music Wednesday through Saturday while you sip on a Volcano--32 oz. of alcohol served to you on fire! If that's not your speed, you can try one of their other 26 specialty drinks. The tropical décor will have you feeling like you're on the beach in no time. (10 televisions)

267 N. Milwaukee Rd., 323-0023

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

$2.64, Coors Light

The nice thing about Red Robin is that you know what to expect--great burgers. Very comforting. No ugly surprises, just good food and good service.

1520 N. 13th St., 331-9855

Daily 10 a.m.-midnight maybe 2 a.m.

$3, Budweiser

Richard's serves coffee by day but by night becomes a swanky evening retreat. Come for the fine wines and 163 beer choices and stay for the nice patio dining and beautiful waitresses.

517 W. Main St., 342-9732

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.25, Budweiser

Oh, the Cactus. A place where many of us lost our alcohol virginity. If you get up too fast, The Mardi Gras carpet might be a little daunting, but if you ask nicely, the sweet bartender will help you off the floor back on to your stool.

127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 884-0122

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Budweiser

Country music, country darts, country beer and country pool. The steer horns on the wall are hypnotizing and they'll beg you to stay and drink another beer. Rumor has it they have karaoke 4 or 5 nights a week. (6 televisions, 4 pool tables, 2 video games, 2 dartboards.)

246 8th St., 345-1813

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$2.75, Coors Light

Bittercreek is always classy. One of the best beer selections in Boise and fantastic bar food. Yummy!

1010 Main St., 345-6605

Daily 1 p.m.-2 a.m.

$2.75, Budweiser

Covered in dark wood and tons of trinkets this big, friendly place provides lots of live music, good times and a friendly game of pool.

3019 N. Cole Rd, 658-1533

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$2, Sockeye Golden Ale

You get a great view of the brewery from the bar or you can take your handcrafted beer and food and sit out on the patio surrounded by shrubbery that provides a little haven away from busy Cole Road.

999 Main St., 342-4900

M-Th: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 5-10 p.m., F-Sa: 11 a.m.-midnight or 1 a.m.

$2.50, Coors Light

Big leather chairs livin' the lush life in the lounge. Rich green and brown interiors decorated with fish and fauna. But the coldest thing is still the chilled Rumpleminze.

801 Main St., 342-3456

Su-Tu: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., W-Sa: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

$2.50, Labatts Blue

A Boise original. Awesome food and beer good enough to satisfy any hops lover. Great patio dining with a view of the Grove, the fountain and the excitement of downtown.

110 W. Jefferson St., 336-4266

Daily 4 p.m.-whenever

$3, Coors

After feasting on scrumptious roast beast, this bar is perfect for kicking back and reflecting on life's finer moments. Cool jazz offerings, too.

104 N. 10th St., 344-2677

Su-F: Noonish-2 a.m., Sa: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

$1.50, Coors Light

Down in the bowels of the Idanha this classic Boise bar is a must on any pub crawl. They're still a little mad at us for an EyeSpy cartoon last year of an overheard patron in the bathrooms they share with the other establishments. We keep telling them those people probably came from Bartime upstairs but they won't listen.

610 Vista Ave., 336-4747

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

$2.50, Coors Light

Sequels just never measure up to the original. A shallow version of the downtown Torch Gentleman's Club, but an adventure nonetheless.

8654 W. Overland Rd., 658-0906

M-Sa: 10 a.m.-close, Su: 10 a.m.-midnight

$1.50, Coors

Buddie's is a little hidden treasure. Full of blonde wood bars and happy regulars, you can order a deli sandwich piled high with meats and cheeses (the friendly bartender highly recommends the pastrami!) for only $5. (3 televisions, 4 pool tables, 3 video games, 3 dartboards)

5783 Overland Rd., 322-9869

"open early to late"

$1.75, Coors Light

Next to Erotic City and Video Vixen you've got to give respect to a bar that has a Lazy-Boy recliner in it. It's a big bar with bumper stickers adorning the coolers behind the bar and one of the sassiest bartendresses we've found.

(12 televisions, 3 pool tables, 1 foosball table, 6 video games, 3 dartboards, jukebox)

4295 W. State St., 345-7700

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

$3, Coors Light

Northwest-lodge style décor adorned with sports gear. Sixteen beers available for your consumption pleasure and 2005 Golden Tee for you golf fanatics.

6570 Fairview Ave., 322-9122

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.25, Coors Light

Q's is a Boise standard that defines the term "pool hall." You'll probably hear Ted Nugent blasting in the background as you drink your brews and line-up your balls for the next shot. A wide assortment of TVs, pool tables, foosball tables, video games and dartboards will help you while away the hours.

7609 W. Overland Rd., Boise Spectrum, 377-1819

Daily 11 a.m.-close

$3.25, Coors Light

Surprise, this place is all about sports. The young, attractive staff keeps Sports flirty, fun and the place to go if you're a sports fan.

150 N. 8th St., 336-1313

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

$3, Miller Lite

A cultural oasis in a sea of sameness. Dance party seven nights a week for your pleasure. (8 televisions, 2 pool tables)

5264 Overland Rd., 345-5572

M-Th: 8 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa: 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Su: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

$2.50, Coors Light

Mike's Lounge is hidden behind Mike's Restaurant and if you didn't know it was there, you might not find it. Once you do, though, you'll be glad you did. Its friendly people and old-school vibe make Mike's the perfect hangout.

610 E. Boise Ave., 388-8700

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

$2.50, Coors Light

A sports parephrenalia-draped bar where dudes come after work to ogle adolescent tennis players on Sportscenter. Spacious, cheap and with full of games--what else do you need? (3 televisions, 3 dartboards)

205 N. 10th St., 343-4334

M-Th: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., F: 7 a.m-midnight, Sa: 5 p.m.-midnight

$3.25, Fat Tire

While there are only a half dozen seats at the bar, and a comfy waiting area for tables in the restaurant, it's really cool to hang out and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail. The patio is top notch and it is this season's place to be seen amongst the uber-chic.

1519 W. Main St., 336-3982

Daily 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.50, Coors Light

Jeff says, "Come on down." One of the few all-ages spaces (for most shows) in Boise it definitely is the place to see Boise's underground music scene. Apparently they were a little mad at us for our description of the place in our Alcohol Appreciation Issue. We admit, it may have been a little harsh. It's a nice wholesome place for today's rebellious youth.

3515 State St., 342-8887

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Coors

Who doesn't love the steamers? Pool tables and televisions provide ample distraction for you and your crew.

10704 Overland Rd., 376-9800

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

$2.25, Budweiser

Hooligan's offers a great menu, a friendly atmosphere, and a whole lot of TVs and pool tables for entertainment. They even have karaoke on Thursday nights. (8 Televisions, 4 pool tables, 3 video games, 2 dart boards)

1602 N. 13th St., 344-6967

Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

$2.50, Coors

One of the best patios in town. Outdoorsy hot younguns fill the place. Bitchin' pizza.

1512 N. 13th St., 323-4688

Daily 8 a.m.-close

$3.75, Fat Tire

Another primo Hyde Park patio. Good smells waft from the grill.

1024 Broadway Ave., 345-9656

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

$2, Coors Light

We dug the blue turf floors and blue vinyl bar-padding. We didn't dig the creepy stranger, obviously a regular, who forced us to temperature-test his bottled beer after he had been backwashing into it for 15 minutes. (5 televisions, 2 pool tables, 3 video games)

665 E. Park Blvd., 345-2173

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

$2, Big Horn Light

This pool hall is packed with a mixture of sharks and groupies on a Saturday night. The immense and cheap beers, brewed next door at The Ram, are a taxi ride waiting to happen.

601 Grove St., 342-9983

Tu-Th: 3 p.m.-close, F-Sa: 2 p.m.-close

$2.25, Budweiser

One of our favorite getaways. A clean well-lighted place--just like Hemingway liked 'em. And hangin' here is for a good cause--bar proceeds benefit the Basque Center/Museum.

100 S. 6th St., 338-6604

W-Su: 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

$2, Budweiser

PBR on tap! Striking red and black décor including some of those always captivating lava lamps and three red felt pool tables. Bartender was simply delightful--made us a secret concoction involving gin, for which we are eternally grateful. $3 cover after 11 p.m.

3245 Meridian Rd., 888-6908

2 p.m.-2 a.m. during bowling season

$2.25, Budweiser

Come here to bowl, join one of the 16 dart teams or just kick back and enjoy some brewskis with the buds. (4 televisions, 1 video game, 4 faux slot machines, 5 dartboards, jukebox)

6125 Fairview Ave., 377-2800

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

$3, Coors Light

Spacious and inviting atmosphere with plenty of televisions and pool tables for your entertainment.

2825 W. State St., 939-0559

M-Th: 11 a.m.-midnight, F-Sa: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Su: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

$2, Coors Light

Think Roadhouse without Sam Elliot. On our trip two rough regulars took their brawl outside and put on a show for the other gawking patrons. If you're brave enough to dodge the four-letter words and the occasional flying fist the Double Eagle serves up a steak dinner for only $6.25.

609 Main St., 345-4515

$3.25, Budweiser

College kids all over Idaho hear the call of the Bistro. Post Alive After Five fun or every weekend of the month, you can find Boise's young adult crowd clamoring for a random hook-up beyond the dance floor.

229 W. Franklin, Meridian, 888-4075

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

$1.50, Bud

Meridian's version of Cheers. This bar has true Idaho charm, loyal regulars and is real darn friendly to boot. (6 televisions, 1 pool tables, 4 video games, 1 dartboard, shuffleboard, jukebox)

100 S. 6th St., 338-6604

Th-Sa: 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m.

$3.25, Bud Light

Tres chic ultra black uber mod.

105 S. 6th St., 287-9200

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

$2.75, Budweiser

Good times guaranteed at this restaurant with the feel and flavor of Central/South America. Bonus: Boise's only rooftop deck--think flaming torches, grass umbrellas, bamboo ... you can almost feel the cool ocean breeze.

155 E. Riverside, Eagle, 938-5093

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

$3, Coors

The beer may not be the coldest in town but the Rumpleminze checks out at 8.6. Getaway to the patio with some of their home-distilled rum, gin or vodka.

12505 Chinden Blvd., 378-8273

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su: noon-6 p.m.

$2.50, Coors

Big overstuffed chairs sit in front of a big screen TV ... but better than home because the waitstaff is so friendly. And the popcorn is better.

3301 N. Collister St., 342-9739

Daily 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.

$2, Coors

Easy-going, guaranteed-to-please place to hang your hat and knock back a few with buds. Live music Friday and Saturday, karaoke the rest of week. Won bonus round for the bartender singing Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful."

(7 televisions, 2 pool tables, 5 video games, 1 dartboard, horseshoes)

202 S. Capitol Blvd., 344-2175

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-close

$3.50, Crystal Ale/Big Sky

This fine establishment is one of Boise Weekly's satellite offices. Great grub, super service, friendly folks and they don't come any nicer than pub-prietor Dan Ansotegui.

8915 Overland Rd., 322-8288

Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

$2.50, Bud Light

Much like its Eagle sister store, the dark olive interior and high ceilings are inviting and casual.

405 8th St., 342-8382

Tu-Sa: 5-10 p.m., Su-M: 5-9 p.m.

$4, Coors Light

Great place to partake of seafood and pretend you are on the coast--any coast.

210 N. Milwaukee Rd., 322-0222

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

$2.75, Bud, chilled glass

Popular family restaurant in the mall zone.

2455 Harrison Hollow, 343-6820

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

$2.75, Coors

Alpine feeling with high ceilings, dark wood, central fireplace. Mix of young sportists and old golfers. Great place to hunker down after an extreme day in the great outdoors. Come for the handcrafted brews--some of the best in the area--guaranteed.

213 N. 8th St., 342-6555

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

$2.75, Bud Light

With its swanky colorful décor it is difficult to envision this bar's former life as the Interlude (insert fond memory here). Hip and friendly place to get your shiz on.

1010 Broadway Ave., 382-0613

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

$2.25, Coors Light

A tiny wood-lined sports bar with year-round Christmas lights. Very homey, but packed with gaming contraptions. Love the bowls of peanuts. (5 televisions, 1 pool table, 1 foosball, 3 video games, 1 dartboard, 1 shuffleboard)

913 W. River St., 333-9800

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

$2.50, Budweiser

Upscale yet unpretentious quality restaurant and bar. One of the best patios in town (extra bonus: on the Greenbelt). Knowledgeable tenders.

705 Fulton St., 342-0944

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

$3.50, Woodpecker Light

Boise's only downtown brewery pours its renowned homemade brew and keeps 'em comin'. Great food accompanies their great beer.

513 Main St., 345-6344

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

$1.25, Budweiser

Downtown Boise classic. Dark wood, historic architectural details, friendly barkeeps, booths, art deco-patterned carpet, live music, alley exit for quick getaways.

190 E. State St., Eagle, 939-2500

Daily, 4-10 p.m.

$2.50, Budweiser

Italian grubbin' in Old Town Eagle.

3231 Federal Way

$2, Coors

"Cold women and warm beer," said the off season Santa Claus across the bar. "Give them a crappy write up," said another patron. "We don't want a crowd here. But you've got to love a bar that has Miller High Life on tap. (3 televisions, 2 pool tables, 3 video games, dartboard and shuffleboard)

1805 W. State St., 387-2727

Daily 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

$2.50, Coors

Big and airy bistro-style complete with checkered tablecloths. Televisions: 3

750 W. Idaho St., 344-8424

M-Sa: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., M-Th: 5-10 p.m., F-Sa: 5-11 p.m., Su: 5-9 p.m.

$3.75, Fat Tire

Hip and colorful, trendy and swank, its downtown atmosphere is perfect for Friday night being seen action. And the food is some of the best on Idaho Street.

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