Boise Weekly's 10th Annual Coldest Beer 

One-tenth of a century of frosty, cold beer

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Comfort food meets local and fancy. For the ultimate experience, sit inside the gorgeously remodeled Boise City Bank Building and order a cold one with parmesan and rosemary fries. Drool. 199 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-287-1700,, @boisefork


Overland Bar

The record needle may scratch off the jukebox the tiniest bit when you walk into the Overland Bar, but that's just because the locals are cautious you'll discover their secret: $1 beers all day, every day, in just the sort of friendly, dark and intimate dive people love to blow up. 3907 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-336-4707


Rick's Press Room

Quiet and comfy bistro-style joint that offers eight taps and daily specials. Started by a guy who grew up fascinated with newspapers, and now dozens of front pages from his collection of big stories of the past 40 years are papered across the walls. 130 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-288-0558,



A downtown gem, Sapphire favors microbrews and local musicians to suit the tastes of a mostly over-30 crowd. Look for brand new wine taps to make grapes as economical as barley and hops. 622 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-363-7277


River Rock Eagle

Beer done right: grab a pint and settle into a booth. This recently refocused joint is the perfect place for a Friday night meet-up with the fellas or the fam. 228 E. Plaza St., Eagle, 208-938-4788,



A TV (or two) on every wall, short shorts and all the booze you could want. Get ready for a burger-beer-lovely-lady-induced coma. 1396 E. State St., Eagle, 208-938-1800,


13th Street

Two cask-conditioned brews stand out among a supporting cast of more than a dozen clever micros. Mirrors and windows exaggerate square footage, while an enclosed patio with a central fireplace makes outdoor seating a winter pleasure, too. 1520 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-639-8888


The Navajo Room

It's as ancient, dusty and romantic as the Old West depicted on murals on the bar walls, including life-size portraits of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Despite being in a strip mall, it feels like it's been in action since the early 1800s. 4900 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-343-5817



A lively, loud sports bar with a couple of tables set up for cards and groups of folks in varying shades of baseball uniform. This Meridian hangout offers wings so hot you might actually need a firefighter to help put the flames on your tongue out. 1767 W. Franklin Road, Meridian, 208-846-9535,



A spacious interior bar in the heart of BODO. Settle in with friends for a night of serious drinking. Bonus: The patio is the perfect people-watching stoop. 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, Boise, 208-343-5568,


Dutch Goose

A peanuts-on-the-floor joint with tons of gaming opportunities. Big screens galore, huge patio out back (including horseshoe pits), and dollar beer Thursdays. 3515 W. State St., Boise, 208-342-8887


Papa Joe's

This restaurant-cum-coffee shop sits conveniently adjacent to the university and features a menu of casual Italian food and a modest selection of local beers. 1301 S. Capital Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272,


click to enlarge Woody's - LAURIE PEARMAN

This revitalized bar now carries eight microbrews on rotation, sunny patios furnished with horseshoe pits and aspirations to produce the best burger in Boise. 650 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-336-1790


Bittercreek Ale House

The rich wood of the bar paired with the environmentally conscious low-power happy hour give Bittercreek an earthy feel. The place is awash with rich color and clean lines and any eye wanderer or rubbernecker would find plenty to hold their gaze. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813,, @bitterfeather


Hyde Park Pub

Two-wheeled cruisers accessorize the concrete patio that anchors this historic neighborhood bar. If outdoor temps take a nosedive, the low-ceilinged interior is a cozy venue tinged with neon signs and sporty TV. 1501 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-336-9260,, @hydeparkpub


Pengilly's Saloon

An old-timey saloon with a comforting vibe, classic hardwood bar and large oil paintings. One of Boise's mainstays for finding live music. 513 W. Main St., Boise, 208-345-6344, @pengillys



Cazba/Opa is a little portal to the Middle East. Your beer may be a little on the warm side, but the decor is exotic and the vibe is all satin couches. 211 Eighth St., Boise, 208-381-0222


Cottonwood Grille

Killer riverside patio and a swanky bar-food menu with surprisingly affordable drinks. The place is for the office set to unwind, let down their hair and kick off those sensible shoes. 913 W. River St., Boise, 208-333-9800,


Flatbread Community Oven

Upscale pizza and wine bistro with nary a weak item on the menu, alcoholic or otherwise. Patio and indoor seating available. 3139 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-343-4177,, @flatbread_pizza


The Lobby

Dark interior with smooth concrete-and-stone decor and garage doors that open for summer. The classier look of a club but the laid-back drinking-focused vibe of a dive. 760 W. Main St., Boise, 208-991-2183,, @thelobbyboise


Lucky 13/The Garage

A friendly and well-lit pizza joint, with high-ceilings and a big patio out on Warm Springs that is perfect for a break while on a lengthy bike ride or jog on the Greenbelt. 3662 S. Eckert Road, Boise, 208-344-6967,, @lucky13boise


Balcony Club

Year in and year out, Balcony is the best gay bar in town. It just can't help it. Dance your ass off, make your own party ... or just order a cold one and perch on the patio above Eighth Street. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 226, Boise, 208-336-1313,, @balconyclub



Skylights give a glow to this airy space, rife with flatscreens tuned to sports. Between regular brews and seasonal specialties, these house-made beers cater to every palate. 705 Fulton St., Boise, 208-342-0944,, @tablerockbrew


Eighteen One

A golf-course restaurant with fantastic fine dining, a rotating menu, and as a bonus, there's a putting green nearby. 605 N. Edgewood Lane, Eagle, 208-939-0402,


Mai Thai

A sophisticated and modern-looking lounge with oriental flair and an indoor fountain, serving pan-Asian food and schmancy boat drinks. 750 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8424,, @maithaiboise


Basque Center

Eventually, all roads lead to the Basque Center, where you don't have to be Basque to enjoy a cocktail while listening to at least a couple of languages. They'll make you feel at home and let you know what beti pozik really means. 601 W. Grove. St., Boise, 208-331-5097,, @basquecenter


Red Feather Lounge

Like a feather tickles the flesh, more than 35 draft microbrews will tickle your palate, as this trendy bar shares handles with its neighbor. Upscale but not exclusive, an eclectic atmosphere invites all. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340,, @bitterfeather


Shige Steakhouse

Well-cushioned swivel chairs at the curvy metro bar make for a comfy perch from which to peruse the broadest sake selection in downtown Boise. Saketini: say it. 100 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-338-8423,


Kay and Traci's 127 Club

Take a seat on the comfy bar stools and order up a bottle that's been getting plenty cold in an ice bath. There are four pool tables and a big space for live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 208-884-0122



Giant, high-ceilinged So-Cal-style sports bar with a bazillion TVs and more hot wings than you can shake a drumstick at. 7609 W. Overland Road, Ste. 100, Boise, 208-377-1819,



With a brick and neon decor, this joint serves the drinks stiff and the music loud. A rotating cast of entertainment includes live music, trivia and karaoke. 405 S. Eighth St., Ste. 110, Boise, 208-287-5379,, @liquidboise


Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

Hand-crafted ales quench your thirst in any season, but the central fireplace and snow-themed artwork make this a favorite apres ski spot. Situated at the bottom of Bogus Basin, the siren call of hops is irresistible. 2455 Harrison Hollow Lane, 208-343-6820,, @highlandshollow


Main Street Bistro

It's Jell-O shots, beer pong, backwards baseball caps and a full-on brodeo every day of the week in this three-barred behemoth. It's a club for the sports-bar set. 609 Main St., 208-345-9515., @mainstbistro


Piper Pub

An upscale high-ceilinged gastro pub with hardwood decor, good liquor and a bird's-eye view of downtown from its second-floor location. 150 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200, Boise, 208-343-2444,


Lock, Stock and Barrel

It's classy but casual dining at this Boise mainstay, featuring steaks and a wide selection of wines. Check out live local acoustic and jazz music. 1100 W. Jefferson St., Boise, 208-336-4266,


Mack and Charlie's

The large front windows, dim lighting and concrete floors make Mack and Charlie's feel like a classy garage, complete with pool tables, shuffleboard and muscly dudes talking about their motorcycles. Drinks specials are cheap enough to easily end in a hangover. 507 W. Main St., Boise, 208-830-9977,, @mackandcharlies


Brewforia Bown

A clean and modern market/cafe hybrid with hundreds of beers from all over the world and tasty waffle sandwiches. The taps here rotate constantly and new discoveries are always on hand. 3073 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-342-1916,, @brewforiabown


Jo's Sunshine Lounge

It's a dark, sunless lounge attached to a hotel, but it also happens to be one of the best places around to find live blues music. 1115 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-376-2700,


Vista Bar

The dark, smoky environs contained in this ancient A-frame building provide liquid solace to working folks in search of carefree sedation. 813 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-342-9911



This old-fashioned deli has a menu full of finger-licking sandwiches and a tap selection featuring local craft beers. 1030 Broadway Ave., Boise, 208-345-0990,



An Irish-themed pub with Guinness and Smithwick's on tap and a full menu of pub favorites. It boasts a huge patio and two horseshoe pits. 11123 W. State St., Star, 208-286-7743,


The Front Door

Get ready to become a pizza and beer snob: The Front Door offers impeccable selections of both. Generous slices are washed down with rare IPAs, ales and lagers. Yes, please. 105 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-287-9201,



Smoky, off-the-beaten-path, dog-friendly pub with cheap drinks, Jell-O shots, pool tables, popcorn and friendly staff. 2801 Fletcher St., Boise, 208-342-9420


The New Frontier

Seems more like the old frontier. This is a dimly lit outpost for smokers, drinkers in cowboy hats and players looking for a Texas hold 'em table or two. There probably weren't any frills when this bar opened six decades ago, so why expect any now? Live music on Friday nights and a vintage shuffleboard table. 116 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 208-888-9034


click to enlarge Sammy's - LAURIE PEARMAN

Newly renovated Sammy's (formerly Gusto's) has a shuffleboard, pool table and bright, yellow walls. Sammy's acquired just the right facelift for summer drinking. 509 W. Main St., Boise, 208-343-5159.

click to enlarge Top 10 All-Time Warmest and Coldest Beers - ADAM ROSENLUND
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