Going away to the Rocky Mountains? Specifically the charming resort town of Whitefish and are looking for places to enjoy a good drink with your loved ones? Well, do we got the list for you! Today we are breaking down the best bars in Whitefish, MT. This getaway town is all about embracing the love of the outdoors, with Glacier National Park a quick ride outside of town, coming back from skiing down the slopes to a warm bar selling foods and drinks to refresh you is top tier. So why don’t we get started talking about some of the best in Whitefish and you can get to planning your fun day out!
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Good whiskey and good views, what’s better? Image courtesy of the Spotted Bear Spirits Instagram page.
503 Railway St a | Whitefish | spottedbearspirits.com
Welcome to Spotted Bear Spirits, where the gorgeous vast landscapes of Montana meet truly good drinks that make any cold day in the mountains a little bit warmer. This bar isn’t just a bar, they are also a gateway to the Spotted Bear Ranger District and The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Spotted Bear Spirits if you need a place to unwind after you trek out into the great outdoors.
Since everything you put into your body is important, Spotted Bear Spirits makes sure that whenever possible all of their ingredients are locally sourced and organic so you know every sip you take there is some of the best you’ll find in Whitefish.
Their tasting room is open 4pm to 8pm daily with cocktails, bottles, mixers, and retail to peruse & take home to enjoy. Their menu lays out all of the choices and what’s in each drink, so it makes for an easy read. They have drinks like Margaritas, Ginger Gimlet gin, Pumpkin Spice Nog, Espresso Martini, distillery flights, and more!
“Best place to get cocktails! We came here at least 3 times during our 4 day trip. We were so impressed. It's a bummer you can only get 2 cocktails a day here but it's definitely worth going. Cute spot too.” -Yelp Review
Showcasing brand new and old talents throughout the week! Image courtesy of the Great Northern Bar & Grill Instagram page.
27 Central Ave | Whitefish | greatnorthernbar.com
Since 1919 the Great Northern Bar & Grill has been delighting patrons with their good food, great drinks, and ever since they started showcasing talented musicians, stellar live music to listen to while you sip on something tasty. The walls are decorated with old signs of closed business that have graced the buildings in Whitefish and other places before, so you get a little piece of history when you step through the bar’s doors.
The Great Northern Bar & Grill has got whatever you need in order for a good night. Hungry and not looking to pay three figures for a good meal? Their reasonable prices are calling your name. Along with live music throughout the week (see listings for more specific details), they also have TV’s showcasing the latest game, gaming machines, pool tables, shuffleboard, and more.
In the summer you can enjoy any of their 29 beers on tap on their deck or inside to get away from the heat. Just some of the menu items include a Reuben, BLT, Grilled Cheese, Bacon Cheese Burger, salads, and classic bar snacks Chicken Wings & Onion Rings.
“Very nice outdoor patio. You order for abs drinks at the counter and they delivery it to your table. Fast service and family friendly. We got the veggie sandwich and jalapeno poppers and both were really good!” -Google Review
Get merch on your way out from your time drinking & having fun! Image courtesy of the Bonsai Brewing Project Instagram page.
549 Wisconsin Ave | Whitefish | bonsaibrew.com
Bonsai Brewing Project is a seasonal bar operating during every season except winter in Whitefish, Montana. They are all about making brews that are unlike any other in flavor and feel while sitting back and enjoying the general ambience of their bar. The “brewhouse” specifically is focused on creating “high-quality small batch ales on a 7 bbl system”- meaning, they care about how they make their drinks just for you.
They also offer food that’s home-made and is constantly changing with the season so you know that whatever you get is made fresh. Chips & Salsa, Pasta Salad, the Bonsai Cheeseburger, hotdogs, sandwiches, and more are all ready to order, while brews like their Black Barleywine that’s been aged 20 months in bourbon barrels and “Smooth Sailing” (an IPA with Citra and Nelson Sauvin) make a great pairing with your food.
(Menu items including foods and drinks are subject to change, so make sure to check out their menu when the 2023 season opens so you can see what to expect at Bonsai Brewing Project).
“Bonsai was an awesome brewery in Whitefish. They had a good selection of beers and some of us got flights so we could try different ones. The food was tasty too and lots of outdoor seating to choose from.” -Yelp Review
Bite into something savory and take a sip of a drink that pairs just perfectly. Image courtesy of the Last Chair Kitchen & Bar Facebook photo page.
1705 E Lakeshore Dr | Whitefish | lastchairkitchenandbar.com
Embracing everything that makes dining good, aka mouth-watering food, drinks that pair perfectly with each bite, and top tier service all in a welcoming environment that makes you feel safe and relaxed, that’s what Last Chair Kitchen & Bar is providing in the charming town of Whitefish, Montana. They are a small family run business that always makes sure to show appreciation to the customer as that’s how they are able to do what they love!
Serving products from local producers, Last Chair Kitchen & Bar has an extensive menu with a number of delicious-sounding foods on, we won’t be able to list them all here but here’s a sneak peek to get you hungry before you head on over:
Blackened Steak Tips, Korean Meatballs, Spinach Salad, Chicken Sandwich, Classic Burger, Chicken and Waffles, Pad Thai, and Veggie Curry. With bottles of Pinot Noir, Red Blends, Interesting Whites/Blends, Sparkling, and more to make up the wine list, your meal is sure going to be a great one.
“Loved the food so much that we went 2x on a trip to Whitefish. Got the plant based GoodyBowl with trout. Yum. I already told my kids that if we come back to this area (we live in Texas so that's a maybe) that we will eat there again!” -Yelp Review
Pick up a card game while you enjoy your beverage at this bar in Whitefish, MT. Image courtesy of the Montana Tap House Yelp photo page.
845 Wisconsin Ave unit c | Whitefish | montanatap.com
At Montana Tap House you can expect a comfy and cozy environment that is all about providing different brews with exceptional flavors and classic “pub” food that makes for a perfect combination.
Take a look at the “Always on Tap” menu with drinks like:
Or come in and view their “Rotations” menu that might have a new favorite on their with drinks like:
And for food? Check out some of the best pub-grub around like their:
“One of our favorite places with a fun, family friendly environment. Lots of beers to choose from and they make a great pizza. The games are great too to keep our kids entertained so that the adults could have a bit of conversation. Love this spot” -Yelp Review
Enjoy your food and drinks while listening to new music! Image courtesy of the Remington Bar & Casino Instagram page.
130 Central Ave | Whitefish | remingtonbar.com
In 2005, the Sheeran family decided to settle down in Whitefish and make it their home and after years of working in and owning different restaurant-like businesses, they eventually became the owners of the Remington Bar which is a place where entertainment and dining meet.
They have a large dance floor, a game section, and live poker every day of the week along with a fully fledged casino for those who like to test their luck with their friends. The Remington Bar features Latin Fusion Food and bar classics with menu items like Hand Cut Fries, Roast Pork, Pollo Limon, Chorizo/Shrimp Quesadilla, House Ground Burger, Grilled Mahi Mahi, burritos, sandwiches, and tacos.
With brunch served on the weekends, the Remington Bar has got a little something for everyone to enjoy.
“As a local, this is my favorite bar in town. Super casual, fun atmosphere with strong, affordable drinks. Pro-tip: you can sit at the bar and order food from the attached Mexican restaurant Mama Blanca’s. Highly recommend for locals and out-of-town we’d alike.” -Google Review
Whether you’re grabbing a bite to eat or a nice cold drink at the end of a long week, these bars in Whitefish, MT are great for many different occasions to go out with your friends and family.