Breweries in Missoula are gaining national acclaim for excellence and unique tastes, and if you have ever tried their brews this isn’t surprising. From the Bayern Brewery to Highlander Brewery, Huckleberry Als to the finest chocolate stout.
Top Hat Lounge is a great local venue. Through the upcoming months they offer many free shows including,
Friday, November 4th, 2016
Mon, Nov07, 2016
Wed, Nov09, 2016
Sharin’ in the Groove
Fri, Nov25, 2016
Andrea Harsell & Luna Roja
Missoula’s Best Drink Specials
Iron Horse Bar and Grill
Martini Mondays: 5pm-Close Any of Our Martinis$5
Shaken Tuesdays: 5pm-Close Everything on the shaken and stirred list$5
Wednesday: 7pm-Close Blue Moon$3.50and Skip & Go Naked $5
Thursday: 9pm-MidnightTwo for One Well Drinks$3.50
Thomas Meagher Bar
Missoula’s new downtown pizza shop that gives you a bang for your buck! For all you late night munchers, Pie Hole is throwin’ dough Er’day from 11AM-3AM!
The Roxy Theater
For any movie lover that doesn’t want to pay the astonishing 12 dollars, The Roxy is a theater like non other. As you walk in THE ROXY has the Missoula vibe painted on its walls. I highly suggest anyone looking for cheap theatrical entertainment hit up the Roxy…. By the way they serve booze there too!
Hub Family Entertainment Center
The Hub Family Entertainment Center has 50,000 square feet of fun and excitement for the whole family. The Hub is a perfect place to have birthday parties, team parties, corporate events including team building, graduation parties, day camp parties, and youth group events. GO KARTS, LAZER TAG, ARCADE, FOOD… Hell Yeah!
With all the “fads” that have happened over the last 5 years its hard to keep track of them all. From Man Buns to Flash Mobs, and the Harlem Shake to Tebowing, there have been a lot of fads, and like all fads, they peaked, and then faded out (thank god). However, the Dad Bod was arguably one of the most interesting fads we have ever experienced. Anyone that knows me at all knows that I jumped all over the Dad Bod.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. First we need to talk about what the Dad Bod is. The Dad Bod really hit its stride when a sorority girl from Clemson wrote an article for a class (literally exactly what I am doing now) about how this new phase of male physical appearance. The “official” definition of a Dad Bod is “a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time. It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either”.
When I first saw the article I was thrilled. First of all, I saw that the trend was taking the nation by storm, so naturally that made me feel comfortable. Secondly, girls liked it? Apparently girls no longer wanted wash board abs and ripped biceps, they wanted someone fun, someone who didn’t take them self too seriously, and someone who would go to Taco Tuesday or $4 pitcher Wednesday (Missoula, we could really use a bar that does this).
During the peak of the Dad Bod phase many celebrities also joined in, including:
Robert downy Jr.
Obviously with all these A list celebrities embracing the Dad Bod, I figured I needed to as well. When I came to college I was relatively fit. I played competitive soccer 4 nights a week, ran track and cross country. I generally respected my body and my physical appearance. My first year of college I did a good job of working out and trying to eat right. I gained a little weight, which was to be expected. The next two years however, that’s a different story. My Liam Hemsworth esque physique quickly turned to an Owen Wilson esque physique. I traded in my 24 pound dumbbell curls at the gym for 24 ounce IPA curls downtown (that a type of beer for those of you that don’t know). Just like the definition says, I started working out less and enjoying adult beverages and pizza more. By the second semester of my Junior year the trend was in full swing and when people thought of the dad bod, they thought of me……… the following are all from my personal Facebook page
I was so into the Dad Bod that I even bought a shirt, and people posted pictures of me in that shirt on my birthday
But like every other fad, the Dad Bod inevitably died. However, I did try to ride it out as long as I could. I even wrote a speech for my Public Speaking class titled, An Ode to the Dad Bod. I would wear my Dad Bod shirt and embrace the Dad Bod mentality for an entire semester in the Fall. I did finally give up on the Dad Bod and decided to get my life back in order. I cut down on my beverage intake, watched my diet, and lost 25 pounds (shout out to Pneumonia). Unfortunately for now the Dad Bod seems to be dead, and that truly is a shame. I am fully prepared for its return, and hopefully this blog post can jump start that. I know that I will gladly lead the comeback tour of the Dad Bod.
A drink you can get only in the United States. Cream made with melted marshmallows and milk chocolate rest on top of the Coffee Cream Frappuccino. You can taste the American treat!
Red Berry/Banana Yogurt Frappuccino
If you have a chance to visit a European country, don’t forget to try the special Starbucks fruity Frappuccino! You can purchase one only in the UK, Ireland, France (Paris), Germany, and Spain.
Cherry Blossom Frappuccino
Can you imagine what cherry blossom tastes like? If you can’t, you can travel to Japan and try it 🙂 You may discover something that you never thought of!
This drink would be the best for someone who loves nuts. This rich macchiato is filled with hazelnut flavor. The scent of sweet hazelnuts will lead you to a luxurious time in Australia.
Red Bean Green Tea Frappuccino
When you go to Korea, don’t miss a chance to experience this Asian style Starbucks Frappuccino! Red beans and sweet chestnuts on the green tea Frappuccino are an absolutely unique taste that you don’t want to miss in Korea.
Summer Berry Panna Cotta Frappuccino
Moving on to other Asian countries, you can find more special drinks! You should stop by HongKong, Taiwan, Malaysia, or Singapore to try this tropical panna cotta Frappuccino.
You have to check regional flavors when you are traveling the world. Turkish coffee from Starbucks will be the best for you to discover the traditional taste in Turkey. The cup for this drink is very tiny just like an espresso cup. It has a very bitter taste.
Yogurt Fizzio Mango Jelly Mock tail
Let’s go back to Asia again. Try a fresh jelly mock tail and feel adult in China or Korea.
Orange Honeycomb Crunch Frappuccino
Indonesia and HongKong have a very fresh flavor Frappuccino as well! Cold Frappuccino with a slightly sweet flavor under the sunshine… sounds great!
The last drink is from Brazil. Fresh dark cherry sweetness will add some extra fun to your summer experience.
Other than these drinks, Starbucks in each country has some local menus that are available only in that place. Don’t forget to look for those rare items when you travel! I hope you enjoyed running into special drink menus from all over the world! Gotta go to Starbucks to try some new flavors now 🙂
Looking for a new bar in your area with more character than the rest? Here are a few bars in the Northwest that bring great experiences with even greater beverages to liven the night. Take a look and see if your favorite bar(s) made the list! Please share if you enjoy!
Zola – Spokane, WA
For those who love live music, this is a bar for the books. With quality live bands and artists every night of the week, the ambiance is one that livens the soul. The décor provides a fun and rustic experience that includes old tilt-a-whirls for seating. Not to mention great beverages; I recommend the Huckleberry Lemonade cocktail and the Sex Panther cocktail. http://www.zolainspokane.com/
Borracho– Spokane, WA
This Mexican bar and grill offers great food with a great experience. Borracho is fun and affordable while it offers a variety of authentic Mexican food items. If you come in on Tuesdays you can order street tacos for $1 each and complement it with a $3 Mexican beer. There’s even been numerous sightings of Spokane native Chris Pratt here. http://www.borrachospokane.com/
The Rhino – Missoula, MT
The Rhino offers over 50 beers on tap for the beer lovers in addition to mixed drinks if you’re feeling like something a little stronger. With free shuffle board, pool, and great service, it’s obvious why The Rhino is a hot spot to meet in downtown Missoula. https://www.facebook.com/TheRhinoBar
Triple Nickle Pub – Portland, OR
If you’re looking for a bar where the company is great and the drinks are strong, Triple Nickle Pub is the bar for you. Triple Nickle Pub gives you great service and entertainment in one with their live music, large variety of beer, and games to play. “The drinks are cheap and strong, and you can be easily entertained between the darts, pinball, pool, and of course giant Jenga.” -A Yelp Reviewer http://www.triplenickelpub.com/
White Owl – Portland, OR
The White Owl Social Pub offers affordable food and drinks with an amazing daily happy hour special from 3-7. “Great relaxed vibe. Perfect for outdoor summertime seating on the huge deck outside. Dog friendly. Fire pit. Stiff drinks and delicious menu. I love the vegan Mac and cheese salad with vegan Caesar dressing and quinoa burger.” -A Yelp Reviewer http://www.whiteowlsocialclub.com/
The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub – Portland, OR A dog is truly a man’s best friend and The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub of Portland knows this. This pub allows you to bring your furry best friend with you as you have a brewski. With great tasting beers and events to share with your dog such as Dogtoberfest, this is a must see for all dog lovers. http://luckylab.com/
Sunrise Saloon – Missoula, MT
If you like live country music and an open dance floor, this is the bar for you. The Sunrise Saloon brings out the country side in you and provides for a fun night of drinks and line dancing. In addition, the Sunrise offers a variety of specials including a Monday through Friday happy hour and ladies’ night every Wednesday. http://sunrisesaloonandcasino.com/
Spacebar Arcade – Boise, ID http://www.spacebararcade.com/
Drinking while playing arcade games? Who doesn’t want to do that?!? The Spacebar Arcade is a bar and an arcade for adults to let out their inner-youth. In addition, the Spacebar Arcade host a variety of music events. If you find yourself in Boise, this is a MUST visit.
The Diller Room(previously The Diller Hotel) – Seattle, WA
This hidden gem is a historic site in downtown Seattle. The Diller Room offers both food and drink with excellent service and a unique history. The bar has been operating since 1890 and according to their site, The Diller Room served as a speakeasy during the alcohol prohibition. Experience the history and give The Diller Room a visit while in Seattle! http://dillerroom.com/about.html
Altstadt German Restaurant- Seattle, WA
If you’re looking for an authentic German food and drink experience, this is the place for you. With excellent customer service to complement the open and inviting atmosphere, Altstadt gives you the energetic, fun, and true German experience your looking for. http://www.altstadtseattle.com/dinner/
Sip n’ Dip – Great Falls, MT
Mermaids! Need I say more? This bar features live mermaids that customers can watch as they enjoy their drinks and food. Who doesn’t love mermaids and booze? This just complements the great drink and service the Sip n’ Dip offers. Their Tiki drinks are of high recommendation! http://ohairemotorinn.com/sip-n-dip/
Sluggers – Seattle, WA Baseball, bros, and beer – the three best words known to man. At Sluggers, you get all three of these with home-run service and you’re walking distance to both Safeco and CenturyLink fields. As you walk into the bar, there are jerseys and sports memorabilia all over the walls, just as a sports bar should be. A great place to be to feel the energy of Seattle’s sports pre-game through and post-game! http://sluggersseattle.com/
By: Christy Gliko