by Kyle Lehman
It's Friday, which means it's high time for the Indy's weekly ode to local watering holes.
This week: The Osprey's Nest
Atmosphere: The Nest’s interior is dominated by sports memorabilia and video poker machines, as well as a sprawling fake tree left over from the building’s days as Perugia, the Risho family’s old Mediterranean restaurant.
What you’re drinking: The bar serves up the usual smattering of domestic beers, but shots and cocktails also cross the bar. “Fireball and Yeager go hand and hand I think,” says bartender Drew Henley.
How you’ll afford more Fireballs: Play the bar’s Shake-A-Day; 50 cents gets you five dice to roll, and a Yahtzee will score you the pot. “The higher it gets, the more people play,” says bartender Mandy Mchatton, adding that the rolling heats up at around $300 dollars and has previously reached almost a grand.
What you’re eating: The Big Sky Drive-In is next door and just started posting menus in the bar. Call before 7 p.m. and they’ll bring over anything from regular corn dogs to the $5 “Loaded Pizza Burger.”
Who you’re drinking with: “Pretty much everybody in this building right now is a regular,” says bartender Angie Nelson on her Friday night shift. Nelson says it’s mostly a neighborhood spot. “It’s safe,” says Chris Woerz, a regular who lives four blocks from the Osprey’s Nest. “You don’t have to cross the river and get into trouble or go downtown.”
Happy Hour specials: $6 domestic and $8 import pitchers from 5 to 7 p.m., nightly.
How to land in the Nest: Located at 1106 West Broadway, near the Red Lion Inn and directly across the Clark Fork from where the Missoula Osprey play.