• Ten Reasons to Cheer for Beer!

    June 8th, 2015 by Michal

    I can’t think of a better spring pastime than drinking local beer. If that’s your idea of fun, too, come and visit the Modern, where you can ride a bike to some of the


    Idaho Beer

    best local breweries in the west. Need additional encouragement? Here are ten of my reasons to check out our local beer scene:

    1. Beer isn’t expensive.
    2. Beer has no pretense.
    3. Beer is communal, uniting hippies, yuggies (young urban granola), granolas or business types. A taco truck and a beer could make friends of us all.
    4. If you happen to spill it on your shoes or shirt, good beer doesn’t smell that bad the next day.
    5. The west makes the best beer in the country.
    6. If you walk or ride your bike to each location in Boise with great beer, the exercise will balance out the added calories you’ll consume, resulting in a zero weight gain.
    7. Beer isn’t fussy (and please, let’s try not to make it that way.) My palate loves a beer with flavor. Personally, I like my beer on the hoppy side, but I also love a good porter or a stout. [I don’t want to say it has good legs, unless you can
    8. Even gluten-free beer can taste good.
    9. My grandpa drank cheap beer, and like so many of us, he knew that even bad beer tastes good when you’re with someone you love.
    10. Beer pairs well with many of the Modern Hotel’s appetizers and dinners. Charcuterie and beer? I say yes! Mushroom empanada and a Payette Brewing North Fork? Oui. Lamb Birria and beer? You betcha! Ginger Pork Bánh Mi? No problem!

    Some local breweries to check out:

    • Woodland Empire
    • Boise Brewing Co
    • Highlands Hollow
    • Payette Brewing CO.
    • Sockeye Brewing
    • Crooked Fence Brewing


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  • Negroni Week – Drinking for a Cause

    June 2nd, 2015 by Michal


    Drink with a purpose this week – and we’re not talking about just getting a buzz. June 1-7 is Negroni Week, brought to you by Imbibe Magazine. Nationwide, bars are donating a portion of the proceeds from each Negroni cocktail purchased, with funds going to charities of their choice.

    The Modern Hotel and Bar’s pick is Interfaith Sanctuary, an organization we consider vital to Boise. From their website: “Interfaith Sanctuary Housing Services is a collaboration of people of faith and people of conscience who have joined together to shelter and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. Sanctuary provides overnight shelter for men, women, and children and provides supportive services that promote greater self-sufficiency, improved well-being, and permanent housing acquisition.”

    Now, that’s a cause we can all raise a glass to!

    So come, on down, and let’s do good while we drink this week. To quote the wise singer –song-writer John Prine, “Hey, it ain’t such a long drop, don’t stammer don’t stutter, from the diamonds in the sidewalk to the dirt in the gutter.”

    Cheers to living and taking care of each other.

    Traditional Negroni

    Classic Negroni
    1.50oz Tanqueray
    0.75oz Carpano Antica
    0.75oz Campari
    Flamed orange

    Negroni Sbagliato

    Negroni Sbagliato
    0.75oz Campari
    0.75oz Carpano Antica
    Orange twist


    1.50oz Bulleit Rye
    0.75oz Carpano Antica
    0.75oz Campari
    Flamed orange

    Tahona Negroni

    Tahona Negroni
    1.50oz Fortaleza blanco Tequila
    1oz Dolin dry vermouth
    1oz Cynar

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  • Countdown to Modern Art 2014

    April 1st, 2014 by Michal

    It’s time to start the countdown to Modern Art 2014, happening this year on Thursday May 1st.  This year’s applicants

    Scott - Modern Art 2013

    Scott – Modern Art 2013

    were particularly strong so we are expecting an exciting show.  Last year’s Modern Art gave us everything from the sublime to the absurd and this year promises more art to inspire, amuse and confuse.  Over seventy artists will transform the rooms and outdoor spaces at the Modern Hotel into installations, galleries and performance spaces.  So come on down, there’ll be something for everyone: art, food trucks, cocktails, music and, cross your fingers, sunshine.

    This year’s entrants for Modern Art 2014 have proposed a wide array of fascinating ideas: a deconstructed car room, a flash dance ho-down, an ice fishing room and a living plant installation to name a few.  We will even have the first ever Modern Marathon in which an artist will attempt to run an entire 26-mile marathon IN PLACE on one of the balconies.  Bystanders will be encouraged to run next to him for as long as they feel is appropriate.  If you don’t feel like running you can grab a cocktail and watch.  Modern Art is always amusing.


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  • The 39 Rooms Film Festival

    March 26th, 2014 by Michal

    The Modern Hotel

    Boise City Arts and History Sesqui-Shop

    39 Rooms Film Festival: All Roads Lead Home, Idaho

    5 Films, 5 Filmmakers

    Saturday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m.

    They say all roads lead home, and with our first showcase of the 39 Rooms Festival, we offer you a peek at the work of five filmmakers, each focusing on our roots: our home, Idaho.

    39 Rooms Film Festival is a year-around, revolving showcase of films presented in a unique venue: a hotel room. Each of the 39 rooms at the Modern Hotel will feature a select group of films for an entire year.  In addition to local fare, 39 Rooms will also venture into the wilds outside of Idaho with national and international films.

    During our first event at the Sesqui-Shop, the Modern Bar will host light snacks, along with a no-host bar featuring a signature cocktail in honor of the event. Following the short film program, the filmmakers will be present to answer questions.


    Featured Films


    Directed by Drew Bachrach

    In this celebration of Idaho landscape and youth, Bachrach, an LA filmmaker, focuses on the experience of growing up in Arco, near Craters of the Moon.


    Directed by Ronn Sidenglanz

    A beautiful documentary about an unique ride from Idaho City to Boise.


    Directed by Emily Sandifer

    The Civil War moves west of the Rockies, in a film whose themes resonate with issues faced by today’s soldiers returning home from conflicts abroad.


    Directed by Chaz Gentry

    A boy follows the object of his infatuation into the night in a film combining art and dark poetry, good and evil.



    Directed by Phil Atlakson

    Filmed in Garden Valley and based on a true story, this is the tale of an outsider with a reputation as a bully. But things aren’t exactly what they seem to be in this well crafted, finely acted film.

    We welcome you to join us at the Sesqui-Shop for our first presentation. Following this event, you can view these selected Idaho films inside the Modern Hotel.

    Space will be limited, so please arrive early.

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  • Modern Bar Cocktail Naming Contest

    November 1st, 2012 by webAdmin

    At the Modern, we’re pretty good at coming up with cocktails. Naming them…not so much. So we are holding a contest. Most cocktail naming contests begin with the cocktail, ours begins with the name. We’re up for a challenge. You give us the name; we’ll craft cocktails inspired by our favorites.

    Winners will receive a $15.00 gift card and have their drinks added to the The Modern Hotel & Bar’s menu. This contest will be open until we announce the winners on our website www.themodernhotel.com/blog and our social media sites.

    How to enter:
    To enter through Facebook, comment on the contest announcement with your drink name in quotes. On Twitter, reply to our post with your drink name and the hashtag #modernhotelbar

    The Rules

    1. There is no limit to the number of names a participant can submit. We’ll choose as
    many names as we like using completely subjective criteria.

    2. Names that are impolite or political in nature will not be considered. Literal titles such
    as “The Whiskey _________” or punny names are unlikely to be chosen, but you may
    surprise us!

    3. Contestants must be 21 years of age. By submitting your entry, you authorize The
    Modern Hotel & Bar to use your drink name in all print & online publications.

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