Western Empire Emporium

Address: 3141 King Ave W, Billings, MT 59102, USA
Friday 6:30AM–2AM
Saturday 6:30AM–2AM
Sunday 6:30AM–2AM
Monday 6:30AM–2AM
Tuesday 6:30AM–2AM
Wednesday 6:30AM–2AM
Thursday 6:30AM–2AM
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Phone: +1 406-652-7705
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Delivery No
Take-out Yes
Accepts Credit Cards Yes
Good for Kids Yes
Good for Groups Yes
Attire Casual
Noise Level Average
Alcohol Full Bar
Outdoor Seating No
Wi-Fi Free
Has TV Yes

On a cross-country trip two years ago, we rolled into this bar late one night, unfortunately well after the kitchen had closed.  However, we were welcomed in by the bartender, Kelly, and her colleagues, who did what they could to be hospitable.  Although my friends were on a liquid diet, I had to get some real sustenance, and we were allowed to raid the pie cabinet.  Never before had cherry pie tasted so delicious.  And the cold drinks were welcomed after a long day on the road.

The biggest reason for the five stars, however, was when we told Kelly where we were headed (Yellowstone).  When she heard our route, she told us, "No, no, that's not how you should go!" and then proceeded to tell us about a different way into the park, through the Beartooth Pass.  We'd not heard about it before, and we were SO grateful for the invaluable tip.  What a spectacular road!  The scenery wasn't bad either.  But seriously, the day we spent on that route was the highlight of our trip.

I can't express how thankful we are that we found this bar, which was about the only place open at that hour in Billings, and found Kelly and her friends.  I'd make this my local in a heartbeat if I lived nearby.  So should you.