Friday, September 9, 2011

Happiest Hour: The Rhino

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Cold mornings and warm afternoons make us hunger for bubbly beverages. That's why we're spending this week's Happiest Hour at the Rhino.

What you’re drinking: The Rhino is a boozer’s paradise. The cozy tavern has it all. In addition to serving what’s likely the Garden City’s best scotch selection, seven different types of gin, and bacon-infused vodka, the Rhino offers 90 different types of beer, including Blackfoot IPA, Rogue Smoke Ale and Bayern Oktoberfest. It’s the beer selection that earns the Rhino the top spot in the Missoula Independent’s reader’s poll year after year. We like the fact that the bar reinforces our drinking habits, too, awarding those capable of downing each of the beer’s 50 tap beers during an undefined period of time a T-shirt that says, “There’s 50 ways to love your liver.”

Who you’re drinking with: The Rhino hosts one of Missoula’s most eclectic crowds including fedora-topped hipsters in skinny jeans and college kids sporting Griz gear who mingle among working folks wearing Carhartt and flannel. “It’s a good place for day drinking,” says Rhino bartender Anne Hanks.


Ambiance: The bar’s decor does homage to its namesake. Faded photos of thick-skinned ungulates dot red brick walls. A life-sized faux rhino head, mighty tusk pointing at patrons lining the Rhino’s long wooden bar, serves as the tavern’s decorative centerpiece.

Specials: rotate daily. Pabst sells for $1.75 Mondays; 7 oz. beer tasters run $1.50 Tuesdays; Thursday is Pint Night, during which the Rhino offers rotating ale specials and you get to keep the glass. (Last week’s Pint Night featured Stella Artois for $5.25). Pints of Montana-brewed beer are $3.50 on Saturdays; Miller High Life runs $1.75 on Sundays. “Every hour is happy here,” Hanks says.

What you’re doing: Playing shuffleboard and shooting pool. Both are free on Sundays.

How to find it: The Rhino sits at the corner of Ryman and Front streets.

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

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