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Utah's Coldest Beer: The Bars Page 2

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // July 21,2010 -

35.4degree2.jpg SkyBox
For sports-watching with the breeze in your face, check out SkyBox’s outdoor patio featuring a 46-inch flat-screen. With more than 20 HD televisions and one bigger-than-life 18-foot giant screen, you won’t miss any of the exciting play. Great for sports fans with kids, Skybox features a huge game room including mini hoops and air hockey. The Gateway, 4 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, 801-456-1200,

35.6degree2.jpg Canyon Inn
Granted, a frosty cold one may not be your first choice after a day of skiing at Brighton or Solitude. But, this pizza-and-pub spot at the foot of Big Cottonwood Canyon offers some amazing specials, including $1 drafts and $1 hot dogs. Catch a game on the giant projection screen, or relax to live weekend music in a casual setting. 3700 E. 7000 South, Salt Lake City, 801-943-6969

Bongo_NikiChan.jpg35.7degree2.jpg Bongo
As Queen Elizabeth II was inaugurated in London in 1952, the Bongo opened for business in Salt Lake City. In the 1960s, its clientele was drawn to its cool, dark, TV-less interior and naugahyde booths. It has since been deconstructed, enlarged and refitted with carpet, wrought iron and television. Nevertheless, it remains a sentimental favorite for those with a sense of history, like Doug Peterson and Lonnie Ray, pictured with bartender Connie Voyles. 2965 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-466-1577

35.7degree2.jpg Timeout Sports Bar & Grill
Inconspicuous between Asia Palace and Burger King, Timeout is a rectangular oasis in a sea of WVC convenience stores, service stations and multicultural strip malls. With seven pool tables, electronic darts and a test-your-aggression punching-bag game, it’s a nice place to blow off workday steam. 1754 W. 3500 South, West Valley City, 801-973-4115,

35.8degree2.jpg The Deerhunter Pub
This great European-style pub boasts some exquisitely crafted pool tables that are always free. The kitchen has a full menu, including a tasty French-dip panini, and the bartenders concoct some appetizing signature drinks, such as the Facial and the Filthy Pickle. Close out a Saturday night by joining the whole bar in singing along to Dropkick Murphys’ “Kiss Me I’m Shitfaced.” 2000 N. 300 West, Spanish Fork, 801-798-8582,

35.8degree2.jpg Green Pig Pub
Clean, open spacing makes it easy to get around and order a drink. Lots of TVs and a delicious menu make the Green Pig an excellent place to grab lunch, dinner or weekend brunch, or just have a few drinks with friends. Eight large flat-screen TVs and nightly live music ensure that you’ll never be bored. This bar has an old feel but with that new-bar smell. 31 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-5108,

36.0degree2.jpg Red Door
Whether you go for an after-work cocktail or for the weekly live jazz on Saturdays, this classy spot is the perfect place to hold court. With mellow lighting and a patio intimate enough for chatting with a couple of friends, summer’s the time to head to Red Door for one of its seasonal fresh fruit cocktails. 57 W. 200 South Suite 102, Salt Lake City, 801-363-6030

DickNDixies_NikiChan.jpg36.1degree2.jpg Dick N’ Dixies
Reincarnated from what was Andy’s, this corner bar has been revitalized with large windows into a sleek lounge with great service (bartender Raven is pictured). Come enjoy its welcoming vibe before it’s completely overrun by hipsters. 479 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-3556

36.1degree2.jpg A Carol’s Cove II
This drinking establishment, now in its third location, should be called Carol’s Cove III. But the last move only entailed moving across the street, so they kept the name—and the '50s décor. Owner Carol Mills can be spotted there every day, mainly because she likes to meet and joke with her customers while country music blares from the jukebox and domestic brews come served up in cold Mason jars. 3424 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-466-2683

36.2degree2.jpg West Valley Billiards
Erstwhile patrons of the Farmer’s Daughter and Hy & Mike’s will love West Valley Billiards. Boasting the best burger in town and billiards tables galore—and sometimes glow-in-the-dark action—it also has a bank of pinball and arcade games on the all-ages side. Just don’t start any fights—it’s located next to a kenpo and kung fu academy. There’s a chance your opponent can beat your ass at more than just nine ball. 4669 W. 3500 South, West Valley City, 801-968-0826,

36.2degree2.jpg Down Under Club
The Down Under in Bountiful offers free wi-fi and a heated smoking patio, along with pool tables and old-fashioned American shuffleboard. Darts and video games help pass the time, as do friendly employees. If you’re hungry, just order from Acapulco Mexican next door—no need to even leave your bar seat. 544 W. 400 North, Bountiful, 801-397-0758

36.3degree2.jpg The Redwood Lounge
But for the football helmets on the wall—signifying regulars’ favorite teams—the Redwood Lounge is like Moe’s Tavern of The Simpsons, only the owner is less likely to threaten your internal homeostasis when you crank-call the place. Verily, the only attitude you get in this dark, cozy neighborhood sports bar is a disdain for credit-card companies and a “No Sniveling” sign. 502 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-972-9822

36.4degree2.jpg Poplar Street Pub
Who knows when or how it happened, but Poplar Street Pub is the college-scene bar right now. Offering a casual eating and drinking experience early in the evening, the place starts to bustle as the sky darkens and the live music starts. Luckily, it’s larger than it looks from the outside, with multiple rooms, two bars, table service and a patio. 242 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-532-2715,

36.4degree2.jpg The Republican
A nondescript wood door opens into an expansive, Irish-themed pub. The concrete walls give it a working-class feel, but the crowd skews toward hipsters and punks. The only knock against what could be a great neighborhood pub is its 4 p.m. opening time. Although food selection is limited, Thursday nights feature brats cooked in porter. 917 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-595-1916

36.4degree2.jpg Do Drop Inn
Located just across from the south gate at Hill Air Force Base and around the corner from Linda Lou’s, the Do Drop Inn is a friendly watering hole with pool tables, darts, video gaming and karaoke on Fridays. The menu features typical bar fare. The Do Drop Inn is open Sundays. 2971 N. 400 West, Layton, 801-776-9697

36.5degree2.jpg Lighthouse Lounge
Utah’s oldest strip club is an old-school oasis among Ogden’s quickly gentrifying downtown. You’ll find more than dancers on poles and thumping music at this joint catering to Weber State students, locals and traveling business types. Try fresh tamales from the kitchen, $6.50 pitchers of PBR and special deals when the Ogden Raptors rookie-league baseball team is in town. 315 24th Street, Ogden, 801-392-3901

36.5degree2.jpg Tavernacle Social Club
This dueling piano bar usually has a line out the door on weekends, but the wait is worth it. The bar is well-staffed, with rarely a wait for a drink before you get your song on. Don’t worry about getting too into the tunes that you lose anything; Tavernacle is one of the few places that always offers a coat check. 201 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-519-8900,

36.5degree2.jpg Cotton Bottom Inn
Neighborhood watering holes generally aren’t better known for their food than for their libations, but it would be almost sinful to visit here without sampling the legendary garlic burger. Take it from the dark, dive-y interior out to a patio table with your brew, and enjoy a gorgeous summer night in the foothills. 2820 E. 6200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-273-9830

36.6degree2.jpg Totem’s
Should you choose the east entrance and see the café side first, don’t let the Cracker Barrel-meets-school-cafeteria looks fool you: They serve a serious Mexi-platter, and there’s one huge bar on the other side of this giant log fort. Its stage (albeit floor-level) and sightlines make it a candidate for “the new Zephyr”—if only they’d stop booking such heinously named bands as “LOL” and “4/Play.” Shudder. 538 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, 801-975-0401

36.7degree2.jpg Trolley Wing Co.
After the move inside from their quaint old trolley car, Trolley Wing Company has blossomed into a little sports bar. It's added three large TVs and shuffleboard for your more competitive side. It's now relocated upstairs at the south end of Trolley but still slinging wings and beers the same as always. 550 E. 700 South, Salt Lake City, 801-538-0745

36.8degree2.jpg Huka Bar & Grill
Not only is it Utah’s largest but the Huka Bar & Grill claims to be the country’s largest hookah bar, a great place to order a “Pearl Necklace” or the “Chronic.” These house hookah tobacco blends are enjoyed best with drumstick-size chicken wings, sushi or with the beautiful people who fill up the “Bikini Tiki Patio.” 151 E. 6100 South, Murray, 801-281-4852,

36.8degree2.jpg Sidecar
A bar on the second floor of a mall seems like a strange choice, but the location makes sense from Sidecar’s deck, which overlooks Park City’s Main Street. The vibe here is definitely rock & roll, with live music five nights a week and paintings of Hendrix, Morrison and other legends lining the wall. Beyond music, Sidecar is one of few bars serving food until closing time. 333 S. Main, Park City, 435-645-7468,

36.8degree2.jpg The Point After
Sure to have something for everyone, The Point After offers UFC fight nights, live music, karaoke and DJs. Catch a game on the huge projection screen or chill on the newly remodeled 2,000-square-foot patio, complete with rock fire pit. Whatever you choose, you have to get the house-smoked brisket, pork & prime rib. 5445 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-266-9552,

36.9degree2.jpg Club DJ’s
A slice of heaven tucked into a Kearns strip mall between a Kmart and Fresh Market, Club DJ’s is a cool, cavernous hangout with a wrap-around bar, five pool tables, dart boards in the high teens and tournament action on both tips. If televised sports is the idea, there are 12 TVs, including a sweet 12-foot projection number by the big dance floor. 3849 W. 5400 South, Taylorsville, 801-964-8574,

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