Boise Dive Bar Guide

About As Picturesque As Divey Drinking Gets

For those unfamiliar with the area, Boise can be a bit of a surprise, the picturesque mountain setting a perfect backdrop to a drinking tour or two through the city. The Boise dive bar scene lives up to its surroundings, a handful of gems found across the small but vibrant city core.

Maybe most indicative of Boise’s dive bar vibe is Little Dutch Garden, a dive bar built around a sprawling back yard home to horseshoes and a “BYOM” fire pit where visitors can bring-their-own-meats for grill and (maybe) sharing. One the opposite end of the ubran spectrum, Navajo Room sits in the middle of a strip mall in the city’s Central Rim district, a multi-color, icon of a sign over the front door. Resembling a wooden shack outside, the vibe is surprisingly cozy inside thanks to a working fireplace and plush, red bench seating.

No discussion of Boise dive bars is complete without mentioning Cactus Bar, of course, the downtown Boise dive bar that frequently shows up on lists of the best dive bar in each state. Cactus Bar dates back to 1936, likely qualifying it as a city institution, the pricing here notoriously affordable.

Few cities offer the beauty of Boise’s mountain-adjacent location, making drinking and exploring the city a pleasure. The spots listed below serve as just the starting point for a beer-soaked tour through Boise’s impressive patchwork of city neighborhoods.

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Must Visit Recommendations

Unfortunately, we have not yet been to every single dive bar in the city, but there probably a few more punch cards on our livers, so we’ll make it there soon. In the meantime, the curated list of dives below comes highly recommended by a variety of friends, online sources and drunks.

Central Rim

Navajo Room

4900 W Emerald St
Boise, ID 83706
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Depot Bench

Vista Uptown Bar

813 S Vista Ave
Boise, ID 83705
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Downtown

Cactus Bar

517 W Main St
Boise, ID 83702
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South Boise

Little Dutch Garden

1910 S Owyhee St
Boise, ID 83705
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University

Suds Tavern

1024 S Broadway Ave
Boise, ID 83706
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West End

Gil's K-Nine Bar

2506 W Main St
Boise, ID 83702
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Other Dive Bar Options

Charlie Brown's

5783 W Overland Rd
Boise, ID 83705
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Construction Zone Bar & Grill

229 W Franklin Rd
Meridian, ID 83642
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Eastside Tavern

1228 S Oakland Ave
Boise, ID 83706
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El Korah Oasis

1118 W Idaho St
Boise, ID 83702
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Jim's Alibi

2710 S Broadway Ave
Boise, ID 83706
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Jumpin Janet's

574 S Vista Ave
Boise, ID 83705
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McCleary's Pub

604 N Orchard St
Boise, ID 83706
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Overland Bar

3907 W Overland Rd
Boise, ID 83705
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Symposion

2801 Fletcher St
Boise, ID 83702
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Terry's State Street Saloon

3301 Collister Dr
Boise, ID 83703
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The Boulevard Bar

4079 W Chinden Blvd
Garden City, ID 83714
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The Broadway Bar

1712 S Broadway Ave
Boise, ID 83706
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The Pocket

1487 N Curtis Rd
Boise, ID 83706
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The TK Bar

6455 S Eisenman Rd
Boise, ID 83716
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White Water Saloon

1646 N Meridian Rd
Meridian, ID 83642
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