Once again your fellow barflies at the Indy bring you a happy hour preview at the cusp of a welcome weekend. See you where the drinks flow cheap.
This week: Boomer's Pub and veteran bartender Dave Adler.
Who’s pouring your drinks: Dave Adler’s been at the taps for 18 years, since Boomer’s went by the name Squire’s. He works two nights a week “as a hobby” and most everyone in here knows his name. Adler might not remember theirs, but he prides himself on always matching a familiar face to a familiar drink.
What he’s putting in your glass: Happy hour’s a hit Monday through Friday, with $1.50 domestic drafts and $2 well drinks. Any other time, just pick your poison. “We’ll make anything you want,” Adler says, pouring a line of Fireball shots.
Why he’s in Missoula: Adler grew up in Minneapolis, Minn., but says he migrated to Philipsburg in the late ’80s to open a bottled water company. He took a bartending gig at Squire’s Pub in 1992—so he could watch football—and never left. “I’m here for the people I know,” Adler says. “When I need to get something done, when my garage door breaks on a Friday morning, I get help right away...Plus I get great entertainment—chick fights and stuff. You see the best and worst of everybody.”
What he’s done for Boomer’s: The March Madness games brought in some sizable crowds, Adler says, though the bar didn’t buy the package. They tend to focus on baseball and football, with more than a dozen flatscreens airing all the games Missoula could want. It’s a Midwestern bar, Adler adds. A Cubs and Twins stronghold. You want to catch the Vikings game? Head to Boomer’s. Adler’s two steps ahead of you.
How to find the joint: Boomer’s is at 2021 Brooks St., just north of Ruby’s Café. Happy hour lasts Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.