old post g&t

What it is: Gin and tonic served over ice in a pint glass with two lime wedges. And … ? Nope. That’s it.

So, um, what’s the deal? When we order ours at The Old Post Pub, longtime bartender Pat Allgeier gives us a double-take. “You mean the big one?” he asks, before admitting not many folks order the grizzly anymore. “There’s a key on the computer [point-of-sale system] for it, so it’s been around for a while,” says Allgeier, who has tended bar at The Old Post for nearly 10 years. “But it’s not as popular now. I’d say 90 percent of the students don’t even know about it.”

In other words, this is an old-school order that could earn you some cred at a few of downtown’s older establishments.

How much does it cost? Five bucks.

How to order it: Ask for it by name, or just say you want your G&T “grizzly style.” While it’s being poured, make note of the Frank Sinatra quote that hangs above The Old Post bar: “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”

Why you’re ordering it: It’s summer. Allgeier says mojitos and margaritas are the bar’s most popular summer cocktails, but gin and tonics are a close third.

Where to drink it: On the Old Post’s back patio, which is a perfect—and popular—drinking spot during Missoula’s warmer months.

Where to find it: The Old Post Pub is located at 103 W. Spruce St.