Tired of Going to Upscale Bars in Boise, ID?

Come to our dive-bar, hole-in-the-wall establishment

If you want to guzzle overpriced cocktails, damage your eardrums with loud music and sit in a cheaply renovated bar, then don't swing by the Cactus Bar. But if you're looking for a casual watering hole to get together with friends, you've come to the right place.

Our well-known local bar has barely changed since it opened in downtown Boise, ID in 1936. We're still a cash-only establishment that offers incredible weekly specials. Don't worry if you only carry credit cards-there's an ATM located on site.

Drop in today to see for yourself why we're a top-rated dive bar in the area.

Travel back in time

Travel back in time

As soon as you walk through the door of the Cactus Bar, you'll feel as though you're traveling back to the '30s.

Since we are the oldest bar in downtown Boise, we wanted to honor our space and the history of our quirky hometown. On our custom-made bar top, you'll find the history of Boise, ID spanning from the late 1800s to the early 2000s. Tourists and locals alike love coming in to view the over 200 photos that show what Boise once was to what it is today. In the bar top, photos of businesses, schools, landmarks, parades, the Boise River, and more flow from one end to the other.

Since the Boise River is so iconic in our town, we wanted to allow our photo idea to resemble the flowing, rushing water of the river. Under each photo is a description and a date. Come in and learn about our city while sipping on the strongest drink in town.

We've made a few upgrades to the former cigar shop in Boise, ID. You'll enjoy:


  • Newly constructed covered and heated patio with a mobile bar - full liquor bar w/ 8 beer handles
  • Misters cover entire patio bar for warm summer days
  • Adult slushie machine during the summer months
  • Competing with friends over a friendly game of cornhole
  • Proving that you're an expert pool player
  • Trying your hand at the pinball machine


Go to the Drink Specials page now to check out our weekly deals.