Friday, March 2, 2012

Happiest Hour: Flipper's Casino

Posted By on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM

We're starving. And we've got a craving that only a bacon cheeseburger from Flipper's can satisfy. That's why we're spending this week's Happiest Hour at Flipper's Casino.

Ambiance: Sidling up to the long, smooth wooden bar in the dimly lit casino, it’s easy to feel at home. If you’re looking for friendly chatter, this is the place to go. Flip’s vibe is one of a neighborhood watering hole. A handful of regulars hold court here daily. The place develops a distinctly hipster vibe as the evening wears on and young people in skinny jeans and hi-top Converse file in.

What you’re doing: Watching football, baseball and game shows on one of several TVs. Flippers is like a kid’s clubhouse, except for the adults who like to gamble, play pool and shoot faux wildlife while playing Big Buck Hunter. Patrons seem to enjoy “shooting at things that don’t shoot back,” says casino owner Ross Bittner.


What you’re drinking: Roscoe’s Red, an amber ale made especially for Flip’s by Kettlehouse. The casino also serves wine and a variety of micro and domestic brews.

What you’re eating: We’re not sure what the secret is, but we think Flipper’s bacon cheeseburgers, with pepper jack, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onions, with fries on the side, are the best in town.

Specials: Rotate nightly; we recommend the Friday night burger and a domestic pint deal for $9.

How to find it: 125 South 3rd St. W., just off Higgins Ave.

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

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