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Utah's Coldest Beer: The Bars Page 3

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

36.9degree2.jpg Piper Down
Piper Down is the kind of place where afternoons can be passed with a leisurely pint, sports can be watched with a shared pitcher or wild nights with friends can commence. They serve up authentic Irish food and offer metal-tipped darts with chalkboards for scoring, not the plastic-tipped kind tossed at computerized boards that are used at so many other places. 1492 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-468-1492,

37.0degree2.jpg Speakeasy
At Speakeasy, you’ll feel like you’re in a different era: Seated at one of the small, old-fashioned tables and sipping a specialty cocktail while enjoying live jazz and blues music, you might forget this is Utah and that the heyday of Ol’ Blue Eyes is long gone (though he lives on in the bar’s popular “Blue Eyes” drink). 63 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-7000

37.2degree2.jpg Paper Moon
With pink walls, pink neon, pink streamers and more, Paper Moon is the pinkest bar in town. Once a lesbian-oriented bar, it now appeals to a more diverse LGBT and straight-couple crowd. White Trash Bingo on Wednesday is a must—if you wrongly shout “Bingo!” prepare for public shaming. 3737 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-713-0678,

37.2degree2.jpg Teazers Bar & Grill
The attractions at this super-friendly club include live music, a hookah bar with 30-plus flavors, a VIP area, casino nights, Texas Hold 'Em, pool, darts, video games, karaoke, NASCAR on Sundays and a full menu (be sure to sample the chicken wings) ranging from steaks to fettuccine Alfredo. The bartenders mix signature cocktails like Ho’s on a Stroll, the Cherry Popper or Sex in Hawaii. 366 36th St., Ogden, 801-395-1517,

37.2degree2.jpg Busy Bee
Belly up to the bar or play pool on the patio; either way, the Busy Bee’s been a staple for after-work beer and pub grub since 1948. And it’s vying for the title of best garlic burger in town—at least they claim they had the original recipe in the Salt Lake Valley. Be forewarned, garlic breath can linger for days, but it’s worth it. 2115 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-466-0950

lonestar_2.jpg37.3degree2.jpg Club Lonestar
A sister bar to Totem’s, Lonestar is another Lincoln Log construct, an off-highway bar that’s as much a Sunday breakfast and after-work hotspot (Dave the Bartender and Brooke LaChappelle are pictured) as a nightclub—and sometimes the diurnal and nocturnal activities blend, like during lunch-hour “fashion shows” where hot models work their way down from dresses to bikinis. 3153 W. 2100 South, West Valley City, 801-972-0506

37.3degree2.jpg Trails
One of the most popular strip clubs in Salt Lake City, Trails offers more than just almost-naked women. There are pool tables, plenty of TVs and a full menu. When coupled with cheap beer and close proximity to downtown, it’s no wonder that the parking lot is usually full. 921 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2871,

37.3degree2.jpg Fiddler’s Elbow
The interior of this Sugar House bar is replete with 12 hanging plants, a living-room arrangement of overstuffed sofas, and a generous view of its stainless-steel kitchen. But of its 17 glowing television screens, not one is tuned to PBS. This is an unabashed electronic shrine to sports, sports, sports. 1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-463-9393,

37.3degree2.jpg Stockman’s Bar
Unpretentious is a good word to describe Stockman’s, located on Layton’s main drag. Everyone seems to know everyone at this bar where, occasionally, folks leave their bar stools for pool, darts or a video game. The place really gets fun on Thursday nights, when karaoke kicks in. Hungry? Try the pizza, chicken wings, burgers and taquitos. 80 N. Main, Layton, 801-544-8102

37.4degree2.jpg Lumpy’s Downtown
If you thought sports bars were dingy holes-in-the-wall, you haven’t been to Lumpy’s. With the flatscreen TVs at every booth for sports watching, as well as a selection of video games and pool tables, this bar might not be what you expect. It fills up for the big games, but on any night the circular bar is ideal for meeting new people, or you can keep it private in the comfy recliners surrounding the TVs. 145 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-938-3070,

37.5degree2.jpg The Other End Bar & Grill
A rectangular log building on the outskirts of town with a few trucks and bikes parked outside, The Other End is the epitome of a small-town bar. And that comfortable, small-town feeling is what you get here as you rub shoulders with locals having a drink at the end of the day. Extras include tasty food, live music on the weekends, poker night twice a week and sports on a big-screen. 1223 N. Highway 40, Heber City, 435-654-5532

37.5degree2.jpg Oscar’s Social Club
Nothing spells jukebox like hearing Iron Maiden follow Train—and where there’s a juke, there’s usually pool and a serviceable sandwich and/or burger. Oscar’s boasts an authentic Philly cheesesteak that, unlike Train, won’t cause you to run for the hills. Karaoke night coincides with Oscar’s Thursday night Texas Hold ’Em event, so that should be interesting. 8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222,

37.5degree2.jpg Green Street Social Club
Trolley Square’s premier gathering spot boasts all the amenities—a long bar stocked with beer and liquor and friendly staff that knows how to mix your favorite drink. There You can always find your favorite sporting event on one of many big screens, numerous pool tables and a roomy dance floor waiting for you to get your groove on. Green Street also offers an extensive menu ranging from traditional bar fare to fine dining. 610 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, 801-532-5108,

37.5degree2.jpg Lofte’s
Located among a cluster of airport hotels, Lofte’s would have provided George Clooney and Vera Farmiga the perfect spot to hook up in the 2009 movie Up in the Air. Usually packed to the gills with business travelers Monday through Friday, showing up for cracker-crust pizza and $3 drink specials, it’s actually mellow on weekends. That’s when locals in the know come in for the $11.99 prime rib. 2106 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-741-1188

37.7degree2.jpg Black Jacks
Spanish Fork’s oldest bar, Black Jack’s is a neighborhood joint offering plenty of diversions. Take part in a weekly pool tournament every Saturday afternoon, play some Wii Rockband on a big-screen projector or test out your Wii bowling against the regulars. The screen also projects for UFC fight nights. 65 W. 100 North, Spanish Fork, 801-798-7530

37.7degree2.jpg Manny’s Too
Occupying the corner spot on a block with three bars, Manny’s is a great place to take a few friends for a pitcher and pool. The bar is long, and practically begs for people to sit down and sip a few. Food options are limited, although chips and frozen entrees are available. 1704 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6289

37.7degree2.jpg Bogey’s
The stained-glass windows depicting golfers underscore Bogey’s golf theme. Adorned by faux foliage, the sprawling nightclub features video games, poker, pool tables and a great jukebox. Order a “big-ass mug” and jump into a karaoke competition. There’s also a robust menu featuring everything from burgers to broiled halibut. Bogey’s even offers a free shuttle service. 22 E. 200 South, Clearfield, 801-773-9385,

37.7degree2.jpg D&R Spirits
Surprisingly large, this biker-friendly joint has a regular rotation of live bands and karaoke to entertain the masses between rounds of pool and darts. The large bar serves a slew of cheap brews, and there’s a full menu of bar grub, but you have to bring cash—no credit cards accepted. 2430 Grant Ave., Ogden, 801-394-8400

37.7degree2.jpg Tradewinds
The Caribbean name is deceptive, for the only thing tropical about this State Street bar is the lone palm tree painted on the back wall. So, bring your own Panama Jack hat any night or twist a lime into cheap domestics on dollar-draft Mondays. Tradewinds also has bimonthly pool tournaments with free tunes from the jukebox. Jimmy Buffet, anyone? 8000 S. State, Midvale, 801-562-1775

37.8degree2.jpg Copper King I
With its colorful bars, museums and eateries, historic Magna is a great place to bar hop. You can start or end at the Copper King, because it’s one of the bookends and a mighty fine watering hole besides. The bar is filled with local salt-of-the-earth characters young and old, welcoming locals and out-of-town mining execs. Cool off on the patio or get your groove going on weekends with DJs and karaoke. A full food menu will help manage your buzz. 9071 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-252-1226

37.8degree2.jpg Tracks Brewing
This fortress-like brew pub is Tooele’s night on the town every night of the week. With DJs Thursday through Saturday, a live band on Fridays and karaoke Wednesdays and Sundays, that leaves Mondays for an open mic and Tuesdays for Texas Hold ’Em (also on Mondays). Tracks brews its own tasty beer and offers an appetizing pub menu including dinner specials Thursday through Saturday. Look for racers from the nearby Miller racetrack, military types and party people looking to get their groove on. 1641 N. Main, Tooele, 435-882-4040,

37.9degree2.jpg Southern X-Posure
Must do before you die: See a woman take her top off while she’s hanging upside down from a golden beam. Check. Southern X-Posure’s three dance areas are perfect for their sexy ladies to shake what mama gave ’em while a live DJ spins in this dimly lit gentlemen’s club. For breakfast-and-boobs lovers, they offer free steak and eggs before noon. 3420 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-288-1488

38degree2.jpg The Trapp
The sort of place that typifies our great Western city, Salt Lake City’s only gay country western-themed bar is home to a lot of people, queer or otherwise. With a cadre of friendly regulars always curious about newcomers and a staff that’s all smiles, The Trapp hosts club dance nights Friday and Saturday and karaoke Mondays. 102 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City, 801-531-8727

38.0degree2.jpg 41st Street Club Rendezvous
One of the few remaining private clubs in town, Rendezvous courts a casual crowd, with more of a family bar atmosphere, using the private-club designation to keep out the “riff-raff.” With one’s back to the Kmart and auto-repair place, it’s easy to pretend the otherwise flora-bordered bar is tucked away in the country, especially on Thursdays, which is horseshoes night. 4100 S. 1900 West, West Valley City, 801-972-4264

38.1degree2.jpg Lindzee O’Michaels Mixologists
If you’re looking to expand your alcoholic horizons, Lindzee O’Michaels is the place, offering a huge assortment of beer and liquor from all over the country and the world. In addition to the impressive selection of booze, the bar’s large interior and front patio makes it a versatile place to relax after a day of skiing, watch a game, enjoy occasional live music or simply hang out with friends. 825 S. Main, Park City, 435-658-1183,

38.1degree2.jpg Maggie McGee’s
There’s plenty of room to spread out in this Cottonwood-area sports bar. Enjoy a game on one of the TVs in the main room, slide over to the side for a game on one of the six pool tables, or throw some electronic darts. Sunday and Monday Texas Hold ’Em tournaments and post-game karaoke are also part of the entertainment menu. 6253 Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-273-9899,

38.1degree2.jpg The Beerhive
It might be a secret ingredient in the wide array of beers served here, because The Beerhive has been a hopping success since it opened. A favorite downtown spot for after-work cocktails and pints, this bar specializes in brews the pickiest of beer lovers seek. And while it didn’t have the coldest beer, the frosty bar strip on the bar likely keeps your drink coldest longest. 128 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4268

38.3degree2.jpg Hoppers
This brewpub may be located on the edge of a massive shopping center and corporate-owned, but it’s still a great Utah brewpub. Their pilsner, especially, is one of the best in the state. Hoppers has a full restaurant menu and is great for preparing for a day of fighting through the crowds at the many surrounding big-box stores. 890 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-0424,

38.4degree2.jpg ’Bout Time Pub & Grub
A bar in the shoppertainment plaza Jordan Landing? Consider it the west side’s equivalent to Brewvies. Time it right and you can put down a pitcher before cruising over to the cineplex to endure that chick flick your missus made mandatory. Football fans note: ’Bout Time has fantasy football draft parties. 3778 W. Center View Way, No. 150, West Jordan, 801-280-1000

38.5degree2.jpg The Old Yellowstone Garage
Looks can be deceiving: It’s identified as “Club Jimax” out front, but The Old Yellowstone Garage is a charming, old-school “dive” on the inside—with a new-school smoking patio out back. Getting there ain’t easy, but knocking one back there is. 1199 Beck St., Salt Lake City, 801-521-3904

38.5degree2.jpg Linda Lou’s Time For Two
Linda Lou’s is race central on Sundays, when you can hunker down to watch the cars go ’round on the tube. This 20-plus-year-old neighborhood bar located next to the south gate of Hill Air Force Base attracts plenty of fly boys and girls for karaoke, pool (sign up for a pool league), darts and video gaming. It’s open Sundays and even on Christmas, with a full menu to boot. 2981 N. 350 West, Layton, 801-825-0311

38.6degree2.jpg Downstairs
It’s classy with a laid-back vibe, accented by a fireplace, wood floors and leather upholstery. The spacious dance floor is inviting, waiting for you to make your moves—which you’ll want to do with the Downstairs’ roster of national DJs and musicians. Park City’s “intimate venue,” as the manager refers to it, appeals to both locals and visitors. With live music Thursdays and Fridays, the DJs make the scene on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The “infectious” energy of the place really does feel a bit groovy. 625 Main, Park City, 435-226-5340,

38.6degree2.jpg Wasatch Brew Pub
Located at the top of Main Street, Wasatch Brew Pub is the perfect place to start or end a day in Park City. Patrons can enjoy Wasatch’s award-winning beers and tasty menu in the restaurant-style main level, in the upstairs cantina, which provides a more traditional bar atmosphere, or under the sun (or stars) on one of the two expansive decks. 250 S. Main, Park City, 435-649-0900,

38.6degree2.jpg Club Vegas
Club Vegas is Salt Lake City’s least pretentious music venue, featuring killer acts and a familiar, neighborhood-bar vibe. Beginning in August, Club Vegas will be hosting Texas Hold ’Em Tuesdays, followed by local musicians on Wednesdays and the Metal Dogs, an offshoot of the famed Metal Gods, on Thursday nights. 455 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-360-0841,

38.8degree2.jpg Twilite Lounge
With a mix of neighbors who’ve been going there for years and a younger crowd filling it up after concerts, Twilite offers something for everyone. Every other Sunday is Psychedelic Bingo, featuring live music, but stop by this neighborhood bar any night for a cheap pitcher, conversation on the patio or a nice game of sit-down Pacman as you jam out to what some call the best jukebox in town. 347 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9400

38.9degree2.jpg Lucky 13
In the building that formerly housed a VFW post, Lucky 13 has been reborn as a biker bar with urban sensibility. The patio is one of the best in the city while inside there is plenty of seating, TVs and video games. The tap selections are wide, the bottled beer selections even better, and the wall of liquor impressive. Lucky 13 also has incredible burgers. 135 W. 1300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-487-4418

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