You never know what you’ll find when you explore small town watering holes in our region. With spring just on the brink (or is it?), it’s time for a little adventure. And we’ve got a good starting place—a bar that you’ve probably driven past many times but at which you never thought to stop.
This week: Elk Range Lounge
Claim to Fame: The bar at Clearwater Junction shares a wall with a convenience store called Stoney’s Kwik Stop & Wildlife Gallery, all of which are located behind a giant plastic statue of a cow on wheels.
Who you’re drinking with: Kenny Price has owned the Elk Range Lounge, Stoney’s and the cow since 1997. He’s a laid-back character who tends bar and chats up the clientele, which includes locals from the Greenough area and staff from nearby tourist ranches like the E Bar L Ranch and the Paws Up resort. He’ll tell you stories about hunting in wild Alaska and about the time in 2001 when a Helena man torched the lounge. And the cow? “It gets shot at every year,” Price says casually.