Friday, January 31, 2014

Happiest Hour: Laughing Grizzly Bar & Grill-Casino

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 2:59 PM

We're spending Super Bowl Sunday at the Laughing Grizzly.

Ambiance: Laughing Grizzly owner Keegan Eisenstadt calls the establishment’s vibe “whimsical” and “silly.” Mardi Gras beads adorn a bison head above the fireplace and a massive, brightly lit wheel near the front door (think roulette) invites patrons to spin it to win a free drink. Be warned, however: In order to cash in on the drink, you’ll have to complete a task that’s dictated by the slot you’ve landed on, such as howling like a wolf in front of other patrons.

What you’re drinking: Local pours, including gin and vodka from Montgomery Distillery and Montana-made ales.

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Specials: Tons to choose from here. There’s a $6 bottomless mimosa special on weekends between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. As for Happy Hour, which runs Sunday through Thursday afternoons between 4 and 6, domestic drafts and well drinks run $2, while craft beers cost $3. On Thursday nights, the bar holds free alcohol tastings hosted by experts who discuss the history and composition of different libations.

About the owner: Eisenstadt rattles off all of these Laughing Grizzly specials with the enthusiasm of a man who aims to please. Eisenstadt, who’s also the CEO of the environmental consulting firm Clear Sky Climate Solutions, opened the establishment on Dec. 11 in the space that formerly housed Cyrus Skinner’s Steakhouse.

What you’re eating: “Montana comfort food, with a little green chili kick,” says Eisenstadt, who used to live in New Mexico. Examples include the green chili cheeseburger ($9.95), which is served with your choice of fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, veggies, cup of soup or house salad, and “Moose Drops” (also $9.95), which are deep-fried steak cubes served with sweet, citrusy or spicy dipping sauce.

How to find it: 2300 West Broadway, between Mullan Road and North Palmer Street.

Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, email editor@missoulanews.com.

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