Live music, small plates, great drinks: Top Hat Lounge has it all. Besides holding such events as comedy shows and poetry slams, this bar-lounge regularly hosts popular musical acts and serves up thoroughly sharable tapas, including those catered to vegans and patrons with dietary restrictions. There are private booths where quiet groups can chat though the atmosphere is generally lively. Head over after work for happy hour or stop by for a live show. You'll get the best of Missoula nightlife at Top Hat Lounge.
It's not everyday that a local ice-cream shop is rated the best on Good Morning America. With this, and several other accolades under its belt, the Big Dipper Ice Cream is one of Montana's most favored spots for homemade ice-cream. Occupying a small space on Higgins Avenue in South Missoula, Big Dipper Ice Cream serves deliciously quirky flavors, from White Mint Oreo and Maple Walnut, to Mexican Chocolate, and Salted Caramel. To add to its charm, it operates out of a cute counter-serve shop, with large picnic benches outside, so that you can enjoy your favorite flavors under Montana's starry skies.
Five on Black takes you on a gastronomic journey through the flavors of Brazilian cuisine. Its simple yet elegant interiors, replete with exposed-brick walls, wood-paneled floors, old-school furniture and vintage bar counter, set the tone for a casual yet enjoyable dining experience. Crafted using age old recipes and infused with a touch of Brazilian culture, the authenticity of the food served here is undoubted. Its innovative menu, lets you pick and choose, and mix and match ingredients, to conjure up the perfect meal of your choice.
Bob Marshall's Biga Pizza has come to be a local favorite for gourmet pizza pies. With a sourdough crust, topped with artisan cheese and meats, seasonal ingredients, and homemade spreads, the pizzas served here are baked in a brick oven, effortlessly blending tradition with contemporary flair. Everything on the menu is made from scratch using quality ingredients for a taste that is simply sublime. Choose from the variety of toppings on offer, including caramelized onions, roasted garlic, Italian sausage, cherry peppers, and bleu cheese, to build the pizza of your dreams, or pick one of their signature pies instead. The menu also features a selection of salads, sandwiches, antipasti, calzones, and desserts. Paired with a relaxed, modern ambiance, Biga Pizza is a great place to enjoy a scrumptious meal with family and friends.
One of the few wine bars in the city, Plonk offers an unrivaled wine and dine experience. Set in a rustic yet elegant space, this is the perfect spot for a laid-back, yet intimate dining experience. With a vast variety of wines from around the world, included in its collection, everything on the menu tastes a lot better when its paired with one of the special wines. Its extensive menu includes a hearty selection of modern and classic American fare. Do try the signature beef skirt steak, oven roasted chicken and pan seared scallops, and top it off with a delectable dessert.
Ciao Mambo is a local mainstay for exceptional Italian cuisine that attracts couples seeking a romantic escape, as well as families and groups in equal measure. The dining room is adorned with art and infused with the aroma of freshly baked bread. The menu offers a delectable selection of pasta paired with sumptuous sauces and thin-crust pizza topped with fresh ingredients. An exceptional selection of wine complements the food to perfection at the charming Ciao Mambo. Complete with courteous service, this local restaurant is rightly one of Missoula's most popular Italian eateries.
Savor authentic Thai cuisine at Sa-Wad-Dee. This local restaurant serves up made-to-order Thai staples like fragrant curries, flavorful stir-frys, and aromatic soups. Start your meal with a serving of Crispy Fried Wontons or Chicken Satay followed by the traditional Larb - a salad made with your choice of minced chicken, pork, or beef, seasoned with lime, chili, and fish sauce. For the main course, choose from a variety of exotic curries and round off your meal with sweet black sticky rice for dessert. Paired with a relaxed, inviting ambiance, Sa-Wad-Dee is a great place to sample exotic Thai delicacies with family and friends. What's more, since every dish is made to order, the spice level of each can be adjusted to your liking. Reservations are accepted for groups of 6 or more.
Since its inception in 1949, Shack Cafe has been one of the neighborhood's most loved restaurants. Sporting an old-school design, replete with carpeted floors, booth-style seating, warm color themes and vintage furniture, its decor evokes a strong sense of nostalgia, that gives the restaurant a peculiar charm. Kick-start your day here with a classic American breakfast, and a warm cup of coffee, or walk in during lunch or dinner for a scrumptious locally-inspired meal.