Friday, April 16, 2010

Happiest Hour: Reno Casino

Posted By on Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 4:00 PM


From where we're sitting it's shaping up to be a good weekend. And so, to get us — and you — ready for the coming days, here's our latest installment of Happiest Hour.

This week: East Missoula's Reno Casino

Claim to fame: On a recent afternoon, the only patrons consisted of two white-haired locals chatting underneath the rusty animal traps and antique guns that adorn the bar’s walls. But on Friday and Saturday nights the historic bar—a liquor license on the wall dates the Reno back to 1937—draws a raucous crowd of college kids, folks passing through town and East Missoula locals. “We always have something crazy going on,” says bartender Vickie Nelson.

Atmosphere: See picture.

Who you’re drinking with: Nearby trailer park residents early in the day, blue-collar guys as the afternoon wears on. Pool sharks and die-hard karaoke singers flood the place on the weekend.

What you’re drinking: “We go through a lot of Bud, Bud Light,” Nelson says.

Happy Hour specials: Fifty cents off all drinks Monday through Friday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

How to get there: The Reno Casino is located a half-mile east of I-90 on Highway 200.

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