The 10 Best Bars In Butte, Montana

A. J. Samuels

As a booming mining town in the early 1900s, Butte, Montana once housed over 200 saloons. Thousands of miners would flood the streets after their shifts to drink and gamble, creating a nefarious reputation for the “Richest Hill on Earth.” While today the city’s mine acts only as a museum, Butte retains the old saloons that made it infamous, as well as a host of bars that keep the city’s rowdy spirit alive.

Butte, Montana

Maloney’s Bar

Filled with four-leaf clovers, Irish flags, and a mining leprechaun on the roof, Maloney’s is an Irish bar through and through. Particularly popular on St Patrick’s day, stop by Maloney’s to enjoy cheap beer and meet locals.

Maloney’s Bar, 112 N Main St, Butte, MT, USA +406 723 8016

M&M

M&M Cigar Store

Founded in 1890, Butte’s famous “cigar store” was reportedly so packed with miners eating, drinking, and gambling throughout the day and night that the owners never closed. The “cigar store” name, used as a not-so-discrete code during prohibition, tells the rich history of the M&M. Although no longer open 24 hours, M&M is a must-visit in Butte. It was once the most popular haunt in the historic uptown and visitors today can hardly miss the neon sign that marks the entrance.

M&M Cigar Store, 9 S Main St, Butte, MT, USA +406 530 6020

1. Metals Sports Bar & Grill

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub

Butte, Montana
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Located just across from M&M Cigar Store, Metals Sports Bar & Grill sits on the first floor of the beautifully-restored Metals Bank Building. This spot has 31 TVs and the typical sports bar fare of burgers, wings, and sandwiches. But what distinguishes Metals from similarly themed bars is its polished decor and selection of craft beer. Patrons can enjoy a meal at the marble-lined bar, sit in the elegant dining room that looks onto uptown, or even eat in the bank’s former vault. Metals also has the city’s best selection of Montana craft beer on tap, including selections from nearby Quarry Brewing.

2. Muzz & Stan’s Freeway Tavern

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub

The Freeway Tavern, just off of Interstate-90, serves a famous wop chop sandwich. The wop chop – a deep-fried pork chop sandwich – was a favorite of daredevil and Butte-native Evel Knievel. Visitors to Muzz & Stan’s will be quick to learn this, both from the photographs of Knievel that line the bar and from the locals eager to share knowledge of Butte’s most-famous resident. Those looking for a six-pack to take home will also find fridges of Muzz & Stan’s liquor-to-go behind the bar.

3. Quarry Brewing

Bar, Brasserie, Pub Grub

Club 13
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The tagline “We Dig Beer,” along with the basement tap room designed to look like a mine shaft, are odes to Butte’s heyday as a booming mine town. The traditional-style ales at Quarry pay homage to the history of Butte breweries that supplied the town’s saloons. Today, beer fans can become a member of Quarry’s Mug & Jug Club; displayed behind the bar, the mugs are both a sign of pride for Quarry’s regulars, and a license to pop in any time for a pint.

4. Club 13 Bar

Bar, American

Butte Hotel
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Located in historic uptown, Club 13 is the current incarnation of a building that has housed a bar since 1884. The bright blue facing may confuse patrons looking for an old tavern, but step inside to appreciate the beautiful old wooden bar. Local lore claims the bar housed an informal brothel but now Club 13 is known for dirt-cheap drinks and pool games.

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