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.
Atmosphere: The lounge has a casino flavor, but it's anything but bland. At least 700 signed one-dollar bills cover the walls. Saws and saw blades add an antique dimension to the place, and some of the saw blades have been hand-painted with scenes of mountains and country fields, giving the bar a little artistic flair.
What you're drinking: No drink specials here, but you can get cozy on a chilly afternoon with a pint of Moose Drool for $3. Add a pickled egg for $1.
Where to find it: At the junction of Montana Highway 200 and Montana Highway 83 near the Clearwater River. It's by the cow. You can't miss it.
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