TWIN FALLS — Did you know that Elevation 486 spent more than $80,000 on liquor in the 2017 fiscal year?
That's more than what was spent by any other Twin Falls bar, according to data collected by the Idaho State Liquor Division. But by sheer volume, the Pioneer Club surpassed all of the other bars in the city, buying more than 4,600 bottles.
Those numbers might seem shocking, but they're still low compared to our northern neighbors in the Wood River Valley.
A recent Big Story in the Times-News took an in-depth look at liquor licenses in Idaho, as well as some of the data that's available through state agencies. In case you missed it in the print edition, here's a roundup of the top 15 bars in south-central Idaho that bought the most bottles of liquor in FY 2017:
1. Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley — 14,107 bottles
2. Casino Club, Ketchum — 8,190 bottles
3. Pioneer Saloon, Ketchum — 5,371 bottles
4. Whiskey Jacques, Ketchum — 5,028 bottles
5. The Cellar Pub, Ketchum — 4,931 bottles
6. Pioneer Club, Twin Falls — 4,647 bottles
7. Anchor Bistro & Bar, Twin Falls — 4,434 bottles
8. Elevation 486, Twin Falls — 4,209 bottles
9. TF Brickhouse, Twin Falls — 4,042 bottles
10. Bellevue’s Silver Dollar Saloon, Bellevue — 3,844 bottles
11. Klover Klub Lounge, Twin Falls — 3,631 bottles
12. Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center, Twin Falls — 3,610 bottles
13. Jaker’s Restaurant & Bar, Twin Falls — 3,492 bottles
14. The Pocket, Twin Falls — 3,428 bottles
15. The Sawtooth Club — 3,387 bottles
For this week's Sunday Big Story, reporter Heather Kennison did a deep dive on Idaho's liquor license laws. She answered some essential questi…