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The remodeled Mississippi Studios that debuted last year was impressive enough, but now the venue has taken over the former Mississippi Station restaurant and amazing patio to create an oh-so-Portland indie fun zone in Boise. The menu is simple: basic (and we hear delicious) burgers, fries, onion, rings, one salad, and a few sweet treats, plus of course, plenty of beer, cocktails and wine. It’s all you need, really, to fuel a rockin’ summer evening. We’ll be there on Sundays enjoying the free outdoor acoustic Mississippi Summer Sessions (3-7 p.m.) Liz Hummer, 8/6/10
This spacious patio is suited to comfortably accommodate large gatherings, and it even has what is referred to as the "secret garden," a small, quiet space tucked away in back, away from all of the bustle of the music venue that the building also houses. But thanks to Mississippi Studios, you can often find bands playing the patio on summer afternoons and evenings when the sun is shining.
Forecast: Rather enormous, the patio easily seats 150 people, so finding seating for that sizeable party of friends should never be a problem. But if for some reason you can't find a seat, you can always stand around one of the two freestanding fireplaces.
SPF: Much of the seating is protected by transparent porticos that keep the rain out while letting the sun shine through.
Advisory: Smoking is permitted and so are friendly, leashed dogs. Even kids are okay until 9 p.m. Also, you must order at the bar, but Bar Bar makes it easy on you by providing a take-out window from which you can get a drink without having to go inside.
Barometer: To put it simply, Bar Bar serves burgers, so ask the bartender what the monthly special is, and precede it with the Bar Bar Superstar (a muddled cucumber Martini made with with either local vodka or gin).