Ben Quintana Best of Boise


Bar | Bittercreek Alehouse

Bittercreek Alehouse is my location of choice to enjoy a frosty cold beverage. They carry over 39 different taps from Western-US-based breweries and keep the selection fresh, so I try something new every time I visit.  For a unique and informational twist, they list on the beer menu how many miles each brewery is located from Boise.  This local establishment prides itself on helping you think, buy, eat and drink local.

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Live Music | Idaho Botanical Garden

Outdoor concerts on a long, perfect summer evening in Boise is hard to beat.  With the Outlaw Field Summer Concert Series and the Great Garden Escape Concert Series, you’re sure to find a well-known local or national band to keep your ears happy.  My favorite way to enjoy these concerts is to arrive and leave by pedal power via the Greenbelt system.

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Outdoor Adventure | Mountain Biking & Snowboarding

Mountain Biking in the Boise Foothills during the spring, summer and fall, then night Snowboarding at Bogus Basin keeps me fit and sane after a fast-paced work week.  My favorite areas to ride are the trails at Table Rock (Rock Garden and Rock Island) and Military Reserve (Shane’s Loop). Both of these local mountain biking playgrounds offer incredible views of downtown Boise.


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Performing Arts | Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Attending a performance at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival is one of the greatest pleasures one can have on a perfect summer evening in Boise. Pack and bring your own food and drinks and enjoy the gorgeous backdrop of the Boise foothills as you watch and listen to world-class talent in a nature-filled outdoor amphitheater.

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Local Coffee Shop | Java Coffee and Cafe- Downtown

Boise has plenty of excellent coffee shops to choose from, but my overall favorite is Java in downtown Boise.  My staple drink is the Salted Caramel Mocha with Whipped Cream – absolutely delicious way to start, or refuel, your day.

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Fine Dining | Chandler’s Prime Steak & Fine Seafood

With live Jazz, top-notch steak and seafood and the Ten-Minute Martini, Chandlers is my favorite pick for fine dining in Boise. My personal favorite is to dine in the lounge area and order a variety of delicious items from the Bar Menu – especially the Cheese Plate and The ’33 Plymouth (a Ten-Minute Martini).

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Best Boise Experience

The first Wednesday through Sunday, summer through early fall.  On Wednesday, start off downtown with live music at Alive After Five in the Grove Plaza, then venture over to Fork on 8th Street for dinner.  On day two, wonder through downtown for First Thursday to enjoy wine tastings, local art hopping and dinner on the patio at Bardenay.  If timing is in your favor, ride your bike to East Boise and attend a Friday night performance at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival or a concert at the Idaho Botanical Garden.  On Saturday, walk through the two markets – the new Farmers Market and the Capitol City Public Market – have brunch on the patio at Red Feather, then attend a Boise State home football game.  Finally, on Sunday, visit the East End Market at Bown Crossing, have lunch at Flatbread Community Oven, then float the Boise River in the warm summer afternoon.  Perfect way to spend five days in the City of Trees.

Ben Quintana
City of Boise Council Member

Ben Quintana
Best of Boise

Boise City Council Member, Boise Young Professionals founder, business and economic development advocate and civic leader in the community.

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