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.
From breakfast burritos to nocturnal burgers, this Boise Weekly-lauded American-fare oasis keeps stomach growls at bay with hearty plates of food. Slapped onto sourdough, heaped with pastrami, and slathered with ranch and swiss, burger hogs the spotlight, though it's also available as its unadorned, Platonic ideal self.
Every night, Brew 52 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 jalapenos, 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.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality, spiced Italian preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the spicy shrimp and chicken, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
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.
Oftentimes, sipping on a cold beer is just something to enjoy?not something to ponder the origins of. But for the two guys behind Kilted Dragon Brewing, it's a labor of love. When Jeremy Canning and Cory Matteucci met, they shared a common interest, not just in homebrewing, but in brewing something different. Joining forces, the two eventually outgrew their homebrew rigs and upgraded on all fronts?starting their brewery in a large space with brand-new equipment and eventually launching a tap house, where they can regularly be found pulling pours. Today, the two hand craft a dozen unique, original beers, including seasonal favorites that rotate through the taps throughout the year.