Boise Weekly's Eleventh Annual Coldest Beer 

Dedicating ourselves to the fine art of cold beer

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Papa Joe's

More than local beer and Idaho-bred staff, P Joe's is a choice squatter's hideaway. With homemade pasta and wine pairings that don't require a loan to be taken out to enjoy, it's a wonder longstanding citizens of Boise haven't encamped themselves there. 1301 S Capitol Blvd., Boise, 208-344-7272,


Quinn's Restaurant and Lounge

The prime rib, featured every night, is the same recipe today that it was 40 years ago. How about that for tradition? A popular hangout for the military crowd and service industry workers, who get a 10 percent break on drinks every Wednesday. 1005 S. Vista Ave., Boise, 208-345-5544


Red Feather Lounge

Ritzy cocktails, expertly mixed, perch atop a polished granite bar. Snuggle up in a booth in the darkened loft as you contemplate more than 100 different choices of fermented barley and hops. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-429-6340,


White Water Saloon

This medium-sized bar has a Western feel and a popcorn machine but only seven beers on tap. 1646 N. Meridian Road, 208-888-3063



The historic Bank of Eagle building still bears worn plank flooring and an original wall safe. Billing itself as "the locals' Italian restaurant," DaVinci's offers spaghetti and meatballs, an interesting wine list, and eight tap handles. 190 E. State St., Eagle, 208-939-2500,


Lane 21 Bar (Emerald Lanes)

There's really nothing that goes better with cold beer than cosmic bowling. Whether you're swapping pitchers or sipping on a glass of wine, Lane 21 offers a plethora of good, clean fun with a twist. 4860 W. Emerald St., Boise, 208-344-2695,


The Arlene

Though it's the newest bar on the Kuna downtown circuit, the Arlene is rooted in history with re-imagined local fixtures, like a century-old Cottonwood tree refashioned into giant, 400-pound swinging doors, as well as the outfit's mammoth carved-wood bar. With a Christmas light-ringed patio facing the train tracks that bisect Kuna, the bar offers up special prices on beer and the $2 "train shot" whenever a locomotive chugs by. 459 Main St., Kuna, 208-922-2018



The high-ceilinged lounge offers the arched and marbled feel an old-world Mediterranean cafe and blasts the finest in Eurotrash dance music. 211 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-381-0222


The Pocket

On the corner of Curtis and Fairview, you will find the Pocket, a dimly lit hovel for sharks and hustlers. Although not the fanciest place, you can't go wrong with daily free pool from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1487 N. Curtis Road, Boise, 208-375-2474


Cottonwood Grille

A Northwest-centric menu and fresh cuisine have attracted devotees from Boise's power elite to casual Greenbelt strollers who find 180 wines, decadent brunches and one of the best patios around. 913 River St., Boise, 208-333-9800,


Basque Center

A large, open room filled with mismatched tables and chairs and a threadbare pool table, the Basque Center gives off a vibe that says "community center" more than "bar." Try a Basque wine or traditional kalimotxo, chat with 24-year bartending veteran Julian about fine liquors and settle into this rec center turned relaxed downtown hangout. 611 W. Grove St., Boise, 208-343-2671,


Rudy's Pub and Grill

Rudy's is geared toward the male sports crowd, with shuffleboard, TVs and video games. But it attracts the after-work crowd with a full menu and respectable wine list. 2310 E. Overland Road, Ste. 150, Meridian, 208-884-4453,



The Irish pub and eatery boasts a huge patio and a menu that includes both Irish and American favorites. But any bar prides itself on beer offerings, and Sully's pours forth myriad beers with lots of Irish options, as well as domestic and craft alternatives. 11123 State St., Star, 208-286-7743,


Sam's Saloon

Not more than a step away from your car door sits the metal entranceway to Sam's, where denizens lose track of time in the windowless bar. It's an easy thing to do, given cheap, stiff drinks, pool tables and darts at this smoky oasis outside of Boise. 10937 W. State St., Star, 208-286-7794


Gelato Cafe

Walking into Gelato Cafe, you would probably expect to be treated to ice cream. But with a full sushi menu and beer on tap, you may be pleasantly surprised. A patio shared with neighbors often has live music, a change in the strip mall-land that has overtaken the corner of Fairview Avenue and Locust Grove. 2053 E. Fairview Ave., Ste. 101, Meridian, 208-846-8410


Grainey's Basement

This sibling to Tom Grainey's may be subterranean, but it parties just as hard. Boasting a sort of lounge-cave area with long booths, a big ol' bar in the middle and one of the best dance floors in Boise, this basement is a lot more fun than the one that housed your adolescent ping pong table. 109 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-2505



Redefining a cultural experience with beer tasting, Boise State game nights, traveling shows and even shopping the shelves for craft brews, Brewforia puts an elegant and modern twist on the phrase "let's grab a beer." 3030 E. Overland Road, Ste. 100, 208-888-7668,


Hyde Park Pub

A North End institution, Hyde Park Pub is full on comfort, from the food to the low-key atmosphere. Make more than one visit a month and you're sure to know the bartender Don--you'll recognize him by his great handlebar mustache. He's the type of guy who makes you feel all right about showing up solo and cozying up to the bar. 1501 N. 13th St., Boise,, 208-336-9360


Payette Brewing Company

This 1-year-old brewery keeps the Outlaw IPA, Payette Pale Ale, Mutton Buster Brown Ale and seasonal offerings flowing from its four taps. Check out the foosball and ping pong tables in the brewery's game room. 111 W. 33rd St., Garden City, 208-344-0011,



Go big or go home in this fully decked-out restaurant and lounge. Come for the happy hour, stay for the people watching. 276 Bob White Court, Boise, 208-338-5000,


Tavern at Bown Crossing

Outdoor seating gets you out of the high-brow seafood and steakhouse atmosphere, but after two cocktails, you may find yourself gorging on a USDA prime grade steak and not complaining. 3111 S. Bown Way, Boise, 208-345-2277,



Visitors are greeted by a massive elk head mounted on the wood-paneled wall of this Main Street Kuna bar, giving the establishment a lodge-like vibe. A massive orange Jagermeister flag, three pool tables and a patio fill out the decor of one of Kuna's popular haunts. 379 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-1853


Stubbs Sports Pub

Flat screens in every direction and surprisingly diverse beer taps. For $25 a year join the pint club, which grants happy-hour prices anytime. 3662 S. Findley Ave., Boise, 336-7882


O'Michael's Pub and Grill

The bartenders know how to pour a good drink and sporting events flash across well-positioned TVs. Now and then, there is a decent band playing in the back. This place has been A-OK since 1966. 2433 Bogus Basin Road, 208-342-8948,


Sun Ray Cafe

A laid-back biker bar ... of sorts. Spandex-clad, endorphin-high road- and mountain-biking clientele fill the patio nearly every evening during the warm season, sipping beer and noshing on pizza, sandwiches and salads. Feel free to bring Fido--the patio is dog friendly. 1602 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-343-2887,


13th Street Pub and Grill

click to enlarge 13th Street Pub and Grill, 42.1 degrees. - LAURIE PEARMAN

13th Street Pub & Grill may have the best new patio in Boise. It's heated in winter and cool in summer because of prodigious amounts of shade and overhead fans. Comfortable chairs on the outer edges of the patio make for idyllic people-watching sessions. Add in the fresh pub-style eats, a few happy-hour beverages and you've killed a perfectly good afternoon. 1520 N. 13th St., Boise, 208-639-8888


Bittercreek Ale House

Classic gastropub with low light and hardwood decor that has a vibe as soothing and comforting as a Thanksgiving dinner. 246 N. Eighth St., Boise, 208-345-1813.


Flying Pie Pizzaria

Flying Pie on State Street just remodeled its interior but didn't let polished countertops and shiny new watering hole kill its family pizza joint vibe. 4320 W. State St., Boise, 208-384-0000,


The Refuge

A no-nonsense pub with live bands belting country covers, nonstop sports coverage on seven flatscreens and 20 rotating beers on tap. 404 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise, 208-424-8211,


Charlie Brown's

The bar celebrated its 40th anniversary in April, so that says something about its standing and committed clientele. There's a nice wood deck patio out back for smokers and NASCAR races are shown inside. 5783 W. Overland Road, Boise, 208-375-6541


Red Eye Saloon

On any given evening, the Red Eye jukebox is the most-modern feature of the establishment. The tunes picked out by faithful patrons err toward rock ballads and country tracks from the era of the bar's inception, and with nary a window, it's easy to get lost in time enjoying the atmosphere. Throwback charm abounds in the form of wood-paneled decor and colorful neon beer signs. 414 W. Main St., Kuna, 208-922-9797



Schooner's is a classic neighborhood bar where the crowd is looking for a drink, some wings and sports on one of the big screen TVs. 499 S. Main St., Meridian, 208-884-3737


Pho Nouveau

If you're here pho beer, go pho yourself. This tiny bistro's spicy bites beg for the company of frosty hopped beverages. 780 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-367-1111,

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