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bar guide


Forget about navigating the state’s labyrinth of liquor laws—the more than 20 bars and pubs listed here prioritize putting a drink in your hand, although most of them serve good food, too. Restricted to 21 and over. (Be prepared to show your I.D., whatever your age. This is Utah, after all.)

that bridges old and young imbibers. House cocktails have names inspired by late greats. 49 E. Gallivan Ave., 385-415-5002. EGL

High West Distillery The bartenders at

Utah’s award-winning gastro-distillery concoct two full and completely different cocktail menus, one each for summer and winter, and briefer ones for the shoulder seasons. The focus is on whiskey-based drinks featuring High West’s award-winning spirits, although the bar stocks other alcohol. The food is whiskey-themed, too, and the space— a former livery stable—is pure Park City. 703 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-8300 EGM

Garage Everyone compares it to an Austin bar. Live music, good food and the rockingest patio in town. Try the Chihuahua, a chile-heated riff on a margarita.1199 N. Beck St., SLC, 801-521-3904 EGL Gracie’s Play pool, throw darts, listen to

live music, kill beer and time on the patio and upstairs deck. Plus, Gracie’s is a gastropub—you don’t see truffled ravioli in a vodka-pesto sauce on most bar menus. 326 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-819-7563 EGM

Green Pig Green Pig is a pub of a different color. The owners try to be green, using ecofriendly materials and sustainable kitchen practices. The menu star is the chili verde nachos with big pork chunks and cheese. 31 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-532-7441 EGL The Rest and Bodega The neon sign says “Bodega,” and you can drink a beer in the phone booth–sized corner bar. But it’s better to head downstairs to the speakeasystyled The Rest. Welcome to the underground. Order a cocktail, settle into the apparently bomb-proof book-lined library, or take a booth and sit at the bar where you can examine local artist Jake Buntjer’s tiny sculptures in the niches on the wall—sort of a Tim Burton meets Dr. Who aesthetic. The food is good, should you decide to blow off the dinner plans and stay here instead. 331 S. Main St., SLC, 801‑532‑4042 EGL The Shooting Star More than a century old, this is gen-you-wine Old West. The walls are adorned with moose heads and a stuffed St. Bernard. Good luck with finishing your Star Burger. 7300 E. 200 South, Huntsville, 801-745-2002 EGL


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Market Street Oyster Bar The livelier nightlife side of Market Street seafood restaurant, the Oyster Bar has an extensive beverage menu including seasonal drink specials. To begin or end an evening, have one of the award-winning martinis or a classic daiquiri, up, with a dozen oysters—half price on Mondays—or settle in for the night and order from the full seafood menu. 54 W. Market St., SLC, 801-531-6044. EGM Spencer’s The cozy, wood-panelled bar adjoining the steakhouse is a handy downtown watering hole with a classic city bar. The pro bartender can mix what you want; but visitors should want drinks based on local spirits like Beehive Gin and Sugar House Vodka. Hilton Salt Lake City Center, 255 W. Temple, SLC, 801-238-4748 EGM The Vault In the boutique Kimpton hotel

The Monaco, The Vault is themed after the building’s original purpose as a bank. A quintessential hotel bar, with big windows looking out on pedestrian traffic and longaproned servers, this is a favorite place for locals and visitors. There is a list of original concoctions, but look for the special cocktails themed to what’s onstage across the street at Capitol Theatre. You can also order from the wine list of Bambara, the hotel restaurant. 202 S. Main St., SLC, 801-363-5454 EGL

Undercurrent Bar Right behind and sister to seafood restaurant Current Fish & Seafood, Undercurrent went to the top of the class the minute it opened ,thanks to the expertise behind it: Amy Eldredge is one of Salt Lake’s best bartenders and Jim Santangelo one of its foremost wine educators. Add in barsnacks by Chef Logen Crews and the availability of Sofie sparkling wine in a can and you’ve got a hit. 270 S. 300 East St., SLC, 801-574-2556 EGL Whiskey Street Before it was named

Main Street, this stretch of road was dubbed “Whiskey Street” because it was lined with so many pubs and bars. Hence the name of this drinking (and eating) establishment. Anchored by a 42-foot-long cherry wood bar and centered with a narrow stand-up table, booths, and cushy seats at the back, Whiskey Street serves food, but it’s primarily a place to bend the elbow. There’s a selection of neo-cocktails, a list of beer and whiskey pairings and a jaw-dropping list of spirits,

some rare for SLC. Wine on tap and an extensive beer list round out the choices. 323 S. Main St., SLC, 801-433-1371 EGL

Zest Kitchen & Bar Besides the healthy

dining, Zest offers hand-crfted Fresh juice cocktails with the same emphasis on local and organic ingredients as the food—try an original concoction like the Straw-bubbly Lavender Martini, a Jalapeno Margarita or Summer Beet Sangria. There’s a special latenight menu of bar bites too. 275 S. 200 West, SLC, 801-433-0589 EGL

Dented Brick There's a new rum on the block For a state with a dry reputation, Utah is overflowing with new distilleries. The latest—at least, as of this writing—is Dented Brick Distillery in South Salt Lake. As usual, the owners are young, entrepreneurial and as idealistic as one can be about spirits. Their first bottling, Antelope Island Rum, also follows a previously blazed trail using Utah landscape and lore as its label’s inspiration. Mashed, fermented and distilled onsite from artesian water, organic cane sugar and molasses, Antelope Island is available for sale at the distillery. Call to schedule a tour and pick up a bottle. 3100 S. Washington St., South Salt Lake, 801-326-3913

Salt Lake Magazine Sept Oct 2016  
Salt Lake Magazine Sept Oct 2016