Monday, October 17, 2011

Happiest Hour: Buffalo Wild Wings

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 12:29 PM

In this week's Happiest Hour, we hunt for a stool at Missoula's new Buffalo Wild Wings franchise.

Why you’re here: Because it’s Saturday evening, the Griz just overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to beat Portland State 30-24 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium—and despite hours of tailgating, you’re still craving meat, beer and a celebratory atmosphere.

Atmosphere: Apparently every other Griz fan in Missoula has the same idea, because Buffalo Wild Wings, which opened last month in front of Home Depot off North Reserve Street, is packed and Griz gear abounds. Everyone’s gnawing spicy chicken wings and watching college football and playoff baseball on the big screens. And they’re really big—nine 10-foot projection TVs, plus about 30 42-inchers.

What you’re drinking: Something light to wash down your basket of wings. With 20 beers on tap, there’re lots of options, including local brews from the Kettlehouse, Big Sky and Bayern. Happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with $3 domestic “talls” and $3 Jack Daniels, Captain Morgan, and Absolut drinks.

What you’re eating: Your lips and fingers are covered with deliciously spicy wing sauce, and so is your beer glass, because the sauce is so spicy you don’t take the time to wipe your hands before taking a swig.

How to find it: 2615 Radio Way, off Union Pacific Street.

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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