Montana Watering Holes: The Big Sky's Best Bars

Overview

In many small towns throughout Montana, the local bar is often the only restaurant and an important part of community life. In the larger towns and cities, gems from the West’s colorful past are still found.

Montana Watering Holes celebrates more than fifty of the most iconic, eccentric, and entertaining saloons scattered across Montana where you can stop for a drink (or a burger). From big-city spots like the Rhino in Missoula, with more than 50 beers on tap, to the Pony Bar in...

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Overview

In many small towns throughout Montana, the local bar is often the only restaurant and an important part of community life. In the larger towns and cities, gems from the West’s colorful past are still found.

Montana Watering Holes celebrates more than fifty of the most iconic, eccentric, and entertaining saloons scattered across Montana where you can stop for a drink (or a burger). From big-city spots like the Rhino in Missoula, with more than 50 beers on tap, to the Pony Bar in Pony, community spirit and tradition abound in historic buildings that have served as saloons, restaurants, and gathering places.

Author and Montana bar authority Joan Melcher weaves excerpts from the past into her recent quest to reveal the unchanging fabric of the Montana bar.

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Over the past 25 years, author Joan Melcher's quest for the perfect Montana bar has led her into tiny mountain town saloons and Billings and Helena big-city watering holes. Her thirsty search hasn't been just a cynical bar crawl; Melcher's exploration of Treasure State drinking establishments is obviously done with a journalist's keen appreciation of local customs and quirks. Montana Watering Holes, now in a revised edition, is more than a guide to places where you can lift a few; it's also a celebration of social ease and friendliness in a sparsely populated state.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762749485
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/14/2009
  • Edition description: Revised eeition
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,375,003
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Melcher wrote the first book about Montana bars more than twenty-five years ago and has been interviewed by the Washington Post, the Billings Gazette, and other publications about her search for the “perfect Montana bar.” She is a regular contributor to the Miller-McCune online and print magazines, and her work has also appeared in Via, the Progressive, Environment, the Christian Science Monitor, and Montana magazine.

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