Best Bar

The Top Hat

The Top Hat is a favorite for many things….the food, the drink selection, the music, the atmosphere. The music caters to all interests including Family Friendly Friday.

134 W. Front St.

728-9865

tophatlounge.com

Finalists, Best Bar

2. The Rhino. 158 Ryman. 721-6061. therhinomissoula.com

3. (tie) Al's & Vic's. 119 W. Alder. 728-4804. alsandvics.com and Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

Best Bar Food

Thomas Meagher Bar

The Irish-themed bar named for Montana's first territorial governor proves that old adage: There's no such thing as too many varieties of mac and cheese.

130 W. Pine St.

540-4402

thomasmeagherbar.com

Finalists, Best Bar Food

2. James Bar. 127 W Alder St. 721-8158. jamesbarmontana.com

3. Top Hat. 134 W. Front St. 728-9865. tophatlounge.com

Best Bar for a Stiff Pour

Al's & Vics

Sure, you can sip some whiskey or drink a beer in this classic bar on Alder Street. Or you can order a Moscow Mule that really has a kick.

119 W. Alder

728-4804

alsandvics.com

Finalists, Best Bar for a Stiff Pour

2. Charlie B's. 428 N. Higgins Ave. 721-3808

3. The Rhino. 158 Ryman. 721-6061. therhinomissoula.com

Best Bartender

Amir-Conflux Brewing

Finalists, Best Bartender

2. Todd Stenson

3. Jake Hensely

Best Beer Selection

The Rhino

The Rhinoceros is the Hoptimum place to find beers from all over — and all over brewery-rich Montana. Say no to macrobrews and say hello to a Haybag Hefeweizen.

158 Ryman

721-6061

therhinomissoula.com

Finalists, Best Beer Selection

2. Orange Street Food Farm. 701 S. Orange St. 543-3188. orangestreetfoodfarm.com

3. Worden's.  451 N. Higgins Ave. 549-1293. wordens.com  

Best Bloody Mary

Tamarack Brewing

The bloody mary bar from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday is what makes Tamarack a winner. Make a bloody mary to suit your taste by adding any of the many spices, vegetables and more.

231 W. Front St.

830-3113

tamarackbrewing.com

Finalists, Best Bloody Mary

2. Last Run Inn, Montana Snowbowl. 1700 Snowbowl Road. 549-9777. montanasnowbowl.com

3. Montgomery Distillery. 129 W. Front St. 926-1725. montgomerydistillery.com

Best Brew

Draught Works

Draught Works brews Missoula readers’ favorites such as the Pineapple Express, That’s What She Said and Clothing Optional, and they can be found in most grocery stores in Missoula and around Montana.

915 Toole Ave.

541-1592

draughtworksbrewery.com

Finalists, Best Brew

2. Missoula Brewing Company, Highlander. 200 International Drive. 549-8193. highlanderbeer.com

3. Cold Smoke from Kettlehouse. 313 N. First St. W. 602 Myrtle. 830-3163. 313 N. First St. W. 406-215-1979. kettlehouse.com

Best Brewery

Draught Works

Not only does Draught Works brew some of Missoula’s favorite beer, it also features a wrap-around patio open year round and a toy corner for kids. Draught Works also brews its own root beer.

915 Toole Ave.

541-1592

draughtworksbrewery.com

Finalists, Best Brewery

2. Kettlehouse. 313 N. First St. W. 602 Myrtle. 830-3163. 313 N. First St. W. 406-215-1979. kettlehouse.com

3. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

Best Casino

Flippers

Flippers casino features 17 gaming machines and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

125 S. Third St. W.

721-4895

Finalists, Best Casino

2. Silver Slipper. 4055 US-93. 251-5402. thesilverslipperlounge.com

3. Silvertip Casino. 680 S.W. Higgins Ave. 728-5643. silvertipcasino.com

Best Cocktail Selection

Plonk

Plonk has an extensive list of cocktails including standbys like mojitos and martinis. But try the Maker’s Ginger, Sage Margarita, Pineapple Express or Cucumber Cilantro Gimlet.

322 N. Higgins Ave.

926-1791

plonkwine.com

Finalists, Best Cocktail Selection

2. Montgomery Distillery. 129 W. Front St. 926-1725. montgomerydistillery.com

3. Saketome. 137 W. Front St. 925-2555. saketomesushi.com

Best Distillery

Montgomery Distillery

Montgomery Distillery uses its own wheat and rye at the Montgomery family ranch near Lewistown. It also distributes its spirits in several locations in Montana, Washington and Colorado. You can even sign up for a tour of the facility.

129 W. Front St.

926-1725

montgomerydistillery.com

Finalists, Best Distillery

2. Lolo Creek Distillery. 6610 US-12, Lolo. 926-2803. 

3. Montana Distillery. 631 Woody. 541-1889. mtdistillery.com

Best Dive Bar

Charlie B’s

Not only have readers voted it Best Dive Bar, but Charlie B’s has also been voted as one of the best dive bars in the country by The Daily Meal. Charlie B’s opens at 8 a.m. and stays that way until 2 a.m., and the regulars can be found there before noon.

428 N. Higgins Ave.

721-3808

Finalists, Best Dive Bar

2. Al's & Vic's. 119 W. Alder. 728-4804. alsandvics.com

3. The Rhino. 158 Ryman. 721-6061. therhinomissoula.com 

Best Happy Hour

Jaker's Bar & Grill 

Jaker’s Happy Hour features half off well, drafts and house wine, $3 off appetizers and $3 off premium liquor. Not only is its happy hour daily from 4 to 6 p.m. but also Sunday-Wednesday: 9-11 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday 9 p.m.-midnight.

3515 Brooks

721-1312

jakers.com/missoula

Finalists, Best Happy Hour

2. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

3. The Top Hat. 134 W. Front St. 728-9865. tophatlounge.com

Best Karaoke Bar

Bowl Dog Lounge at Westside Lanes

The Bowl Dog Lounge at Westside Lines features karaoke with Solid Sound Karaoke on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and the second and last Saturday of each month. It has a large song catalog with everything from country to hip-hop.

1615 Wyoming

721-5263

missoulabowling.com

Finalists, Best Karaoke Bar

2. The Badlander. 208 Ryman St. 549-0235

3. The Dark Horse. 1805 Regent. 728-0934

Best Late-Night Munchies

Pie Hole

For a late dinner, after bar closing time snack or to stave off a craving, the Pie Hole in downtown Missoula serves pizza by the slice, whole pizzas, bread sticks and salads is open until 3 a.m.

525 N. Higgins Ave.

926-2233

pieholemissoula.com

Finalists, Best Late-Night Munchies

2. Oxford Saloon. 337 N. Higgins Ave. 549-0117. the-oxford.com

3. Taco Bell. Multiple locations. tacobell.com 

Best Place for a First Date

Gild

For a first date enjoy a brew on the Hip Strip, have lunch or dinner during the week or brunch on Sunday. Or even enjoy vintage and new arcade and pinball games in the Gild’s Basement Arcade.

515 S. Higgins Ave.

926-3258

gildbrewing.com

Finalists, Best Place for a First Date

2. Conflux Brewing. 200 E. Main St. 926-3589. confluxbrewing.com

3. James Bar. 127 W Alder St. 721-8158. jamesbarmontana.com

Best Place to Dance

Sunrise Saloon

Country music fans with their western gear and dancing shoes flock to the only dedicated country western music venue in Missoula.

1101 Strand Ave.

728-1559

sunrisesaloonandcasino.com

Finalists, Best Place to Dance

2. Union Club Bar & Grill. 208 E. Main St. 728-7980. unionclubbarandgrill.com

3. The Badlander. 208 Ryman St. 549-0235

Best Place for Live Music

The Top Hat

It’s no wonder the Top Hat took this category — while it’s not the most scenic venue (second place), nor the most historic (third place), it is the most accessible, with a wide variety of free concerts, family-friendly shows and every genre of music one could want from touring groups. Plus, in its tightly-packed interior, everyone in the bar has a front-row view. 

134 W. Front St.

728-9865

tophatlounge.com

Finalists, Best Place for Live Music

2. Kettlehouse Amphitheater. 605 Cold Smoke Lane, Bonner. 406-830-4640. logjampresents.com

3. The Wilma. 131 S. Higgins Ave. 728-2521. thewilma.com

Best Place to Mingle if You Are Single

Sunrise Saloon

Being voted the reader’s favorite place to dance, it makes sense that it is also voted favorite place to mingle if your are single. So head over to dance, drink, eat, and enjoy the company.  

728-1559

sunrisesaloonandcasino.com

Finalists, Best Place to Mingle if You Are Single

2. The Top Hat. 134 W. Front St. 728-9865. tophatlounge.com

3. Draught Works. 

915 Toole Ave. 541-1592. draughtworksbrewery.com

Best Place to Play Pool

Three in the Side

Three in the Side is the only billiards hall in downtown Missoula. It also has darts, arcade games and a full bar. Opens at 2 p.m. every day.

147 W. Broadway

543-0646

Finalists, Best Place to Play Pool

2. Union Club Bar & Grill. 208 E. Main St. 728-7980. unionclubbarandgrill.com

3. Al's & Vic's. 119 W. Alder. 728-4804. alsandvics.com

Best Sports Bar

Thomas Meagher Bar 

Your new favorite place to watch all things sports, featuring 11 HD TVs and a 133" projector screen. 

130 W. Pine St.

540-4402

thomasmeagherbar.com

Finalists, Best Sports Bar

2. Press Box. 835 E. Broadway. 721-1212. pressboxsportsbar.com

3. Desperado Sports Tavern. 3101 S. Russell. 549-9651