There is no shortage in Park City of places to drink and, maybe, bump into a B-list celebrity during the Sundance Film Festival. But, if you want to know about public places where A-listers are likely to turn up—or at least where you and your pals can score a good glass of wine, cocktail or a cold beer in a snazzy setting—read on. These are a few of my favorite Park City sipping spots.
Signature Park City Cocktails
One of the newest additions to the Park City drinking scene is High West Distillery and Saloon (703 Park Ave., 435-649-8300), Utah’s first gastro-distillery. Featuring the eclectic cuisine of chef James Dumas, this is a great place for lunch or dinner accompanied by signature cocktails, a hefty wine and spirits menu and, of course, award-winning High West whiskeys and vodka.
Belly up to the bar made from reclaimed wood from the Great Salt Lake Trestle Bridge of 1904 and enjoy! P.S.: Direct bottle purchases are available at High West. And, speaking of firsts, Park City’s first brewery since Prohibition opened in 1986: Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery (205 S. Main, 435- 649-0900). Perched at the tippy-top of Main Street, Greg Schirf’s brewpub features its own award-winning beers along with a great selection of tequilas, reasonably priced food and one of the friendliest staffs in town.
Down at the other end of Main Street, the Sky Lodge (201 Heber Ave, 435-658- 2500) hosts two terrific sipping spots. Le Bar Boheme boasts a classic, Parisianstyle zinc bar, a wine cellar and live music with tasty French-influenced bar food. Meanwhile, the SkyClub is tucked away on the Sky Lodge’s fourth floor and features great views of Old Town from the deck, along with fire pits, chaise lounges, an oversize hot tub, flat-panel HDTVs and, of course, a lively bar scene.
Superb Sundance Food and Fabulous Bars
The brand-new Talisker on Main (515 Main, 435-658-5479) flaunts the creative cuisine of talented chef John Murcko, a private wine room, 66 personal wine lockers and a gorgeous main dining room where you can enjoy Murcko’s celebrated cuisine as you sip your favorite beverage. Meanwhile, Talisker’s sister venue at The Canyons is the private Alpine House (400 Canyons Resort Drive, 435-615-3370), which turns public every day at 4:30 p.m. The Alpine House sports a fabulous bar, along with superb food from well-known supervising chef Barb Hill. Just down the road from The Canyons is the Spruce Lounge at Dakota Mountain Lodge (2100 Frostwood Drive, 435-647-5566). Highlighted by a beautiful white Carrera marble bar, the Spruce bar and lounge is an ideal place to enjoy a libation and Spruce’s famous charcuterie.
Up in Deer Valley, the new St. Regis Bar (2300 Deer Valley Drive East, 435-940- 5700) and the accompanying St. Regis Wine Vault give you access to one of the West’s most bodacious wines lists, not to mention the culinary stylings of Jean-
Georges Vongerichten with delectable food from his J&G Grill. Be sure to sample the 7452 Mary (named for the resort’s altitude). Just below the St. Regis, a longtime favorite apr%uFFFDs-ski imbibing location is Snow Park Lodge’s ESB Lounge (2250 Deer Valley Drive South, 435-649-1000) named for the late Deer Valley Resort founder Edgar B. Stern. You’ll want to try the Edgartini, of course.
Out at Kimball Junction, Maxwell’s (1456 New Park Blvd., 435-647-0304) offers a big bar to belly up to and the best pizza in town, while Jupiter Bowl (1090 Center Drive, 435-658-BOWL) features the talents of veteran Park City barman Joe Hauck and, yes, bowling to boot. And, the newly revamped bar at Ghidotti’s (6030 Market St, 435-658-0669) offers the most refined sipper’s spot at The Junction.