The kitchen staff at Woody’s Pub and Grill specializes in the time-tested art of putting meat between bread. They pile high five types of burgers and six signature sandwiches, which patrons taste in the communal pub atmosphere. Specialties include a house-smoked and hand-pulled Baja-style BBQ with smoked pork, chicken, and beef, as well as sliders, carne burritos, and a range of other daily selections.
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.
Monkey Bizness is an indoor family play place for achieving safe, physically active good times. Open play includes access to all 13,000 square feet of interactive inflatables and play structures within this fortress of familial felicity. Freed from the clutches of video games and imagination-zapping electronics, young explorers can rampantly tunnel and slide their way to an afternoon of entertainment. Just as a cave of wonders requires a secret passcode, a waiver of liability must be signed by everyone who enters Monkey Bizness, and socks must be worn at all times. Since there are no lifeguards on duty, parents or guardians must serve as spotters and bodyguards.
While other restaurants focus on flipping tables, Legends Pub & Grill strives to make lingering into a habit. Located within the Edwards 21 Cinemas complex, it lures crowds with a revelry-inducing environment that focuses on supporting local sports. Banners for Boise high schools dangle from the terracotta-red and cerulean-blue space's high ceiling, and jerseys and black-and-white photographs adorn the walls. And thanks to scattered televisions, patrons can rest assured that they will never miss a Boise State Broncos game. Beyond the wood-toned dining area, a separate space is filled with pool tables, dart boards, air hockey machines, and arcade games.
To keep conversations lively, Legends' bartenders mix specialty cocktails and pour pints of microbrews from northwestern breweries such as Deschutes. At the center of everything is a something-for-everyone menu of eclectic comfort foods. In addition to various pub staples—including fish and chips and Angus burgers—the cooks prepare internationally inspired dishes such as roasted red pepper hummus and grilled salmon with a ginger-honey glaze.
Wood accents backdrop the bar and highlight the interior design at Opa Lounge, where signature cocktails meet Mediterranean comestibles in a long, crimson corridor. Hanging lamps, assembled from ruby-red gems that tint the bulbs' light, illuminate turkish-coffee martinis and the signature Opatinis, just two letters away from being the thing Oprah declines to put on her magazine cover next month. The low-lit Opa is part of Cazba, its sister restaurant. Cazba's cloud murals, cream-colored arches, and serving staff cultivate a tranquil complement to the lounge's spirits and bold, abstract design. The two share a menu.
Kaleidoscopic mosaics of the round gems found on Opa's lamps also line the border of the decorated ceiling fixtures and usher in a rainbow of light behind the bar, which spans the long, narrow space. Even the ceiling is decked out in painted designs and structural accents. When they look up, guests peer past a light-blue mural and into a vertical, scarlet-hued chamber topped with a skylight, which is what Americans first called Sputnik.
With six tables and room for up to 115 guests, Shak Billiards' pool hall is an idyllic spot for pool sharks and spectators alike. There's little reason to just watch pool, though, with so many other games to play, from foosball and darts to arcade games and lottery machines. That being said, spectating is pretty tempting in the bar, where three HD flat-screens and one widescreen projector show the night's biggest games.
To nourish fans through wins and losses, cooks season burgers with Cajun spices, smother slow-cooked Hawaiian pork with barbecue sauce, and craft Philly-style cheesesteaks with teriyaki-glazed beef. Bartenders complement each feast with an extensive selection of beer, wine, and blended drinks, including Red Bull sours and sake margaritas.