Cheers to You, Club Manhattan, Uncle Bart's & Chuckles Lounge 

Club Shots: Where the barflies go.

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There are bars, aka “clubs,” and then there are bars, aka “dives.” Dancing doesn’t always do it for the regular drink-imbiber in Utah and for that reason, the latter fills that niche. Twilite Lounge is a great example, but a little farther west lie seedier, more enjoyable venues that many a barfly calls home:

Cheers to You (315 S. Main) is, to quote one regular, “Where professional drinkers hang out.” Bartenders love this place, and the guys behind the bar make a huge haul serving their patrons legit, affordable beverages. If you’ve never been to Cheers, you’ve never been to a real bar in Salt Lake City.

Club Manhattan (5 E. 400 South) Skeighties nights Thursdays at Club Manhattan are slowly unveiling a new sort of entertainment to bargoers. A board-sport friendly environment and performances from bands like Laserfang on March 4 are about to unearth this (literally) underground venue.

Uncle Bart’s (837 S. Main) A bulldog on the sign and a crew of genuine bar patrons rep resent salt-of-the-earth folk in this awesome dive. Karaoke on Thursdays and Sundays is also a crowd-pleaser if you like your songs unintelligible yet strangely alluring. Local musicians practicing at Downtown Music next door will occasionally wander in with slack-jawed wonder—they’re easy to spot.

Chuckle's Lounge (221 W. 900 South) In this high-def world, most bars advertise anywhere from 30 to a million flat-screen TVs per venue, but Chuckles’ sign proudly proclaims one, and only one, “Big-Screen TV.” Those yearning for a taste of the old school can indulge in the neighborhood atmosphere and kitschy accoutrement like the Elvis pinball machine and the prisoner-of-war flag next to the barbecue in the corner.

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Club shots at Club Manhattan:
1. Lindy Workman, Adam Dorobilla
2. Ryan Tomita, Dylan Thomas Roe
3. Pat Fenelon, Corigan Kushima

We want to keep Utah up to speed on local nightlife. Submit tips about club openings, closures, remodels, special events, drink recipes and noteworthy changes to comments@cityweekly.net

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