If you want to feel transported back in time to the Wild West, this Montana bar will help you.

Montana has a deep and rich history with local businesses. Restaurants, lumber stores, and other enterprises have been around for over 100 years and are vital members of local economies.

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One business that is always in demand in any town or city in Montana is bars. You could be in a place of 100 people or a city of 100,000, and there are bars where you can relax and enjoy a drink.

Several bars in Montana have been destinations or the local gathering hole for the whole town. Montana has some old bars, but which one is the oldest?

Montana has a bar that is so ancient it's one of the oldest running bars in America.

Before we reveal the oldest bar in Montana, here are 13 Fantastic Dive Bars in Montana you should check out one day.

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The Oldest Bar In Montana Is A Wild West Relic

Cheapism made a list of The Most Ancient Bars in America, and Montana's has been around for over 160 years.

The oldest bar in Montana is Bale of Hay Saloon in Virginia City.


Virginia City is an old West relic of Montana's past, but the townsfolk have gone to great lengths to keep its spirit and several businesses open for tourists. The Bale Of Hay Saloon is a piece of Montana history that will hopefully never change.

The Bale of Hay Saloon Virginia City, MT via Facebook
The Bale of Hay Saloon Virginia City, MT via Facebook

The bar is still in its original form since the late 1800s. The bar hosts live music and events during the summer to entice folks to experience what having a drink in Montana was like before cars, technology, and air conditioning.

If you want to experience what the Wild West felt like during the late 1800s, plan a trip to Virginia City and take a trip back in time.

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