Boise is Idaho’s liquor capital. At least, according to sheer numbers.
Boise bars and restaurants poured more than two bottles of liquor for every Boise resident — 492,013 bottles, to be exact — in fiscal 2015.
That liquor cost $8 million, according to new data from the Idaho State Liquor Division. Barbacoa alone made up 3.8 percent of that.
This won’t come as a shock to anyone who frequents Downtown Boise on a Saturday night, but the Cactus Bar — known for dirt-cheap well drinks — bought 14,558 bottles of liquor last year. Local distillery Bardenay, also in Downtown Boise, ranked No. 1 for the number of bottles it purchased, a necessity to make craft cocktails for its sea of tables.
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If you’re looking for a bar that stocks the cheapest bottles of booze, try Kuna’s Falcon Crest, whose average bottle in fiscal 2015 cost $2.23. On the other end of the spectrum, liquor at Flying B Ranch in Kamiah averaged $37.38 per bottle.
Graphics by Lindsie Bergevin.