By: Shelly West
Happy hour—the golden hour of the day where one seeks out refuge in a food and beverage establishment, places where menus consist of drink specials and delicious nibbles, designed to quench the thirst or satisfy the appetite.
This happy hour guide, however, is just as much about the atmosphere and vibe as much as it is about the special offerings of each establishment.
We decided to highlight places that if a certain star or a character they have portrayed were to be hanging out in Boise, what bar might we find them chilling in and what might they eat and drink? Here’s what we came up with:
Sitting at the bar while listening in on a clandestine meeting, slick FBI agent, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones, sips on a glass of wine from the 80 plus selections that Camel’s Crossing offers, five of which are from Idaho. Snacking on a seasonal nibble, the chef offers almost daily rotations to ensure the freshest of ingredients. After finishing the last drop of wine, he is shown to a cozy table where he enjoys his meal in a semi-private booth.
Be sure to check out the outdoor patio during the warmer months.
Located at: 1304 W Alturas St, Boise, ID 83702, camelscrossing.com
One of Boise’s best bars for happy hour in town, it would be natural for James Franco to saunter up to the sleek and modern bar for a Dark and Stormy cocktail consisting of rum and ginger beer. To accompany that, he might order the Prime Beef Fondue and Chimichurri fries. The Tavern offers a menu that was specially developed for the bar that also serves as the happy hour menu, giving patrons tasty bites at great prices.
Happy hour is M-F 3-6 PM, and late-night Tues-Sat 9PM-Close
Joe’s Crab Shack:
As a real-life lover of fishing with his son, Chris Pratt might be seen on the outdoor patio of Joe’s Crab Shack enjoying snacks of Peel and Eat shrimp or Crab Stuffed Mushrooms. The full bar offers frosty brews as well as signature cocktails like the Shark Bite.
Located right on the River, the sweeping views of the water provides a picturesque backdrop. A family-friendly environment, there are plenty of choices for the kids too.
Happy hour is M-F 3-7Pm and 9-close.
Located at 2288 North Garden Street, Boise, joescrabshack.com
Serving up classic cocktails like Manhattans, Martinis, and Gimlets. Maybe a beer is more your speed, they offer American Craft Beers from local brewers like Sockeye, Mad Swede, and Boise Brewing as well from other parts of the region. You might find the likes of John Hamm as Don Draper from Mad Men sitting in the 1960’s vibe lounge sipping on an Old Fashioned while enjoying a house-made Bavarian Pretzel and some house smoked Bacon made by their food partner Distal Provisions a new catering division of Capitol Bar.
You can enjoy happy hour M-F 3-6 PM or Late-night Th-Sat 9-11 PM.
Located at 6100 W State St #101, Boise, thecapbar.com
Known as the Cheer of North End Boise, Fort Street Station serves up 16 taps featuring local and regional beers. Anyone can expect to find something they would like, and there is always something new. They also offer 14 wines by the glass, as well as a bottle list which includes Idaho wines. This neighborhood hang-out is just where you might find Ted Danson hanging out with his lovely wife Mary Steenburgen enjoying a drink on the family-friendly and dog-friendly patio. Maybe they would enjoy the seasonal Moscow Mule like the Blood Orange version currently being featured. With that refreshing drink, try a shareable like Risotto Bites. All the freshest ingredients are sourced and there is a menu just for the kiddos.
Happy Hour at Fort Street Station is All day Monday or Tues-Fri 4-6PM
Located at 808 W Fort Street, Boise, fortstreetstation.com