by Jed Nussbaum
In this week's Happiest Hour, the Indy bellies up at Missoula's newest metal bar.
Rock reincarnation: When Tom Reed, owner of the Bucks Club, passed away in 2009, the bar closed its doors. On New Year’s Eve, the space reopened as The Dark Horse, proclaiming itself as “Missoula’s Rock Bar” and exclusively bringing in hard rock and heavy metal bands.
What you’re drinking: There are a few local microbrews on tap, but the beers of choice are predominantly domestics. For liquor lovers, Jagermeister reigns supreme, at $3.50 for a shot and $5 for a Jagerbomb.
Who you’re drinking with: Bartender Penny Farmer, who also works in the adjacent country western joint The Sunrise Saloon, says the bar attracts a pretty eclectic selection of patrons, though “the country folks tend to stay on the other side.” Only a hallway separates them. Despite the disparate demographics, no real problems have occurred. “On the weekends we do keep the door [between the bars] locked,” Farmer says.
Where to find it: 1805 Regent Street, adjacent to the Sunrise Saloon and next to the Elbow Room Bar.
Happiest Hour celebrates western Montana watering holes. To recommend a bar, bartender or beverage for Happiest Hour, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.