Nocturnal City

The Garden City doesn't sleep when the sun sets. From concerts to bars to coffee shops, there's plenty to do in Missoula when it gets dark.

Photo by Lisa Mee

Nightlife

Whether your buzz of choice is alcohol or caffeine, you’ll find a slew of Missoula nightlife options. Coffee houses, breweries, bars, poker rooms and casinos, and various music venues are plentiful, each with style and specialties all their own.

So what’s your mood?

Feeling brew? Head to one of the local breweries with some of the best microbrews in the west.  Down a Moose Drool at Big Sky Brewing, an Amber at Bayern Brewing, or a Cold Smoke at Kettlehouse Brewing Co.  A few new breweries have opened in Missoula include Flathead Lake Brewing Co, Draft Works Brewery, and Tamarack Brewing Company.

Live music striking your fancy? Try the newly renovated Top Hat, a Missoula staple for years. Bluegrass one night, reggae the next, rock two days later. Great acts, great fun – and just one example of the Missoula music scene.  Monk’s Bar is a newer up and coming location for live music.

Or try an Irish ale at Sean Kelly’s or the The Stone of Accord. Both are Irish pubs that serve up traditional Irish fare as well. Plus, you can sometimes catch an Irish band on the weekend at The Stone.

Want to dance? Head to the new Elbow Room. Great for dancing, great for people-watching, the Elbow Room serves up an eclectic mix of fun.

Something mellower in mind? Nothing beats the Depot Deck. Great appetizers, awesome sandwiches, and a young professionals crowd.   Or, depending on the weather, you owe it to yourself to check out the deck of Finn and Porter for a fabulous river view and a glass of wine. In the mood for one of Missoula’s newest and hippest night spots?  Try PLONK in downtown Missoula.

And all this is just for starters. Check out our list for more Missoula nightlife spots.

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Mowing the Grass to Make Some Lettuce

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 18

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Motivational Words for the Boys of Summer

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This Man’s Job is Breathtaking

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AARP’s RealPad vs. the iPad: My Senior Moment

BY BOB WIRE- My Aunt Byrdona emailed me the other day. "I want to get this tablet," she wrote. "What do you think?” I clicked the link and there it was, AARP's RealPad, a tablet for seniors.... more

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Bee All You Can Bee

BY BOB WIRE- I was recently featured in a video called "Buggin' Out for the Butterfly House". In this follow-up blog I'll disccuss the green screen, lip synching, and flashing my grapes to the cast and crew.... more

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International Wildlife Film Festival April 18-25, 2015

Missoula plays host to the highly anticipated International Wildlife Film Festival (IWFF) from April 18-25 at Missoula’s newly restored Roxy Theater.... more

Buggin’ Out for the Butterfly House

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 13

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Plumbing? Let Me Get My Snorkel

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 6

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Travelodge Blues

BY BOB WIRE- On a recent family outing to Seattle for my son's lacrosse match, I made the mistake of trying to save a few bucks on a hotel one night.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 30

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Mr. Wire Goes to Helena

BY BOB WIRE- Everyone complains about our government. So this week I went to see Helena to see what the hell was going on there, and how I could help straighten things out.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 23

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There’s a Method to My March Madness

BY BOB WIRE- There's Nothing like March Madness! After sifting through all the information I gathered from every college basketball game I watched this season, I carefully filled out my bracket.... more

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Getting the Vid But Missing the Point

BY BOB WIRE-I am not a millennial, but I’m old enough to have taken typing class in junior high, ridden in the back of station wagons with no seat belts, and cruised around on my ten-speed with no helmet. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 2

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Missoula: Ten Books I Could Write About Us

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5th Annual Winter Brewfest Comes to Caras Park, Fri. Feb 27

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My Kingdom for a Glue Stick

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Kate Voegele Plays at Stage 112 on Feb 20th

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Shake Off the Winter Blues and Try Some Brews

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Inside the Glamorous World of Journalism

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 9

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Sandwich Guy

By BOB WIRE- During Grizzly games I've been helping out at Paisano's Sandwich Counter. Oh, don't worry—I'm not actually handling the food. I handle the money and the schmoozing.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 2

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The Seinfeld of Blog Posts

By BOB WIRE- You think it's a cakewalk, coming up with a new topic to write a thousand words about every week? And not be about farts? Not that Missoula isn't rife with material. ... more

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The Bar Gig From Hell Part 2: The Revenge

By BOB WIRE- The bartenders poured stiff drinks. That’s what got us through another night of pop country requests, complaints about the disco balls, and a general absence of love in the room. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 19

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The Bar Gig From Hell, Part I

By BOB WIRE- My ego was beaten like a dirty throw rug this weekend, when we played a double-header in a new bar in unfamiliar territory. I overheard someone say, “who the hell is Bob Wire?” ... more

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The Guitar that Invented Rock n’ Roll

By BOB WIRE- The Fender Stratocaster is to rock and roll what the basketball is to basketball. Its importance to rock music can’t be overstated.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 5

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Country A Cappela Band, Home Free In Concert March 16

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 22

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Top Album Picks for 2014

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Ten Things To Tell Your Dog Today

By BOB WIRE- My dog Houdini knows fewer English language words than Koko the gorilla. If only for one day, this magnificent beast could understand everything I’m telling him.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 8

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My Turkey Can Beat Your Turkey

By BOB WIRE- Our Thanksgiving meal was circumvented in a twisted, serpentine, Gordian knot of cooking contortions thanks to the numerous dietary considerations presented by our family.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 1

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It’s Supposed to Be No Fun. You’re Sick.

By BOB WIRE- The phone rings. "Dad," says a voice that sounds like Louis Armstrong with a sinus infection. "I don't feel good." It's Nurse Dad to the rescue!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 24

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You Spin Me Right ‘Round, Baby

By BOB WIRE- I enjoy moving at a high rate of speed without really getting anywhere so I was perfectly suited to participate in the second annual Ride-A-Thon, a fund raiser for A Carousel For Missoula.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 17

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 10

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You Can’t Take That On The Plane

By BOB WIRE- I traveled to the Bay Area last week to play some music at a fund raiser. The Delta agent looked at my guitar case like it contained fifty pounds of Ebola-infested squid.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 3

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40 Ways to Hog the Hot Tub

By BOB WIRE- Like to be by yourself in the hot tub? if you give one of these little conversational nuggets a try, you might be surprised at how quickly you find yourself alone.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 27

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Phones In Restaurants: Less Welcome Than Cockroaches

By BOB WIRE-If you're sitting with someone in a restaurant, reading this blog on your phone, I hope the waitress spills a pot of scalding coffee all over your naughty bits. And your phone.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 20

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My Bad: I’m the King of Inappropriate

By BOB WIRE- Who among us has not said something extremely inappropriate in a setting full of horrified witnesses? I should have a mantel full of trophies for that shit.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 13

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Aging Disgracefully With Rock’n Roll

By BOB WIRE- There’s a ton of great music out there, but we elder specimens either can’t hear it or can’t relate to it.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 6

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Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

By BOB WIRE- The decision to host an exchange student had been a last-minute one. “Should we buy some Japanese food? You know, sushi or, I don’t know, egg rolls? Rice-a-Roni?”... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 29

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A Deed Most Fowl

By BOB WIRE-(VIDEO) When a semi loaded with 35,000 pounds of raw chicken sits in a truck stop parking lot for several days in the heat of Missoula's Indian summer, well, it ain't how they make perfume, brother.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 22

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 15

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Don’t Let Your Gourd Down: The Pumpkin Spice Invasion

By BOB WIRE-It shows up every fall, just after Labor Day, as predictable as foot fungus on a high school football player and as unwanted as teen pregnancy. Pumpkin flavored ale. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 8

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Top Ten Debut Albums

By BOB WIRE-What makes a great debut album? I mean, besides a crappy second album. Luck plays a big part, as does talent, chemistry, strong songs and the golden touch of the right producer. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 1

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Back to School: That’s Good, Right?

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 25

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Missoula South Side, Your Beer is Here

By BOB WIRE-As a man whose love of beer is well-documented and occasionally used against him, I gotta say I'm tickled with Missoula's newest brewery, Great Burn.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 18

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Scars: The Real Man’s Tattoos

By BOB WIRE-I don't have any tattoos, so now you know where I stand on tattoos. What I do have is a growing collection of scars. The real man's tattoos.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 11

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Existential Crisis in the Kitchen

By BOB WIRE- Despite what you might hear, I’m an enlightened, evolved male. I possess certain domestic capabilities. Believe it or not, I do know my Swiffer from a hole in the ground.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of August 4

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Visit Glacier Park While It Still Has Glaciers!

By BOB WIRE- Plans are underway to change the name of Glacier National Park to reflect its eventual lack of glaciers. 'Large And Somewhat Damp Mountains National Park' is in the running for finalist.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 28

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Visit Yellowstone Before it Blows Up

By BOB WIRE- One way to get around Yellowstone is aboard one of the Historic Yellow Buses. They can sometimes be seen roaring around a corner and scaring the bejesus out of some poor buffalo.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 21

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 14

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I Love Me Some Grass

By BOB WIRE- Ahhh the final glory days of a nice, green lawn. The current heat wave will surely have our yards as crispy as hash browns from the back of the griddle by the end of July.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 7

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Things To Do In Las Vegas When You’re Dead

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Missoula Police Crack Down On DUI Over The Holiday

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 30

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Let’s Talk About Toilet Paper

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City of Missoula Serious About Fireworks Enforcement

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 23

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Bob Wire’s On the Course. FORE!

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Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys/Two Bit Franks

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 16

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Ladder Golf, the Latest in One-Handed Sports

By BOB WIRE - It’s called ladder golf, and it is to white trash what polo is to the filthy rich. And I am hooked.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 9

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TV or Not TV, That is the Question

By BOB WIRE - Our 32” tube TV, which seemed like a JumboTron when we bought it in 2002, had gone to that big Radio Shack in the sky. Buying a new set was going to require some major education.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 2

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Meet My Dentist, Dr. Mandible

By BOB WIRE - I just got home from a trip to the dentist. I hate the dentist. HATE the dentist. Oh, I don’t mind having my teeth worked on, I just can’t stand the guy who does it.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 26

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