Favorite

Best Bar 

Top Hat Lounge

ALSO, BEST PLACE TO HEAR LIVE MUSIC

The Top Hat is a place where you can go on a fancy date for cocktails and grilled salmon or sit at the bar and sip whiskey with old friends. The bar’s atmosphere is stylish but rustic, a comfort zone where Deadheads feel at home listening to rare bootlegs on Monday evenings during the Grateful Dead Hour, and citizens gather to watch national political debates on a big screen. The Top Hat is for everybody. It’s also a place that Indy readers praise for live music, and no wonder. The acts that have played so far this year—Old 97s, Mandolin Orange, Blitzen Trapper and Hillstomp, to name a few—put on high-caliber shows that audiences buzz about for weeks. The upcoming lineup of artists includes James McMurtry, Turkuaz and Shooter Jennings, plus a long list of cherished Montana-made acts such as Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs and the Hasslers. How do we ever choose? Top Hat Lounge: 134 W Front St • 728-9865 • tophatlounge.com

Finalists, Best Bar

2. Charlie B's • 428 N Higgins Ave • 549-3589

3. James Bar • 127 W Alder St • 721-8158 • jamesbarmontana.com

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