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Every town has its collection of dives and favorite neighborhood pubs. Dive bars are the places that are the most fun to have a drink and where the nightlife comes out in a way that fancy steakhouses and upscale clubs don’t offer. They are the best in larger groups where you can get a dart tournament or a game of pool or shuffleboard going. Most of them will even break out the karaoke machine if you ask.
Here are some of the best dive bars in the Treasure Valley, with friendly folks, awesome games to play, and lots of laughs to be had.
This friendly neighborhood pub is just outside the bounds of the Boise State student housing and recreation. Find Crickets just down Boise Ave across from Big Jud’s. In addition to the standards like darts and pool, Crickets has beer pong tables and karaoke.
Cricket’s Killer Drink Specials: Happy hour Monday – Friday 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Extra Happy Hour Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday 10:00 PM-12:00 AM.
The Barmuda Triangle are three bars on Broadway, just down the road from the Boise State Stadium: Suds, End Zone, and R Bar. Complete the quests asked of you, and become a VIP Member of the Barmuda Triangle! (Don’t worry, it’s free. And fun).
The task the Barmuda Triangle Facebook page asks of the valiant residents of Boise seeking VIP membership is to post three photos of themselves on the Barmuda Triangle social media pages following these guidelines:
Either location of the Dutch Goose has its own drink specials, parties, games, and special events. Whether its football, baseball, basketball, or UFC, they show the most anticipated games and fights on their screens with some of the biggest bowl parties in town. Go! on in for a pint or two and make some new friends at the Dutch Goose!
One of Nampa’s favorite neighborhood bars, Whiskey River is a cool place to relax with some live music and dancing while you sip a drink after a long day at work. Keep up to date with their social media pages for regular musical events and drink specials.
Fancy yourself a good dart player? Join the dart league out in Kuna, thanks to the help of Boise Darts, at the Redeye Saloon. Catch Happy Hour Monday through Friday, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A full menu of the best bar food is offered all week long with a breakfast menu Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Technically, McCleary’s on State is outside the Eagle city limits, but just barely. The thing that sets it apart from the rest is the huge back patio with firepits, tons of different yard games, and an outdoor bar. McCleary’s is one of the best places for summer nights on the patio.
You really can’t go wrong with any of these neighborhood pubs. No matter where you live in the Treasure Valley, there’s somewhere close where you can Go! have a friendly drink and a round of pool with some of the nicest people you’ll likely meet.