Boise is a good place to be thirsty. Like, really thirsty.
With a craft beer community that’s as robust as the brews they’re making, and a wine industry that’s award-winning and distinct in its styles, varietals, scenery and techniques, there is no shortage of places to grab a delightful drink around Boise. Maybe you’re on the hunt for a tasting room to discover why everyone is talking about wineries in Boise, Idaho. Maybe you’re looking for Boise breweries with food to pair with that heavenly, hoppy beer. Perhaps you’re just here to explore and looking for fun things to do in Boise. Whatever the case, go grab a drink at one of these tasting rooms and taprooms in Boise, Idaho. And wherever you go, please make sure to get a sober ride home from a rideshare or a friend.
SCORIA Tasting Room
Notes: 21+, no outside food, no pets
Go to SCORIA Vineyards’ sleek downtown tasting room for high-quality reds offered in tastings, by the glass and in wine flights. SCORIA’s vineyards are in Caldwell on century-old family farming land, on a wind-blown sand and volcanic scoria rock soil plot that had sat unused for decades. Winemaker Sydney Nederemd recognized the potential for the land to be a prime location for growing wine grapes and planted her first vineyard before she turned 21. Visit SCORIA’s downtown Boise tasting room on 10th and Main and taste why SCORIA has been making waves in Idaho wine. Visit SCORIA’s downtown Boise tasting room on 10th and Main and taste why SCORIA has been making waves in Idaho wine.
Meriwether Cider House
Notes: 21+, pet-friendly, outside food allowed, closed on Mondays
Meriwether Cider is the missing link between Boise’s wine and beer scenes. Owned and operated by the adventurous, nature-loving Leadbetter Family, all of Meriwether Cider’s creations are made by hand from apples grown in the Northwest. Their incredibly diverse and fresh cider lineup can be sampled at the downtown tasting room, Meriwether Cider House, which has 20 taps, an inside/outside bar top, a patio and a primo location next to downtown dining and Freak Alley Gallery.
Mad Swede Brew Hall
Notes: All-ages until 8pm then 21+, open daily, has food
Mad Swede’s Downtown Brew Hall is more than just a beer bar—it’s a pop-up brunch spot, comedy club, music venue and local rendezvous. In addition to Mad Swede’s award-winning beer, you can try its new handcrafted, made-to-order hard seltzer, local wine and hard cider at the downtown Brew Hall. Mad Swede also has a small food menu and hosts a monthly “Brunch of Laughs” comedy brunch show. You can also sample Mad Swede at the brewery’s tasting room on Cole Road in Central Boise.
Notes: Open daily, dogs (on leash) and kids welcome, food truck on site
Payette has been brewing up Idaho-inspired beer for more than a decade. A visit to Payette’s Boise brewery, taproom and beautiful outdoor beer garden, located near downtown Boise right along the Greenbelt and Boise River, never disappoints. You can sample more than 20 beers on tap, Idaho wine or local hard cider and grab a bite from one of the rotating food trucks. Payette’s 11,000 square-foot beer garden is the ultimate hang out spot, complete with a huge fire pit, bocce ball court, cornhole, plenty of picnic tables, a stage for live music and a hop garden. It’s the perfect place to grab a beer while strolling the Greenbelt or meeting up with friends.
Notes: open daily, all-ages, dog-friendly
Since 2017, Lost Grove has been inspiring people to get lost in the moment and enjoy the here and now—perhaps with a can of Lost Grove beer in hand. Its 70-seat taproom is in Boise’s Lusk District, on the south side of the river just one block from the Greenbelt, near Boise State University. Lost Grove has all of its year-round and seasonal beers on tap in the taproom, plus local wine, cider and Kombucha. A regular schedule of food trucks, live music, board game brunches and taproom yoga are just a few of the reasons you’ll find yourself coming back to Lost Grove.
Barbarian Brewing Taproom
Notes: 21+, dogs allowed on the patio, open daily
Barbarian Brewing is all about the beer. Go to its downtown taproom on the corner of 11th and Main, and you’ll be greeted by more taps than you could dare to try in one evening. Barbarian is responsible for some of the funkiest and most unique beers in the city, like huckleberry cobbler stout, a Sour Patch Kid sour, and Unicorn Farts, a beer made with edible glitter. It isn’t all bells and whistles at Barbarian though—they specialize in traditional barrel-aged beers and make excellent IPAs, too. When you go, ask the staff for recommendations and get a flight. There are just too many choices to only pick one.