Dive Bars vs. Cocktail Bars
Say what you will, but there's an intangible charm about a neighborhood dive bar.
When you look passed the sticky floors and the height strips next to the exits, you start to see them in a different light.
They're the places where communities gather and friendships form over drinks, darts, and fuss-free fun. But the thing we love the most about a great dive bar is its "all are welcome here" mentality.
No matter your status, what you look like, or the kind of car you drive, dive bars are no-nonsense when it comes to its patrons. What they lack in bells and whistles, they more than make-up for with their warm and lively venue.
Cocktail bars on the other hand, or at least the five highlighted in the gallery below, operate entirely differently. At a time when dozens of Boise businesses are closing their doors for good, the following Downtown bars are turning would-be paying customers away!