Happiest Hour: Red's Bar



It's Friday, and that's great, but if you're like me, you're looking forward to Sunday, when you can belly up for a full slate of NFL action. Where to watch? Red's.

Two Reds regulars rooting for the Patriots on Monday night.
  • Two Red's regulars have the gall to root for the Patriots on Monday night.
Why you’re here: Because it’s Sunday, you have an irrational love of NFL football, and Red’s is the best sports bar in town, at least according to the jersey-wearing loyalists who show up here every game day to root on their favorite team. Recognizable faces return every week, and they’re always optimistic about their team’s chances—even if that team is, say, the Buffalo Bills, which everyone knows, though they’re reluctant to tell the lone Bills fan, is easily the worst team in the league.

Who you’re rooting for: In past years, Eagles, Bears and Colts fans appeared to outnumber all the others. But this year, insufferable—and long-suffering—Browns fans are turning out in impressive numbers, earning rights to the largest flat screen in the house. The Browns fans are known for throwing chairs and cheering louder than anyone else—even if it’s only for a first down, which, for them, is a pretty big deal.

Atmosphere: Red’s has more than a dozen flat-screen HD TVs surrounded by all sorts of old-school sports memorabilia. Plus it has video poker machines and a snack machine, should the free peanuts, the shells of which cover the floor by day’s end, not suffice.

What you’re drinking: Pitchers and pitchers of light beer. But if your game begins at 11 a.m., you might start out with a Bloody Mary. At halftime, wash down a take-out burger from the nearby Missoula Club.

How to find it: 217 Ryman Street, near the corner of Ryman and Main. On Sundays, just follow the amped-up guys wearing NFL jerseys.

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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