Happiest Hour: Double Front Café Lounge

Posted by Erika Fredrickson on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 5:10 PM

It's a rainy, but warm-ish Friday evening—perfect weather for a drink downtown with some homies. Is that fried chicken we smell in the air? For this week's Happiest Hour we go underground and out of the rain for greasy food and a practical drink at the Double Front Café Lounge.

Atmosphere: The basement lounge beneath the Double Front Café is like a cozy, dimly lit clubhouse that smells of fried food. What could be better? Regular cribbage players battle it out on bar stools as country and classic rock filters from the jukebox.

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Who’s pouring your drinks: Thor Morten is the feisty bartender who knows your name. He’s a quick draw when it comes to pouring drinks, and he always has a friendly smile and a twinkle in his eye when he’s slinging out the sass, too.

What you’re drinking: Happy Hour at the lounge hits between 3 and 6 PM each day with $1 off pitchers and 50 cents of draft beer and well drinks. There’s usually a bartender’s special, as well. Get there earlier enough and Thor might let you pick it.

What you’re eating: You can’t resist the fried chicken. (A regular dinner is two breast and two wings for $8.50) And if you’re smart you’ll pair it with a pint of red beer—light beer and either clamato or tomato juice—to help digest all the grease. Plus, it’s cool because the chicken arrives via a dumbwaiter from the kitchen upstairs.

When to go: Anytime you need to go underground. Or, when it's your birthday since you can get a chicken dinner for free. Yes. Free.

How to find the lounge: It’s “double front” so you can enter through the door at 122 W. Alder and head downstairs, or make you’re way through the Railroad St. entrance near train tracks.

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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