Happiest Hour: Silver Dollar Bar

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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.

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Claim to fame: Bartender Matt Tschnider says the Silver Dollar has been owned by the same family 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 stand out as the most popular beverage. 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 Rumple Minze, looking at his watch.

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, 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.

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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