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  • Writer's pictureJenna King

Boise's five best speakeasies (and where you can find them!)

It may be patio weather … but we’re focusing on Boise’s best-hidden secrets: speakeasies. While the prohibition era is done and over with, speakeasies now provide a secretive and cozy vibe that people are looking for when it comes to getting a drink and catching up with friends. 

10th Street Station

This speakeasy offers more of a prohibition vibe, located in the basement of the Idanha Hotel in downtown Boise. The Idanha was built in 1901 on the corner of 10th and Main Street and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. 

10th Street Station used to be an actual speakeasy during the Prohibition era and is the oldest bar in Boise, according to the Downtown Boise Association. Now, it’s a conversational bar with a more relaxed atmosphere. 

No reservations are needed to have a drink at 10th Street Station, but seating is first come, first served. 

Press & Pony

If you’re looking for unique craft cocktails in a nondescript setting, Press & Pony is the place for you. There are two ways to enter the hidden area of the bar, either through a large velvet curtain or through a door marked “corporate office” in the nearby Boise Fry Co. 

The bartenders create both new and classic drinks, in a warm setting that allows for easy conversation. The website says Press & Pony calls on the adventurous and outlandish, which is certainly true about their cocktails. 

No reservations are needed, but you do have to be seated to be served a drink. 

No. 40

This bar is a hidden gem located inside The Lively. The unique venue caters only to a few, with seating for just 12 people and standing room for 20. Because of this, reservations are required to ensure you get a place. 

No. 40 is a great place for small parties, receptions and meet-and-greet events, to name a few. All events include an optional private bartender and access to the private reserve spirits list, including rare whiskey, aged tequila and more. 

To get into the speakeasy, you must go through an unmarked door with a secret passcode. A smart casual dress code is required to keep the atmosphere sophisticated. 

Suite 104

Suite 104, or Boise’s worst kept secret, is located in the basement of 280 N. 8th Street. The bar has a diverse menu, and the Method 104 cocktail is crafted by asking patrons questions about their personal preferences, so they get a drink crafted just for them. 

No reservations are required and the policy wants impromptu decision makers or those looking for a fun evening with no prior planning. There is also a fantastic patio available to have a custom cocktail out in the fresh air. 

And if you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends, Studio 104 also offers cocktail classes. 

Tom's Place

This cozy speakeasy is located in the back of Tom Grainey’s. Yes … a speakeasy hidden inside of a bar. 

If you and your friend group are looking for a comfortable night out, this bar comes highly recommended. The focus at Tom’s Place is on quality cocktails, ranging from classics to innovative mixes. There is also a wide range of spirits, wines and beers. 

To get in, just ask your bartender discreetly to guide you to the hidden location. If they don’t divulge the secret door, keep an eye out for a storage area near the stairs that head to the bathroom. No reservations are required. 

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