Fiddler's Green: Watch Sports and Drink in Billings
This is a sports bar with a casual atmosphere. Several big screen TVs showing sports shows. A decent selection of beers and they served a good strong rum and coke. This place is much better for drinking than eating.
Dress Code: I saw sports T-shirts, cowboy attire, and biker attire.Related to:
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any old saloon in Whitefish: Whitefish
Whitefish, Montana has become a bit of a celebrity center with some Hollywooders having bought ranches to escape the southern California crush of people. It's a real old west town with great old saloons. The Palace and the Great Northern are both atmospheric old places with very friendly staff and a fine selection of local beers. Try the beers from the Laing Brewery or Melikian Ales from Whitefish Brewing.
This was on my first trip to the area in 1994 and when we drove through town in 2008 it did not seen quite as cool though I cannot say conclusively if that is the case. If in the area, check it out and let me know.Related to:
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The night life in Bozeman is...
The night life in Bozeman is dead! Even though there is a college in the town. The only places we found to drink had a lonely Draw Poker machine in the corner and two old cowboys at the black leather bar!
Dress Code: Dirty boots and a cowboy hat.
The 'city's' (population...
The 'city's' (population 20,000+) have typical dance clubs etc. Smaller town have Bars, just don't expect to see a mechanical bull. Pool Tables abound in them. Try 'Shooting some stick' sometime, but beware playing for money or worse yet, drinks.
Dress Code: Wear anything too flashy in the bars and you might wake up with a black eye. Keep it subtle. Blue Jeans and a plain shirt. Also, don't try to dress like a cowboy or rancher if you're not. Be friendly and the people will be too.
The Missoula Club: The Missoula Club
It is a down and dirty local pub with a jar of pickled gizards on the bar and poker machines in the back. Here you will find the best burger west of the Mississippi.
Dress Code: Nothing fancy. Jeans and boots will suffice.
Missoulla is a college town...
Missoulla is a college town so there are plenty of bars and casinos. Including the utterly hilarious 'Fred's' at the truck stop at the intersection of I-90 and Hwy 200 for all your nude dancing and alchohol needs. Check out the shirts they have for sale with the pig and sheep on them. Pretty funny...and somewhat true outside of Missoulla. In Superior dont miss the 4 aces and Doug's Montana bar. If you continue to the west on I-90 there's the Talking Bird Saloon in St.Regis and the 'Montana Bar' I think it's called in Saltese. There's only one bar in this metropolis so you cant miss it.
Dress Code: There is no dress code in this state.
The 'Stube on Big Mountain and...
The 'Stube on Big Mountain and the Great Northern in Whitefish.
The 'Stube is a great place to hang after a day of skiing. It has air hockey, intriguing paraphenalia all over the walls and doesn't mind having beer spilled on the floor. The Great Northern down the Mountain in Whitefish is a bit bigger and heats up later in the evening. And the atmosphere is downright brotherly.
Dress Code: dress code?
The Northern Bar, located in...
The Northern Bar, located in Whitefish, MT.
This is one of about only 3 or 4 places in the Flathead Valley where you can go for live music and dancing. It is more for the younger college crowd.
Dress Code: you can wear whatever you want...usually casual
Ennis Main Street with 3...
Ennis Main Street with 3 authentic western bars.
Ennis is a wonderful western town and the bars each have a unique atmosphere. Locals, fishermen, tourists, ranchers all mingle.
Dress Code: Jeans are the uniform of Montana. Cowboy hats and boots are optional, but they should be work-worn if you wear them.
The Virginia City Players at...
The Virginia City Players at the Opera House
Plays and vaudeville--lots of fun.
The Brewery Follies
Song, dance and comedy in an old brewery.
Great entertainment. The only working cremona in the US.
Dress Code: Jeans or casual
The New Atlas Bar in Columbus,...
The New Atlas Bar in Columbus, Montana is worth a stop.
The bar has been in business since before Prohibition, which coincidentally, looks like the last time the 60+ animal mounts in there were cleaned. We have been there about 5 times, and there were rarely ever more than about 3 other people there. That is what makes it great, you have a cool old bar to yourself! The back bar was moved from a bar in Butte, and just about all the furniture is original. There is even a little room towards the front where women were allowed to sit as they weren't allowed in the main bar in back in the 30's. Mel Gibson (yes, the actor) has a ranch nearby and he has reportedly stopped in for a beer.
Dress Code: You are safest in any Montana bar wearing Levi's, cowboy boots, a 'Rockin' R Bar' cap, and a ' I wish the Californians would leave' T-shirt.
Branding Iron:Annual Testicle...
Annual Testicle Festival: fried testicles served, live band, ideal to freak out on the Gitterbug.
PS: dentist needed for people lacking front teeth!!
Dress Code: Cowboyhot, Wrangler cowboy jeans, no teeth, hanging belly
Any riverbank with a...
Any riverbank with a relatively flat surface, shady trees, and reasonable lack of mud makes for the perfect campsite along Montana's wild and scenic river, assuming of course that the spot isn't private property. Bureau of Land Management maps detail which areas are accessible for camping, and which aren't.
Imagine waking up before dawn, looking up and seeing an August moon so bright, a flashlight is unnecessary. The Missouri River flow provides ambient background music, and birds sing their morning wakeup call. Now imagine looking ahead and seeing a rabbit scamper across your campsite. The serenity and calm makes the daily hustle of a city seem so irrelevant.
Dress Code: Cotton garments are strictly prohibited! Nylon, CoolMax, polyester -- possibly GoreTex if it rains. (GoreTex, of course, named for the 2000 presidential candidates.) Mornings along the river can be chilly, so bring a polar fleece vest, especially if you're not naturally well-insulated.
290 Izaak Walton Inn Road, Essex, Montana, 59916, United States
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