Booze and Bikes Abound at the Annual Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race 

Saturday, July 7

Non-booze-and-bike veterans may think of the term "alley cat" as that slightly mangy feline that haunts the walkway behind your house. But for those who have been around the block on two-wheeled intoxicated adventures, it's a term that incites thirst for hops and handlebars.

Alley cat newbies and die-hards can rejoice when Boise Weekly presents its annual Bars and Stripes Alley Cat Race Saturday, July 7.

For the past 11 years, we've sent a fleet of thermometer-clad BWers to test beer temps at local bars for our Coldest Beer issue. And for the last seven years, we've celebrated by sending throngs of bicycle-laden readers to said bars for said cold beers.

Head to BWHQ at Sixth and Broad streets, ID in hand, and we'll slap a wristband on ya, take your $13 (cash only and exact change is appreciated), give you a manifest so you know where the hell you're going, then send you on your merry way.

Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and the race kicks off at 3:15 p.m. Participation is capped at 125, so getting there early ain't a bad idea. While we encourage you to come chill with us in the sure-to-be-scorching summer sun, don't start your day drinking out in the open. Last year, an impromptu tailgate party started while anxious participants awaited go-time. While we love a good shindig, we're not above the law—and drinking in the street isn't exactly legal.

Bring a water bottle (it is July, after all) and be prepared to collect an object, chug a beer or perform some other super-awesome feet at each location. And don't forget the afterparty at the last stop—we've upped the ante this year, with food trucks and an army of kegs.

Wanna play, but don't want to pay? Visit the promo page at and enter to win free admission.

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