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Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge

Great Falls, MT
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17 7th St S
Great Falls, MT
Opened in 1962
Mon 11:30am-midnight
Tue-Sat 11:30am-2am
Sun 11:30am-midnight
All ages until 9pm,
21+ after
1 (800) 332-9819

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Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge

6.9

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Decor 8.1
Drink Quality 4.6
Drink Selection 4.5
Mood 7.5
Music 6.4
Service 7.5
Tikiness 7.2
Tilt 8.6
Vibe 7.7

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Humuhumu’s description

The Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge has been part of the O'Haire Motor Inn since 1962. The main attraction is the mermaid show -- there are windows in the bar that look into the hotel's pool, and mermaids put on a show on weekends. Another attraction is "Piano Pat" Sponheim, who has been playing piano five nights a weekóTuesday through Saturdayósince 1962.
When actress Daryl Hannah, who famously played a mermaid in the movie Splash, was filming in the area, she made a special visit to the bar, even donning a mermaid suit and jumping in the pool to give a show.
In 2003, the bar was featured on a list of the top 10 bars in the world in GQ Magazine. In 2004, a crack in one of the glass pool walls threatened the bar; the glass walls have been replaced with new triple-pane glass.
The bar's ceiling is lined with bamboo, and there are beachcomber-inspired fish trap lamps.
The bar does especially well on weekends during the mermaid show, when patrons line up to get into the small 72-person capacity bar.

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krankenator
krankenator has visited Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge.
June 16, 2019, 10:38 AM
I visited a couple months after Piano Pat had surgery and so was not playing this night. I imagine that music and even the mood would have been better had she been there.

The Mai Tai was a 5, but everything else was a 2- tasted more like gasoline than alcohol. It's a local bar and they cater to their crowd by a big assortment of craft beers rather than tiki drinks. Still, I think tiki mugs and especially a collectable mug would go a long way.

Can't be the mermaids though, and the classic kitch. The table tops with seahorses are great. All in all, you need to take a visit here.
Kapu Dru
Kapu Dru has visited Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge.
April 23, 2019, 9:56 PM
Ok, so the Sip n Dip is by far the best tiki bar for well over 100 miles. That said, itís in Great Falls MT, which is a depressing town in central MT (and I am a Montanan, so I do know the towns). That said, itís the best around, but itís still a sad tiki bar. Bamboo that is falling off of the ceiling. Wood panel walls. A handful of tiki type statues and art, and a lot of plastic flowers, clam shells, etc that look like they are from Party City. The pool is clearly just a pool, not a lagoon or anything. End of the day itís another Montana dive bar (no pun), that threw up a few tiki statues. If you are looking for mermaids, the Dive Bar in Sacramento, while not tiki, is a much better at plan and execution.
MichaelJTanner
MichaelJTanner has visited Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge.
October 24, 2018, 11:53 AM
I grew up in Great Falls and had always been vaguely aware of the "mermaid bar." But it wasn't until I was an adult and had moved away from Montana that I started to learn more and then had a real desire to go there. Last year I had the opportunity. I agree with other commentators that it really feels more like an organically grown "mostly tiki." Unfortunately, the night we went Piano Pat--who is the star of the show--had the night off. (She is a treasure! There's a nice mini-documentary about her on Youtube.) My drinks were well made and strong but nothing too complex. The mermaid show is a lot of fun.

I asked my parents if they had ever been to the bar and despite both growing up in Great Falls, neither had been-- "it was the old fogey place when we were young and going to bars"...now it's the cool kids bar and probably the coolest place in town.
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