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City Guide 2008 | Get Active: Night Life - Boogie Nights Page 3

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

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // February 1,2008 -
The Point After
Armchair quarterbacks, get your forearms ready—you’ll curl plenty of pints at this suburban sports bar. The spacious club fills up on game nights with patrons following major and minor league action on wide-screen TVs as they down trans fat, lager and ale. Work off the fried fare at halftime with a round of billiards. 5445 S. 900 East, 266-9552

Port O’ Call
This place screams tradition: plush carpeting, polished wood and bartenders who give the profession a good name. Stop in at lunch for a pint, a burger and quiet conversation. The three-floor club transforms into a singles’ paradise at night, with two stages supporting live music Wednesday and Saturday nights, a live karaoke band every Thursday and Djs on Fridays. 78 W. 400 South, 521-0589

Red Door
Martinis are the real draw at this intimate private club. Whether you prefer your beverage shaken or stirred, sweet or salty, traditional or adventurous, the novella-length menu does not disappoint. With limited seating room, things get a bit hectic after hours. Soothe your nerves with another cocktail and cool weekend DJs spinning downtempo sounds. 57 W. 200 South, 363-6030

The Republican
An old-school, no frills bar that’s rooted in the traditions of football (the real kind, without the touchdowns) and drinking. A shuffleboard and foosball table will relieve some tension during game breaks, but there is absolutely no rioting during fever pitch. 917 S. State, 595-1916

Saints & Sinners
Open nightly, the private club formerly known as Dragon’s Lair features a sports bar upstairs and hookah lounge downstairs. Get worked up over Monday Night Football, then chill out with sweet, flavored tobacco. 3040 S. State, 487-4498

Sky Bar
Situated in Salt Lake City’s downtown Red Lion Hotel, 13 lucky floors up, this nightclub is a wicked place for the vertigo-prone. It might also scare off wallflowers or anyone with two left feet. Besides drinking, dancing is the No. 1 activity here. Boogie to disco, hip-hop and Top 40 hits. Just don’t look down. 600 S. 200 West, 530-1313

The Station
This Sandy private club now offers live music every Saturday in the Crown Room in addition to weekly Top 40-dance nights and karaoke. The Station’s passion for action sports means plenty of big-screen TVs for armchair quarterbacks. Shake your bootie or saddle up to the bar for the big game. 255 W. Harrison, 255-2289

Trails
Complaining about the amount of nudity allowed in Utah’s strip clubs is about as cliché as complaining about the 3.2 content of the beer. For the full T&A goods, get a girlfriend or a high-speed Internet connection, but even those can’t promise big screen TVs and garlic burgers. 921 S. 300 West, 363-2871

The Trapp
Don’t judge this private club by its country-western motif, an aesthetic choice that speaks more to its owners inner interior decorator than the weekly musical lineup—an eclectic grab bag of disco, karaoke and modern dance hits for an equally eclectic crowd. Though largely considered a gay and lesbian joint, The Trapp welcomes all. Free your mind. The rest will follow. 102 S. 600 West, 531-8727

The Trapp Door
Not to be confused with its similarly named neighbor, The Trapp Door features different ownership and a distinct crowd of hip young things who prefer hot Latin and house music dark, loud and booming till close. 615 W. 100 South, 533-0173


Twilite Lounge
Twilite rivals any bar in the city with its retro-dive kitsch. Where else are you going to find scenesters, professionals and barflies all fighting over a free jukebox? A hidden treasure. Just remember to bring cash ‘cause this joint doesn’t operate on credit—or good faith. 347 E. 200 South, 532-9400

Under the Bridge Lounge
Not literally under the bridge (freeway overpass, actually), but as close to a lounge as you’ll find in the relatively remote west-side area. It was previously called The Front Row for good reason: There’s not a bad seat in the small-but-open room. The Under the Bridge Lounge is open every night of the week, hosting live local music on Fridays, R&B and old-school hip-hop DJs on Saturdays, and several screens of football whenever. 1440 W. 200 South, 359-8744

The Urban Lounge
It might be considered hipster central by some, but frequent Urbanites are less concerned with how they look than who’s onstage. Live music is a top priority, with everyone from Salt Lake City rockers Blackhole and Pink Lightnin to touring acts including Avett Brothers, Girl Talk and Caribou performing seven nights a week. Dark, dingy and comfortable as hell, there’s a reason some locals make this spot their second home. 241 S. 500 East, 746-0557

W Lounge
Long lines often wind around this secluded, eclectic dance lounge. Graphic designers, writers, artists and hipsters generate ideas near the bar or shake all their troubles away when DJs spin inventive mixes of dance, house, afro-beat, acid jazz and other ass-shaking genres. It’s a good time, all the time. 358 S. West Temple, 359-0637

The Westerner Club
Where Wrangler jeans are more a statement of function than fashion. Salt Lake City’s premier country-western bar packs in urban cowboys and cowgirls with music and line-dancing, but it’s also a draw for city folk who come to perform karaoke backed by a live band. 3360 S. Redwood, 972-5447

The Woodshed
Newly remodeled, the Woodshed has found its niche by refusing to have a niche. Burlesque shows, music (all genres) and karaoke are a few of the attractions available on any given night. They also boast the largest patio in Salt Lake City, so there’s a lot of space to freeze while lighting-up in the wintertime. 800 S. 60 East, 364-0805

Zanzibar
Great place to chill out. Once inside, you’re transported to a cool Chicago nightclub. Snag a seat near the stage for an up-close-and-personal jazz or blues performance by artists including Melissa Pace, The Legendary Porch Pounders and Steve Lyman. 677 S. 200 West, 746-0590

ALL-AGES VENUES
Avalon
More than an all-ages venue, Avalon is a progressive community center promoting spiritual/emotional/intellectual growth and individuality through positive social interaction and a healthy dose of metal, screamo and emo bands. 3605 S. State, 266-0258

Kilby Court
2007 marked the end of one era—owners Phil Sherburne and Leia Bell left their post to focus on separate pursuits—and the start of a new legacy with Lance Saunders and Will Sartain booking, promoting and running the all-ages venue. Expect the duo to maintain Kilby’s reputation for hosting such indie-rock luminaries as Rilo Kiley, Deerhoof and Melt Banana, as well as promising local groups. 2008 highlights include Brother Ali, Beach House, RJD2 and Living Legends. 741 S. 330 West, kilbycourt.com

Red Light Books
Primarily a comic book store specializing in horror, this corner shop hosts punk, experimental electronic and noise acts including local stand-outs Agape, All Systems Fail, Pass-A-Fist and Trebuchet, as well as the occasional touring band including Demons.
179 E. Broadway, 355-1755

Slowtrain
Independent record store specializing in recent indie-rock releases welcomes touring bands and local favorites to squeeze into its tiny quarters for special intimate performances, which often coincide with Salt Lake City’s monthly gallery stroll. Owners Anna and Chris Brozek are especially partial to Okkervil River and Laura Gibson, so keep an eye out for repeat appearances. 221 E. Broadway, 364-2611

Contributors include City Weekly associate editor Bill Frost, music editor Jamie Gadette and freelance writer Ryan Bradford.

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