Eat & Drink
Enjoy the taste of Downtown Helena.
Bad Betty’s Barbecue is a change of pace in a sea of lariat ropes and spurs that have come to represent barbecue in the west. We are a true southern urban BBQ experience in the heart of Montana including First Place at the Montana State Championship Cookoff in Stevensville in 2013 in both Ribs and Brisket.
We have won multiple awards around the country with our mouth watering creations. Featuring Memphis Style Ribs, Carolina Pulled Pork, Kansas City Burnt Ends, and Texas Brisket. Its the best of all BBQ, and It’s just good BBQ, no Bull.
Benny’s Bistro serves lunch and dinner in Historic downtown Helena. Benny’s specializes in regional American bistro cuisine featuring locally grown produce and Montana raised meats. Benny’s will cater your business lunch, evening parties, etc. You can also rent our gallery room or the Restaurant for special events. Enjoy live music on select evenings.
Established in historic downtown Helena in 1974, Bert & Ernie’s provides a friendly and casual atmosphere for residents and visitors to Montana’s Capital City. The key ingredient in our lunch and dinner menus is quality, offering items from our Cajun Fowl Burger, Ensalada Taquito, and Montana beef, to pasta, pizzas, calzones, subs, burgers and salads. We offer one of the largest selections of micro-brews in Montana. Bert and Ernie’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a reasonably priced children’s menu. In the restaurant, we have a special dining area that can be reserved for groups from 12 to 50 people.
We prepare any of our foods to go, and they are also available for order online. We also offer a variety of beautiful catering trays for all occasions. Call us about providing delicious Bert & Ernie’s food at your next party or meeting.
Bert and Ernie’s has been a part of the downtown Helena experience since 1974. Make it a part of your experience.
Outdoor seating on the patio! Join us!
Big Dipper Ice Cream Helena is the first franchise from Missoula’s successful location. Lindsay Lechman and her staff make all their own homemade ice cream on location in the historic Power Block building in downtown Helena. Big Dipper is the premier place in Helena for good ice cream and good fun. Open seven days a week until late.
You will always find an intriguing line-up of hand-crafted beers, good friends and a great atmosphere at the Blackfoot River Brewing taproom. Stop by and enjoy your favorite beer or try something new- the lineup changes daily. We offer beers served in 12 oz. glasses or for those who can’t decide, try a sampler tray for a larger variety. Montana law does however, limit consumption to 48 ounces per person, per day and only until 8pm. But don’t worry, the Blackfoot also sells growlers to go! Get one free 12oz. beer while your growlers are filled. Stop by the taproom and enjoy good friends a great atmosphere and really good beer!
Open Monday-Thursday 2-8pm | Friday-Saturday-Sunday 12-8pm
66 South Park Ave in historic downtown Helena.
Growler Wednesdays & Sundays– 64oz. Growler fills are $1.50 off, with one free 12oz. beer while you wait!
Bridge Pizza has opened a second location in Helena modeled after the popular Missoula eatery – stop by for a slice or a whole pizza (even take it over to the Blackfoot for a beer). They create interesting and delicious combinations of fresh, local ingredients surely to satisfy your lunch, dinner or late night needs!
Bullman’s Wood Fired Pizza is a friendly restaurant that adds an exciting unique flavor to pizza, served straight from our authentic Italian style wood fired oven. We’re located in the heart of the Capital city, just minutes from Carroll College Last Chance Gulch and the State Capital complex, and in Kalispell, at the Hutton Ranch Plaza. Bullman’s features traditional Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza baked in our blistering hot wood fired oven resulting in a lightly crisp, nicely chewy crust with a hint of smoky aroma, allowing for the full bodied flavor of our quality fresh toppings to emerge. We hope you will join us soon and experience what we believe to be the best pizza anywhere.
Thank you for considering our fine-crafted coffee – freshly roasted at the FireTower Coffee House in the heart of downtown Helena, Montana. We have been roasting and serving up exceptional coffee at our location for over a decade, along with our ever-expanding wholesale and office coffee programs.
We believe we have what you and your customers want: excellent fresh roasted coffees by our knowledgeable artisan roaster. We are proud of what we offer because we won’t “cut” good coffee with cheap beans just to make more profit.
The result is a variety of high quality, single origin custom blends, guaranteed to please the most discriminating coffee drinker.
Walking into The General Mercantile feels like stepping back into Helena’s history. The interior of this tea and coffee house resembles a general store from the Old West, and the western storefront wouldn’t have looked out of place on the Gulch over a hundred years ago. The hissing of the vintage espresso machines and aroma of freshly ground espresso, however, would have been a little out of place back in Helena’s pioneer days. But with the newest gourmet coffees and Old West charm, you get the best of both eras at The General Mercantile. It is filled with cozy niches that are perfect places to sip a warm latte, hot cocoa, or an old-fashioned soda while playing scrabble or other board games. The Merc also sells unique cards, local crafts, novelties, candies, and gadgets. The Merc encourages you to enjoy their unique counter culture and unplug from technology in their old school environment.
The Gold Bar started in 1935 by William D. Ferrat at 400 N. Last Chance Gulch as Gold Bar Beer Parlor. Over the years the bar changed hands numerous times, but continued in it’s original location under a variety of names: Gold Bar Liquors, Capri Grille, Capri Lounge, Gold Bar Casino, Sid’s Nevada Casino, The Pigalle, and T D’s Sports Pub.
In 1950, John Beck opened the Western Bar at 406 N. Last Chance Gulch. The Western Bar also changed hands and names over the years: J & M Western Bar, Glenn’s Western Bar, Rock’s Western Bar. It is currently Western Bar, but still sports the Rock’s Western Bar sign over the front door.
Over time, the Gold Bar and the Western Bar expanded to incorporate the entire 400-408 address locations. Since at least the early 90’s patrons have been able to stroll from one bar to the other without stepping foot outside.
The Gold Bar & Western Bar of Helena is more than you might have thought. A historic institution that offers pool, darts, shuffleboard, foosball, and casino Gaming: U1, Power-station, Legend, Casino King and Progressive Gaming. They also offer Touch-tunes Jukeboxs at each location.
But there’s MORE! The Gold Bar serves Breakfast, Lunch, coffee AND drinks. The two full bars feature local brews on tap and over 40 choices of liquor.
The Gold Bar kitchen offers a pick up window on the Lawrence Street side of the building. The kitchen is open 7:30 am to 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday. Sandy is the cook and she’s been with the Gold Bar for many years.
The Gold Bar welcomes walk-ins, is good for groups and offers take out.
The Western Bar can also be rented for private parties of up to 99 people!
We’ve got it all at the Great Northern Town Center! This is where uptown meets downtown.
The Great Northern Carousel’s awhirl and the ice cream is being scooped by the bucketful! Friends and neighbors are gathering at the Silver Star Steak Company, Last Chance Creperie or going to a movie at the Cinemark Theater. Boxwoods upscale home furnishings and finishings is always a treat. Service firms from accounting, architecture, legal, employment, and so much more.
Whatever your taste in shopping, dining, lodging, service or fun, you’ll find it here. Plenty of parking including a four story parking garage! You might decide to sit down for a bite, go for a stroll down the Lewis and Clark – Montana Experience trail, learn something new at Exploration Works or spend the night at Helena’s most deluxe hotel – the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel. Even better, come set up shop and move in! The Great Northern Town Center – the upside of downtown. www.gntowncenter.com
We are Helena’s distillery, operating right on the Gulch. We take our name from the rich history of agriculture and industry in Montana’s landscape. The gulches that command the topography of Big Sky Country and influence nature, recreation, and our way of life also sheltered a clandestine history of spirits production. Our name acknowledges the tradition of spirits manufacturing here in Last Chance Gulch of Helena, Montana.
Gulch Distillers is proudly located in the former Montana Distillery and Bottling Warehouse at the the north end of Helena’s main, historic gulch, just downstream from the strike that turned a gulch into a mining camp, a mining camp that became the state capital.
Established in 2012 as Triple Divide Spirits, native Helenans Tyrrell Hibbard and Steffen Rasile purchased the distillery in 2015 to pursue a shared passion for whisky and quality spirits and a keen interest in craft cocktails. They rebranded the business to Gulch Distillers™ in September 2016.
We ferment, distill, and bottle on site, and use only Montana-grown grains in our grain-based spirits. At Gulch Distillers™ we create products that combine the state’s pioneer spirit with refined spirit production.
Hub Coffee is a welcoming and bright coffee house in downtown Helena on Last Chance Gulch. We take our coffee craft seriously, the baristas know their skills! We serve the best in in small-batch roasted, artisan quality coffee and espresso drinks as well as loose leaf teas and real fruit smoothies. Look for our Signature Hub Sodas; you’ll find some interesting, unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else. In addition, we prepare our own freshly baked goods, in-house prepared grab & go salads and sandwiches as well as made-from-scratch soups. Summertime at Hub is all about the outdoors when we expand onto the biggest covered patio in downtown Helena. Follow us on Facebook for daily soup updates and special drink features. Please also check back with us regularly for additional specialty food items that we’ll be adding to our array of good things at Hub!
LaPa Grill is a health-conscious fast-casual Mexican-style restaurant with “A Twist.” The twist? We serve what you already love about burritos, tacos, salads and bowls, but we offer you the ability to blend in bold and delicious flavors from around the world creating amazing flavor combinations that will blow your mind. If you’re looking for vegetarian or gluten-reduced options, LaPa has you covered. We’re all about serving healthy, high-quality food at a price that makes sense, but in a style and atmosphere that is fun, laid back, adventurous and inviting. We cook, prep, grill and prepare your food in an open-kitchen, right before your eyes, so you know our food is fresh and you know our food is good.
So.. Stop in and see what all the buzz is about. You’ll be glad you did.
WHAT WE SERVE:
Daring & Different, LaPa is a Mexican World-Grill that combines tried & true healthy ingredients, with unique and exciting flavor combinations inspired from destinations all around the Globe. By combining what you already love about burritos, tacos, salads, and bowls with our amazing world-flavors, we offer something delicious for every day of the week!
We serve traditional Mexican flavors like pico de Gallo, rustic habanero salsa and our Santa Fe chipotle cream sauce, but what is unique about LaPa, is how we combine these flavors with others like Thai peanut, Indian green curry, Italian alfredo, Argentinian chimichurri and more. When you eat at LaPa you eat Mexican… but with a Twist!
LaPa’s combination of quality and price is raising the bar, and we’re confident when we tell you, you’re not likely to find a better combination of healthy options, amazing flavors and sensible prices anywhere.
With a passion for home brewing and background in marketing Max Pigman purchased the Sleeping Giant Brewing Company back in 2001. He changed the name to Lewis & Clark Brewing in 2005 and operated the brewery and tap room under the Brewhouse restaurant for about 9 years. After looking for several years for a new location to enable the business to grow he finally found the perfect spot in the old Columbia Paint factory. The building (or complex of buildings) took over 3 years to renovate (with some of the buildings dating back to 1887) but now offers almost 4X the space for brewing operations and a unique retail space for customers to enjoy 12 beers on tap in the Tap Room.
Since the move the business has exploded now employing over 20 people and experienced growth of 107% last year. They look to grow another 60-80% this year and have added several tanks, more equipment and additional staff to increase capacity. Cans are a big part of their growth as they now can 5 flavors (with 2 more to be added soon) and they have recently introduced their beers to the Missoula and Bozeman markets. This growth has enabled them to spend over $100k locally in goods and services already this year and they are firm believers in supporting local Helena businesses whenever possible.
The Tap Room is a great place to try all the flavors they brew and it’s open from 2-8pm, they are just finishing the final touches on a brand-new patio (you may have seen some of the amazing murals being painted on the patio from Montana Ave) the grand opening for the patio will be August 4th and will feature live music from several bands as a fund raiser for “The Lost & Foundation”
When you come to Lucca’s you are not eating out – you are dining out. Our unique fine dining experience is designed to tantalize all the senses. You see a relaxed atmosphere of Montana elegance – sophistication without the pomp and circumstance. Come experience Lucca’s, awarded The Best Restaurant in Montana for 2015 and 2106 by Business Insider magazine.
Lucca’s is a fine-dining, dinner-only Italian restaurant. Our goal is to provide the highest quality Italian food, with the best service in the Helena, Montana, area.
Let our flavors take you to the Mediterranean countries from Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Middle East and Northern Africa to Morocco.
Join the fun at Miller’s Crossing! We have a great selection of local microbrews and many others from around the country. We feature many tempting “Montana Made” cocktails from distilleries around the state. Weekly events include Margarita Monday, Trivia Tuesday, Montana Made Thursday, and a DJ Dance Party on Saturday. We have live music every Thursday evening and at least one Friday a Month! Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner until 9:30 p.m. every day. Miller’s Crossing a place for social interaction.
On Broadway is a casual sit down restaurant in the heart of Helena’s historic downtown. They offer a world cuisine with emphasis in Italian with fresh made pasta and west coast fusion using a variety of fresh fish and jazzy sauces. Every Thursday night, they feature live jazz. Come to On Broadway to enjoy fine, fresh food made and served by fine, fun people.
The Parrot, a reknown confectionery, is located in downtown Helena on the historic Walking Mall since 1922. It has gained a worldwide reputation for quality hand-dipped chocolates made from fresh, natural ingredients and utilizing up to ten tons of chocolate each year. The Parrot produces a selection of 130 different types of candy, using recipes devised by its original owners. Favorites include a turtle-like confection called a parrot, chocolate-covered caramels, almond butter toffee and other delectable creams, nuts and chews.
For Helenans who grew up with the Parrot and reluctantly moved away, and for visitors who discover the habit-forming nature of these fine candies, The Parrot ships gift boxes and special orders throughout the world. Choose from our assorted chocolates, general assortment or roasted nuts in boxes ranging from one to five pounds.
A visit to The Parrot is as rich as the heaping trays of chocolates, brittles, mint wafers and roasted nuts that adorn the candy counter. The original soda fountain still serves up cherry phosphates and caramel cashew sundaes prepared with handmade ice cream, sauces, toppings, and syrups. And loyal lunch customers line up regularly for a bowl of The Parrot’s secret recipe chili.
Supporting local economy – Scenic Brew is a locally owned business that draws its inspiration from Montana’s natural beauty. To support other local businesses we take every opportunity to use Montana products and services such as baked goods, Montana dairy, and restaurant supplies. Although it may only make a small difference, we respect and support local businesses over the corporate giants that send their profits outside Montana.
We genuinely appreciate and respect our customers. Our talented staff put all of their attention and effort into every order. We owe our existence to local support and the relationships we build with every new customer.
Scenic Brew provides top shelf café products with remarkable service. Scenic Brew presents a unique environment that draws its inspiration from Montana’s natural beauty. Bring your favorite Montana photo by and we’ll frame it for our customer wall.
Much like Montana, the Silver Star brings a relaxed sort of elegance to its visitors that is hard to find anywhere else. When you join us for an afternoon or evening, you get more than a meal. You get an experience centered around our firm dedication to excellence. It’s our belief in quality—from the local goods we source, to our superior service, to the Certified Angus Beef we use—that has made us Montana’s premiere steakhouse for the past two years in a row.
Whether you’re looking for the relaxed atmosphere of our lounge or a more intimate evening in our dining area, the Silver Star Steak Company offers an experience you won’t forget.
Taco del Sol opened in the heart of historic downtown Helena in Spring 2004. Our famous fish tacos are a consistent favorite among locals and visitors alike. They rely on us to create just what they want to eat: delicious fare with flavorful ingredients. We moved into the historic Placer Hotel in February 2012, and we couldn’t be more excited about this new location. Stop on in and enjoy a tap beer made by local breweries, a Mexican cerveza, or a Jarritos soda, paired with some quick, casual, and spicy-if-you-like fare. The menu is kid-friendly, too!
Ten Mile Creek Brewery is a six barrel brewery located in the historic Last Chance Walking Mall. The brewery opened in late October of 2015. The location is snug in-between The Hawthorn Bottle Shop and Helena’s favorite chocolate store, The Parrot. Whether you are just visiting Helena or you are a local, the historic downtown will have something for you.
Our namesake “Ten Mile Creek” comes from our most important ingredient, water. The creek is in the beer. The Ten Mile Creek watershed supplies most of Helena, including our brewery. Ten Mile Creek gives us clean water that we use to produce hand crafted beer. Each batch has Montana grown barley and all other ingredients are sourced as local as possible.
Ten Mile Creek Brewery is a great place for meetings or parties. We rent our space to private events and are always welcoming to groups looking for a place to converse. At Ten Mile Creek Brewery we consider ourselves a somewhat organized community. Partnering with as many local businesses as possible is a key piece of our philosophy. Downtown is the culture of our city and thrives on the support of business by patrons and visitors of the area.
The Bagel Co. offers authentic water boiled bagels, house roasted coffee, fresh baked cinnamon rolls and many other fresh baked treats. Baking from the best ingredients available, we make every effort to offer the finest products possible. We encourage our staff to take pride in what they do, with the end result being our customer’s satisfaction, each and every time! Our downtown location is at 735 N. Last Chance Gulch. Baking from the best ingredients available, we make every effort to offer the finest products possible. We encourage our staff to take pride in what they do, with the end result being our customers satisfaction, each and every time!
The Great Northern Carousel is a modern hand built menagerie carousel reminiscent of the splendid, turn-of-the-century carousels.
A most magical venue for any age!
Most of the 37 animals and one chariot were hand-carved by Ed Roth of Long Beach, California and hand painted by Bette Largent of Spokane, Washington. Todd Goings built the mechanism in Marion, Ohio and also built the spinning tub for the carousel. And, local artist Mary Harris created the original glass artwork depicting Helena area landmarks and scenery on the Carousel rounding boards.
Besides the traditional horses, frogs and rabbits, there are native Montana wildlife such as an antelope, a grizzly bear, a bobcat and even a cutthroat trout! Connected to the 40’ carousel is an ice cream parlor and snack bar. Plus, there is a party room to rent for any occasion imaginable such as birthdays, anniversaries or even hosting fund-raisers.
THE HAWTHORN BOTTLE SHOP & TASTING ROOM is an inviting, down-to-earth wine experience for Helenans and the many visitors to the downtown area. Expanding on the concept and success stories of Helena’s taprooms, The Hawthorn is a place to fill your wine growler and have a glass while you wait. It is a place to meet your wine (and beer) drinking friends after work and it is a place to shop for and enjoy wine from around world, small batch beer, and specialty meats and cheeses.
We offer a broad selection of wines from around the world at a range of price points and emphasize a selection of bottles for $10 and under. We have new bottles open daily to sample while you shop. We carry craft beer focusing on small production breweries including obscure foreign brews and popular local drafts. Guests have the option of purchasing additional provisions to take home – that perfect bottle, along with specialty meats and cheeses, olives, nuts and honey. You can also have your growler filled with our special selection of wine and beer on tap. We offer monthly wine and cheese clubs with unique selections and a detailed description to expand your palate in the comfort of your own home.
We offer a variety of wines to purchase by the glass (out of the bottle and the tap) and have a fun and interesting selection wine flights. All of these wines are available to sample. These offerings can be enjoyed at our 8 seat bar or various tables during the day and evening, and cheese and charcuterie including house made crackers, dips, and spiced nuts are available for pairing. If you are in the mood for something a little different, you can try one of our tasty wine or beer cocktails or warm up with a cup of mulled wine.
A HELENA CLASSIC REVISITED
Follow in the footsteps of many of Lewis and Clark County’s finest, we invite you to join in the tradition of great service, great food, and great people, here at the Windbag Saloon and Grill.
The star of the party…That is our goal every time one of our scratch-made delicious desserts leaves our bakery. Vanilla Bean Bakery and Cafe was started in November 2008. Since then, we have worked hard to become known for our “start your day breakfast pastries”, “comforting lunches”, and “delicious desserts” for any occasion. Baking is our passion and creating beautiful, delicious desserts that put smiles on all of our customers faces is why we are here for you!
Vanilla Bean Bakery and Cafe is located in the heart of Helena, between the Capitol and historic Downtown Helena. We are walking distance to many city attractions and trails.
We offer a complete coffee bar, breakfast, lunch and our specialty, delicious desserts and pastries.