The Dram Shop is Missoula’s First Stand Alone Growler Fill Station

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It seems somewhat difficult to truly standout among the masses when opening a new storefront these days– especially an alcoholic establishment in a town that is filled with breweries and bars. The Dram Shop has figured out the secret recipe though. They are Missoula’s, and actually all of Montana’s, first designated growler fill station.

Storefront of the Dram Shop in Missoula

Specializing in growler fills and not brewing your own beer really opens up a lot of opportunities. You are able to offer a respectable sized beer selection for fills and pours– from local to limited sour series.

entry way full of apparel and beer bottle in the Dram ShopWhatever floats your boat, can also fill your glass. As soon as I walked through the door– it just felt right & those bottles are for sale.

growlers to purchase at The Dram Shop in MissoulaIf you happen to forget your growler at home– no worries, they have you covered. They also have apparel for sale if you forget to wear a shirt.

beer list projected onto the wall at the dram shop of missoula

This was a first for me, projector beer list. I give them props for that since I have drank in a decent amount of places. It gives you all the information that you need– name, location brewed, ABV and price for whatever size fits you.

paper menu at The Dram Shop in Missoula

If you want to study the menu, or have a fear of modern technology, there are paper menus that will help you get back into your comfort zone. In total, there are 37 taps of draught beer, wine, cider, soda and bottle selection.

bar in The Dram ShopThe interior is very simple– but I highly enjoy the paint choice and the use of light cabinets.
It reminds me of the place I had back in college.

people drinking at The Dram Shop

Besides the long bar, there is seating all along the west wall and there is more room on the south side behind the bar as well.

view of front street from The Dram Shop

The front seating area is prime, with a great view of Front Street and the feeling of slightly more secluded seating– although we didn’t feel any intrusion sitting in the back.

man ordering beer at The Dram Shop

There are no servers, at least when we were there, so beers were ordered at the bar– they were served up in a very timely manner.

photography hanging in The Dram Shop in Missoula Montana

While my brother was ordering up the first round, I did have a moment to look around The Dram Shop. The photography hanging on the walls is spot on and essentially sums up the vibe of Missoula perfectly.

kids' play area in The Dram Shop

I was tempted to wander into the corner and entertain myself– but I decided it was best to leave it designated for the children. So, I stuck with my adult beverage and not completely adult conversation.

beers at The Dram Shop in Missoula Montana

Classy, that was my first thought when I was handed my glass.. delicious was the second thought. I ordered up a Teton Sour, which I highly recommend.

people enjoying drinks in Missoula Montana at The Dram Shop

The Dram shop is only open until 9 or 10pm [depending on the night], which makes it the perfect place for after work drinks– or the first stop of the night. Beer flows plentiful and conversation is always of high quality. You can even order in food here– there is a select menu from The Pearl and Market on Front that can be delivered to you.
Being that The Dram Shop is Montana’s first growler filling station– all of the ones to follow have very large das boots to fill.

The Dram Shop

229 E Front St, Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 540-4303
Website

Next to The Trailhead!

Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 12-9 pm
Friday 12-10 pm
Saturday 10-10 pm
Sunday 12-9 pm

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Ross M Perkins

Creative Wanderlusting Mechanic at Wanderlust Northwest
Thinker of stuff, Doer of things. There isn't much that makes me more happy than finding myself in new surroundings with camera in hand. Roadtrips are standard life procedures and the maps in my home are there to inspire me to travel even further. When it comes down to it, I just really like nature..

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