Mad Swede Brew Hall Steps Up and Out as a Downtown Venue


A recent stage makeover and some high-profile acts bring the Mad Swede Brew Hall into the spotlight.

There are precious few places in downtown Boise to see live entertainment. So the recent renovations at Mad Swede’s Brew Hall on Bannock and 8th Street may signal a new era in the bustling block’s entertainment scene. With multi-level seating for 75 people around an intimate stage under the epic backdrop of a Viking sail, the space is imposing yet inviting—the perfect venue for up-and-coming touring acts and high-profile locals alike.

Kicking off the opening of the recently re-designed venue is touring comedian Dave Hill, brought in from New York City by local production company Blue City Comedy. You might recognize Hill from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Jim Gaffigan Show, or his many other films and television appearances. You might also know him from public radio’s This American Life or from one of his bands: Valley Lodge, Painted Doll, or Witch Taint. Whether you know him or not, the appearance of the New York comic this weekend signals a step up for the Boise venue.

Hot on Dave Hill’s heels, the Brew Hall will play host to touring punk bands Sarchasm and Sweet Gloom on Wednesday, July 20th, Blue City Comedy’s big monthly comedy competition Comic of the Month on Saturday, July 23rd, and on Sunday, July 31st the venue will host the powerhouse touring show Truth in Comedy out of Dallas, Texas. “It’s clear that downtown Boise has been hurting for a venue of this size. Everyone at Mad Swede is a creative of some kind, and it felt natural to make the Brew Hall an arts-centric space for our fellow creatives,” said manager Danielle Reynolds. “We’re reaching out to local filmmakers now to set up movie screenings for the late summer and early fall. This space is really for everyone.”

Dylan Hunter performing a comedy set at Mad Swede Brew Hall.
Pictured here is Dylan Hunter during a comedy set at Mad Swede Brew Hall.

The best way to stay up-to-date on upcoming shows at the Brew Hall is to check out the events page on or to follow the venue on Facebook, Instagram, and of course, Blue City Comedy.

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