In early 2020, the folks behind Western Collective in Garden City had an ambitious plan: expand into Boise with an outpost at the 10,500-square-foot space formerly located by the Old Spaghetti Factory (610 W. Idaho St.). When the pandemic hit, they put that plan on hold, ultimately opting fo…

A Tale of Two Taprooms: Over the years, Chinden Boulevard has transformed into a bit of a hip strip, not the least due to a swath of breweries and wineries that line the road. Founded in 2015, Barbarian Brewing was one of the first to start this transformation. The reception by locals was so…

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Where is it? Tucked behind a Red Robin and overlooking the Parkcenter Pond might not be the first place you look for one of Boise's best restaurants and bars, but it should be now. Barbacoa is located far enough from downtown that the regular Boise bustle can seem far away, but there is neve…

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Walking up to Water Bear Bar in downtown Boise feels a bit like walking up to the front door of an old hotel, complete with gold-colored door frames and red-hued marble on the shiny retail level of the downtown building.

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Home state homage: Idaho is built into this brewery from the ground up, starting with an iconic namesake—the Payette River, which originates in the Sawtooth mountains at the center of the state. The river is well-known for its world-class recreation, and if you're out running the river, you …

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What's In a Name: It might seem like an obvious connection to make, but Whiskey Bar is the Treasure Valley's home for dark liquor. It has a massive selection of whiskey, Scotch and bourbon behind the bar—more than 200 bottles strong. Its bartenders put those bottles to full use, and have fil…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Two towns, both alike in dignity and proximity to mountainous activities, are bound by a single brewery. White Dog Brewing Co. was originally founded in Bozeman, Montana, but opened a second location in Boise in 2017. The owners acquired brewing equipment left over from…

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Cross-County Appeal: Not many local watering holes are successful enough to spawn multiple locations, but PreFunk Beer Bar is one of them. With one location in downtown Boise and another in downtown Nampa, PreFunk holds a special place in the hearts of the owners of 1A and 2C plates alike.

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