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Utah's Coldest Beer: The Bars Page 5

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

41.7degree2.jpg O’Shucks Bar & Grill (Park City)
The back-to-basics approach of O’Shucks makes for a refreshing change from the sometimes too-trendy PC atmosphere. At O’Shucks, you can sit at either the bar or on the simple sidewalk patio. The menu, made up mostly of bar grub, is written on a chalkboard, and patrons throw their peanut shells on the floor. For entertainment, there’s a pool table, and … that’s about it. Oh yeah, there’s beer. Really, what else do you need? 427 Main, Park City, 435-645-3999

41.8degree2.jpg Brewvies Cinema Pub
Yes, here you can drink while you watch a movie (which makes even romantic comedies more bearable). But, if you go only for the movies, you’re missing out. The no-frills bar and patio area are spacious enough for large groups of friends to relax, eat, drink and play pool. Brewvies features local beers, and the bartenders know their way around fancy cocktails. 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-5500,

42degree2.jpg Cheers to You
Long, narrow and packed to the walls on weekends—just try squeezing in on Karaoke Fridays—Cheers to You is the epitome of urban cool and classic dive-vibe, all at once. Shoot some pool, watch the game or just chug a mug of Coors Light in peace. 315 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-575-6400

42degree2.jpg Area 51
With multiple levels, patios, dance floors and trippy corrugated metal tossing dance-floor lights in all directions, Area 51 is one of Salt Lake City’s most enduring dance clubs. From goth/industrial on Fridays to fetish nights on the last Saturday of every month to karaoke Wednesdays and ’80s night Thursdays, Area 51 does a little bit of everything. 451 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-534-0819,

42.0degree2.jpg Johnny’s on Second
With five large hourly-rate pool tables, several big screens and a great dart room, Johnny’s has plenty of distractions to keep you occupied. There are poker games, live bands or DJs every night of the week. Grab a seat on the patio directly on 200 South to enjoy some fresh air and people watch on this busy and entertaining corner. 165 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-746-3334,

42.1degree2.jpg The Dawg Pound
The laid-back drinking crowd doesn’t mind minimalistic decor—Duct-taped green carpet pieces or the ceiling’s hanging wires—they just like having fun. Daytime drinkers do so at their own risk. Behind the bar, a cardboard sign reads: “Management is not responsible for the actions and/or behaviors of the TINA.” Tina, the daytime bartender, is apparently not responsible, either. 3550 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-261-2337,

42.1degree2.jpg Good Spirits
An old-school hamburger drive-thru retrofit is well suited for this west-side neighborhood bar—no frills, no questions, anyone is welcome. Karoke is king here as are any number of games, such as darts and pool. The ace up its sleeve is Sunday poker. And you can bet when there’s a televised poker championship, Good Spirits has it on its screens. Enjoy watching it with a plateful of cheese fries. 999 W. 3500 South, Salt Lake City, 801-263-0411

42.1degree2.jpg Westerner Club
This massive space on Redwood Road might seem to outsiders like a scene right out of Urban Cowboy, what with its line-dancing and mechanical bulls. Hang around a bit, though, and you’ll notice folks listening to hip-hop and rock nearly as much as country. The separate karaoke room is rarely not full, the kitchen serves everything from steak dinners to pub fare, like hot wings and fries, and the outdoor patio space is one of the biggest in the valley. 3360 S. Redwood Rd, West Valley City, 801-972-5447,

42.2degree2.jpg Sandtrap Club
Known by locals as “the original Cheers of Ogden,” the Sandtrap features live music, free Texas Hold ’Em on Tuesdays and Thursdays, ladies’ night Wednesdays—and you can always play pool. The extensive menu ranges from burgers and Philly cheesesteaks to gyros, souvlaki, tacos and salads—there’s even a brunch offered on Sundays. Try to stop by when one of Utah’s best and friendliest bartender/owners—Garrett Klein—is on duty. 2851 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-394-4446,

42.2degree2.jpg Circle Lounge
This huge space’s best feature is the patio, where you can sip on a cocktail in a tiled booth or dance to live music bordered by a graffiti mural next door on Wednesdays and weekends. Or, you can head inside, where warm, dark lighting, wall projections and intimate seating create a space to sip on one of the lounge’s signature martinis. 328 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-531-5400,

42.3degree2.jpg The Fifth
Heading north from Bountiful, The Fifth is your last bar stop till Layton. So, drop in—even on Sundays—for video games, poker (Texas Hold ’Em on Tuesdays), pool and a full NASCAR viewing schedule on the TVs. There’s also a food menu featuring nachos, fries, wings and a $3 spaghetti & garlic bread special Mondays and Fridays. 980 N. 500 West, Bountiful, 801-298-9983

42.4degree2.jpg Broadway Bar & Grill
Located across from the Venus Club is Tooele’s newest bar, having made its debut May 22. Broadway’s DJ spins Latino dance tunes every Saturday night for the bar’s roomy dance floor. But if dancing’s not your thing, the pool crowd keeps the action lively. 104 N. Broadway, Tooele, 435-843-0456

42.5degree2.jpg Northern X-Posure Ogden
A riverside locale is a rarity for a strip club, but this Ogden branch of the Northern X-Posure clubs enjoys a relatively remote spot on Wall Avenue, as well as a large parking lot to cater to a rotation of locals, Weber State college kids and airmen from nearby Hill Air Force Base. It’s on the smallish side, but holds some pool tables and video games, and serves a full bar menu, when you need a break from ogling dancers on the wall-hugging stage. 1847 Wall Ave., Ogden, 801-394-4757,

42.6degree2.jpg Kamikazes
This converted church in downtown Ogden hosts pre- and post-bout parties for Northern Utah’s roller-derby contingent, and serves up an array of house cocktails and shots with names like The Purple Boner and The 69er, along with its daily $2.50 24-ounce PBRs. The kitchen is undergoing a facelift before starting to serve Greek fare this fall, and it’s a comfy spot for either catching live music on weekends or a ballgame during the week. 2408 Adams Ave., Ogden, 801-621-9138,

42.7degree2.jpg Filling Station
The Filling Station’s biker-bar image is getting an update. Under new management, the bar has been radically remodeled with everything new from the floor up. Located on historic Magna’s main drag, the spacious club has retained its retro vibe even with the remodel, but it’s classing up its act from the rough and tumble days (the posters of scantily clad biker women are gone, for example). They’re scheduling live music and DJs every weekend, and karaoke on Thursdays. The patio is the perfect place to chill out with a bucket of ice and beer and a pizza from a neighboring pizzeria. 8979 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-250-1970,

42.7degree2.jpg Studio 27
Newly remodeled, convenient to downtown Salt Lake City, Studio 27 (formerly Trapp Door) has all the swagger of upscale Manhatten nightlife. An equally chic LGBT (and straight) crowd enjoy live entertainment or just shaking it loose on a large dance floor ornate with gold-trimmed mirrors and a booming, bassy sound system. For a truly posh evening, rent one of the several VIP areas, champagne included. 615 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2200

43.1degree2.jpg The Woodshed Bar & Grill
The Woodshed’s cheap beers flow easily to a hip (but not too hipster-ish) younger crowd. The live acoustic shows are a must, and the grill slings hamburgers on the weekends, the Sears taco stands are only a hot salsa step away. 60 E. 800 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-0805

43.3degree2.jpg Frankie-n-Johnnie’s
Even if you lack a chopper/hog/crotch rocket, it’s cool if you hang out at Frankie-n-Johnnie’s, a nonexclusive biker dive where the TVs are tiny on purpose. It’s more about shooting the breeze at F-n-J, but when the raconteur is a douche, distract yourself with $2 spaghetti night and Texas Hold ‘Em poker, cover bands named for vaginal euphemisms or the crane machine. 3 E. 4800 South, Murray, 801-263-0072,

43.3degree2.jpg VFW 7398
Nothing feels more homey than Magna’s VFW. It’s a private fraternal order, so you’ll need a member to sponsor you, but someone most likely will. No need for a bouncer, this bar is “one big family,” according to the bartender—a place to gather to share the gossip of the day or shoot pool. There’s a full food menu, and holiday dinners are a big deal here, prepared for veterans to make sure no one celebrates alone. There’s even a handicapped ramp for disabled vets. 9057 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-250-7323

43.3degree2.jpg Sandpiper
These are the kind of folks you want as your pub tribe: the kind who protectively check the credentials of the guy sticking a thermometer in the beer. Tucked away in a strip mall, this is a cozy spot where everybody probably does know your name. Ask for daily lunch specials. 4002 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-278-5100

43.7degree2.jpg Uinta Brewhouse Pub
A microbrew roadhouse that, despite being located on Salt Lake City’s industrial west side where the Uinta brewery is housed, is a popular lunchtime and after-work destination for the employees of nearby offices and manufacturing businesses. Their hours are limited, so plan accordingly. 1722 S. Fremont Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-467-0909,

43.9degree2.jpg Saints and Sinners
Having a beer outside in the summer is swell, but dealing with streetside traffic can be irksome. Saints and Sinners’ second story open-air section puts the “p” in patio—perfect and “pour me another.” Plus, customers get three bars in one: downstairs lies a lounge that adjoins a dance floor clubbin’ area, then there’s an upstairs sports bar. 3040 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-604-0869,

44.0degree2.jpg Club Allure
If you really want to get sandy in Sandy, why not spend a summer evening on the 4,000-square-foot outdoor patio at this nightclub, with a little strip of beach and fire pits for cozy socializing? Inside, dance to the sounds of DVDJ Chrismo on weekends, compete in “Allure Idol” karaoke, play a game of pool, or join a table for Texas Hold ’Em Sundays and Mondays. 8925 S. Harrison (255 West), Sandy, 801-255-2078,

44degree2.jpg Sky Bar
No place offers a better panoramic view of downtown Salt Lake City than Sky Bar. Perched atop the Red Lion Hotel, the Charcoal Room offers live piano on Friday and Saturday nights while dance music plays in the main Sky Bar. Don’t miss Sky Bar’s appetizer specials from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. 161 W. 600 South, Salt Lake City, 801-530-1313,

UncleBarts__Niki_Chan.jpg44.1degree2.jpg Uncle Bart’s
Although not a large bar, Uncle Bart’s is the kind of place where regulars like Darrell Gowward and Pat Riley (pictured) can pull up a stool and order a mug (or Mason jar) of cold beer. It has a couple of pool tables and small patio in the back as well as bar food like sandwiches and hot dogs. On weekends, it often has live bands covering classic rock, and Sundays is a jam session. 837 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9068

44.1degree2.jpg Club 90
Tired of nightspots where you can’t find a chair on the weekend? That ain’t likely to happen here, where the sprawling, rental-friendly space allows for seating upwards of 450. Five bars open up to serve all those bodies on weekends, and the entertainment ranges from live music to wrestling. Or, play pool, foosball or darts in the game room. 9065 S. 150 West, Sandy, 801-566-3254,

44.6degree2.jpg Club Wet
For all you people who wondered what happened to the exquisitely named Toolbox on the west side of Ogden, it turned into the Playpen, which has now evolved into the oh-so-subtle Club Wet. From the outside, it looks like just another part of the strip-mall landscape, but inside, it’s a rather impressive strip club. Two-story poles and long stages for the dancers beat dark tiny dance areas tucked in corners any day, and the club also has incorporated live concerts by Ogden faves like the Codi Jordan Band and Gifted, as well as UFC-watching parties to go along with the occasional Meet & Greet Swinger Parties. 2706 S. 1900 West, Ogden, 801-393-2281,

44.7degree2.jpg Jam in the Marmalade
Voted Salt Lake City’s Best Gay Bar in City Weekly’s Best of Utah contest two years running, Jam is a sleek yet casual bar with a great patio, occasional live music, karaoke Wednesdays and dance music most nights. Jam added fantastic Bloody Marys to the menu this spring, which are among the best in town. 751 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-891-1162,

45.0degree2.jpg Habits
The bartender calls it Salt Lake City’s upscale, Vegas-style night club. And who’s to argue? The décor is earth tone with accents of brick and tile, and all but the dance floor is carpeted. On weekend nights, as many as 400 upscale multitaskers doff their iPods to dance to music videos under panels of morphing pastel light. 832 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-268-2228,

45.6degree2.jpg No Name Saloon
No Name Saloon offers a straightforward yet expansive selection of beer, liquor and grub, and is always full of a crowd of mostly local regulars. The booze and the buffalo burgers make it easy to understand why the bar attracts so many repeat customers. The décor goes along with the saloon theme, but it makes for a friendly, familiar atmosphere, not kitsch. In the summertime, the rooftop patio is another bonus. 447 S. Main, Park City, 435-649-6667,

45.9degree2.jpg The Bay
Sip cocktails poolside on the Bay’s fantastic outdoor patio, now open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Come back Saturday nights for Privilege, hosting touring DJs. The Bay also plans a schedule of live music Fridays, ranging from rock to hip-hop. Wednesday is ladies’ night. 404 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-860-1083,

46degree2.jpg The Hotel Bar & Nightclub / Club Elevate
Turntables rule at The Hotel and Club Elevate, where even the open-mic night DJs Thursday are spinning rather than iPodding. With five unique rooms—from a game room downstairs to dance floors and lounges—The Hotel/Elevate features breaks, B-boys and live MCs Thursday, Latin night Fridays, and once-per-month Tweetup Fridays. 200 S. 155 West, Salt Lake City, 801-478-4310,

46.8degree2.jpg Lumpy’s
In a two-story configuration, set back from Highland Drive, and fronted by a patio with ashtrays on picnic tables, Lumpy’s is big and busy. Televised sports (specifically, the U) dominate, but there are opportunities for karaoke, cards and eight ball on designated weeknights. Upstairs and downstairs bars make socializing at Lumpy’s either a little easier or a little more aerobic. 3000 S. Highland Drive No. 3, Salt Lake City, 801-484-5597,

47.5degree2.jpg O’Shucks Bar & Grill (Salt Lake City)
A bar for bar-lovers, O’Shucks is the place to hang out with friends over schooners of PBR without the distraction of loud bands or rowdy, standing-room crowds (except Wednesdays, when the masses flow in for sushi specials and $3 schooners). The friendly, low-key atmosphere explains why bonds have formed between the regulars (and off-duty bartenders) who line the bar. And, OK, it won’t win any “coldest” awards, but who wants their teeth chattering while they’re getting their drink on? 22 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-596-8600

49.6degree2.jpg Pete’s Bears Den
If the beer’s not stone cold, it could be because the action here is so hot. Flair bartender J.J. makes a trip to historic downtown Magna worth the drive, flipping bottles into the air like a juggler throws pins. As one of the bookends of clubs along the main drag, Pete’s Bears Den keeps things lively with exotic dancers Thursday through Saturday. Monday features Texas Hold ‘Em and Tuesday features Beer Pong. Under new management, open seven days, Pete’s Bears Den has any number of fun events going on, from luaus to wet T-shirt contests. 8785 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-250-6616

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