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Speakeasies in Boise (and Where to Find Them)

Last updated April 11, 2024 by Totally Boise

Looking for an exclusive night out experience here in Boise? These hidden bars combine both the allure of secrecy with the pleasure of fine cocktails. 

Thick as Thieves

Tucked away on Idaho Street, Thick as Thieves invites guests to a cocktail experience like never before. To enter, go to the address listed below and find the side door with two thieving birds, then walk up to the top of the stairs. Once at the top, dial “102” on the phone to be granted access to their swanky lounge and begin the fun! 

The bartenders are incredibly knowledgeable and will ensure that they craft the perfect drink suited to your preferences. Thick as Thieves also has small bites available and offers alcohol-free options on their menu, making this posh speakeasy a great place for all to enjoy. 

While there is no strict dress code here, a smart, casual attire will fit right in. Though reservations are not required, they are recommended on weekends to ensure your spot in this cozy cocktail haven. Learn more at Thick as Thieves.

Dress Code: Smart casual recommended.

Reservation: Recommended on weekends. Reserve here.

Location: 620 W Idaho St. Suite 200, Boise, ID 83702


For a night that transports you to the roaring twenties, Gatsby is your destination. From the meticulously decorated atmosphere adorned with crystal chandeliers to the carefully crafted cocktails, this thoughtful speakeasy is truly the spot to be for a night out in Boise. 

To access, call ahead for the nightly passcode. Head down the side alley on 8th Street and follow the green light/skeleton key sign and knock! Once the door is opened, whisper the password and prepare to be enchanted by the glamor of the prohibition era. 

This spot does require a dress code, so dress to impress in period-appropriate attire or smart casual. Follow the green light and join Boise’s most exclusive party atGatsby.

Dress Code: No workout/beach attire, no hoodies, jerseys, flip flops, athletic wear. Shorts allowed. Hats only if 1920/30’s style.

Reservation: Check their reservation policy here.

Address: 280 N. 8th Street, Ste. 130, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 342-4800


Nestled inside the eclectic Art Haus Bar, Ampersand emerges as a unique lounge where the secret to entry is simply requesting an "Elevated Cocktail" at the bar. This grants patrons access to the elusive Ampersand for one hour, where beautiful works of art and custom cocktails await.

Located on the 14th floor of One Capital Center with an incredible view of Downtown Boise, this hidden gem offers an unmatched experience for those in the Treasure Valley. This space breaks the mold with its inclusive, no-dress-code policy, inviting guests to enjoy a cozy atmosphere where being oneself is celebrated.

Offering a first-come, first-serve approach, Ampersand encourages early arrival to ensure access to its exclusive environment. This fusion of artistic expression and mixology creates a standout experience in Boise’s nightlife, embodying a haven for creativity, comfort, and community. Find out more online at Art Haus Bar's website.

Dress Code: No dress code.

Reservation: First come, first serve.

Address: 999 W Main St Ste P101, Boise.

Press & Pony

Press & Pony provides an unpretentious escape into the world of craft cocktails. You can either enter through their main entrance, hidden behind a large velvet curtain, or through a nondescript door marked "corporate office" in the neighboring Boise Fry Co. 

This speakeasy champions the spirit of innovation and sophistication. Here, expert mixologists are not merely bartenders, but craftsmen, constantly innovating and reimagining both new creations and classic drinks. The atmosphere is intimate and warm, inviting patrons to be their authentic selves, engage in meaningful conversations, and appreciate the artistry in each cocktail.

This venue is a call to action: to explore widely, stay out late, and accept every invitation, no matter how unexpected. It's a place that lives by the mantra "Press on & Pony up," a reminder to dive into life's adventures with zest, supported by the spirit of evolution that permeates every aspect of Press & Pony.

Dress Code: Come as you are!

Reservation: First come, first serve.

Address: 622 W Idaho St Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 204-4167

10th Street Station

Located in the basement of the historic Idanha Hotel, the 10th Street Station offers a captivating glimpse into Boise's prohibition-era speakeasy past. Nestled in the basement of the historic Idanha Hotel, a landmark that has stood the test of time in Boise's storied landscape, this bar serves as a living testament to the city's intriguing speakeasy past. 

Once a gathering spot for those in the know, it has since shed its veil of secrecy, welcoming all who wish to immerse themselves in its rich history, without the need for a reservation. 

The ambiance, characterized by vintage furnishings and dim, atmospheric lighting, transports patrons to a bygone era, making each visit a unique journey through time. Today, it stands as a vibrant homage to Boise's rich past, welcoming all who wish to experience a slice of history in an inviting, timeless setting at 10th Street Station.

Dress Code: None

Reservation: First come, first serve.

Address: 104 N 10th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 344-2677

No. 40

No. 40 stands as a hidden gem nestled within The Lively, accessible only through an unmarked door with a secret passcode. This unique venue caters to a select few, with seating available for just 12 guests (and standing room for 20), making advance reservations not just recommended, but essential to secure a spot in its intimate embrace. 

A smart casual dress code is required for guests. Designed with sophistication in mind, No. 40 is the perfect setting for those special nights out where the place matters as much as the company. Whether it's a milestone celebration, a romantic date, or an important business meeting, this speakeasy provides the ideal atmosphere for making lasting memories.

From the decor to the lighting, every detail is thoughtfully curated to enhance your experience, making guests feel as though they've stepped into a secret retreat. This sense of privacy and exclusivity makes No. 40 a destination spot for those seeking an extraordinary evening out, where the ambiance, service, and attention to detail promise to make every moment remarkable.

Dress Code: Smart casual.

Reservation: Required. Make reservations here.

Address: 505 W Bannock St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 209-5503

Suite 104

Affectionately known as "Boise's worst kept secret," Suite 104 resides in the cozy basement of 280 N 8th St, offering a haven of relaxation away from the hustle and bustle above. 

This bar plays host to the celebrated Method 104 cocktail, a highlight of its diverse menu. The Method 104 is crafted by asking patrons detailed questions to tap into their personal preferences. This tailored approach ensures that each guest receives a drink that's not just made, but crafted specifically for them.

Suite 104 requires no reservations. This policy caters to the impromptu decision-makers and those seeking a memorable evening without the need for prior planning. Their stunning patio makes this spot ideal for basking in the spring sunshine. Whether you're there to enjoy the ambiance, the custom cocktails, or the fresh air, Suite 104 is the perfect place for any casual outing or spontaneous night out. Check out their Instagram for more information. 

Dress Code: Come as you are!

Reservation: First come, first serve.

Address: 280 N 8th St Suite 104, Boise, ID 83702


The Craft Lounge

The Craft Lounge, with locations in both Nampa and Caldwell, is more than a speakeasy; it's a mission-driven haven dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging through the exploration of early American cocktail culture. Featuring a discreet entrance marked 'Janitor's Closet,' this venue welcomes everyone to feel at home, emphasizing that the choice of drink is secondary to the experience of community and warmth.

In this inviting atmosphere, patrons can deepen their appreciation for mixology, guided by skilled bartenders who craft with passion. The Craft Lounge is a space where staff make it their mission to know your name, your face, and your favorite drink, ensuring each visit is personalized and welcoming.

Whether you're in Nampa or Caldwell, The Craft Lounge promises a cozy environment where live music, cocktail classes, and lively conversations flourish. It stands as a testament to the love of hosting and craft cocktails, aiming to make every guest feel part of a larger, cherished community. The team eagerly awaits you, ready to share their knowledge and passion for the art of the drink at The Craft Lounge.

Dress Code: None

Reservation: First come, first serve.

Address: Nampa: 320 11th Ave. S #100, Nampa, ID 83651 | 208.475.3829 

Caldwell: 801 Everett St., Caldwell, ID 83605 | 208.402.5068

Sidecar Bar

Tucked away within the welcoming ambiance of Grant's Neighborhood Grill, Sidecar Bar offers an expansive menu that caters to all tastes. Featuring expertly crafted cocktails, a comprehensive whiskey selection, regional craft beers, and carefully chosen wines, this bar is perfectly suited for both spontaneous drop-ins and those who prefer to reserve a spot ahead of time.

The design of Sidecar Bar masterfully blends contemporary elegance with traditional bar warmth, creating an inviting atmosphere ideal for both vibrant happy hours and refined pre-dinner drinks. It's a place where the community comes together, whether to celebrate a special occasion or simply to enjoy the pleasure of good company and superior drinks.

With its commitment to quality, variety, and hospitality, Sidecar Bar epitomizes the ideal neighborhood gathering spot. It promises not just a drink, but an experience, welcoming patrons into a space where every visit feels like a return to somewhere familiar and beloved. Whether you're a connoisseur or simply seeking a pleasant venue to relax and unwind, Sidecar Bar extends a warm invitation to discover your new favorite drink in a setting that feels just right. For more information, check out Sidecar Bar's website.

Dress Code: None

Reservations: Available here.

Address: 1835 W Cherry Ln, Meridian, ID 83642 | (208)-884-4278

Tom's Place

Tom’s Place serves as a cozy speakeasy that celebrates the simple joys of fine drinks and great company. Located conveniently in the back of Tom Grainey’s, this bar welcomes all who seek a relaxed and uncomplicated night out. Here, friends can gather, stories can be shared, and the stresses of the day can melt away.

At Tom's Place, the focus is on serving up quality cocktails, from beloved classics to innovative mixes, alongside a carefully selected range of spirits, wines, and beers. It's a place where the bartending craft shines and the joy of discovery awaits with each visit.

With its friendly vibe and emphasis on comfort, Tom's Place invites you to come as you are and enjoy the heart of speakeasy culture with new and old friends alike. Here, the true spirit of good times and good drinks reigns supreme, making every visit feel like a welcome escape into a world of warmth and camaraderie.

How to Access: Ask your bartender about Tom’s Place.

Dress Code: None

Reservation: First come, first serve.

Address: 109 S 6th St, Boise, ID 83702 | (208) 345-2505

Whether you are gathering with friends or having a night out with your special someone, these speakeasies are sure to provide you with an unforgettable evening filled with laughter, good company, and great drinks. These hidden gems offer a unique blend of nostalgia and modernity, making every visit a memorable journey into the world of clandestine cocktails and intimate conversations.




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