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City Guide 2008 | Get Active: Night Life - Boogie Nights Page 2

There’s a bar stool AND a dance floor with your name on it.

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // February 1,2008 -
Fiddler’s Elbow
We’re still not sure what the name means, but there’s no mystery as to why folks return night after night to this Sugar House pub. You might imagine a sign outside noting this as a “Place for Friends,” where sports fans gather to cheer on the team or break a sweat at the pool table. Come hungry—Elbow shares a kitchen with Salt Lake Pizza & Pasta, so you can nosh on wings while you friend eats ravioli. 1063 E. 2100 South, 463-9393

Green Street
Following in Jekyll/Hyde tradition, many young professionals meet for lunch in this mild-mannered club during the day. By night, however, collars are popped and skirts are shortened to turn this popular joint into a see-and-be-seen spectacle. 602 E. 500 South (Trolley Square), 532-4200

Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as an upscale dinner and dance club in South Salt Lake. The smoke-free bar provides an unusual mix of rap, country and ‘80s that, if just for curiosity’s sake, is worth the southbound trip. 832 E. 3900 South, 268-2228

Harry O’s
Park City’s premier dance club and live music venue, Harry-O’s boasts a massive, indoor stage and jumpin’ singles scene, where beautiful locals can rub elbows with celebrities and discuss either pressing word crises or Britney’s fall from grace while Akon or Brother Ali slay onstage. 427 Main St., Park City, 435-655-7579

Hog Wallow Pub
Remodeled biker bar retained most of its original outsider mojo—just rough enough to keep a few Harley enthusiasts carousing with the club’s skier/snowboarder/Subaru-driving crowd. Especially lively when live bands take the stage playing mostly acoustic rock, bluegrass and country. Check out the patio on summer nights. 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, 733-5567

Huka Bar
Anti-smokers who don’t puff because it’s “unglamorous” might find that argument full of hot air at the Huka Bar. The private club’s bar/dinner menu is certainly off the “hookah” (I had to) but it’s the exotic hookah flavors ranging from “oyster” to “pomegranate” that ooze class. 6100 S. 151 East, 281-4852

It seems it’s always Ladies’ Night at the Hotel and Club Elevate, two classy side-by-side private clubs swarming with scantily clad women. While it is a place to see and be seen, upscale parties need greasy food, too. Grab a slice of in-house pizza or jalapeno poppers, then hit the dance floor. Limo service available for guests with VIP reservations. 155 W. 200 South, 478-4310

Jackalope Lounge
Snowboarders, skateboarders and tattoo enthusiasts tend to dominate this popular downtown bar, now in its second year, but all walks of life are welcome—just leave the cigarette outside. Expect clean, close quarters, friendly bartenders, cheap drinks, eclectic DJs and the occasional argument over heated games on one of five TV screens. 372 S. State, 359-8054

Johnny’s on Second
Tain’t your usual pool hall. Hourly table rates, good food and even bluegrass nights (!) raise this bar far above any roadhouse with billiards. But that’s not to say you won’t be laughed at if you scratch the 8-ball. 165 E. 200 South, 746-3334

This Salt Lake City fixture recently relocated to shiny, smoke-free digs in the heart of downtown. Longtime regulars might lament the absence of cigarette clouds hanging ‘round their pints, but they’ll trade restricted freedoms for bartenders who treat them like family. 30 E. 300 South, 322-0318

Keys On Main
Break away from your usual routine at this classy piano bar located in the center of downtown Salt Lake City. Avoid parking hassles by taking TRAX which stops directly across from the ground-level private club. Watch for grand opening. 242 S. Main, 363-3638

High on class, short on pretension, this downtown martini bar is an inviting pre-dinner or after-hours destination for young professionals, fashionable hipsters and anyone who digs drinks with a shot of flair. Friendly, knowledgeable bartenders will help you navigate the extensive menu. 16 W. Market St., 366-9490

Liquid Joe’s
Newly remodeled digs offer classier, roomier digs for this private club’s most popular act: The Metal Gods, paying tribute to hair-band classics every Thursday. Other touring and local acts, typically of the rock variety, grace the stage Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while the Spazmatics raise a ruckus on Saturdays. 1249 E. 3300 South, 467-JOES

Lumpy’s Downtown
Cheer on your favorite teams at this spacious sports bar which brings together the class and elegance of a hot dance club with the requisite access to televised athletic events. Heck, Lumpy’s even boasts a screen inside each of its private booths, so patrons can entertain a date while keeping tabs on Tom Brady’s pass efficiency. 145 W. Pierpont Ave., 938-3070

Mo’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill
Technically a restaurant that serves beer, Mo’s is famous for its super-hot wings, free wireless Internet and open-mic comedy Sundays. So now, the whole family can see Dad’s Michael Jackson jokes bomb. 358 S. West Temple, 359-0586

Once a house of jazz, now an underground den of irreverent rock, hip-hop and reggae, this downtown haunt is a great place to wind down after work or liven up when local and national bands plug in. Craving privacy? Visit the relatively quiet mafia-esque back room. 19 E. 200 South, 350-0950

Great kitchen pulls in worker bees during lunch, but the prime rib, beef stew and other comfort foods are also served at night when this laid-back, old-school pub fills up with familiar faces from all around town. Everyone’s welcome—just don’t hog the jukebox. 160 S. Main, 359-7271

Mynt Lounge
Modeled after New York City nightclubs, this posh, smoke-free bar attracts stylish urbanites with edgy hair and wardrobes. Drinks are a bit pricey but worth the cost for those who crave the finer things in life. Oh, and the lounge features a lovely patio, so you can take that cigarette outside. 63 W. 100 South, 355-6968

When arguing over Monet vs. Manet loses its charm, trick your artsy friend into visiting Orange. Essentially a bar, Orange also works as an art-space/musical venue which showcases every type of music from experimental to jazz—which even the most pretentious can deign to enjoy. And there’s nothing snobby about cheap drinks. 533 S. 500 West, 433-3399

Oscars Social Club
The Midvale club, featuring DJs on the weekends, offers a friendly south-valley neighborhood vibe while serving up some downtown class. Plus, for Ute fans, few State Street joints bleed redder than Oscars. 8136 S. State, 566-3222.

The Paladium
While not directly affiliated with Los Angeles’ Palladium, this new Salt Lake City music venue gives its big-time counterpart a run for its money with impressive out-of-town acts who in another era would have played Park City’s now-defunct Club Suede. Future performers include Maceo Parker and Drive-By Truckers. 615 N. 400 South, 521-4573

Pinky’s doesn’t look that big from the outside, but inside … it’s cozy, for sure. Not a bad selling point for a strip club, however—you’re never too far away from the ladies, the bar or a pool table. Can’t beat a special like White Trash Wednesdays in the midweek, either. 4141 S. State, 261-3463

Piper Down
All Irish stereotypes aside, this bar is as hoppin’ as a leprechau—er… you get my drift. With the city’s most extensive (and gnarly) shot menu, live music and karaoke on Sundays, you’ll be singing with all your lads by the end of the night. 1492 S. State, 468-1492
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