Happiest Hour 

Deano's Casino

Atmosphere: The cozy, dimly lit casino is nestled in a gas station travel plaza off Airway Boulevard. It has soft, high-backed chairs. With its carpeted seating area and pool table nook, it feels like a cross between a basement rec room and a 1980s hotel lounge.

What you're drinking: The specials change from night to night, but often include $5 domestic pitchers. About once a month, on Saturdays, there's a drag show and, according to Johnny Spritzer, the current drag show prince and Deano's bartender, vodka is the choice drink: "After a drag show there are usually four or five empty bottles."

Why you go: Besides the occasional Saturday night drag show, Wednesday nights offer entertainment from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aaron Broxterman plays music (including Irish drinking songs), Davol White exhibits his oil paintings, there's sometimes free pizza, and Evan Disney puts on a magic show—all for $5. Disney calls it Hump Night Theatre, and he uses coins, cards, stuffed bunnies, and other everyday objects to do impressive tricks. Our favorite: Queens in the Kitchen, which involves peanut butter and jelly.

Who you're drinking with: Regulars. Patrons include karaoke singers (Hump Night Theater is followed by combat karaoke), LGBTQ community supporters, and magic lovers.

How to find it: 5336 W. Harrier, off the I-90 exit to Airway Blvd.

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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