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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

8.1

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by 8 people

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10

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Decor 8
Drink Quality 6.4
Drink Selection 5.9
Mood 9
Music 7.5
Service 9.4
Tikiness 8
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 8.9

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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 week—Tuesday through Saturday—since 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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Upcoming Visits
Humuhumu
visiting on
Friday, June 9, 2017
for the first time
I'm staying in the hotel over the whole weekend, so looking forward to finally seeing this special bit of Americana!
Humuhumu
visiting on
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Regulars & Visitors
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  • croe67
  • KeithH
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  • CWGross
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enchantedtikilounge
enchantedtikilounge has visited Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge.
August 9, 2016, 6:03 PM
I loved this place; Piano Pat, mermaids, fun crowd, great service, friendly doorman, and culture. My score came out to be a 7.3. Unfortunately, the mai tai has a lot to be desired along with the blue Hawaiian, these were more like cruise ship drinks. So I asked for a pain killer or zombie, the bartender looked them up on her phone and said they couldn't do it. Had I given the drinks an 8 the rating would have jumped to a 8.6, but this place has a lot going on, so at this bar you don't need to focus on the drinks. Sip'n Dip sells an atmosphere, and experience ; with that they did not disappoint!!! I could easily be a regular here and I'm sure if I were they'd be MORE than happy to make a proper mai tai and have a couple other great tiki offerings. Overall this is a place was well worth the three hour detour and because of that we stayed right there at the lodge. One word CLEAN!!! The lodge is VERY OLD but I could eat off the tile floor. Don't expect the Hilton, but you can expect a great night sleep!!!
CWGross
CWGross has visited Sip-N-Dip Tiki Lounge.
January 21, 2016, 10:09 PM
The Enchanted Tiki Cowboy Bar...

Sip-N-Dip is a neat oddball, as a small little Tiki bar in an old motel in a small city in the middle of Montana. There is no real rational reason how and why it should exist. It does, though, and the world is a better place for it.

This bar is not a polished artifice of certified Tiki aesthetics, like something designed by a Disney Imagineer. It has evolved organically over its history, accumulating encrustations from different eras. It still has tabletops of its pre-Tiki nautical theme. It has a big old organ in the middle of it. It has mermaids. It has VLTs off to the side. It's in a motel that leaves complimentary rubber duckies in the rooms. It has a regular clientele of hipster kids and weathered cowboys.

The Sip-N-Dip appeals to my sense of the ironic and incongruous. I can't not be delighted by having to look over a bunch of cowboy hats to see a mermaid floating behind the bar. It also appeals to my preference for "Fantasy Tiki." Normal, standardized Tiki, cultured like a pearl, is fine and I wouldn't turn it down, but I tend to veer into the directions of either really authentic or really fake and fantastical. I want to either learn about real Polynesian cultures, or go to Disneyland. Sip-N-Dip's flotilla of mermaids (pod of mermaids? School of mermaids? Shoal of mermaids?) is right up the alley of the fantastical.

My wife and I stayed overnight at the O'Haire Motor Inn on our way down to Yellowstone, specifically because it housed the Sip-N-Dip. Staying on site is a good course of action if you're breezing through town. The locals kind of gave us the stink eye (pft, tourists!) but we did have a nice chat with another couple of out-of-towners.