Bardenay's: A Distillery!
Bardenay’s could be listed under restaurants, but it’s also a bar and a distillery of rum, gin, and vodka, and the atmosphere is more like a bar than a restaurant. The founders had to get Idaho laws changed in order to open their own distillery legally, so a lot of work went into this place! On the menu you’ll find a large appetizer selection, soup, sandwiches, fish tacos, satays, hummus with pitas, etc. – upscale pub food.
My favorite dish is the appetizer of clams steamed with wine, garlic, and chorizo, a Basque sausage that’s popular here. Most items are under $10, but it's possible to spend more (the beef fillet is close to $20).
This picture was taken by my sister, Stephanie.
The Big Easy.: Music and booze.
No, this isn't named after Christina Aguilara, although you might find a few of them around there .
This is actually a concert house and it has a nifty bar and dance floor, plenty of small venue bands perform here regularly and a few big names come here for a close nit performance.
It is named after New Orleans for some reason.
Dress Code: If there is a hip hop concert, wear baggy clothes with a baseball cap pulled low. If it is a raggae concert, get some yellows and reds with dreadlocks.
Tom Grainey's and J.T. Toad's.: Live music and crowds.
This one is decent, it is a two level club where there is a band playing on the main floor and one in the basement on the weekends. I am guessing that the better band is on the main floor and the inferior one gets the basement, I could be wrong though.
Dress Code: It's casual, you won't find too many trendy clubs that have a dress code in Boise.
Boogie Woogies: Duelling pianos
It's a pretty wild bar/restaurant on the weekends, they have three pianos players taking requests. Probably the most lively place on saturday night.
Haven't tried the food yet.
Dress Code: Dress like you will be drunk later.
Bittercreek Ale House: What a Tap Selection!
A tap selection that changes almost daily, focusing on regional beers with a particular emphasis on the more interesting seasonals produced by Idaho breweries. That's awesome. Then there's the "low power happy hour," where the lights are turned down and both beer and food is put on special. Even better. Then there's the "beer flights," which allows you to try several, somewhat similar selections from their large draft menu. Fantastic!
This is my favorite place in Boise and is one of my favorite beer bars in the country. Like everything else in Boise, it's very laid-back and unpretentious. You don't have to be a beer snob to drink here. If you're just a little curious, the staff is happy to explain things to you. And if, like me, you are a beer snob, they can tell you everything you want to know about the beer they serve and answer all your stupid questions.
The really cool thing here is that the food is actually great. They make their own french fries (I don't know how you couldn't in Boise), but also make their own ketchup. And it's discounted during the happy hour!
Dress Code: Casual
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THE FLICK'S: Film, Food and Beer!
The Flick's is a great place to watch a film. It reminded me of the Alamo Draft House in Austin a place to eat, drink and watch an alternative film. A good evening out!
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PI: Pizza and live music!
PI is a really cool club set in downtown Boise. Great live music venue. Great beer selection and Pizza restaurant.
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