Happiest Hour 

The Broadway Sports Bar and Grill

Atmosphere: The inside of the Broadway is pretty standard: restaurant seating, pool tables on one end, a dance floor on the other, and a stage that hosts weekly comedy acts and DJs. What stands out is the number of televisions—14, including a massive 14-foot projector screen.

Who you're drinking with: Since the Broadway is attached to the Broadway Inn, the bar's often frequented by road-weary travelers, meaning once the dinner crowd clears out, the bar gets pretty quiet. "As a rule, I'd say this place is cleared by 11," says Larry Dobson, who's been tending bar here for seven years. "But that doesn't mean I won't have 12 guys in here from an electric company that'll close the bar every night they're in town." If the place is empty, just sidle up and listen to Dobson's dirty stories and eclectic music tastes, ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Chuck Berry.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHAD HARDER

What you're drinking: The drink menu is lengthy, but Dobson says the specialty is the $6.50 Long Island Iced Tea, because "they're the real deal. Ain't no half steppin'!"

Claim to fame: Tuesday night's stand-up comedy, followed by dancing tunes from the "Tallest DJ in America." It costs $5, or $3 for students.

Happy hour: Two-for-one well drinks and domestics (including pitchers) from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday. On Tuesday, happy hour prices resume after the night's comedy act finishes, usually around 10 p.m.

Where to find it: 1609 W. Broadway Street, adjacent to the Broadway Inn.

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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