Billings’ best bets for National Cocktail Day
Most of the time, I’m a beer guy. And not necessarily “good” beer either. I shamelessly admit that my daily booze is usually a can of cheap, cold, domestic lager, bought in packs of 30. Don’t judge…I find them refreshing, easy to drink, and I can ask half a dozen without getting drunk on the floor.
However, I do enjoy a delicious mixed drink on occasion and when my wife and I go out for a nice dinner or a night on the town, I love ordering a craft cocktail or two. Alright, maybe three or four. Today is National Cocktail Day and here is a list of my favorite places to order a fancy drink in Billings.
Doc Harper’s Martini Bar on N. Broadway in downtown Billings is considered by many to be one of the best places in town to order a martini or other cocktail. One reviewer wrote,
Best martini in town. Whether you like the traditional or the exotic, the evening aperitif or the perfect dessert, it’s your place.
From Chocolatini to Bee’s Knees, Doc Harper’s offers an extensive selection of classic and specialty martinis for every palette.
Grill of walkers
Walkers is well known for its fantastic food, but if you don’t grab a drink special from the bar you are totally missing out. I like to order cocktails that are not easily prepared at home. For example; anyone can pour a mimosa or a Jack-n-Coke, but I doubt you have all the ingredients in your liquor cellar to make a black dagger. Walker’s talented bartenders are absolute pros at combining unique ingredients for a truly memorable cocktail.
TEN at the Hotel du Nord
Another downtown favorite for great food is TEN at the Northern and their cocktails and specialty drinks are also superb. One of my favorites is their Pimm’s Cup (see above), a mix of Pimm’s (a gin liqueur), ginger beer and a mix of fresh fruit. I literally want them and they go down extremely easy.
The Windmill Bar 51
One of the best spots for a refreshing spring cocktail is the Windmill’s impressive patio. A long list of specialty drinks is on their drink menu, or order a Montana classic like the Moscow Mule.
Magic Town Casino
Most casinos aren’t known for their specialty drinks and cocktails. Magic City Casino on Overland Ave is a notable exception. Owner/Bartender Scott love make specialty drinks for customers and they are delicious. Don’t know what to order? Tell him what kind of flavors you like and let him surprise you with a personalized drink.
It’s impossible for me to write an article about cocktails at Billings without including the legendary “Bow” on the list. Is it classy? No. Will you meet any “interesting” people at the bar? Probably. And you won’t find a long list of foo-foo drinks at the Rainbow. What you’ll find are some of the steepest – and most affordable – drinks in town. A single is more like a bow double.
Honorable Mention: Jake’s, 3 North in Acton, Buffalo Block at Rex, Rib and Chop.