Friday, October 1, 2010

Happiest Hour: Harry David's

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 3:00 PM

It's been a long week of being a polite, hard-working professional at your job. Time to get over it. In case you need a place to get a little bit wild with a fairly no-fuss crowd, we offer you our latest Happiest Hour profile for the week.

This week: Harry David's

Claim to fame: A surprisingly raucous party atmosphere for a bar located in a strip mall next to the Modern Beauty School and near Southgate Mall.

What to wear: “You can come in here with pajama bottoms and a tank top and be treated like you’re in a fancy restaurant,” says bartender Brandy Lavoie.

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Entertainment: Harry David’s basically has a new theme every night. Most Wednesdays you’ll see live hip-hop groups hitting the stage, including Koshir and Frodie. Once a month, metal bands grind out heavy riffs. Other nights feature live country or classic rock, or club music from local DJs. The bar also hosts special events like “Redneck Sadie Hawkins Night.” For a full lineup, check out www.harrydavidsbar.com.

What you’re singing: Live band karaoke on Thursday nights means that you can request anything from a 1,500 song list from local variety band Party Trained, led by guitarist Jesse Hamilton, and sing along like the rock star you think you are.

What you’re drinking: WTF Wednesday offers all you can drink Miller Lite for $8. Ladies’ Night Thursday features $10 pitchers of Long Island Iced Tea and NFL Mondays offers $2 domestic and well drinks for men. For the traditionalist: PBR pitchers are $5 all day, every day.

What you’re munching: The Wild Moose Grill inside the bar serves deep fried everything, plus Cajun and barbecue specials like the Louisiana Bayou Burger with fries for $6 and potato skins with barbecue brisket for $6.75. Cheapskate? Get the free popcorn.

Who you’re drinking with: A variety of townies. “Anybody’s welcome here,” says Lavoie. “We have every race, the gay community and bikers. We’re trying for the college kids.”

Where to find it: 2700 Paxon St. near the Southgate Mall.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail editor@missoulanews.com.

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