Sunday, May 29, 2022


When Boise was decided as a destination, it was because I asked Tim "I have three college towns we can visit, you choose. Eugene (OR), Provo (UT), or Boise." He immediately chose Boise.

We're in the heart of downtown and Boise is a big college town. It comes as no surprise that there is a plethora of watering holes in the area to serve that student population (Boise State has an enrollment of about 25,000).

Our problem is to pick just a few to try on our limited time for crawling but we'll give it a shot.

Just a block from our hotel, we start with 10 Barrel Brewing. A big, noisy place we settle in and have an amber ale called Great Tip for Tim and I. Letty goes with a strawberry flavored sour ale.

The beer's good but it's more of a restaurant kind of atmosphere than bar so we settle up and continue on.

Over at the Basque Block, we make our way to the far end to the Leku Ona where we find an elevator on their outdoor patio to take us up to the bar level. Being a Basque bar, we order picon punches to wet our thirst.

The young bartender had to consult a recipe book to make them but they were good.

At the other end of the block, we squeeze into the tiny Bar Gernika

It's only beer and wine here, so no picon punches. Tim and I go for their tripel and split a bowl of tomato soup.

Finally, as we're walking back to our hotel, we stop by the Edge brewpub where...again...Tim and I have the red ale.

Letty has a strawberry champagne cocktail while we share a few cheap tapas.

It's only a scratch in the surface of the Boise bar and pub scene but we'll leave the rest of it for our next trip.

Darryl Musick
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