Where Art Thou— Finest Boise Bartenders


By Megan Bryant

Photos Kimberlee Miller

There’s no shortage of breweries and watering holes here in the valley, offering impressive selections in wine, craft beers, and cocktails.

What sets the good ones apart from the great ones is, of course, when you find a killer spot with awesome staff. After learning more about a handful of local favorites and considering the complexities of drink recipes they must accurately, and suavely create while managing the energy of bustling bar patrons, I felt compelled to celebrate these bar heroes in poetic form.


I call theses “Shakes-BEER-ian” sonnets.


WYATT – Mai Thai


You’ll find kids outside selling lemonade

‘Cept for young restaurateur in training

Parent’s basement cabinet after raid

Ambition from age ten, not refraining


Raised without taboo attached to liquor

Responsible take on drinking maintained

The cocktail on his “My Name Is” sticker

The choice “Black Manhattan” would be sustained


In memory burned, a 14-hour shift

A short-staffed scene on Memorial Day

Just two bartenders caught each other’s drift

In the groove, served non-stop without delay


For fantastic drinks, food so good you’ll cry

Wyatt Soule tending bar in Mai Thai


ASHLEY – The Wylder


In Boise now with what began as two

Then the years multiplied to eleven

Double major, blazing through BSU

Staying put now in this piece of heaven


Bill Murray tat upon her skin, and jokes

she likes to tell. Loves dogs, to sew, and cook

Making friends with peers and the pleasant folks

While sharing stories as the shaker shook


Her prowess is to change your mind about

Certain liquor you’d rather not ingest

To craft a drink so smooth, removing doubt

“Intimidating but nice” drinks are best


The Wylder is Ashley Roshitsh’s post

A place to chill ‘n’ drink, and laugh the most


ERIK – Owyhee Tavern


Tending’s never boring, let it be said

As twelve years’ experience can attest

Michigan transplant, turned potato head

Wrangled a gig after failing the test


In desperation to become employed

Much to learn, causing brain constipation

They took a chance on him filling the void

Looking back now with appreciation


Made with gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth

Like a “Negroni,” his humor is dry

A quite helpful trait tell you the truth

What buzzed people say would make you just die


A cool spot downtown – just strut through the doors

Erik Coddens in the Owyhee pours


KERILL – Whiskey Bar & Chandlers


If in beverage form, flowed thru existence

Balanced flavor sweet; stern whiskey background

The tastes in “Grilled Pineapple” go the distance

Within this fella, true character can be found


Nomad life prior to this Boise perch

Yet here, found love of roots with which to grow

Handy hours turned passion, suspended search

Social contact and creations flow


Comrad’ry forged through team trip to the woods

Finding content in this new place called home

three of six years tending, behind this bar stood

Great people, great drinks, in the community roam

Come in for a drink served up by this star

Find Kerill Hutchings in the Whisky Bar

Take some time to get out and explore these classy, well-run local establishments for your happy hour fix and weekend adventures. As fall weather sweeps in, be sure to get out and savor the season with delicious offerings, like a cocktail of the month at the Whiskey Bar that will be pumpkin based, and the wine/cocktail list will hit its seasonal rotation at Owyhee.

Mai Thai hosts a cocktail class the last Sunday of each month, and there will be fall themed events coming up quick!

As you stop in to each of these locations, make sure you say “hey” to our featured Boise bartenders.