To get you — and us — ready for the weekend, we'll post our new Happiest Hour column every Friday, a little before quitting time.
This week: The Forest Lounge
Claim to fame: An unapologetic alternative to Missoula’s more progressive, Suburu-driving, granola crowd. The parking lot is full of rusted Jeep Wagoneers and Chevy El Caminos. Blue-collar patrons wear grease-stained pants and dirt under their fingernails. And barflies aim to protect that heritage: a bumper sticker behind the bar reads, “Loggers, Miners, Ranchers and Farmers are the endangered species.”