Coldest Beer in Boise - The High Thirties 

35.0° Vista Bar
Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Daily 10-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: Su 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ($2 beers)Really smoky although no one seems to be smoking. According to the sign, "It's where the fun begins." We tend to agree. It's a must stop on the Vista bar crawl where you can shoot a little pool. 813 Vista Ave., 342-9911.

35.0° Crickets
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m. ($1.50 domestics, $5 pitchers)A great college bar with a friendly staff and plenty of homework diversions including a karaoke machine (Tue. and Sat nights) and a jukebox. All you can eat taco Tuesdays for $2. (6 TVs, 2 pool tables, 6 video games, 2 dartboards)1228 Oakland Ave., 344-6235.

35.0° Main Street Bistro
Tested: $3.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Th 7 p.m.-2 a.m., F-Sa 5 p.m.-2 a.m.College kids from all over Idaho hear the call of the Bistro. You can find Boise's young adult crowd clamoring to find a partner for the dance floor and during the summer, they'll be showing off their tans out on the big patio. (7 TVs, 7 pool tables, video game) 609 Main St., 345-9515.

35.0° McCleary's Pub
Tested: $2 Bud in a glass
Open:
9 a.m.-Close
Happy Hour:
M-F 9-10 a.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. ($1 drafts & domestics)This place is dark, cool and decorated in varying shades of green. It's like St. Patrick's Day every day. There's plenty of beer on tap and if you need a little to nosh, try the nachos, popcorn or pickled eggs. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games, dartboard, jukebox) 604 N. Orchard Ave., 342-3007

35.0° Quinn's
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Tu 8-11 p.m., W-Sa 8 p.m.-3 a.m.
Happy Hour:
5-7 p.m. (50¢ off everything but pitchers) Food, folks and fun guaranteed. And Gary is an entertainer. 1005 Vista Ave., 345-0135.

35.0° Shenanigans
Tested: $1.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m. ($2 micros, $1 domestic)There are a lot of nice touches in this cool-shaped new bar and the staff is young and enthusiastic. Poker and pinball tournaments, too. (9 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games) 4091 W. State St., 368-0000.

35.2° Cactus Bar
Tested: $1.25 Bud in a glass
Open:
Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.Oh, the Cactus. If you get up too fast, the Mardi Gras carpet might be a little daunting, but if you ask nicely, the bartenders will help you back up onto your stool.(One TV, pool table, 2 video games, jukebox) 517 W. Main St., 342-9732.

35.2° Neurolux
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 12:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Happy Hour:
12:30-8 p.m. ($2 drafts)A smoky haze blankets the darkness of this bar as the sounds from the jukebox lend bits of candy to the ears. Not only is it the most convivial, mysterious, diverse bar in town, but it's also the only one with a sexy red pool table & stiff drinks that will make you wish you'd asked for a tall glass. (Pool table, jukebox, ping pong, massive lit crown) 111 N. 11th, 343-0886. www.neurolux.com.

35.2° McCleary's Pub
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass.
Open:
Daily 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
5:30-7 p.m.This is place where everybody knows, well, maybe not your name, but they all know each other's. Also a great outdoor beer garden complete with the din of State Street. (3 televisions, pool table, 4 video games, 2 horseshoe pits) 9155 W. State St., 853-9910.

35.2° Red Robin (Eagle)
Tested: $3.49 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.A family friendly environment, Red Robin is all high energy and stimulation. The bar is bright and clean and the sassy manager bet me a drink that theirs would be the coldest beer I could find. Time for someone to pay up. (6 TVs) 1475 N. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 401-0184.

35.2° Sports Pub & Grill
Tested: $3.25 Bud in a frosted glass
Open:
Su-Th 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11:30-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-Sa 4:30-6 p.m. (2 for 1)Surprise, this place is all about sports. The young, attractive staff keeps the pub flirty, fun and the place to go if you're a sports fan. Good sound, not a bad seat in the house. Agreeable bartender. (20+ TVs, 8 pool tables, 2 foosball, 4 video games) 7609 Overland Rd., 377-1819.

35.4° Bardenay (Downtown)
Tested: $3 Coors in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-CloseCavernous downtown bar that gets real noisy at night for your liquid refreshment pleasure or dinner chow. The beer and liquor selection has to be seen to be believed, including Bardenay's own fabulous spirits made right there. After 9 p.m., the minors are out and the smokers can light up. (3 TVs)610 Grove St., 426-8168.

35.4° The Garage
Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a plastic cup
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6:30 p.m. ($1 off wells, 50¢ drafts)An old service station converted into a bar with a great atmosphere, staff and clientele. Located in the heart of downtown next to Lucky 13. Say "Hi" to the Midnight brothers. (1 TV) 1602 N. 13th St., 344-6967.

35.5° The Crescent Bar
Tested: $2.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. (half price draft)Hopping busy, dark like a good bar should be ... but not too dark. Friendly, helpful staff and massive TVs. Not a damn lawyer in sight! A large courtroom scene mural explains it visually-lawyers have shark heads. (34 televisions, 6 pool tables, 3 foosball tables, 5 video games, 3 horseshoe pits)5500 W. Franklin Rd., 322-9856.

35.5° Club Max (in the Doubletree Riverside)
Tested: $3.50 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 4 p.m.-Close, F-Sa 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: M-F 4-6 p.m. ($2.99 daily specials)The Doubletree should bring back concerts as they used to with Club Max adjoining the ballroom venue. As it currently stands, it's still a comfortable bar with friendly bartenders-just an odd place to end up unless you're passing through town and staying at the hotel. 2900 Chinden Blvd., 343-1871

35.6° The Ram
Tested: $4 Idaho Blonde in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-close
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m. and 10-12 p.m. ($2.50 pints)A huge wooden U-shaped bar emblazoned with high ceilings, neon lights, and mega television screens. This bar provides the ideal atmosphere for any sports fan and they brew their own beer, too. Ask them why you can't get our paper there anymore. (33 TVs, 2 video games, grabby claw) 709 E. Park Blvd., 345-2929.

35.7° Outback Steakhouse
Tested: $3.15 Bud in a frosted glass

Open:
M-F 4-11 p.m., Sa 3-11 p.m., Su 3-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m. ($1 off drinks)Known more for their steaks and shrimp right off the barbie, Outback has a great selection of beers on tap, including several from down under. Sit at the horseshoe-shaped bar and have a Bloomin' Onion with your brew. (One TV) 7189 W. Overland Rd., 323-4230.

35.7° Old Chicago (Downtown)
Tested: $2.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Th 11 a.m.-12 a.m., F-Su 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m., 11 p.m.-LateDowntown destination for the younger crowd. Supa' friendly staff, patio seating perfect for summer and checking out passersby. (16 TVs, 3 pool tables, foosball, 2 video games) 730 W. Idaho St., 363-0037.

35.7° Turner's Sports Bar
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
Sunday ($1.25 Bloody Marys)If you're looking for a neighborhood bar where 20-year customers are the norm, Turner's is the place to go, but it's also the kind of place that takes a while to warm up to strangers. (3 TVs, 2 pool tables, video game, 2 dart boards, horseshoe pit) 4022 W State St., 342-9090.

35.8° Buddie's Pub & Deli
Tested: $1.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 10-2 a.m., Su 10-12 a.m.Buddie's is a little hidden treasure. Surprisingly well-lit and stocked with Bath & Body Works soap in the women's restroom. Full of blonde wood bars and happy regulars, you can order a deli sandwich piled high with meats and cheeses for only $5. (4 TVs, 4 pool tables, 2 video games, 2 dart boards) 8654 W. Overland Rd., 658-0906.

35.8° Jim's Alibi
Tested: $1.25 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.Come down to the neighborhood and chill with the locals in the luscious backyard of this small, though spacious bar. Drinks are cheap, the folks are friendly and the hours make it a convenient time, anytime. The busiest bar for the middle of the day, and even busier in the morning as the night shift from Micron gets off. (5 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games, 2 dart boards, horseshoe pit, jukebox)2710 Broadway Ave., 342-9220.

35.8° Red Lobster
Tested: $3.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.Part of restaurant proper: well-lit, nautical theme, strong seafood smell wafting throughout. Probably too shiny for a good drink, but comfortable place to wait for a table while watching lobsters in the aquarium duke it out for a longer life span. (4 TVs) 550 N. Milwaukee St., 672-1188.

35.8° Smoky Mountain Pizza (Parkcenter)
Tested: $2.65 Coors in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6:30 p.m. (2 for 1 drafts)Friendly service, clean and smells great. A super outdoor patio and a nice game room provides surrogate parenting by the quarter. 415 E. Parkcenter Blvd., 429-0011.

35.9° Longhorn Lounge
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.Seems to be more of a place for talking to patrons than watching a game or drinking alone. Horseshoe-shaped bar is the definite centerpiece of the place, good for bands and dancing. (2 TVs, pool table, 3 video games, pinball, dart board) 458 W. 3rd, Kuna, 922-9767.

36.0° Smoky Mountain Pizza (Meridian)
Tested: $2.75 Coors in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
Happy Hour: 4-6:30 p.m. (2-for-1 drafts)Known more for its pizza and pasta, it is quickly becoming the place for white collar professionals to celebrate after defending a client in court or selling a development. Live music on Tuesdays. 114 Idaho St., Meridian, 884-1067.

36.1° The Plank
Tested: $1.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Th 11-1 a.m., F-Sa 11-2 a.m., Su 4 p.m.-12 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-7 p.m. ($2.25 drafts, $2 appetizers)The bar sports two patios, over 55 international beers and a jukebox with tunes you've never heard before. (2 TVs, pool table, 2 video games, dart board, jukebox) 650 S. Vista, 336-1790.

36.1° Smoky Mountain Pizza (Eagle)
Tested: $2.75 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 12-9 p.m.
Happy Hour: M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. (2-for-1)The cozy pizzeria atmosphere is casual and the smell of Italian cuisine almost forced us to end our beer quest and just indulge in food. 34 E. State St., Eagle, 939-0212.

36.3° 10th Street Station
Tested: $1.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Th 12 p.m.-1 a.m., F 12 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Sa 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Happy Hour:
5-7 p.m. ($1.25 draft, $2.25 wells, $5.50 pitchers)"If ever you're lonely... and searching a friend" (sing with us) "... come down to the wayside... my ear I will lend." You get the point? 10th Street is an absolute, must attend, would stay there forever if we wouldn't die from the smoke, kind of bar. And they'll even serve you popcorn. 104 N. 10th St., 344-2677.

36.3° Bittercreek Ale House
Tested: $3 Bud Light in a glass
Open:
Daily 11 p.m.-Late
Happy Hour:
9 p.m.-Close Bittercreek is always classy and busy with an ecclectic bunch of patrons. One of the best beer selections in Boise and fantastic bar food. Yummy! 246 N. 8th St., 345-1813.

36.3° Humpin' Hannah's
Tested: $2 Bud
Open:
W-F 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa 7 p.m.-2 a.m.In its 26th riotous year, Hannah's has a warm spot in many a Boisean's heart, including those of many of the BW staff. Sexy Rocci Johnson truly rocks. (5 TVs, 9 pool tables, and enough kitsch on the walls and hanging from the ceilings to keep you entertained for hours and hours) 621 Main St., 345-7557.

36.4° Stagecoach Inn
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-F 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sa 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Celebrating it's 45th anniversary this year, the Stagecoach is a Boise staple. Killer meatloaf plus the best wait staff in town hides out in this Garden City favorite. (3 TVs, 4 dart boards, 4 horseshoe pits, 4 shuffleboards) 3132 Chinden Blvd., 342-4161.

36.5° Kit Kat Club
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
4-7 p.m. ($1.50 beers)Good vibe, if you know what I mean! This place makes us realize how hard dancers work for their buck. Ante up, boys (and girls) and dig deep for the dancers. 4842 W. Franklin St., 888-7731.

36.5° Smoky Mountain Pizza (Overland)
Tested: $2.75 Coors in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Su 12-9 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4:30-6 p.m. (2-for-1 pints, wine, appetizers)Friendly staff, adept in the use of crayons. A great place to get a beer and a slice. It's clean, it's cool and Brad the bartender really knows his beers. 7609 Overland Rd., Ste 150, 323-0038.

36.5° Suds Tavern
Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
3-8 p.m. ($1.75 pints, $9 all you can drink Thursday nights)Blue carpet, blue tables, blue vinyl bar-padding, across from the Univeristy... BSU college bar? Most likely.(6 TVs, 2 pool tables, video game)1024 Broadway Ave., 345-9656.

36.6° The Loft
Tested: $1 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Sa 11 a.m.-late
Happy Hour:
11 a.m.-1 p.m., 5-7 p.m., 10 p.m.-2 a.m.In the former Manhattan Grill space. Lunch during the day, but at night it becomes a dance club. This place is huge. The service is friendly, the food is great. This is a huge place for a party or find yourself a corner for a more intimate evening. (5 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games) 622 W. Idaho St., 344-5223.

36.6° Four-E Bar
Tested: $1.25 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m. ($1 drafts, 25¢ off everything else)Small country bar with beer posters (mostly women in bikins) dominating the walls. Kind of place where patrons either keep to themselves or know everyone. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, foosball table, 3 video games, pinball, dart board, jukebox) 379 E. Main St., Kuna, 922-1853.

36.6° Jumpin' Janets
Tested: $2 Bud in glass
Open:
Daily 11-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-7 p.m. (2-for-1 wells, $5.50 pitchers)The best thing about Janet's is her retirement fund ... it's on the ceiling. We tried our hand at throwing tack-stuck dollars onto the ceiling but after 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. (3 TVs, 4 pool tables, foosball, 2 video games, 2 dart boards) 574 Vista Ave., 342-7620.

36.6° Village Pub
Tested: $1.75 Bud in a frosted mug
Open:
M-F 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 5-7 p.m. ($1.50 drafts)Sshhh. Loyal customers want to keep this place a secret. Dim but not dark, this is the prototype for a bar. Place is worn but fairly clean. (5 TVs, 3 pool tables, 2 video games, jukebox) 9936 Fairview Ave., 322-9153.

36.8° Brews Brothers
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-Late
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-8 p.m. (50¢ off drafts, $1 domestics, $2 drafts Monday)While reminiscent of a bowling alley, this clean, comfy beer bar is filled with mellow locals. A great beer selection including some cool taps. It's a beer drinker's rumpus room equipped with a jukebox. (4 TVs, shuffleboard) 6928 W. State St., 853-0526.

36.8° Eastside Tavern
Tested: $3 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sat 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 3-7p.m. ($2.50 wells, $2 domestics)An East End bar that is overlooked for the comfortable and cozy security it gives. Another D.K. tragedy from a few years ago. We kissed and made up recently (with the bar, not D.K.). Now let's celebrate with a party. Apparently it is "the Place" on Monday nights. (4 TVs, 3 pool tables, 2 video games, 3 dartboards, shuffleboard, free popcorn) 610 E. Boise Ave., 388-8700.

36.8° Fireside Inn
Tested: $1.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m.This is the new, new happenin' spot. Folks who've tired of Hyde Park's yuppie takeover have embraced this place as the "way it used to be." It's Northend mixed with locals, "the way a bar should be." They also have what seems to be the biggest cooler in Boise. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, foosball table, 7 video games, dart board, 2 shuffleboards) 1610 N. 31st St., 342-9075.

36.8° Shorty's Country & Western Saloon
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Su 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
2-6 p.m. (50¢ off )Shorty's sports a huge, tiled bar and the place is festooned with Christmas lights. This place is all country, all the time. It's like a theme-park version of a country bar. Good stage for bands. (2 TVs, 4 pool tables, 3 video games, dart boards) 5467 Glenwood, Garden City, 323-0555.

37.0° Symposion
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 1 p.m.-2 a.m., Su 4 p.m.-2 a.m.Anniversary Hour: M-Sa 4-6 p.m., Su 5-7 p.m. (1/2 off)They insisted on the "anniversary" bit. Why? Hmmm... head down, ask the barkeep and make sure to bring your dog (true story, it seems our little furry friends are finally making a little headway in the bar world). Just allow yourself an extra 30 minutes to find them.(One TV, 2 pool tables, 3 video games, dart board) 2801 Fletcher St., 342-9420.

37.0° Strikers (Meridian Bowling Lanes)
Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 3-6 p.m. ($1.50 drafts)A lot of locals here with a variety in clientele sauntering in from the bowling alley next door. If you're into darts and dart tournaments, they have 5 boards and plenty of competition. (4 TVs, video game, 4 faux slot machines, 5 dartboards, jukebox) 3245 Meridian Rd., Meridian, 888-6908.

37.0° The Pocket
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a frosted glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-7 p.m. ($1.75 domestics, $1.75 wells, $2.75 micros, $5.50 pitchers)Pool hall with a variety of people ranging in age. (7 TVs, 20 pool tables, 7 video games, dart board) 1487 N. Curtis Rd., 375-2474.

37.5° Busters Bar & Grill (Eagle)
Tested: $3 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m. (22 oz. beer for 16 oz. price)If you're looking for girls in day-glo pink tank tops, this is the place for you! Definitely a man's bar, with ladies galore and BSU everything. (8 TVs) 1396 E. State. St., Eagle, 938-1800.

37.5° Chili's bar & Grill
Tested: $3.50 16 oz. Bud in a frosted mug
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m.
Happy Hour:
3-6 p.m., 1/2 off tap, wells, domestics & margaritasIf you've been to one Chili's ... well, you know the rest. Cozy two person booths but the kitchen noise is a bit distracting. (3 TVs) 916 Broadway, 389-2200.

37.5° Lock, Stock & Barrel
Tested: $3.50 Coors lLght in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-M 4-9 p.m., T-Sa 4-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m. ($2.50 wells, $1 off everything else)Darkened neutral tones envelope the lounge-not the best place for a first date. Wine, wine wine! And a few good beers. For reflecting on life's finer moments-hey, they got a grand piano. (3 TVs) 1100 W. Jefferson, 336-4266.

37.7° Gaslight Lounge (20th Century Lanes)
Tested: $2.25 Bud in a chilled mug

Open: Daily 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: F-Sa 6 p.m. ($1 Coors, 6 for $5)Homey, with bowling pin and ball bar stools (quite possibly the coolest stools of all time). You can get a chocolate martini here, which is pretty freakin' classy for a bowling alley bar. (One TV, 2 video games, dart board) 4712 W. State St., 342-8695.

37.7° Dutch Goose
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m. ($1.50 domestic)This place has everything. It's a great bar to watch or play sports in. The patio is huge and the pits are top notch. Both the cook and the bartender are good, friendly guys. This is also Boise's Raiders bar. (7 TVs, 3 pool tables, 2 foosball tables, 4 video games, 2 dart boards, 3 horseshoe pits and air hockey) 3515 W. State Street, 342-8887.

37.8° Chili's bar & Grill
Tested: $3.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 3-6 p.m. (1/2 priced margaritas and drafts, 50¢ buffalo wings)Serious drinkers and barflies won't like it, but it's nice to visit. Not super busy, but look at all the pretty bottles behind the bar. We broke up with our honey in a Chili's once ... (here it comes) Now all we want is our "baby back, baby back, baby back ..." 7995 W. Franklin, 327-0088.

37.8° Cottonwood Grille
Tested: $3 Bud Light in a glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m. (50¢ off domestics)Upscale yet unpretentious quality restaurant and bar. One of the beat patios in town as it's on the Green Belt. Most expensive salt and pepper shakers for a bar ever. (2 TVs) 913 W. River St., 333-9800. www.cottonwoodgrille.com.

37.8° Harry's of Hyde Park
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a frosted glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-Late
Happy Hour:
M-F 5-7, 9-11 p.m. ($1.50 draft) Classic neighborhood bar in Hyde Park. Dog-friendly patio, great food specials, awesome service. (6 televisions, pool table, 2 video games) 1501 N. 13th St., 336-9260.

37.8° Overland Bar
Tested: $1 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.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 a schmuck's corner: nudes on black velvet hanging on the walls? Karaoke daily. (2 TVs, pool table, shuffleboard) 3907 Overland Rd., 336-4707.

37.8° Stonehouse
Tested: $2 32 oz. Bighorn Light in a plastic cup
Open:
Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
Weekdays 4-7 p.m.Pool, pool, pool and gargantuan house-brews (well, brewed next door at the RAM) that won't put a dent in your wallet. With beers running this large and cheap, a taxi ride home may be advisable. (6 TVs, 6 pool tables, 2 video games, jukebox) 665 E. Park Blvd., 345-2173.

37.9° Applebee's
Tested: $3.70 Bud in a chilled glass

Open: Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m.
Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m., 9-LateThe bar area gets quiet on a Sunday evening in Eagle, though we've heard it can be a hot spot at the Eagle Road-Fairview Avenue mecca on a busy night. Trivial Pursuit cards are conveniently located every few feet along the bar for mental stimulation, or perhaps to test your mental decline as the night progresses. (4 TVs) 1460 N. Eagle Rd., Eagle, 855-0343.

37.9° Da Vinci's
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 4-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m. ($2 drafts)Situated at the front of a very historic building in Eagle, DaVinci's bar is really more of a waiting area for the dining room. Our eyes are repeatedly drawn to the chalkboard drawing advertising Starbuck's new liqueur. The artist should submit a cover for BW. (2 TVs)190 E. State St., Eagle, 939-2500.

38.1° Tom Grainey's
Tested: $2 Bud in a glass
Open:
Daily 3 p.m.-CloseFriendly service and old-timey feel make this downtown landmark a favorite destination for all ages. As a venue for local music this place is great with two stages for the price of one, which Monday through Thursdays is now free. (One TV, 2 pool tables, 2 video games) 109 S. 6th St., 345-2505.

38.2° Bada Boom!
Tested: $3 Miller in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-7 p.m. (2 for 1)A full throttle mini P-Diddy house party outfitted with prime dance space, three bars and your very own "live-in room" complete with couches and arcades for those breaks between bustin' a move. (8 TVs, pool table, 2 video games) 928 Main St., 336-9100.

38.3° Mo's 127 Club
Tested: $2.25 Bud n a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
11 a.m.-7 p.m. ($1.50 drafts)Country music, country darts, country beer and country pool. The locals are well acquainted with the bar, frequently shaking their tail feathers to live bands on the weekend. (4 TVs, 4 pool tables, 2 dartboards) 127 E. Idaho St., Meridian, 884-0122.

38.4° Brick Oven Bistro
Tested: $2.50 Coors Light
Open:
Su-Tu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., W-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.A Boise original-you're a true local if you refuse to call it anything other than the Beanery. Awesome food and beer good enough to satisfy any hops lover. Great patio dining with view of the Grove, the fountain and the excitement of downtown. (1 TV) 801 N. Main St., 342-3456.

38.4° Stubs Sports Pub
Tested: $3 Bud in a frosted mug
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m.With 15 TVs, two of which are in the bathroom, you have to wonder about where the direction of our society (at least Stub's clientele) is headed. We were tempted to ask if we could channel surf for synchronized swimming, but the men at the bar had us a bit nervous. (15 TVs, pool table, video game) 12505 Chinden Blvd., 378-8273.

38.6° Ha' Penny Irish Pub and Grill
Tested: $3.25 Bud Light in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 11-12 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. (2 for 1 wells, $1 off drafts)Irish-style grub, local music, no cover, ever. Comfortable bar with nice decor and 24 beers on tap. Lively atmosphere, attentive service and the occasional band. (7 TVs, pool table, video game) 855 Broad St., Ste. 250, 343-5568.

38.8° Ben's Crow Inn
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 10 a.m.-LateThe Inn hasn't changed a molecule in years-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. A great big fenced-in patio with a wiffleball pitch and jukebox with a whole bunch of mullet-waving, beer-drinking songs. Always a cool Hog out front, too. (2 TVs) 6781 Warm Springs Ave., 342-9669.

38.8° Q's Billiards and Eatery
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
4-7 p.m. ($1.75 wells & pounders)Q's is a Boise standard that defines the term "pool hall." You'll probably hear Ted Nugent blasting in the back ground as you drink your brews and line up your balls for the next shot. Focus is on games (hence the bar's name) but nice to relax if you're not playing. Well lit but too smoky. (5 TVs, 11 pool tables, foosball, 7 video games) 6570 Fairwiew Ave., 322-9122.

38.9° Flying Pie (Fairview Ave.)
Tested: $2.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.Just about the same pizza as the other location ... meaning great. Superb beer selection and gourmet pies, the friendliest barkeep I visited and hey, they're even shooting for the World Record's largest ball of tinfoil (currently a 66 pounder)-a definite must see. And, everday is a different Name Day, so if you drive by and see your name, you get to stop in and make your own pizza! (2 TVs, 4 video games, pinball) 6508 Fairview Ave., 345-0000.

39.0° Characters (in the Red Lion Downtown)
Tested: Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4:30-6:30 p.m. ($2.25 Miller Lite pints)A nice hotel atmosphere with a sunken bar and decent decor (for a hotel bar). You could be anywhere when you're here if you ignored the BSU paraphernalia. Free popcorn and a surprisingly rockin' jukebox. (9 TVs, 2 pool tables, foosball table, 2 video games, 2 dartboards) 1800 Fairview Ave, in the Red Lion Downtown, 344-7691.

39.0° River Rock Alehouse
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 10 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 10-12 a.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 4-6 p.m. ($2 beers)For a $20 annual fee, you can be a part of the Mug Club and have a mug inscribed with your name that holds four extra ounces of liquid gold, not to mention the power to impress the ladies with your "regular" status. (4 TVs) 228 E. Plaza Rd., Eagle, 938-4788.

39.0° Shaker's
Tested: $2.75 Bud Light in a chilled glass

Open: M-F 3 p.m.-2 a.m., Sa-Su 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: 4:30-6:30 p.m. (2-for-1 wells, domestics, appetizers)Maybe Shakers will change the track record of business turnover in this location. But then again, how quickly will the cowgirl dancing on bars stay interesting? Hopfully forever. YeeeeHaawwww! For now it's good fun, good drinks and food specials anyway. (8 TVs, 2 pool tables, foosball, video game, dart board, shuffleboard) 199 N. 8th St., 395-7000.

39.2° Angell's Bar & Grill
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a frosted glass

Open:
M-Sa 11:30 a.m.-12 a.m., Su 5-9 p.m.Dress it up or come in casual, you'll find a place in this bar either way. A great place to take that potential client and lather on the schmooze. It's even a great place to hide out in the big, soft seats. (3 TVs, fishing poles everywhere) 909 Main St., 342-4900. www.angellsbarandgrill.com.

39.2° Sockeye Grill & Brewery
Tested: $2.50 Cutthroat Kolsch in a frosted glass

Open: Daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour: Mon-Fri 5-6:30 p.m. ($2.50 pints)You get a great view of the brewery from the bar or you can take you hand crafted beer and food and sit out on the patio. But you can't read a Boise Weekly there. "The Man" doesn't like the open-minded discussion of liberal issues in our pages. (3 TVs, 4 pool tables, 9 foosball tables, 9 video games, 4 dart boards, 4 horseshoes, 7 shuffleboards) 3019 Cole Rd., 658-1533.

39.2° Piper Pub & Grill
Tested: $3.25 Coors in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 11-12 a.m., Su 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-Sa 3-6 p.m. (weekly specials)Perfect place to perch and watch Boise's downtown action and the annual Twilight Critierium. Rebecca Scott on the deck every Thursday. (5 TVs) 150 N. 8th St., 343-2444.

39.3° The Gamekeeper Lounge
Tested: $2.75 Fat Tire in a chilled pilsner glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Su 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
3-6 p.m. ($2 beers)Old school swank and deep booths to relax and enjoy a cocktail in. They also have a self-enclosed cigar room to puff away your troubles. (One TV, piano) 1109 Main St., 343-4611.

39.3° Louie's
Tested: $3 Bud
Open:
M-Sa: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m. ($1 domestics)Get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown or escape the kids upstairs slingin' spaghetti at the restaurant above and in the basement bar. You've got a great reason with bowls of peanuts and popcorn. (2 TVs, 2 video games) 620 W. Idaho St., 344-5200.

39.3° Mai Thai
Tested: $2.75 Bud Light in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 5-9:30 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-Sa 5-6:30 ($2.50 wells and domestics, $3 appetizers and margaritas)Hip and colorful, trendy and swank, it's downtown atmosphere is perfect for a bite and perhaps a groovy cocktail or beer beneath the palm frond fan. (One TV) 750 Idaho St., 344-8424.

39.4° O'Michael's Pub and Grill
Tested: $2.50 Bud in a frosted glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Su 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
4-6 p.m.O'Michael's is Boise's oldest Irish bar. With it's green lamps, stuffed animal heads and cool, clean, good-smelling atmosphere, it's the place to stop for an Irish coffee after a day of skiing or for a cold beer after a day of hiking up at Bogus. (4 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games) 2433 Bogus Basin Rd., 342-8948.

39.5° Art's Rosebud Tavern
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open: Daily 9 a.m.-2 a.m.In prior lives, the State Street icon has been a gas station and barber shop. Check out the pics of young servicemen and women that line the walls, most of them are still customers today. This well-worn, friendly place has a great horseshoe-shaped bar. You'll feel right at home here, complete with spaghetti feeds and an adopted family. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games, dartboard, jukebox) 3931 State St.

39.6° Mike's Hillcrest Lounge
Tested: $2.50 Coors in a chilled glass
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11-2 a.m.Natural light, anyone? Tinted windows forced a perpectual twilight-the closest thing to a mob-like joint we've seen. (4 TVs, pool table, 2 video games) 5264 Overland Rd., 345-5572.

39.6° Lucky 13
Tested: $2.50 Bud Light in a plastic cup
Open:
Su-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m, F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m.One of the best patios in town. Outdoorsy young'ins fill the place. Bitchin' pizza to be had in this classic people-watching locale. 1602 N. 13th St., 344-6967.

39.6° Spearmint RHino
Tested: $3 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour:
3-8 p.m. ($1.50)This strip club, ahem, bikini bar is the Starbucks of bikini bars with suited bouncers wearing head sets and "Stars" regularly coming to town to perform. Seductive lighting accentuates the main stage, and it even has a fireplace to help get ya hot, not that you need anything else. (2 TVs, 2 pool tables, video game) 1500 W. Grove St., 426-8229.

39.7° Double Eagle
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Happy Hour:
NASCAR days ($1.50 drafts)Good locals bar with excellent snacks and a firepit in the back where the beer boxes are burned. The night we visited, they were calling it the Triple Eagle because of the farewell Eagle's concert on the giant TV. The men's restroom has two, count 'em two, condom machines. Double the pleasure. (3 TVs, 2 pool tables, 2 video games, dart board, 2 horseshoe pits) 2825 W. State St., Eagle, 939-0559.

39.6° Emerald Lanes
Tested: $2.25 Bud in a plastic cup
Open:
Su-Th 12-11 p.m., F-Sa 12 p.m.-1 a.m.Bowling alley bar with a very friendly staff. (22 TVs, 7 pool tables, foosball table, 15 video games, dart board, air hockey table) 4860 W. Emerald, 344-2695.

39.7° Charlie Brown's
Tested: $1.75 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:

Open: Daily 7 a.m.-2 a.m.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 has a big bar with bumper stickers adorning the coolers behind the bar. (8 televisions, 3 pool tables, foosball table, 6 video games, 3 dart boards, jukebox) 5783 Overland Rd., 322-9896.

39.9° Red Eye Saloon
Tested: $2 Bud in a chilled glass
Open:
Daily 9 a.m.-3 a.m.
Happy Hour:
5-7 p.m. ($2 drafts and bottles)Dark with no windows, perfect for losing track of time. Made for watching a band or NASCAR on satellite, it has a country bar vibe and friendly staff. Elbow pads at bar add a nice touch. Serves food after bar shuts down at 9 p.m. (2 TVs, pool tabale, 3 video games, pinball, dart board) 414 W. Main, Kuna, 922-9797.

39.9° Willow Creek Grill & Java
Tested: $3 Coors Light in a chilled glass
Open:
M-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Happy Hour:
M-F 3-6 p.m. ($1 off beer/wine)It's been described as having a "downtown atmosphere" on Vista. Yep, not far off. Simple, elegant, Dawson Taylor coffee served on the outdoor patio. Beer and wine recommendations listed with each menu item. (3 TVs) 2273 S. Vista Ave., Ste 150, 343-5544.

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