Happiest Hour 

Silver Dollar Bar

Why you're here: Because you're walking home from the farmers market on Saturday, and while it's just past noon, your first vitamin D buzz in months compels you to step in for a celebratory beer.

Claim to fame: Bartender Matt Tschider says the same family has owned the Silver Dollar since 1935. That was just two years after the end of prohibition, a barfly notes.

What you're drinking: Tschider, wearing a PBR shirt, says PBR tall boys are the most popular beverages here. They're $1.50 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. As for shots, it's Fireball whiskey and Rumple Minze. "I already poured two of those today," Tschider says of the Rumple Minze, looking at his watch.

click to enlarge PHOTO BY MATTHEW FRANK

Who you're drinking with: A person you recognize and reacquaint with. He's drinking Rolling Rock in a can, and talks about the Silver Dollar's nicknames. He calls it "The Buck." Young patrons, he laments, call it "The Dirty Dollar." "I'm offended," he says.

Atmosphere: There are four flat-screens TVs, three pool tables, and video poker machines. And air conditioning, as your friend notes on the first hot day of the year.

How to find it: Follow the brick road to 307 Railroad Street West, near Woody Street, in Missoula.

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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