On Monday, B and I embarked on a thorough tour of downtown Missoula’s bar scene.Our tour included: The Depot, Al & Vic’s, James Bar, Charley B’s, Plonk, and the Red Room. Our winner for the best bar in Missoula? (Note that we are New Yorkers with a penchant for cocktails, so that may skew the results a bit.)

Plonk. The ambiance was fantastic, and more impressive were the outstanding cocktails. I ended up sticking with the same cucumber and cilantro concoction for my two drinks, savoring every sip.

Missoula The Plonk

Coming in at a close second: James Bar, which was featuring $5 martini night — which even extended to my favorite French Kiss martini. Can’t beat the prices in good ol’ Montana.

Credit Cards, Accounts, and Other Tips

As a personal finance nerd who is always in search of a bargain and spends her free time reading NerdWallet and PointsGuy (and who may or may not have shed a few tears when Suze Orman went off the air), I’m happy to share some of my findings. Add your own tips and thoughts in the comments …

France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovakia, Italy, WHEW!

Brian and I seem to have a real thing for the jam-packed itinerary … join us on a recounting of our trek through Europe in June. (Full photos here.)