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.

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 predictabl... 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?

By BOB WIRE-Ah, the lunches have been packed, the driveway mugshots taken, and our kids have officially slammed the screen door on another summer vacation. It's back to school time!... more

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

By BOB WIRE-Broke, that is. Dead broke. I think we are all familiar enough with Sin City's over-the-top entertainment torrent to know that there is no end to the list of stuff to do in Las Vegas.... more

Missoula Police Crack Down On DUI Over The Holiday

Missoula Police and Montana Highway Patrol officers will be out in force over the long holiday weekend to aggressively target drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 30

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Let’s Talk About Toilet Paper

By BOB WIRE-We're talking about toilet paper. I won't even get into that whole "over vs. under" issue. That's a passionate holy war akin to the Mac vs PC debate. A little toilet paper cultural history here:... more

City of Missoula Serious About Fireworks Enforcement

The use of most fireworks in the city of Missoula is illegal, and City leaders are serious about enforcement.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 23

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Bob Wire’s On the Course. FORE!

By BOB WIRE - Like a lot of men, I enjoy doing things that I’m not very good at. Like golf. I’ve played since high school, but never enough to get to the point where I’m consistently breaking 80.... more

Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys/Two Bit Franks

By LORL PARR - The Ruby Jewel Jamboree, once again bringing the premiere bluegrass of Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys to Missoula on July 7, at 7PM at Ruby’s Inn on Reserve. ... more

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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If It’s Off the Wall, It Can’t Go On the Wall

By BOB WIRE -The struggle for supremacy in the wall hangings department is an ongoing concern in the Wire compound. Our solution is to relegate the more questionable stuff to the basement or the spare bathroom.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 19

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Award Winning Bluegrass Talent Junior Sisk Plays TONIGHT in Missoula

By MARK VOSBURGH - International Bluegrass Musis Award award winner, Junior Sisk and his band, Rambler's Choice plays the Ruby Jewel Jamboree in Missoula on May 12th.... more

Poker Night: Book Club For Men?

By BOB WIRE -Every Tuesday night for 7 years, I gathered with my good friends for a poker game. We survived 2 DUI’s, 1 divorce, “career changes,” and 4 births, including a couple of surprise offspring.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 12

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Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. Wins Big at Garden City Brewfest

Competition was tough, but Back Country Scottish Ale from Lewis and Clark Brewing Co. swept three categories and achieved The Best of Show at the 22nd Annual Garden City BrewFest.... more

Artsy Fartsy Captions

By BOB WIRE -A recent family trip to the Seattle Art Museum provided some spectacular images of mind-bending approaches to modern art. Check out these photos:... more

Smile Empty Soul Plays the Wilma May 16th

Veteran Rock Group, Smile Empty Soul plays at the Wilma Theatre on Friday, May 16th as part of the Wayne Static (Static-X) headlining "Civil Unrest Tour".... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of May 5

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This Cinco de Mayo, Missoula Police Ask: Who’s Your Sober Driver?

This Cinco de Mayo, the Missoula Police Department is cracking down on impaired driving, and those who are caught will be arrested. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 28

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Is American Idol Really That Bad?

By BOB WIRE -Is American really such a bad thing? Normally I would say the show is a cultural black hole. But it’s kind of fun when I watch it with my wife and daughter.... more

Over 30 Beer-Themed Events Planned for Missoula Craft Beer Week

By RYAN NEWHOUSE - Missoula Craft Beer Week is returning to Missoula April 27-May 3 and is bigger and better than ever, including over 30 beer-themed events throughout the week.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 21

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Do You Know What’s Under There?

By BOB WIRE -The day I pulled on my first pair of boxer shorts is the day I became a Man. I was probably 12 or so when I graduated from tighty whities.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 14

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Ten Things I Dig About Missoula

By BOB WIRE - I thought I'd make a list of things I dig about Missoula. To spice things up a bit, I've also collected a few opinions from Regular Joes asking: "What do you love about Missoula?"... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of April 7

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 31

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20 Surefire Signs You’re Married to a Guitar Player

By BOB WIRE - We guitar players...we’re weird. We know it. If your partner is a guitarist, well, you have my sympathies. Here are twenty ways a guitar freak keeps your life interesting. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 24

From Lady Griz action Monday night against San Diego in the NWIT, to live music all over town. Check out everything that's happening this week!... more

Where is Flight 370? These Guys Have No Idea

By BOB WIRE-At last count, 26 countries were involved in the massive search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. Was it hijacked? Sucked up into the heavens? Check out these transcripts of radio communications.... more

Kathy Kallick Kicks Off 2014 Ruby Jewel Jamboree Bluegrass Concert Series on 4/7

Bluegrass season is here and the Ruby Jewel Jamboree kicks off the season on 4/7 with Kathy Kallick-- one of bluegrass’s most famous female singers and writers.... more

Sam Bush to Headline 2014 River City Roots Festival

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Sam Bush, 2009 Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement award winner, will headline the Main Stage at the 2014 River City Roots Festival in Downtown Missoula, Montana.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 17

Check out the St. Patrick's Day parties, the live music scene as well as theater and fundraisers in various venues all over town.... more

Highway 93 Haiku

By BOB WIRE-Highway 93 is my favorite Western Montana stretch of road. Few road experiences make your heart soar like it does the moment you set eyes on the Mission Mountains or Flathead Lake.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 10

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Are Missoula Drivers the Worst?

By BOB WIRE-I grew up in a military family so we moved around a lot. All the towns I've lived in boast that they have the worst drivers in the world--Missoula is no exception.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of March 3

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The Dog Sled Days of Winter Are Here

By BOB WIRE-The Dog Days of Summer. Sounds pretty damned good right about now, huh? Well, barring a six-month coma, we’ll have to wait for it here in Missoula.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 24

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Nurse Bob is on Duty

By BOB WIRE-Welcome to Sick City! My wife and both kids have fallen ill. They are spewing gunk out of every orifice, and I am trying to avoid exposure to the nasty bug.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 17

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Another Boring Romantic, That’s Me

By BOB WIRE- It's the little things. Like the way I have a nice hot cup of tea waiting for her after she shovels the driveway. Who says I'm not romantic? I got romance up the wazoo.... more

Shaving: The Manliest of Father-Son Moments

By BOB WIRE- It’s a bittersweet thing, teaching your son how to shave. It’s a great bonding opportunity, but it also signals a big step away from childhood...and as most parents know, steps away from home.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Feb 3

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XX Things to Watch For in the Super Bowl

By BOB WIRE-Janet Jackson and 'Nipplegate' taught me a valuable lesson about the Super Bowl: don’t look away. You might miss something. Here are XX things to watch for this Super Bowl:... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 27

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Americana? Don’t Fence (mender) Me In

By BOB WIRE - I have to credit Rigel Banqueshot for introducing me to alt-country. I probably would have stumbled across the genre on my own, but like your first acid trip, it’s good to have an experienced gu... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 20

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I Got The Rubbermaid Blues

By BOB WIRE -I'm living in tupperware hell. I have banned the reuse of all plastic containers. I got overwhelmed with the mismatched lids and containers that overran our kitchen cupboards.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 13

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Jeopardy Test Proves I am Dummer Than a Fifth Grader

By BOB WIRE - I took the online Jeopardy! test yesterday. Don’t bother setting your DVR; I won’t be appearing on the show any time soon.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Jan 6

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 30

Live Music in various venues all over town. HAPPY NEW YEAR Missoula!... more

Gifts for Pets a Family Tradition

By BOB WIRE - What do you get for the pet who has everything? Let me answer that with another question: what pet doesn't already have everything? ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 23

Live Music in various venues all over town including Nathan Eyre, David Baty, Band in Motion, and Larry Hirshberg. And check out the ECHO Christmas Eve Service at City Life Community Center.... more

Dear Santa, Here’s My List of Demands

By BOB WIRE - "Bob, what do you want for Christmas?" That question always freezes me up. But, since you asked, here goes: A jet pack, a robot maid, a cattle prod...oh, and.... ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 16

Live Music in various venues all over town including John Floridis' Christmas Benefit Concert for the Poverello Center, Community U-Nite at the Kettlehouse to support Zootown Arts Community Center and and more!... more

You Can’t Put that Nerve-Shattering, Pants-Crapping Sound in a Radio Spot!

By BOB WIRE - Commercial radio has to run commercials to survive, right? Duh. It’s the first word in their name.But there are just some sounds that should NOT be on the radio.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 9

Live Music in various venues all over town and Feed the Zoo Fundraiser at Sean Kelly's for the Missoula Food Bank--featuring live music from a variety of bands as well as a raffle and more!... more

The Perfect Gift For Every Musician On Your List

By BOB WIRE - With Christmas creeping up like a Visa card-murdering sniper, here's my annual list of gift suggestions for the musicians on your list. This year, buy em' a hat.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Dec 2

Live Music in various venues all over town, Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5 K, Tour of Trees Fundraiser, the 11th Annual Parade of Lights in Downtown Missoula, and much more!... more

Another Turkey Under the Belt

By BOB WIRE - I’d just pulled the bird, a mere 12-pounder, out of the oven after 3-1/2 hours of roasting. Was it fully cooked? 15 minutes per pound, twelve pound bird, three hours, right?... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 25

Live Music in various venues all over town, Turkey Day 8K and 3K Fun Run starting at McCormick Park. HAPPY THANKSGIVING MISSOULA!... more

Facebook Food Panics Turn My Stomach

By BOB WIRE - When I Facebook, it won’t be because they sell my personal info to advertisers and spammers, it will be because I can’t take one more shocking revelation that the food I’m eating will kill ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 18

Happening this week: Live Music in various venues all over town Photos with Santa at the UC Center, Zac Brown at the Adams Center, and much more!... more

Why is Bob Wire So Angry Today?

By BOB WIRE - We get a lot of emails here at Bob Wire World Headquarters (not to mention the occasional foul-smelling parcel), and I thought it was high time I share some of them with you.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 11

Happening this week: Live Music in various venues all over town and the Griz vs Weber State on Saturday at Washington Grizzly Stadium.... more

Serving the Customer is Key to Customer Service

By BOB WIRE - It’s common knowledge that if you want to get out ahead of your competition, something as seemingly obvious as a swiftly returned phone call is a big head start.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Nov 4

Happening this week: Food Fight Trivia & Pint night, Tom Catmull's new CD release concert, Bluegrass, Hip Hop, Jam, and Classical Music in various venues all over town!... more

Celtic Rock n’ Roll Giants, Gaelic Storm Plays in Missoula Nov 3rd

If you've seen the movie Titanic you've seen the Celtic rock n' roll giants, Gaelic Storm perform--and they're playing Missoula at the Wilma Theater on Sunday Nov 3rd.... more

Coming Full Circle in Three Chords

By BOB WIRE- “Can we play Louie Louie? You bet your ass we can play Louie Louie!” In 1984 when I was playing with my first band, Rotten Tuna, we only knew eight songs, and they all sounded like Louie Louie.... more

Added Patrols Working to Deter Impaired Driving for Halloween

If you think about driving drunk this Halloween, the Missoula Police Department has a message for you: Keep the party off the road. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.... more

Lydia Brown and Robin Scott in Concert at MAM Dec. 13th

The Missoula Art Museum is pleased to announce the launch of its Chamber Music Series on December 13, 2013 at 7pm, with pianist, Lydia Brown and violinist Robin Scott at the Missoula Art Museum.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 28

Happening this week: Catamount, Larry Hirshberg, John Wayne & The Pain, Ted Ness and the Rusty nails, Chris Timmons, Mendelssohn Boston Tea Party, Zeppot MT, Day of the Dead & More!... more

Trick or Treating: How Old is Too Old?

By BOB WIRE- Halloween is upon us. Time to load up on little Butterfingers and remove the bulb from the porch light. Okay, it’s not my favorite holiday. Why? Simple. I’ve outgrown it. ... more

3rd Annual Ride for Tanner Rail Jam Nov 9 in Caras Park

FYI - Rail Jam to Benefit the Tanner Olson BMX Park in Downtown Missoula happens on November 9 from 4-10 pm at Caras Park. Be there or Be Square!... more

Wayfinding: Finding Your Way To And Around Missoula

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Ever notice how other communities have beautiful navigational signs that help guide you to your destination? Ever wonder why Missoula doesn’t? ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 21

Happening this week: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Adams Center, David Boone at Ten Spoon Vineyard Winery, Picking Circle at the Top Hat Lounge, UM vs E Washington, & More!... more

Hall of Fame Cannot Repel the KISS Army

By BOB WIRE- You may be among those who think the Hall of Fame is silly, irrelevant, phony and stupid. But for rock and roll, it’s the only way to officially enshrine its top practitioners.... more

Love at First Listen with the Avett Brothers

Every once in a while in life, you stumble upon something that grabs you, shakes you, and is "love at first listen". UM Productions presents the Avett Brothers at the Adams Center, Oct. 20, 2013. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 14

Happening this week: UM and Hellgate High School Jazz Band Concert, Tom Catmull, Bouzouki in Irish Music- Rober Landes, Captain Wilson Conspiracy, Antiblus, UM vs Cal Poly, & More!... more

A Casualty in the Practical Joke War

By BOB WIRE- I love a good practical joke. Over the years, sharp-eyed Missoulians have seen me driving around town with a fake foot and lower leg hanging out the bottom of the driver’s door.... more

Avett Brothers Headline at the Adams Center Oct 20

Fresh off recent appearances on the Tonight Show and Late Nite with Jimmy Falon, The Avett Brothers Headline in Missoula on Oct 20, 2013 at the Adams Center.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Oct 7

Happening this week: James Green, Lunacy and the Moon, Krewella Seven Lions Candyland, EL-30H!, Dave Manning, The World's Largest Garage Sale at UM, and much more!... more

Man Vs. Wasp

By BOB WIRE- At last the story can be told. It’s a tale of horror, pain, insects and payback. And it’s all true.... more

Sigma Phi Epsilon 30-year Reunion Brings Old Friends To Missoula This Weekend

By LINDA MCCARTHY - Brothers in the Sigma Phi Epsilon house at UM were some of my closest friends in college and this weekend they're celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the re-opening of the chapter. ... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 29

Happening this week: Caras Park Pray for Snow benefit for Missoula Avalanche, Live Music all over town, Homecoming Activities: Art Fair, Parade, Griz vs Portland State, and much more!... more

10 Bands That Didn’t Quit When They Should Have

By BOB WIRE- Here, in no particular order, are ten bands that kicked ass for a while and then failed to call it a day when they should have. And one that did.... more

Missoula Leaders Engaged at Montana Economic Summit

By LINDA MCCARTHY - The local daily newspaper claimed that Missoula was not well represented at the Montana Economic Summit, held in Butte. In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Sept 23

Happening this week: The Kongos, Mike Bader Bearjam, and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra's season opener "Nordic Lights" and much more!... more