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Idaho liquor sales up again

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.

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.

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