Bulldog Saloon

144 Central Ave, Whitefish, Montana 59937 USA

148 Reviews
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Reasonable
Open Now
Sat 11a-2a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
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“The Bulldog Saloon is located in downtown Whitefish Montana”

The Bulldog building is over 100 years old! Thanks to the Stumptown Historical Society and helpful old timers around town, we know quite a bit about the colorful history of this building and its various incarnations over the past century. Built in 1903, the building was originally named the Dodge House. During the early 1900’s, it was called Houston’s Hall after Dr. Houston, a railroad doctor and surgeon who had offices on the second floor. The second floor was later occupied by other doctors— occasionally used for boxing matches—and also served as a meeting place for Masons and other fraternal organizations. During this same period, the primary business on the main floor became known as the Pastime Pool Hall, which was later owned by various members of the Akey family for nearly 50 years. In addition to pool, the Pastime was the place to go for card games such as poker, pinochle and pan. During the prohibition era, the Pastime survived selling everything from guns, fishing tackle, batteries, and work gloves, to tobacco and cigars. There was even a soda fountain for teenagers located in the basement during a short period following World War II. It was known as the Pastime until the late 70’s when it was purchased and renamed the Yeti’s Den for a few years. Buck and Linda May bought it in 1983 and renamed it the Bulldog Saloon in honor of the Whitefish High School mascot. The next generation of Mays, Eric and Amy, help run the family-owned business these days. Now known as a fun sports bar with great burgers, the Bulldog continues to be a fixture in downtown Whitefish. As the late Earl Hunt, Pastime bartender for 28 years, told the Whitefish Pilot in 1979, the Pastime served the townspeople as a place “for socializing, a little imbibing, card playing, but has never been a rough bar.” And that’s the way we like it—enjoy, and thanks for visiting us at the Bulldog!

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Macauley N.

After a long day of cross country skiing, these burgers hit the spot. Bar feel but definitely kid friendly as well. Order at the counter and pick a seat. Made to order burgers with a low key,... Read more

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Joe F.

This is a terrific local bar, solid food and beers. Lots of fried choices (fish and chips were reliable) and a garlic burger that was on point. Small selection of drafts (Coors Light, PBR) but... Read more

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Justin C.

Instant 5-Stars for customer service. The kind lady taking orders told us food was a 40 min wait. We told her we had 20 mins tops. She kindly made an exception (quietly so no one would notice we... Read more

Bulldog Saloon

144 Central Ave
Whitefish, Montana
59937 USA

Hours

Open now until 2:00 am
  • Tue - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sun, Mon: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations
Does not take
  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast
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