Friday, March 30, 2012

Happiest Hour: Hooters

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM

It's Friday and we're headed to Hooters.

What you’re drinking: The “Big Daddy,” a 25-ounce beer special for $3.85 that rotates monthly. Hooters also offers a full bar with aptly named drinks such as the “Blonde Bombshell,” made with Bailey’s, Kahlua, Grand Marnier and vodka.

What you’re eating: Wings. Hooters bartender Saskia Boogman says they’re best with extra sauce. “I always make sure to order them extra wet.” Hooters also serves salads, burgers and seafood.

What you’re doing: Flirting with Boogman and her coworkers. They’re not shy.

Ambiance: Hooters feels like a utopian sports bar. Country music plays on the radio. Basketball games play on wide-screen TVs. Boogman and her coworkers serve food and drinks in short-shorts and tight tank tops. A dimly lit casino with blinking gaming machines beckons those not otherwise distracted.

Who you’re drinking with: On a recent rainy Friday at lunchtime, it’s mostly men wearing ball caps. Boogman says the clientele diversifies on weekends, when families file in with kids and older patrons belly up to the bar. “Little old ladies love Hooters,” Boogman says. “It’s strange but true.”

Happiest Hour specials: Weekday afternoons between 3 and 6, domestic pints sell for $2 and microbrews and imports for $2.75; appetizers are two for one. Additional specials rotate nightly. (We recommend Thursday bingo nights, when margaritas run $1.50 and all-you-can eat wings sell for $12.99).

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How to find it: 3050 Stockyard Rd., just off North Reserve, across from the Hilton Garden Inn.

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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