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Bars and nightlife in Boise

Top bars

American Restaurant
“These days, the foodie and restaurant world is abuzz with buzzwords. “Local,” “sustainable,” and “hand-crafted” get tossed around more than a good salad. Well, it is one thing to say it and another thing to live it. So when, after 23 years of starting and running restaurants, my wife Amanda and I first started playing with the idea of Fork, we knew it would take a lot of effort to make these words mean something. And that’s what we’re trying to do, by making the ideas—the big ideas—behind these words not just marketing slogans, but at the core of how we spend our day.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Latin American Restaurant
“Barbacoa’s culinary delights are a tribute to the rancher and cowboy of the Pacific Northwest. Basically, “Barbacoa” as a restaurant celebrates the influence of: The Vaqueros of Spain The Gaucho of Argentina The Llanero of the Brazilian Plains The Charro of Mexico”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
“Bittercreek is a great go to for local food, drinks, and a great atmosphere. Located in the heart of downtown, Bittercreek has been a Boise favorite for years!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Lounge
“Great food and drink selection. Have an exceptional brunch menu on the weekend”
  • 35 locals recommend
Brewery
“Right in the action of downtown Boise. One of our oldest brewpubs, churning out award winning beers and delicious pub grub. This 10 barrel brewhouse and our hop-king headbrewer Shawn Kelso make this brewpub the hoppiest place in Idaho and a hub for all your pre-game warm-ups, post-adventure hunger, and quaffing needs. Come crush a beer with us in downtown Boise!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“13th Street Pub & Grill is located in the historical Hyde Park region of Boise’s North End. Patrons enjoy open-air, patio and fireside seating for a comfortable year-round dining experience. The Pub is known for it’s relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and large selection of delicious menu items. Huge selection of local/regional beers on tab, excellent food, locally-sourced whenever possible. One of our favorite places! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
“One of the best restaurants and bars in town is located in this trendy hotel in Boise's Linen District. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“This place is hard to describe. Pool tables in one room and live music in the other. It's slightly elegant and a fun mix of young and old. Don't be surprised if you find yourself partner dancing with someone twice or half your age. ”
  • 30 locals recommend

Nightclubs

Lounge
“Great food and drink selection. Have an exceptional brunch menu on the weekend”
  • 35 locals recommend
Bar
“So we have a Ruth's Chris now but this is like the local version of that. If you have some money you really want to spend, then this is the place for you!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“From their description: Trendy late-night venue offering a full bar with nightly live indie bands in a laid-back atmosphere. That pretty much sums it up!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“We like Amsterdam because it is a lively bar downtown with great drinks and an nice atmosphere. It also has shuffleboard which is fun.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“If you like comedy and love to laugh I would highly recommend catching a show while you are in town. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
“Boise's iconic gay bar and nightclub. Drag shows, dancing, karaoke and more”
  • 7 locals recommend
Night Club
“I'm sorry but this might get a bit graphic. This place is one of my favorites for going out and dancing! On the weekends they have the Rocci Johnson Band playing semi-decent covers from a wide variety of classic songs (think Usher, Blink 182, etc.). If you are lucky, Rocci Johnson herself may be singing which is always a sight (she was doing this when my dad was in high school). You'll find bras hanging from the ceiling and on the weekends they usually are handing out, ahem, sex toys to random people next to the stage. Go early to get a good spot.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“A boise tradition, not much to look at from the outside, but good steaks, halibut bites, and the a full bar with great pours. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Music venues

Garden
“Highly recommend taking a stroll through this beautiful garden, touring the old penitentiary, and catching an outdoor concert in the Spring and/or Summer. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Plaza
“Nothing is sweeter than waking up with a "bowl of soul" and your fur pal on a spring morning at Java in Hyde Park! Confetti eggs is a good breakfast to share too!”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
“This place is hard to describe. Pool tables in one room and live music in the other. It's slightly elegant and a fun mix of young and old. Don't be surprised if you find yourself partner dancing with someone twice or half your age. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Plaza
“Access local food, cafe's, and view points such as Paria, Goody’s, Java Coffee, Hyde Perk, 13th St. Grill, Dunia, and the Camel’s Back at the end of the Hyde Park strip.”
  • 13 locals recommend
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