Happiest Hour 

Double Front Lounge

Atmosphere: The basement lounge beneath the Double Front Café is like a cozy, dimly lit clubhouse that smells of fried food. What could be better? Regular cribbage players battle it out on bar stools as country and classic rock filter from the jukebox.

Who's pouring your drinks: Thor Morten is the feisty bartender who knows your name. He's a quick draw when it comes to pouring drinks, and he always has a friendly smile and a twinkle in his eye when he's slinging out the sass, too.

What you're drinking: Happy Hour at the lounge hits between 3 and 6 PM each day with $1 off pitchers and 50 cents off draft beer and well drinks. There's usually a bartender's special, as well. Get there early enough and Thor might let you pick it.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY ERIKA FREDRICKSON

What you're eating: You can't resist the fried chicken. (A regular dinner is two breasts and two wings for $8.50.) And if you're smart you'll pair it with a pint of red beer—light beer and either clamato or tomato juice—to help digest all the grease. Plus, it's cool because the chicken arrives via a dumbwaiter from the kitchen upstairs.

When to go: Anytime you need to go underground. Or, when it's your birthday since you can get a chicken dinner for free. Yes. Free.

How to find the lounge: It's called "Double Front" for a reason. Enter through the door at 122 W. Alder and head downstairs, or make you're way through the Railroad St. entrance near the train tracks.

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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