The Occasion: The Friday before St. Patty's Day, the Indy staff is down at the Union Club, having a meeting. During a lull, we test out the storied establishment's most popular shots, with the help of bartender Robin.
Duck Fart: Kahlua, Bailey's Irish cream and whiskey. This is not a shot named with polite sensibilities in mind. Our smart, organized and fun publisher, Lynne Foland, doesn't care. She takes the lead and throws back this frothy-looking shot. Her report: It is overwhelming with Bailey's, so if you're a fan of the cream, you'll like this one.
Redheaded Slut: Peach schnapps, cranberry juice and Jägermeister. Our beloved photographer Chad Harder was expecting it to be overly sweet. Not so, apparently. The Redheaded Slut is dangerously mild, with just a hint of fruitiness. Do we have a convert?
Fireball Whiskey: This cinnamon-flavored whiskey is all the rage these days. Our calendar editor, Jason McMackin, aka The Calemander, says in typical big-voiced, WWF fashion, "If you haven't tried Fireball Whiskey yet, I have nothing to say to you." On Thursdays, Fireball Whiskey shots at the Union Club are $2.
Apple Jax: The Union Club just recently made this an official shot. The combination of Fireball Whiskey, Apple Pucker and cranberry juice makes it taste a little like Apple Jacks cereal or a hard cider. Our editor, Robert Meyerowitz, takes a shot. "Wow. Weird," he says. "It's actually really good. I would drink 5 or 6 of these." Uh oh.
Crown Royal: This is a pretty no-frills shot, the kind a journalist needs when she's deep into a scandalous story the night before deadline. Or something. Crown Royal and Jameson shots alternate as specials on Friday and Saturday nights for $2.75.
Other shot specials: On Sundays, you can get $1 shots and pool. Not into shots? Oh, okay. You can always get $2.25 domestic bottles and cans or well drinks, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Salud!
How to find it: The Union Club is located at 208 E. Main St. in downtown Missoula.