1Sixteen Wine Bar bubbles up at 116 S. Main St. in downtown Livingston

By: 
Samantha Hill

A new wine bar opened in Livingston showcasing a full body of wines paired with local and exotic foods.

Located next to the Sport on Main Street, 1Sixteen Wine Bar — so named after its location at 116 S. Main St. in Livingston — offers a selection of beer, wine and cocktails along with a small-plates menu.   

The bar offers a variety of wines from all over the U.S. and Europe, including Greece. It also offers a cocktail menu. The business’ speciality is the Paradise Valley Martini, which consists of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, guava juice and vodka topped off with Prosecco.

Manager Aly Russell said it has become one of the most popular drinks on the menu.

“It’s just really light and it is not too sweet,” Russell said.

Russell, who studied in sustainable food systems and has taken sommelier classes, has worked hard to make the drink selection unique as well as local, even trying to incorporate as many Montana distilleries into the mix.

The restaurant’s head chef, Brendan Murphy, with his experience at Plonk and Starky’s in Bozeman, has created a menu to pair well with the drink selection. The duck confit — which is slow-roasted for eight hours — and the scallops are popular menu items, along with the cheese and hummus plates.

Murphy said he wants to continue incorporating local foods into the menu, like beef and micro-greens, as well as  goat and sheep cheeses from areas like Virginia City and Belgrade.

Besides 1Sixteen Wine Bar’s food and drinks, patrons can enjoy music from the mini-grand piano sitting out front and art from local photographer Tom Murphy. Russell said she is recruiting Park  High School band students to play the piano a couple nights a week.

1Sixteen Wine Bar is open 4 p.m. to close Wednesday through Saturday, with 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. being wine and cocktails only. The business may be contacted at phone 224-3233.

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