The Snake Pit, North Idaho

The Snake Pit Review

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The Snake Pit
1480 Coeur d’Alene River Rd, Kingston, ID 83839
(208) 682-3453


Price: $$$$$
Food Quality:
★★☆☆☆
Date Night:
★★☆☆☆
Family Night: ★★★★★
Casual Cocktails: ★★★★★
Business Cocktails: ★★☆☆☆
Business Dinner: ★☆☆☆☆
Coco Chanel: ★☆☆☆☆
Hipster Commune:
★☆☆☆☆
Pair A Nice Red With That: ★☆☆☆☆
Perfect Tawny Finish: 
★☆☆☆☆


Positives: Good, God! The Snake Pit is the hippest, most fantastic, insulting, magical, raw, natural, honest, authentic, absurdly atrocious place in all the inland northwest. Mother of mercy, there is a bridge just up the road that traverses the Coeur d’Alene River. Upon that bridge, at least during the summer months, the who’s who of north Idaho white trash take it upon themselves to jump off it, all of perhaps 50 feet, into said Cd’A River. The phenomenon is like watching a herd of wildebeests navigate the upper reaches of the Nile – random, natural, raw, and some will die, yet such is the natural order of things. In the end, all us bourgeois elite can do is observe in majestic wonder!

You’ll love The Snake Pit. It’s ambiance is Old West, as well it should be. The Snake Pit is the oldest operating bar in all of Idaho and it comes with a rich history of call girls, miners, and cowboys. The surrounding area (Kingston, Idaho) is part of the larger Silver Valley region.

The Snake Pit and it’s surrounding environs represent the soul of north Idaho from multiple perspectives.

Snake Pit Bridge Coeur d'Alene River
It might look tranquil now but during high summer this bridge over the Coeur d’Alene River a few hundred feet down the road from The Snake Pit plays host to a wild rumpus.

Negatives: It’s simple, mostly deep fried bar food and you’ll have a hard time pairing a good wine with it.

Recommendation: Love The Snake Pit! It’s the most unique man-made destination in north Idaho. Allow that north Idaho culture to wash over you in all of its splendor.