Hip Strip opens the doors to a dance hall suitable for teenagers
MISSOULA – Missoula has no shortage of bars and brasseries, music and dancing, but these facets of nightlife cater to an older clientele.
Thanks to a new commercial opening on the Hip Strip, a younger audience will finally find their rhythm.
“I think it’s about time the music industry got to move to Missoula again,” said Caleb Huberg, co-owner of Legacy Lounge.
The newest addition to the Hip Strip, Legacy Lounge will move into the space previously known as the Iza Asian Restaurant.
The venue will feature live music, DJs, and dancing, but one element of nightlife won’t be included – alcohol.
“You don’t have to have a good time,” said co-owner Scotty Graham. “It’s very doable sober, and hopefully we can help encourage that.”
Graham remembers growing up in Missoula, where he says it hasn’t always been easy to express or let go, as music and dance outings are almost always accompanied by alcohol.
He doesn’t think that should be the norm, which has led him and his co-owners to open an upbeat dance hall focused on expression rather than alcohol.
“It’s really important to me that people can feel that, and especially at this age, having this release and having a space for you to have that release is really important,” Graham said.
Legacy Lounge plans to be fully operational by November 19.
Periodically, the genre of music, DJs, and even artwork will change. The owners hope to showcase artists from all walks of life.
At events, people under the age of 21 will have the opportunity to dance and enjoy music without mingling with adults. Eventually, the lounge will close, be cleaned, and reopen after midnight for people 21 and over.
“It will be a good space for people who have I pulled out of the alcohol to get in and I relax and chill out before I try to get home, and hopefully that makes the roads a bit safer that way, ”Graham told MTN News.
The owners promise security, door-to-door liquor checks, and no liquor sales.
As a co-owner and parent, Caleb Huberg says safety will be critical to their success.
“I have a 15 year old son,” said Huberg, “I know having this place will open it up so they have a place to come safely and not get in trouble, not just their parents. worry about where they are 24/7, and just to feel comfortable and safe.