Friday, June 17, 2011

Happiest Hour: Sean Kelly’s, A Public House

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Another cool spring day leaves us hankering for a warm shot of Jameson’s and a fat platter of comfort food slathered in thick dark gravy. That’s why we dedicate this week’s happiest hour to Sean Kelly’s.

What you’re doing: Getting your groove and sipping a Guinness while watching musicians who have day jobs rock out during Monday open mic nights. Brainiacs get their chance to shine when Sean Kelly’s hosts Fat Tire trivia Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Wednesday is bingo night, when lucky locals win enough cash to cover the evening’s bar tab.

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Who you’re drinking with: Just about everybody. Lawyers, city officials, and families frequent the place during the day, taking advantage of Sean Kelly’s savory cuisine. A more eclectic group converges at night (the place gets packed for pub trivia). Sean Kelly’s is lively. But it’s rarely rowdy. “We’re pretty chill,” says bartender Angie Aune. “We don’t have to kick people out very often.”

What you’re eating: Pasties. Made with shredded beef, potato, onion, carrot, veggies, and Guinness gravy, it’s all rolled into a flaky pastry crust and served alongside a pile of mashed potatoes with soup or salad for $12.95.

Ambiance: Dotted with pastoral pictures of foggy Irish lakes, Sean Kelly’s offers the chance to enjoy a quaint Irish pub without leaving downtown Missoula.

What you’re drinking: Whiskey is unsurprisingly popular. “I mean, Irish pub, Jameson style,” Aune says.

Specials: They vary and rotate nightly. Jack and Coke sells for $3 Mondays. Pitchers of New Belgium Ale run $7 Tuesday. Bartenders serve a bucket of five beers, either Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy or Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss, for $10 Wednesdays. A pint of Rainer is $2 any day of the week.

How to find it: 130 West Pine Street, off Higgins Ave.

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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