Bars in Idaho

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Castle Ranch's menu features beef from the local Double R Ranch, locally sourced Idaho ingredients, and a respectable wine list to complement any entree. Meat lovers can sink a fork in the 8-ounce filet mignon ($26.95), while pescatarians can savor true Western flavor with a boneless, speckled-brown Idaho trout, tossed with capers, lemon, and brown butter ($15.95), each served with seasonal vegetables and a choice of cheddar hash, hand-cut fries, or a baked russet potato. For lighter eating, venture into the sandwiches and salads selection and try the steak sandwich, Double R sirloin with crispy beer-battered onion rings on sourdough, served with fries ($14.95), or a classic caesar salad with romaine, parmesan, ciabatta croutons, and caesar vinaigrette ($5.95).

3300 S Vista Ave
Boise,
ID
US

Whitewater Pizza & Pasta’s chefs know how to build a unique pie. They first roll out a regular, sourdough, or gluten-free crust, which adds a unique personal touch to classic pizzas simply topped with pepperoni or cheese. But it's the specialty pies that really reflect the culinary team's creativity—the Maui pizza, for example, swaps out traditional sauce for a sweet chili base, creating a sweet-yet-tangy flavor profile that's matched by toppings like chicken, pineapple, red onion, and bacon. Meanwhile, the taco pie forgoes a sauce base altogether. Instead, it derives flavor from a layer of refried beans, a perfect foundation for the toppings that follow: ground beef, olives, crumbled corn chips, cheese, and a side of salsa. Other pizzas include ingredients like garlic alfredo sauce, slivered almonds, and even Thai peanut-ginger sauce.

But despite the uniqueness of its pizzas, Whitewater's pastas aren't to be overlooked. Homemade alfredo and fresh basil add an extra-layer of richness to plates of cheese tortellini, while baked penne arrives with a medley of sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and artichoke hearts. And the dining room is just as vibrant as the cuisine: a pinball machine and dart boards provide plenty of entertainment and can also settle disputes over who gets the last slice and who has to be content eating the napkins.

3223 E Louise Dr.
Meridian,
ID
US

The Ha' Penny Bridge Pub takes its name from a Dublin fixture: the Liffey Bridge. But its name and Samuel Beckett fan page is not the only way the pub pays homage to Ireland. The menu showcases authentic Irish recipes, while the bar pours Irish imports fresh from taps. While traditional pub meals are well represented on the menu by dishes such as bacon cheeseburgers, French dips, and chicken wings, what stands out are the pub's Irish fare and specialties. Cod arrives battered in beer with a side of crisp fries or house-made chips, and house tartar and cocktail sauces. A sausage trio showcases English bangers, Polish kielbasa, and German bratwurst, while the shepherd's pie bursts forth with lamb, beef, and veggies.

Meanwhile, amid live music, big screen TVs, and a lively atmosphere, patrons can sip on two-dozen draught beers. Domestic microbrews include Californian and Oregonian ales, while imports include Irish favorites Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's, alongside Boddingtons, Bass, Newcastle, and other seasonal brews. And in addition to a slate of bottled classics—including standards such as Budweiser or Coors—the bar also hosts a well-stocked cabinet of liquors and scotches.

855 West Broad Street
Boise,
ID
US

Every night, Brew52 throws open its doors and beckons revelers inside with generous specials, live music, and a menu of pub fare and pours. Its burgers are dressed with jalapeños, mushrooms, guacamole, various cheeses, and the house’s special beer-barbecue sauce. Burritos and tacos share the stage with fish and chips baskets, and the bar makes space for several wines, a few bottles of water that dream of holding alcohol, and more than 40 beers, including selections from Rogue, Mad River, and Red Hook. Throughout the week, Brew 52 transforms into a venue for poker tournaments, dance lessons, trivia nights, and songs dedicated to the karaoke machine.

501 South Main Street
Meridian,
ID
US

The sun is a constant presence at Twisp Cafe & Coffee House, flooding in the windows in the morning to shake the drowsiness from commuters and hovering overhead as diners stop in for lunch. The recently retooled menu spills over with Mediterranean-inspired options, including pizza dotted with olives and fresh basil, falafel sandwiches, and flaky baklava made in-house. These pair with energizing drinks, such as salted-caramel lattes and huckleberry white mochas. Visitors can make use of the free WiFi or stop by for frequent events, including acoustic musicians, book signings, and chances to take a ride in the bean roaster.

23505 E Appleway Ave
Liberty Lake,
WA
US

Woodriver Cellars’ vine alchemists pluck the fruits of their scenic vineyard in the Snake River Appellation to create a full suite of wines. Visitors to the rustic tasting room lounge upon dark, wooden furniture near a stone hearth, enjoying hors d’oeuvres and sips of the winery’s vintages, which include chardonnay blends, reislings, merlots, and malbecs. Eye-catching works from local artists line the tasting room’s walls as the resonant sounds of regular live musicians tickle ears. The expansive vineyard grounds act as a pastoral vista for weddings and parties, containing a quartet of bocce courts for friendly competition or tense discussions over whether a grapefruit can be used as a substitute ball.

3705 Highway 16
Eagle,
ID
US