I spend a lot of time driving around Wyoming, and I never tire of these local gems, which often also serve some great local beer on tap and occasionally even know how to make a good Manhattan. In many of these towns, it's easier to find a good bar than it is a good restaurant, and I suppose the right amount of gin is just as filling as a small sandwich, albeit slightly harder on your liver.
If you're ever out this way, here are my suggestions; they also correspond to the towns I like to visit (with a couple of exceptions):
Casper: The Wonder Bar has pretty terrible food, but a terrific set of taps, including their own local brew and highlights from some of the best beers around the state. Be forewarned, local Casper College students swarm this place on the weekends, and I've been there more than once on St. Patrick's Day when I was just bypassed for a pat-down by the local cops patrolling the front door. If you're looking for a quiet drink with friends, maybe try a Wednesday night.
|The Wonder Bar, home of Wyoming State Brewing, Casper|
Cody: Buffalo Bill's Irma Hotel (Restaurant and Saloon) has that classic, grandiose wooden bar polished to a high gleam, and a decent selection of Western beers and whiskeys. It's pretty quiet in here most of the time, and you'll definitely hear some old geezers talking about hunting season.
|Buffalo Bill's Restaurant and Saloon, Cody|
Jackson: Million Dollar Cowboy Bar downtown hosts a lot of dead animals on the wall, and plenty of Country-Western dancing on the weekends. If that's too much for you (as it is for me), try the Silver Dollar Bar in the Wort Hotel. It's got more of a luxe, gold-rush feel to it, and the cocktails are great.
|Silver Dollar Bar in the Wort Hotel, Jackson|
|Woods Landing in the thriving metropolis of Jelm|
|Front Street Tavern, Laramie|
Riverton: Not a place I would normally visit unless for business, but Bar 10 is actually great. Despite the blaring country-western and troubled 20-somethings screaming about guns and (pro) Tea Party sentiments, I had a delicious Manhattan with what had to be home-infused cherries. The aesthetic is a mix of hunting saloon (wood panel, dead critters) and 1930s oil boom with rich-colored stained glass and bronze fixtures. As a bonus, this is also probably the best restaurant in town.
|Bar 10, complete with flaming stained glass, Riverton|
|Saratoga Brewery--notice the pistols for arms on the stools!|
On a personal note, I have been to a number of these bars with my most stalwart travelling friends, Verismo Trio. There's no one I like exploring Wyoming with more. They're probably not reading this post because they're too frickin' important, though.
|VT at Bar 10 this week. |
Scott: "Are you going to blog about this?" Me: "Probably not."