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Sipping Pretty: Single Barrel Liquor and Bar

A new bar and liquor store is scheduled to open this spring on the west side of Bozeman. Single Barrel Liquor and Bar, a liquor store with a small attached bar, is in initial review with the city of Bozeman for a location at 4535 Valley Commons Drive, in the Boardwalk building.

The plan, according to co-owner Wyatt Hicks, will focus on single-barrel whiskeys and bourbons. Hicks, who has lived in Bozeman since 2001, will manage the bar with his wife and said he hopes for it to become a cozy neighborhood hangout, open seven days a week.

Changes in Big Sky

Big Sky’s skiers have another spot to curb their hunger this season. Vista Hall opened on the resort on Dec. 18, and features fresh sushi, street tacos, European-style coffee and a crepe shop, as well as a “panoramic views” of Lone Mountain.

Also at Big Sky, the resort is planning another new lift for next winter, calling it “the fastest six-person chairlift in North America” in a news release. Construction on the new lift, named “Swift Current 6,” is scheduled to start at the end of the 2019-2020 ski season. The lift will feature extra large heated seats for your utmost comfort and the lift chairs will be encased in a blue bubble.

What’s up with Costco?

The next step for the church of bulk goods is still up in the air. Warehouse manager Michael Walker told the Chronicle in October that there’s not much work the company can do during the winter months, construction-wise. However, there’s now a temporary light at the hotly contested intersection of Max and Catron, right at the entrance of Costco’s parking lot, hopefully easing some of that holiday traffic.

No Costco managers were available to talk Friday, but two city employees confirmed the city of Bozeman isn’t behind the light.

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