Barbacoa is on fire.
Wait, let me rephrase that ...
Ah, heck, let’s just go with it: Barbacoa is on fire. But this time, as opposed to the unfortunate blaze in early 2010, it’s only figuratively.
Barbacoa is the No. 1 bar in the Treasure Valley based on the amount of cash it spent on booze purchases from the Idaho State Liquor Division during fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30.
Barbacoa dropped $261,443 on liquor. That means Barbacoa sold a ton of premium hooch to customers. Just remember, these numbers have nothing to do with beer and wine. The state doesn't regulate those. (That didn't, however, stop me from posting the ridiculous Internet baby photo above.)
The stylish restaurant and bar at 276 Bobwhite Court in Boise is on a roll. Barbacoa was a two-time winner in last month’s Best of Treasure Valley readers’ choice awards, picking up the top honors for Best Fine Dining and Best Happy Hour.
But back to the liquor stats: In Boise, China Blue/Dirty Little Roddy’s ($232,333, 15,168 bottles) and Main Street Bistro ($218,834, 14,849) — both run by the same bar owner — actually purchased slightly more bottles than Barbacoa in fiscal year 2012, which gives them the victory in sheer quantity. But they paid less for those bottles, indicating that they sold less high-end liquor. Which makes sense. Barbacoa is a high roller kind of hangout, right?
Statewide, Barbacoa spent the third highest amount on liquor. Only Coeur d’Alene Resort ($336,851) and Sun Valley Lodge ($306,940) spent more.
Despite strong finishes, Downtown Boise mainstays China Blue and Hannah’s both spent significantly less than in fiscal year 2011, suggesting a bit of a slowdown. After a massive initial liquor purchase by newbie The Matador, which debuted at No. 2 among Treasure Valley bars in fiscal year 2011, the popular tequila destination slipped to No. 7 overall in the Valley for 2012. And the Knitting Factory Concert House has dropped out of the top 20 among Valley bars for the first time — a reflection of how tough the concert business has become. You’ll notice the top 20 debut of second-floor Downtown newcomer Fattys Bar. Also, Mack & Charlie's, which spent a whopping $193,771 during fiscal year 2009, has plummeted since to $99,737 — just outside the top 20.
Here are the Treasure Valley numbers for alcohol purchased from the Idaho State Liquor Division during fiscal year 2012, listed by bar, dollars spent and number of bottles:
1. Barbacoa $261,443, 14,560
2. China Blue/Dirty Little Roddy’s $232,334, 15,168
3. Main Street Bistro $218,834, 14,849
4. Reef/Brickyard $182,815, 12,502
5. Tom Grainey’s/Basement $153,244, 10,597
6. Bardenay - Boise $149,755, 12,865
7. Matador $147,960, 7,870
8. Hannah’s $ 136,605, 10,094
9. Bittercreek Alehouse/Redfeather $134,443, 8,096
10. Ranch Club $134,068, 8,679
11. Buffalo Club $129,859, 9,156
12. Cowgirls Saloon $124,823, 9,493
13. Chandlers Steakhouse $121,626, 5,678
14. Balcony Club $121,262, 9,424
15. Pengilly’s Saloon $117,952, 8,403
16. Neurolux $117,522, 9,358
17. Fattys Bar $107,419, 8,297
18. Mulligan’s/Prestigious Event Catering $106,456, 9,034
19. Cactus Bar $104,780, 11,510
20. Cafe Ole (Downtown location) $102,746, 6,860
You can make your eyes bleed by reading the full 28-page liquor report from the state here.
Bottoms up, Idaho.