In the small town of Burley, Idaho there isn’t a whole lot of choice on things to do. Night life is limited, and choices are few. Over the years I have visited many bars in the area but there is only one that I would say is the absolute best karaoke bar in Burley, Riverside. The Riverside has a fun friendly atmosphere, good prices, and has been around for years, it’s locally owned and operated, and everyone in town knows where it’s at.
From rumors and stories, I’ve heard the Riverside has been in business for around 20 years. I actually used to work at the Riverside in 2007. My first night at work was fun, new, and exciting. I woke up the next morning to find out that my new place of employment had burned down. Thankfully the entire building wasn’t burned, it was just the back portion of it. They remodeled (fixed the damages) and the place is better than ever! Over the years they have added new features to the bar. Some of the features are: 2 pool tables at 75 cents a game (cheapest in town), largest dance floor, darts and games, large flat screen TV’s for sports entertainment, a DJ Friday and Saturday night, and last but not least Karaoke every Thursday night!
Karaoke night is awesome at the Riverside. Everyone gets involved in singing and dancing from the customers to the bartenders and bouncers. It’s a fun place go out and have some fun. Even if you are by yourself I guarantee that you will have someone talk to you by the end of the night. It’s a friendly place where locals go on the weekends to have tons of fun and let loose. The Riverside is open everyday of the week for diehards but the fun really begins on Thursdays Karaoke Night.
There are tons of different drinks out there to try, and from working at the Riverside I know they have some unique concoctions to knock you on your butt. The most powerful drinks I know of there is an AMF, and a Liquid Marijuana. Both of which are expensive like around $7.00 a glass (the size of a beer glass) but even just one of those and you’ll be feeling pretty. They also have all the classics: White Russian, Dirty Russian, Liquid Cocaine, Mixed drinks all vary in prices depending on the quality and quantity of the alcohol involved. Another local favorite are the Chili Bomb’s and the Jaeger Bomb’s both of which are around $5-6, definitely worth a try if you haven’t had one yet. The Chili Bomb is one of my all time favorites; it is a shot of Crown Royal with Red Bull (taken as a shot, the same with the Jaeger Bomb). For some extra flavor in your Chili Bomb I always enjoyed adding a shot of Pucker like raspberry, it makes it sweeter. Man I could go on for days about the drinks there, but overall great drinks for decent prices.
With drinks floating around bringing down everyone’s barriers Karaoke night takes off slowly building lots momentum. The more alcohol consumed the braver people are, and that’s when the fun starts. Some of the locals that attend Karaoke Night on Thursdays at the Riverside always sing the same song and have become classics. The classics are popular and everyone joins in on the good parts so the whole bar is backing them up. Its so cool. There are even a few locals that get up who are freakishly amazing with their talents for Karaoke. While others struggle to sound like a human and not an animal. Though I am proud to say that in all the years I have attended Karaoke at the Riverside I have never seen anyone booed off the stage. We small town people here in Burley, Idaho tend to applaud those for their feats. It isn’t easy getting up in front of a bar full of people and sing Karaoke. So don’t be afraid to come out and join us on Thursday Night for Karaoke at the Riverside Bar…..if you ever find yourself passing by. Oh and it really is right next to the Snake River, the name doesn’t lie.
The Riverside Bar & Grill
197 W Hwy 30 Burley, ID 83318
Source: Personal Experience