You’ve printed your schedule and campus map, packed them next to those brand new books in the trusty old Jansport, and you’re set to launch into higher education. Campus is your kingdom, and ye shall rule!
But what about that first big date? And those grueling, pre-caffeine and post-booze study sessions? Weekend ragers with friends? Late-night pizza cravings? Leaving campus and heading off into the wilds of Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo can be a daunting experience without sound guidance.
Let City Weekly’s own summer interns—Dan Fletcher (University of Utah), Jennie Nicholls (Utah Valley University) and Esther Pomeroy (University of Southern California)—be your guides. We’ve come up with a student’s night out complete with dining, drinks, desserts and activities in Utah’s premier college towns, designed to be both fun and easy on the wallet.
Salt Lake City
160 E. 200 South, 363-2366 EstePizzaCompany.com
Salt Lake City’s premier New York-style pie joint, Este Pizzeria of Sugar House, will take up its second residence in the old Guthrie Bicycle building on Sept. 1—just in time for those first-week-of-class, stress-relieving binge sessions. Open late and always serving slices, you can treat yourself to a cheap meal without venturing far from nearby attractions like the Broadway Centre Cinemas and Guthrie building neighbors, the FICE art gallery & clothing boutique. Atop that, veg-heads can delight in an expanded vegan menu to complement Este’s already excellent vegan cheese pizzas and cruelty-free garlic knots.
One World Everybody Eats
41 S. 300 East, 519-2002, OneWorldEverybodyEats.com
Tuition and books got your pocketbook hurting? Head down to One World Everybody Eats Cafe where you can trade an hour of labor for a nice, warm meal or pay what you can until those financial aid checks come through (all meals are donation only). Not to mention you can make Mom proud by getting all your necessary vitamins and nutrients from the cafe’s entirely organic, unprocessed cuisine. One World’s rotating buffet ensures that whether you’re a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore, you’ll always find something affordable and nutritious to sink your chompers into.
314 W. 300 South, 366-4484, CarluccisBakery.com
Located next to Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli across from the south end of Pioneer Park, Carlucci’s Bakery can easily be overlooked. Doing this is nothing short of a crime against Salt Lake dining! Carlucci’s whips up the best soups and sandwiches in town along with mesmerizing cases of freshly baked pastries, cakes and breads and locally roasted, Caffe Ibis coffee. Do not sleep on the baked Italian tofu with balsamic vinaigrette and fresh veggies. Carlucci’s closes at 7 p.m. but an early dinner will allow for a full night of activity.
532 E. 400 South, 532-8300, SpoonMe.com
Worried about the impact of an extravagant night out on your carbon footprint? Well, follow up your meal with a TRAX ride over to one of Salt Lake City’s few eco-conscious dessert eateries for the world’s greenest, fro-yo experience. Enjoy plain or green tea yogurt mixed with your favorite toppings, from fresh fruit to Fruity Pebbles, with biodegradable dishes and spoons made of compressed vegetable starch. With your public transportation discount and just 80 calories per serving, Spoon Me is as good for your wallet and your health as it is for your conscience.
The Urban Lounge
500 E. 241 South, 801-355-4949, MySpace.com/TheUrbanLounge
For those who need a little more than a fro-yo kick before a night on the town, head to The Urban Lounge where you can get your booze on to the sounds of the finest hip-hop and rock artists the world has to offer. Wanna get sauced with punk legends The Circle Jerks? Be there Aug. 21. Tipsy with Wu-Tang Clan mastermind, the GZA on Aug. 29. Inebriated with indie rockers Shearwater and local alt-country stars Band of Annuals on Aug. 30. You see where this is going. Urban Lounge is the prime spot for strong drinks and solid tunes.
Two Creek Coffee House
502 Third Avenue, 363-3238
The Avenues’ best-kept coffee secret is a quaint, study-friendly retreat to caffeinate before an evening of economics homework or a moonlit adventure. A full espresso and coffee menu is complemented by fresh pastries stocked daily and Salt Lake City’s finest late-night belly-filler, the Rico burrito. The best thing about Two Creek is its intentional ignorance about Starbucks’ 32 ounce-quadruple-shot-caramel-whipped-cream-smothered-whatever-”puccino” culture. For fully legit coffee, snacks, peace and quiet, this is the place.
Salt Lake City summer nights are the perfect time to be outside. So instead of going through the same old bowling/movie/club routine, learn to use those legs for something new: exploring your city!
Start with the city’s most quixotic landmark, Gilgal Garden. Created by Thomas Battersby Child Jr. in the mid-20th century, only rumors and legends survive to explain its creation. Hidden in the middle of the block northeast of Trolley Square (at 749 E. 500 South), Gilgal’s varied, hand-engraved sculptures and intricate carvings are a must-see.
From there, head over to Lindsay Gardens in the Avenues (Seventh Avenue & O Street). Here you’ll find numerous activities that’ll make you feel like a kid again, and probably make you want to vomit (in a good way). Roll down hills, spin yourself dizzy on the merry-go-round and ride trash cans down the Avenues’ inclines. If you want to scare yourself, you can hunt ghosts and wake the dead at City Cemetery next door.
Call it a night with a short hike up Ensign Peak, located in the foothills above Capitol Hill at 1098 Ensign Vista. Twenty minutes uphill you’ll find a view of the entire Salt Lake Valley (just watch out for fellow merrymakers having a bit too much fun in the bushes, unless, you know, that’s what you’re looking for)
The Greenery at Rainbow Gardens
1875 Valley Drive, Ogden, 801-392-1777
Located at the mouth of Ogden Canyon, this sit-down restaurant serves fresh, affordable food. Their Mormon muffins with honey butter are a must. Specializing in sandwiches, pasta, salads, and soups.
University Broiler & Grill
4342 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-392-2525
A quaint Greek restaurant with reasonable pricing. Great-tasting food and fast service make it an ideal place for dinner if you’re in a hurry to get to the evening’s activities.
The Pie Pizzeria
1225 Country Hills Dr., Ogden, 801-627-1920
Adorned with everything Weber State, the Pie is very welcoming to students and even offers discounts with a WSU student ID card. If the pizza doesn’t fill you up, Jakes Over the Top is right behind the pizza parlor, so grab an over-the-top shake on your way out.
264 25th St., Ogden, 801-392-4447
The City Club is a two-level private club, with the top floor allowing smoking, and the bottom floor a smoke free level. City Club has a classic feel to it, with Beatles memorabilia lining its walls and shelves. With good music, even better food, and a full bar, it’s a fun place to grab a bite and hang out with friends.
Farr Better Ice Cream
286 E. 21st St., Ogden, 801-393-8629
This old-fashioned ice-cream store serves all the favorites and some new varieties of ice creams, malts, and floats. Farr’s has plenty of flavors to choose from, making it difficult to choose just one. The only downside? It gets busy on the weekends, so be prepared to grab a number and spend a little time waiting.
Grounds for Coffee
3005 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, 801-392-7370
An inviting and relaxed atmosphere makes this a great place to talk with friends. The coffee is good, and the fact that it is a Utah owned coffee company is an added bonus. Treat yourself to brewed coffee as well as lattes, iced coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Be sure to try the pastries as well.
Weber State University and the surrounding areas are filled with Utah’s unparalleled mountains, so take advantage of fall’s changing colors and go hiking or biking. WeberPathways.org will give you detailed maps, as well as break down trails by length, difficulty, and trail surface. Nighttime hikes provide a perfect opportunity for stargazing.
If you want the walking but without the hills, there’s also the 152-acre Ogden Nature Center (966 West 12th St., 801-621-7595), where for a $3 admission, you can wander the trails and see birds of prey.
269 Historic 25th St., 622-5588
If the outdoor life isn’t for you, try Wiseguys comedy club which brings in national touring comedians like Marcus (2008’s runnerup in NBC’s Last Comic Standing), Ryan Hamilton, Scott Bennett and Greg Hahn (appearing on Sept. 19). Tickets are $10, but students and military with an ID get in free as long as you order food or drinks once inside. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The Ogden Junction
Between 23rd and 22nd streets on Kiesel Ave., 801-399-4653
If you aren’t sure what you want to do, try hanging out at the Ogden Junction. With an arcade, movie theater, indoor skydiving, a climbing wall and a surf pool, it’s easy to put off studying for another day.
(Frances Kelsey and Jessica Schreifels at Weber State’s The Signpost contributed to this report.)
45 E. Center, Provo, 348-4878
The eclectic, cool setting inside of Guru’s takes you to a planetary lounge. Rustic décor and star screens along with copper-topped tables create a setting unlike most in Provo. Choose from a menu full of variety including a large number of vegetarian options as well as meat entrees, from rice bowls to burritos. A savory fry sauce accents the sweet potato fries for a pleasing appetizer or side.
46 W. Center, Provo 373-1060
While chain sushi joints are on the rise, Osaka Japanese is keeping it local and independent. The luscious red walls and genuine oriental décor invite you into the world of fine Japanese cuisine. Fresh sushi in delicious varieties can please that wasabi craving. All menu items are under $10, so sushi night just became more affordable.
214 East University Parkway, Orem, 434-7000, The-SmokeHouse.com
Delicious barbecue and plenty of it. The Smokehouse in Orem offers up saucy barbecue chicken pizza and many other specialty pizzas. Try the large pizza slice special with your choice of 4 topping, side salad and drink for $6.50. For a tasty night in, The Smokehouse has delivery services.
Maestro’s Gelato Café
22 W Center, Provo 691-5550
A touch of European flair makes this a quaint, but still hip place to eat late. Bright colors and lighting along with modern furniture invite you into this Center Street hot spot. Open till midnight on weekends (closed Sundays) and 11 on weekdays, Maestro’s offers at least 20 flavors of gelato at a time, with an alternating specialty flavor. Finding a flavor to calm your sweet tooth is easy because you can sample as many as you want before deciding, but don’t get too greedy and hold up the line. Try the hazelnut.
190 W. Center, Provo, 373-1200, ABGsBar.com
By far the coolest bar in P-town, since it is only one of two. ABG’s relaxed environment and friendly staff make it a good place to kick back. Catch some live rock music from local bands on weekends while sipping on an ABG favorite: Bloody Marys. Try your hand with the stick by challenging the regulars to a game of pool for just a handful of change.
Sub-Zero Ice Cream
934 N. State, Orem, 434-4475, SubZeroIceCream.com
Create your own fresh, frozen treat at Sub Zero from scratch. You select the liquid ice cream in regular or low fat, the flavors, from chocolate to Mountain Dew and mix-ins. Then they freeze it instantly with liquid nitrogen. Science meets dessert in a unique, as well as tasty, experimental fashion.
Check out the Downtown Provo Gallery Stroll. See artwork from the galleries in Provo every first Friday of the month from 6-9 p.m. all year round. These Friday evenings are filled with live music and refreshments, oh, and, lots of art. Head to Center Street in Provo to check it out. It’s free and will help bring needed culture to your life. Phone 801-377-5700 or visit DowntownProvo.org online and click on Public Arts Program.
Still have some time to hit up the town? Go where hipsters of Utah Valley unite at the all-ages music venue Velour (135 N. University Ave., Provo, 818-2263, Velourlive.com). The place looks like a haunted amusement park storage shed inside, with creepy carousel horses and curtains. But somehow, the creepy décor just adds the appeal. The venue provides a stage for local acts to perform and still brings out a few bigger names here and there.
If hipsterism makes you want to vomit, hit up Muse Music (151 N. University Ave., Provo, 801-377-6873, MuseMusicOnline.com) which is a bit more mature, but still rocks hard with local bands and jazz.
How about a stroll after dark? Head up Provo Canyon to take a short hike/walk to Bridal Veil Falls. The paved trail is not lit so watch out for long boarders and try not to trip over mid-proposal BYU students. The walk is nice and once you reach the waterfall, you can sit on the rocks and enjoy a cool mountain breeze.