Friday, November 2, 2012

Happiest Hour: Warming up at Sean Kelly's

Posted By on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Missoula got a little chilly the past couple weeks. Fortunately, in trying to stave off that first steep heating bill for one more month, we don't need to look much further than the glasses in front of us.

This week: Warming up at Sean Kelly's

Why you’re here: That cold, rainy fall weather has finally settled in over Missoula, and a scotch on the rocks just isn’t cutting it anymore. Bars throughout town offer a host of hot, boozy alternatives, from the Irish Coffee to the Hot Toddy. Sean Kelly’s offers a bevy of specialty drinks, all for under $6. Hey, it’s cheaper than cranking up those baseboard heaters.

What to order for your caffeine boost: As an Irish pub, Sean Kelly’s would be derelict in its duties if it didn’t have Irish Coffee on the menu. Sean Kelly’s takes obligation up a notch. Don’t expect to find some discount swill here. This Irish Coffee’s made with Sean Kelly’s House Blend from Craven’s Coffee. The whiskey may not be local, but the coffee hails from your backyard. Bartender Bill Stubblefield says Irish Coffee came back into vogue “as soon as the sun started going down early and the rain came in.” He served four during a recent Friday lunch hour.

What to order for your sweet-tooth: Stubblefield quickly points out that the B-52 Coffee is far and away the most popular hot drink available. Underneath that mound of whipped cream is a lip-smacking mix of Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Grand Marnier. There’s also the chocolaty Cafe Victoria, the butterscotch-heavy Warm-up Hut and, of course, a Hot Spiced Apple Pie. Fighting off frostbite never tasted so good.

Where to point your feet: Sean Kelly’s is located downtown, half a block off Higgins, at 130 West Pine.

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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