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Montana Nightlife

The Bacchus Pub
105 West Main Street
Suite 1a
Bozeman , Montana
Tel: 406 522 0079

Housed in Bozeman's historic Baxter Hotel, The Bacchus Pub has been a gathering place for thirsty locals since 1929. Though it's been through several renovations, the pub continues to have an old world, and inexplicably European, charm. Painted monk heads, wooden arches, and low-hanging medieval-style chandeliers adorn the ceiling, giving a warm, cavernous feel, made all the warmer by the pub's working fireplace. For a classic Montanan zing, try a Moscow Mule, a mix of vodka, ginger beer, and lime served in a copper mug. If ginger's not your thing, opt for one of the many huckleberry-infused vodka cocktails. From rowdy college students to retired ski bums, everyone is welcomed and well cared for, attended to by a refill-happy wait staff and heavy-handed bartenders.— Isabel Sterne

Open daily 11 am to 1 am.

Big Sky Brewing Company
5417 Trumpeter Way
Missoula , Montana
Tel: 800 559 2774

Sit down in any bar in western Montana, and pretty soon you'll hear someone order a Moose Drool. A strange-sounding order, but a great beer from this brewery five minutes outside Missoula. The taproom is open until early evening Monday to Saturday. (Brewery tours are available on Fridays.) Besides the Moose Drool, a best-selling brown ale, try the award-winning Scape Goat Pale Ale.

Bozeman Brewing Company
504 N. Broadway
Bozeman , Montana
Tel: 406 585 9142

You're not going to find the Bozeman Brewing Company's taproom by accident, which is fine with the regulars who pack the place most weeknights. The bar is five blocks off Bozeman's main strip, next to a lumberyard, and has no real sign, except for a neon light and a few bumper stickers on the gray metal front door. For the last two years, Todd Scott has been brewing in this north-side neighborhood, with a small bar that's open until eight and often has at least five beers on tap, like its signature Bozone Select Amber Ale or summertime Belgium Wit, an oat-and-wheat beer with hints of coriander and orange.

Oxford Saloon
337 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula , Montana
Tel: 406 546 0117

Try closing down this bar, and you'll be here a while. According to myth, the Oxford Saloon hasn't closed in the last 100 years. No one's really sure about that date, but you'll notice some of the doors don't even have locks. The bar is on the corner of Higgins and Pine and draws a mixed Missoula crowd who amuse themselves by playing poker, shooting pool, and bolting down inexpensive hamburgers from the adjoining café.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.