ABOUT US

 

The Livingston Bar & Grille, located at the corner of Park and Main St in Livingston, Montana, has a wealth of history. The building was constructed in the late 1800s and housed a mercantile establishment downstairs and boarding rooms on the second floor. We host a collection of historical pictures in the hallway adjacent to the bar, including an invoice from Carver Mercantile dated Oct 1888.

Historical Bar

 

Our bar is an original Brunswick 1901 back and front bar, constructed of  mahogany and cherry. Built in the Midwest, it is said to have won a blue ribbon at the 1904 St Louis World Fair. It travelled via steamship up the Missouri, and was offloaded in Fort Benton, arriving in Livingston some time after that. Lore has it that a bar in this location was named “Bucket of Blood” was an early name for a Bloody Mary.

Russel Chatham Art

 

At one time, this establishment was run by Russell Chatham, a prominent artist whose lithographs of the Montana countryside are well known. Russell and his buddy and fellow Livingston transplant Jim Harrison (considered one of America’s finest living writers prior to his death in 2016) often sat at the bar together. A Chatham lithograph graces the intricate wood piece at our entryway. The wooden entry piece is contemporaneous with the bar, with an identifying tag from the “Amalgamated Wood Workers’ International Union of America.”

Gilded Mirror Art

 

The mirror that you see gracing the inner arch in the bar area was created by Montana artist and Livingston resident Gary Bates. The mirror frame was created from 1920’s era fence posts, which were then gilded.

Al Furstnow Saddle

 

The antique saddle that’s on display dates to 1915. It was crafted by the well-known saddle maker Al Furstnow. A complete description is on display behind the saddle.