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Coldest Beer Issue

Coldest Beer & Bar Guide 2012 Page 13

Cool clubs, cooler brews

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // July 19,2012 -

Neighborhood Charmers

Bill’s Lounge

If you’re looking for a true neighborhood bar in Magna, this is your spot. Bill’s Lounge is where you’ll find the locals enjoying the coldest brews to be found in Magna. With a great jukebox, air hockey and pool tables, there’s plenty to do and plenty of suds to be guzzled at this cash-only, beer-only bar. And if you’re in Magna on a Sunday, be sure to stop by for the weekly car show barbecue held in the adjacent lot. 9027 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-250-9987 No. 8 Coldest Beer

Henry’s Inn

South Salt Lake is loaded with vintage bars, but Henry’s Inn is downright antique—at least on the outside. Inside, this beer-only tavern is more like a well-polished Tarantino movie set, with pool tables, wood paneling and the funkiest carpeting this side of Vegas. Henry’s also hosts regular karaoke nights and serves up some surprisingly good bar food. Bring cash; they don’t like plastic here. 2645 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-637-0675

Henry's Inn


David’s has the coziness of a fisherman’s hideaway in the Florida Keys, where gravelly voiced men play cards and tell tall tales. The 12-foot, 6-inch encased marlin behind the bar certainly adds to that ambiance. It took bar owner David Van Wagenen an hour and a half to reel in the 450-pound behemoth, which won him first place at the 1983 International Billfish Tournament in Kona, Hawaii. He’s collected a variety of other knickknacks in that 40-year span that give this eatery distinctive character. 2324 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-972-9688

Dick N’ Dixies

With an open, sunny feel, this bar offers a comfortable spot to relax—certainly one of our town’s best neighborhood hangs. Bartenders are no-nonsense yet friendly and happy to mix you one of their creative cocktails, like the Bearded F*$#ing Mohawk. As the official viewing bar of Real Salt Lake, Dick N’ Dixies is the perfect place to watch a game. You might even spot one of the players chilling out between practices. 479 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-3556

The Hitching Post

The Hitching Post pays tribute to the good old days. Pool tables abound, while the ceiling is made up of bygone advertising planks of Utah County businesses from yesteryear. A full menu is offered till 6 p.m. After that, fill up on assorted fried foods. The super-casual feel is perfect for friends to meet, eat and drink after work. 30 N. Geneva Road, Orem, 801-492-7760

Junior’s Tavern

Yearning for some soulful inspiration? Escape the bustle of downtown and embrace your inner hepcat at Junior’s Tavern, where a bygone era of easy listening and easier conversation endures. The bar-top wood is printed with sheet music and a wall case houses an impressive collection of old beer cans, but those are the only frills you’ll find in this relic of jazz’s heyday. Free Wi-Fi is available, and customers are encouraged to swing by with some takeout from the many nearby eateries. Vibes can also be enjoyed on the patio, where it’s no drag if you smoke. 30 E. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-322-0318,

Kokomo Club

With 50-plus years in Ogden, Kokomo has amassed a stalwart yet diverse group of regulars—one night you’ll find reticent Ogdenites bellied up to the bar, the next you might see a group of women dancing under the giant stuffed elk head to the sounds of “Single Ladies” on the jukebox. It’s a cash-only operation, but a glass of beer is just $1.75—you can’t get much more old school than that. 216 25th St., Ogden, 801-621-9991

Lazy Dog Saloon

Lazy Dog is comfy like a well-worn shoe, but the good beer-drinking people of Riverton (and their dogs) know it’s the place to go to lap up some suds. Dave, the Lazy Dog’s bartender of eight years, lets it slip that the club’s days are numbered due to a road-widening project that will eventually claim the building. But that doesn’t deter the friendly locals from gathering for a game of pool, mug o’ beer, town gossip and even a quiet smoke out on the back porch. Honest: Dogs really are welcome. 12755 S. Redwood Road, Riverton, 801-302-5584

The Leprechaun Inn

This Murray neighborhood watering hole is where cold beer, signature drinks, pub grub and local bands converge to make Irish eyes smile. Located at Ivy Place Shopping Village with plenty of convenient parking, the food offerings here include huge portions, low prices and a daily special. Try the world’s freshest margarita—The Skinny Girl—or a specialty cocktail like the Grape Ape, Bee Sting or Fireball. With 15 HD TVs, three pool tables and a year-round, spacious heated/covered patio, your luck and your day can’t help but improve at “the Lep.” 4700 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-268-3294, No. 10 Coldest Beer tie


Probably no reason to call it “Manny’s Too” anymore, since the original 2100 South Manny’s is now a parking lot. Not that this Manny’s would ever pass for “new”; this joint (and most of the regulars) has a definite old-school, lived-in vibe that stretches longer than the bar itself—and it’s a long damned bar. They can get wild next door at Willie’s—Manny’s is a place to chill. 1704 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-467-6289

Redwood Lounge

This near-west-side standard bearer is the epitome of a neighborhood lounge that goes out of its way to make its patrons part of the bar’s extended family. Since ‘66, the bar has been a family-run establishment with deep roots in the neighborhood. Every year, the bar hosts a Pete & Lois Memorial golf tournament in honor of the bar’s original owners, and today’s owners are just as special for a particular reason: Ute fans who celebrate their team with tailgating shots of Grand Marnier. Take that, east siders! 502 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, 801-972-9822

Sugar House Pub

Sugar House was a neighborhood in need of a proper pub, one that matched the area’s personality, and this is it. This spotless joint is hip without being hipster and attracts a college crowd, as well as educated professionals. Several local brews—Squatters, Wasatch, Uinta—are available, as well as a selection of imported bottled beers—they’re great for chasing a polish dog with sauerkraut. The back room features several pool tables and the ever-popular Ms. Pac-Man/Galaga combo. 1992 S. 1100 East, 801-413-2857

Twilite Lounge

The cool-and-casual Twilite Lounge has been a barroom retreat for Salt Lakers since 1947—a place for the community to gather for cold drinks and warm conversation. With its red leather seats, Twilite’s character and old-timey charm attract patrons of all ages. Operated for decades by the Greek Cairo family, Twilite took on the family’s persona of quick wit, surly banter and good old-fashioned hospitality. A welcoming place to imbibe in any season, year after year, the Twilite quietly rolls up the memories. 347 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9400,

Willie’s Lounge

Founded in 1948, Willie’s claims to be among the longest continuously operated bars in Salt Lake City. Now, they cater to snow bros, the hip, the humble and the Derby Girl crowd. Willie’s has 15 specialized drinks, all named after roller derby’s high rollers. There’s also a “mind-eraser” menu of drinks sure to live up to their names. Willie’s has your appetite covered: A delivery service brings in food from nearby restaurants. 1716 S. Main, 866-612-2920,

X-Wife’s Place

Located near Trolley Square, X-Wife’s is the place to take the edge off your day. The lounge vibe is mellow and the bar staff is hilarious—much the same as they were back in the ‘60s and ‘70s when the bar was packed with U of U students and their professors. It was called My Wife’s Place back then, but that’s another story. In any generation, it’s the perfect place to grab a beer, have an intelligible conversation and shoot some pool. 465 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1954

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Posted // July 23,2012 at 17:02

Utah's bar/club scene is laughable. The nightlife here sucks ass.  I mean, really? Who gives a shit about the temperature of watered down 3. 2 Utah horse piss?