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The Speakeasy Phenomenon

Blake Hunter
Blake Hunter
Posted on May 5   |   Updated on June 27
PSA: The Lively has the best Manhattan I've had in Boise. (@thelivelyboise / Instagram)

PSA: The Lively has the best Manhattan I've had in Boise. (@thelivelyboise / Instagram)

Whether people want an extra excuse to savor a quality cocktail, an extra cherry on top of their experience, or just a feeling of exclusivity, speakeasies have made a strong comeback, and they’re sticking around.

I confess to not quite getting the allure of speakeasies. Are they breathing life into our nightlife scene? I also haven’t been to one, so I’ll refrain from too much libel.

In Boise, we’ve got a few: Gatsby, No. 40, and Thick as Thieves. This list from Boise Socialite includes Press & Pony, but it’s just hidden by a velvet curtain. Does that count as a speakeasy? See what I mean?

Meet the Thick as Thieves crew! (@thickasthieves / Instagram)

Meet the Thick as Thieves crew! (@thickasthieves / Instagram)

First up: Thick as Thieves is hidden near Idaho and Capitol Streets, and has you dial a number before being let in. Their cocktails, space (nothing worse than a too-bright bar), and food all look superb.

Gatsby is intent on honoring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s time — and got some flack for telling women to wear dresses when they first opened. They require you to call for a password that changes daily, and don’t serve beer, which I can get behind.

No. 40 is nestled in The Lively, and is an exclusive extension of their Bar Gibbon. If it’s from The Lively, I’m sure it’s good.

Please corroborate my feelings of confusion on our speakeasy trend, or change my mind! If you’ve been to one or more of these, what did you think? Which one’s your favorite?

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