With more than two decades of dance experience, instructors Alex and Svetlana Ioukhnel lead a seven-person team that nurtures students’ toe-taps in a variety of group dance classes and parties seven days a week. Groups of 5–25 practice sultry swings in two hardwood-floor ballrooms, while others swivel popular Latin nightclub dancers in salsa sessions, or mimic the rhythmic steps of the forest's slyest steppers and best big-band dancers in the foxtrot classes. In progressive waltz gatherings, Alex imparts graceful steps that illuminate dance floors at weddings and black-tie events. Meanwhile, themed parties let students showcase their new moves and make friends, with exhibitions, games, refreshments, and prizes. Pass bearers mix and match Bravo Dance Studio’s class and party offerings so they can study one discipline in depth or meld numerous steps into one celebratory dance for successfully finding the TV remote.
With weekly entertainment and nightly televised sports action, Jock's Sports Bar & Grill activates patrons’ fun sensors while enticing their taste buds with a classic grill menu. Invite a date, best bud, or favorite teddy bear to join in an appetizer such as Jock's nachos piled high with beef, gooey cheese, and jalapeños ($5.95). Entrees, including the half-pound deep-fried fish sandwich ($6.95) and the grilled ham-and-cheese ($4.50) become even more indulgent beside sides such as the beer-battered onion rings ($3.50).
Fresh from new ownership and remodeling, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill's spacious interiors house a menu of flavorsome bar eats and a bevy of beverages. Start with an appetizer such as the onion petals ($5.99), their crisp, golden appearance mimicking the treasured Scallion Bowl trophy, or collect the bar's all-star starters in the diverse Tailgater Ultimate Sampler ($12.49), which arrives sidekicked with your choice of assistant dipping sauces. Fresh Angus beef bedecks burgers such as the half-pound All-American ($5.99, $6.99 with cheese) and the bacon-stacked black and blue burger ($8.99). Comfortably decorate your digestive cave with the Tailgaters Surf & Turf Classic ($19.99), its prime bistro fillet and beer-battered cod capably flanked by potatoes, colorful mixed veggies, and a soup or salad.
The Bard's Town blends two households, both alike in dignity, yet separate all the same. A theatre on one side, and a restaurant on the other, The Bard's Town is not a dinner theatre, as dishes never find their way into the staging space. Contrary to what the name might suggest, The Bard’s Town Theatre chooses to pay homage to Shakespeare not by performing his plays, but by following in his footsteps and creating new work. This mission has resulted in the performance of several world premiers, short plays, and the Obie-award winning A Bright New Boise.
In the self-contained restaurant, a raucous menu full of hearty dishes and Shakespearean puns abounds. Prologues (appetizers) include dishes such as Titus Nacho-nicus, while main course dishes include The Mushroom of Venice burger with Swiss cheese and mushrooms, and The Steakspeare—an 8-ounce Shell Island steak coated in original rub. Epilogues (desserts) include homemade gooey butter cake and key lime pie.
Four Pegs Beer Lounge enshrines an impressive arsenal of craft beers—there are about 12 of them on tap—and pub fare within its casual lounge décor of sturdy high-legged chairs, and elegant, Depression-era bartop. The cozy lounge structure in which Four Pegs set up shop exudes an old-school charm. The building's rich history dates back to 1935, when the memory of Prohibition was still fresh in patrons' minds, movie tickets cost a nickel, and life was still in black-and-white. Barkeeps mind shop behind a polished hardwood countertop, as guests sip satisfying liquid refreshment from breweries such as Founders, Dogfish Head, and Three Floyd's. The back-room arcade cabinets beckon drinkers and diners after they join beer and burger in delicious mealtime matrimony, officiated by the tempting menu of hearty pub starters and sandwiches.
Set to the warm, soaring treble of carefully selected ballroom music, Ballroom East’s certified instructors, Linda Jackson and Charles Jones, glide across straw-hued expanses of hardwood before the towering mirrors in their studio. The maestros, who have studied in the United States and Europe for more than 20 years, introduce duos to rug-cutting fundamentals in lessons that last between 45–60 minutes on Wednesday or Friday night. Pupils mingle with up to 55 fellow dancers or recruit potential stars for their bubble-wrap-stomping team. After instructors guide male and female students through respective steps, they pair them up to practice. Students can twirl closely with their accompanying partner or chatter with new friends as they switch throughout the class. Each month, curriculums explore a new dance, supplying students with plenty of new moves to whip out during weddings or after procuring a coveted parking spot.
In the bone-dry days of the early twentieth century, residents of the Phoenix Hill neighborhood could only legally purchase spirits at the Vienna Bar & Restaurant or the Phoenix Hill Brewery. In 1984, The Brewery Restaurant and Bar took up the mantle of these venerable beer barons, conjoining two 120-year-old buildings on Baxter Avenue and opening up shop for nights of revelry and feasts of juicy burgers, hearty pastas, and deli-style sandwiches.
In the back, an antique 5,000-pound bar top from the original Vienna Bar & Restaurant evokes an air of old-timey nostalgia, and fully functional antique beer coolers chill drinks with traditional mule-powered refrigeration methods. Occasional live bands serenade diners and dancers, and the restaurant's mobile unit of caterers delivers payloads of mouthwatering pub fare to distant parties and events.