Coldest Beer & Bar Guide 2012 

Cool clubs, cooler brews

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Bohemian Brewery

Owned and operated by a Czech family, the Bohemian Brewery brings an Eastern European-style brew pub to Salt Lake Valley. The always-lagered beers come in a variety of sizes, from your typical brew pub sample glasses up to the Bohemian’s “Manly” stein. The eclectic menu features authentic European goulash, pierogies and spaetzle, in addition to a Czech take on pub classics, with pilsener-battered fish & chips, garlic burger and chicken wings. If you can make it up the stairs at the end of your meal, check out Midvale’s largest scooter museum in the loft that overlooks the dining room. 94 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-5474,

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Roosters Brewing Co.

It’s long been voted Best Ogden Restaurant by City Weekly readers, but Roosters also has some of the best local brews, including the rich Junction City Chocolate Stout. If you can’t decide which Roosters beer to order, you can order a sampler trio (or two) for just $1.50 each. Roosters also brews its own root beer, which you can have straight up or “loaded.” Enjoy a brew and a decadent basket of naughty fries on the outside covered patio, upstairs in the dining area or—if you’d rather have your libations with a side of sports—at the main-floor bar. 253 25th St., Ogden, 801-627-6171,


Like the elephant in that well-known proverb, Squatters feels like a different thing depending on which end of it you’re holding. The downtown location is a wonderful restaurant with thoughtful and delicious upscale pub-style food, perhaps before a show at the nearby Rose Wagner Center. Yet it’s also an after-work bar for enjoying one of its award-winning brews, handcrafted locally since 1989, while watching a game on the big screen. Like the menu of beers, it’s a little something for many different tastes. Look for Squatters also in Park City and now at the airport. 147 W. Broadway, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2739,

Uinta Brewery Brewhouse Pub

Beer-o-philes can rejoice at the Uinta Brewery Beerhouse Pub. If Cutthroat Pale Ale or Hoodoo Kolsch are your jam, you won’t want to miss a chance to pay homage to the source of such tasty brews right at the Brewhouse Pub. Besides your favorite Uinta bevs, you can also shop at the in-house beer store for high-point beers. During the day, you can see where all the magic happens and take a quick tour of the brewery itself. 1722 S. Fremont Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-467-0909,

Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery

With the hangovers from its fall 2011 25th anniversary finally starting to fade, Utah’s first brew pub continues to be a dominant force at the top of Park City’s Main Street. Along with the established classics such as the First Amendment lager, fish & chips and more obscure beers—you must experience the nip of the jalapeño-cream ale—Wasatch has a friendly, laid-back vibe. 250 Main, Park City, 435-649-0900,

Food is King!

Bandits’ Grill & Bar

Cowboys and cowgirls should feel right at home in this two-level establishment, with a bar downstairs, eatery upstairs and an inviting street patio, to boot. With its signature amber beer—Bandits’ Brew—and a reputation for the best slow-roasted sirloin in town, its tri-tip nachos are simply to die for. Indulge your instincts for good food and suds while listening to the mournful tunes of Clint Black and the like upstairs, and classic rock below. It’s cowpoke heaven. 440 Main, Park City, 435-649-7337,

Bayleaf Bar & Grub

The Bayleaf’s renowned, authentic Southern comfort food is available throughout the week, and it’s soulfully prepared 24 hours a day on Friday and Saturday. Popular entrees like the chicken & waffles pair well with cheap drafts as well as the extensive local-beer selection and signature drinks like the Pee-wee Herman (a strangely palatable mix of Jack Daniels and orange soda). Big Bubba’s pile of food is also not to be missed. Bayleaf also has pool, foosball and Galaga in case the food, drink and late-night calamity aren’t enough to hold your interest. 159 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-359-8490,

Blind Dog Grill

While Blind Dog has no beer on tap, you can best define this sushi-restaurant-meets-East-Coast-upscale-bar’s class by one of its drinks, the Top Dog margarita, which evokes a Florida beach with its astute mix of Patron Añejo tequila, agave nectar, fresh-squeezed lime and OJ. With the 14-year-old Blind Dog, they’ve built something that is both swanky and yet genteel for the well-heeled in Park City. 1251 Kearns Blvd., Park City, 435-655-0800,

‘Bout Time Pub & Grub—Taylorsville

There’s a reason why there are seven of these babies throughout the valley, and as you walk into the oaky sports den during any playoff game, you’ll know why. The vibe is laid-back and casual, but these sports fans are passionate. The bartenders always don jerseys—if you spot a male bartender wearing a female bartender’s jersey tank-top, you can safely assume he lost a bet. They’re passionate about food here, too: Don’t miss the Irish nachos—potatoes with ranch, cheese and bacon—or Scotch eggs. 5592 S. Redwood, Taylorsville, 801-968-1444,

Carlos & Harley’s Fresh-Mex Cantina

The last place you’d expect to find a fresh-Mex cantina is in a small town in the Ogden Valley, in a building that looks like—and is—a general store. The interior resembles an upscale chain restaurant, except there’s more chain and less Chili’s cheese. And the food (which is really Tex-Mex) is absolutely incredible—especially the carne asada street tacos, which are piled high and go great with beer or margaritas from the full bar. 5510 E. 2200 North, Eden, 801-745-8226,

Club 90

Sandy’s Club 90 is big: two floors, a stage and dance floor for the karaoke crowd on Thursday nights and live music on Fridays and Saturdays, a 150-seat patio and a newly remodeled “game” room that features not only five pool tables but numerous wild game and fish mounts on the walls. Game days are also a big deal here. But for manager George Lowe and anyone with an appetite, Club 90 is all about the best in food and drink at unbeatable prices. Order a Crown & Coke for $4.25. Combine that with daily specials such as $2 tacos or the $6.95 half-pound New York steaks, and you might find that eating and drinking at Club 90 can be your ticket out of the recession. 9065 S. 150 West, Sandy, 801-566-3254,

Copper Club

Copper Club re-opened in a new, larger location in fall 2011, and you can practically still smell the fresh paint. Upstairs carries a classy restaurant/lounge vibe, with sofas facing the fireplace and tables for dining. You can enjoy lobster omelets and other delicacies to the sounds of live jazz at the relaxing, gourmet Sunday brunches—or join the standing-room-only crowd on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. for $6 6-ounce steaks, served with three shrimp and a salad. And don’t miss a trip downstairs to the Sports Page, a huge room with its own bar and a multitude of flat screens. 315 24th St., Ogden, 801-392-7243,

Cotton Bottom Inn

The garlic burger—celebrated throughout the Salt Lake Valley in song and story—is this beer bar’s claim to fame. It’s a recipe that every other bar in town has tried to copy. Cotton Bottom brings an easygoing dive-bar feel to a swanky neighborhood (with Tuscany restaurant as a next-door neighbor). In warm weather, the shaded patio is an inviting gathering spot at the bottom of the Cottonwood canyons. 2820 E. 6200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-273-9830

Flanagan’s on Main

The theme of Flanagan’s, as the name suggests, is decidedly Irish. This is a bar that walks the line between casual and stylish with aplomb. While you nod your head to the local bands with an Irish spin who play downstairs, try the bar’s take on a Bloody Mary—a Bloody Molly. And don’t miss an opportunity to explore the culinary lineup of the usual suspects—Irish beef stew, shepherd’s pie—as well as the more offbeat offerings, like the “banger Alfredo”: Irish banger sausages with red onions and garlic, bathed in a creamy, cheesy sauce and tossed with pasta. Flanagan’s, apparently named after a local priest of the same name, has Tetley’s on tap along with local brews. With just four years under its belt, this is one Irish pub that seems to have been around a hell of a lot longer. 438 Main, Park City, 435-649-8600,

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