Best happy hour

June 14, 2013 

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BARBACOA

276 Bobwhite Court, Boise, 338-5000

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While the two-for-one special is a happy-hour mainstay, what sets Barbacoa's happy hour apart is options.

You can pick between two bar areas: the lavish and ornate indoor lounge (think Dia De Los Muertos altar meets Victorian parlor) or the Luna Bar on the rooftop (think airy St. Kitts cabana - bring your white fedora).

And you can choose between two happy-hour times: 4-6 p.m. daily or discounted drinks from 10 p.m. to close on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Well drinks, and most beer and wine, are included in the daily happy-hour discounts. Some of Barbacoa's custom cocktails aren't included, but your server might help you construct something similar out of the selection of discounted wells.

Barbacoa's is a literal two-for-one. So whatever you had the first time, you're getting it again. No substitutions.

Though not discounted for happy hour, the appetizer menu offers numerous selections to hold you over until dinner. Consider ordering a bowl of custom-made guacamole ($9) - you specify mild, medium or hot - and substitute sliced celery and carrots for chips for dipping.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

• Jaker's Bar & Grill, 268 E. Pine Ave., Meridian, 288-0898, jakers.com

• Cafe Ole, 210 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 322-0222, 404 S. 8th St., Boise, 344-3222, cafeole.com

• Murphy's Seafood & Steakhouse, 1555 S. Broadway Ave, Boise (closed)

• The Matador, 215 N. 8th St., Boise, 342-9988, matadorseattle.com

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