Joining in the camaraderie of prideful sports junkies, along with swilling some cheap brews and eating fried finger munchies, is just better than watching the big game at home. While Ute red is displayed at most every sports bar in town, there is always an array of hi-def TVs to accommodate a fan of any team.
Don't let the windowless barracks exterior fool you. Inside, Batters Up has a ton of screens, pool tables and dirt-cheap breakfast on weekends.
1717 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-463-4996, BattersUpSportsBar.com
'Bout Time Pub & Grub
This sports bar boasts a spacious interior, so you can go wild watching one of the many TVs without bumping elbows with an opposing fan. 'Bout Time has seven locations for downtown and south-valley sports fans to enjoy.
Multiple locations, BoutTimePub.com
The Sugar House institution has every NFL game to go along with one of the best sports-bar brunches around.
1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-463-9393, FiddlersElbowSLC.com
The proprietors of Gracie's might balk at seeing their gastropub listed as a "sports bar," but with the array of TV sports packages they offer and a brunch menu full of eggs Benedict variations, we like "getting our sports on" at Gracie's on weekend mornings.
326 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-819-7565, GraciesSLC.com
The strip-mall location might throw you, but once you step inside The Huddle, it's TV sports in every direction you look.
2400 E. Fort Union Blvd., Cottonwood Heights, 801-438-8300
The wings are none too shabby, and with nine locations dotting the Wasatch Front, you're rarely far from an Iggy's.
Multiple locations, IggysSportsGrill.com
Legends can be the perfect start or end of a good day downtown, with tasty grub and close proximity to Brewvies and a TRAX stop.
677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3598, WhyLegends.com
The original Lumpy's is a Ute bar through and through, and the lengthy grub menu, walls covered in Utah memorabilia and two-story-plus patio keep Lumpy's a go-to game stop.
3000 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-484-5597, LumpysBar.com
The TVs at every booth made the downtown Lumpy's an immediate favorite when it opened, and late night, it makes the tricky switch to a DJ-led, dance-fueled hook-up spot.
145 W. Pierpont Ave. (250 South), Salt Lake City, 801-883-8714, LumpysDowntownSLC.com
The south end of the valley has historically been slim pickings for bars, but Oscars has been offering up a worthy sports bar for years. Plus, it offers the area's finest karaoke.
8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222, OscarsUtah.com
|GET OUT OF DOWNTOWN
While the cultural life of Salt Lake City revolves around downtown, there are plenty of spots outside of the city that are worth a jaunt, either via cab or with a designated driver in tow.
A Bar Named Sue
Yeah, it's a basement strip-mall bar, but it also boasts an endless menu of whiskeys and bourbons, plus entertainment ranging from live tunes to free pool to trivia contests.
3928 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-274-5578, A-Bar-Named-Sue.com
A destination designed for the Saturday Night Fever-obsessed, with an interactive dance floor that triggers the kind of light show typically reserved for a Laser Floyd concert.
8925 S. 255 West, Sandy, 801-255-2078, AllureSLC.com
This spot has been supplying the party for Sandy for more than 30 years. Cover bands bring the classic rock and dance music on weekends, and weeknights and weekend days are built for sports, with menus offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
9065 Monroe St. (150 West), Sandy, 801-566-3254, Club90SLC.com
Considered by many of its regulars as a "Cheers with boobs"—the exotic dancers are certainly the main draw, but daily lunch and drink specials and various bar games at this "relaxed gentleman's club" make it a friendly neighborhood stop, as well, even if you aren't paying attention to the action onstage.
2750 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-467-4600, DucesWildSLC.com
The Hog Wallow
This valley favorite hosts rootsy tunes Wednesday through Sunday nights. There's an expansive, wooded patio that stretches up the hill out back. And then there's the tasty grub. Put all that together and you have a place that thrives both in the summer and for the après-ski crowd in the winter.
3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Cottonwood Heights, 801-733-5567, TheHogWallow.com
Huka Bar & Grill
One of the valley's most happening spots, Huka boasts water pipes galore, a bevy of beautiful people and a late-night, all-ages cafe attached for the kids who can't get in to hear some reggae or dance to the regular DJs.
151 E. 6100 South, Murray, 801-281-4852, TheHukaBar.com
The Leprechaun Inn
It might fool you from the outside, where it looks deceptively like a tiny strip-mall bar. Inside, though, it's a spacious spot full of pool tables, TVs for the big game and some of the best bar grub in town.
4700 S. 900 East, Suite 6, Salt Lake City, 801-268-3294, TheLeprechaunInn.com
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 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-273-9899, MaggieMcGees.com
Live music, dancing and mechanical bull rides beckon the country-inclined, but even folks who don't like their music twangy will find something to love in the enormous Westerner space, either in the kitchen serving an extensive food menu, in the room dedicated to karaoke or on the dance floor, full of cowboys and cowgals.
3360 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-972-5447