Missoula’s Family Friendly Friday at The Top Hat
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By: Ryan Newhouse
It may sound strange to say, and I admit to feeling a tiny tinge of guilt putting this down on paper, but Missoula has a bar for kids – well, at least an evening dedicated for them.
Every Friday at the Top Hat is “Family Friendly Friday” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Hosting music since 1952, the Top Hat is one of Missoula’s premier venues for everything from jazz, rock, bluegrass, and now kid’s music.
We parents were appreciative of several things:
1) We could take our kids to a smoke-free and safe environment at a reasonable hour, at no cost (except for a beer), and let our kids enjoy the music and company, and 2) we could enjoy ourselves at the end of the week while sipping a beverage and catching up with friends.
And as one of my friends (who now lives in Idaho) said to me, “That’s so Missoula, I love it!”
She’s right, only in Missoula would this fly so well.
Clearly, the audience who brought their kids to a bar did so for the child’s enjoyment, not to knock back a few and party.
It shows that Missoulians can respect a time and place for an event like this, and the fact that it happens every Friday and features a revolving array of live music only makes it that much more respectable in my book.
Of course, this being a blog about where and what to drink in Missoula, I would be remiss if I didn’t give a proper rundown of what the Top Hat does offer in terms of libations.
Not only do they have a full liquor bar and talented bartenders to craft your drink of choice, they offer red and white wines, a well-rounded tap line-up of local and regional micro beers, and a strong selection of bottled beers that includes a $12 Chimay.
For listing of upcoming “Family Friendly Friday” bands, check out the Top Hat website. The Whizpops will make another appearance on March 23.
I encourage you to check them out!