ALSO, BEST MARGARITA; BEST BARTENDER (LYNDON MATTHEWS)
Missoula’s Southside is going through something of a renaissance. There’s the new South Crossing complex, a new local brewery and the forthcoming bike trail that will finally safely connect Missoula cyclists to Lolo. Through all of that change, one thing has remained the same for this often overlooked part of town: Jakers. Playing the roll of neighborhood bar and grill, Jakers pulls in huge crowds with its generous Happy Hour offerings (two-for-one on all beer, house wine and well drinks), signature margaritas (order the Cadillac; you can thank us later) and friendly staff (including Mr. Matthews, tops among Jakers’ collection of expert mixologists). It can sometimes be two-deep at the bar and a wait for a table, but it’s worth it to fight the crowds—especially before all the new development in the area brings in even more people.
3515 Brooks St •
Finalists, Best Happy Hour
2. Top Hat Lounge
134 W. Front St •
3. Finn & Porter at the DoubleTree
100 Madison St •