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Thursday, July 30, 2009

#859 - The Symposion Boise, ID - 7/24/2009

Updated Sep 26, 2019

The Symposion, Boise, ID
"In ancient Greece, the symposium (Greek: συμπόσιον symposion or symposio, from συμπίνειν sympinein, "to drink together") was a part of a banquet that took place after the meal, when drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation." (wikipedia)

The Sympiosion -- or "The Sympo" to regulars -- appears much as I remember it when I last went there ten years ago. Founder and owner Victor Cocotis passed away April 12, 2018, but his creation, described as "The neighborhood bar without a neighborhood," carries on. At least for now that is, there are some articles about a new land owner and a potential ballpark on the property, which now seems to stand in a little oasis of undeveloped space between busy highways on the east side of Boise, the now demolished warehouses making its blue and white, columned doorway and surrounding trees seem all the more oddly out of place.

Inside there is still a fairly typical dive bar, but for the division into several separate rooms. Bartender Michelle was serving up the standard modern dive mix of cheap beers, craft beers, and strong, simple cocktails, in a structure built in 1918, a large "Cocktails" sign on the roof, and who knows what kind of residents preceding the bar. It's the sort of oddity one hopes survives as long as possible, and you'll want to remember to patronize now and then if you have the chance.

2801 Fletcher St., Boise, ID - 208-342-9420                              
Est. 1975 - Building constructed: 1918
Previous bars in this location: None known
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Articles: yelpboiseweekly - tripadvisorboisedev 

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