Blake Mowen | Salt Lake City Weekly

Blake Mowen 
Member since Jan 30, 2016

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    Alleged

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    Alleged's menu features 20 cocktails that all have 2.5 ounces of liquor. Each drink is as strong as a Long Island or AMF, but tastier. The standard metered pour is 1.5 ounces, but Alleged has a huge assortment of "flavorings" to fully maximize that provision in state law. Alleged is an eclectic bar in a historic building that was last used as a whorehouse. The club has three floor with three atmospheres: The mellow Rooftop Bar, with its views of downtown Ogden; The Brothel, which features an open design and unisex bathrooms; and Moxie, home to a dance floor and a faster pace.
    Metro Bar

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    Metro earned its reputation for fun by serving up refreshing beverages and throwing great dance parties and special events in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Home of one the longest-running all-request night (Thursday) and LGBT-friendly Fusion Saturdays, Metro Bar caters to the varied tastes of Salt Lake City's diverse party crowds.

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    An intimate Vegas-style martini-bar-cum-DJ-venue, owned by That ‘70s Show star Danny Masterson (who occasionally moonlights at the club as DJ Mom Jeans), Downstairs is a chic gathering of nooks and sofas with a fireplace and wood décor to add to the upscale lounge charm. With a well-stocked bar, including classics such as mai tais and kamikazes, Downstairs is a bar that prizes its cool, laid-back vibe as much as its polished selection of vinyl spinners and roster of nationally touring DJs.
    Brewvies Cinema Pub

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    The best thing about Brewvies is right there in its name: movies combined with beer. Sure, there's a large bar space complete with eating area, billiards, several video games and a couple of televisions. But really, the reason to go to downtown Salt Lake City's Brewvies is to be able to sit in a dark theater with a full meal in front of you and a nice frothy beer in hand as you watch the latest blockbuster.

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    Area 51

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    Get weird, downtown Salt Lake City. Themes are taken seriously at this dance club, and they keep club-goers on their toes: hip-hop, '80s, carnival, heavy metal, traveling vampire and much more. It's not for nothing, either: The club posts the photos of the festivities to Facebook, so patrons can show off their outrageous ensembles for weeks to come. The music is fast enough to dance to. Talk about aliens and your new friends will love you.

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    Bambara

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    At Bambara, the chef dazzles guests nightly with his superb, but unpretentious fare. With its full-exhibition kitchen, you’ll be able to enjoy dinner and a show at Bambara, located in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. I still can’t resist the restaurant's warm house-cut potato chips slathered with bleu cheese, or delectable crab-stuffed piquillo peppers with corn tartar sauce and crisp chorizo. And the lavender-grilled ahi tuna with heirloom tomato bread salad, salsa verde and black olive aioli is marvelous. Bambara’s service is top-notch in every way, leaving you to only concern yourself with licking your plate clean, which will come quite naturally.

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    Kilby Court

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    Salt Lake City's longest running all-ages venue hosting touring and local acts often seven nights a week. Cold out? Warm up by the fire pit with friends.
    The Urban Lounge

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    With the owners of The Urban Lounge having opened Rye Diner & Drinks next door in 2014, you can now think of pre-music and post-music visits to Rye as necessary bookends to a night at The Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City. Before the music—ranging from electronic, rock and metal—enjoy munchies like shoyu fried chicken and truffled mac & cheese, and afterward, duck back into Rye for craft cocktails like the Smoking Jacket, made with (what else?) bourbon. And with recent adjustments to the Urban Lounge's schedule—including early and late shows being booked in the same night, and frequent free concerts—as well as the option to reserve a VIP booth so you can have a comfortable spot from which to watch the stage, there are more reasons than ever to visit.

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    Piper Down

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    If you happen to be missing your homeland, Piper Down Pub in Salt Lake City is your place for a bit of the "Olde World" pub experience. Complete with plenty of dark wood, ample dark beers and a slew of scotches, the point of Piper Down is to make you feel like you've stepped off of State Street and into a local High Street drinking establishment. It also has a hellishly good brunch with free bloody mary's.

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    Sky

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    Sky is part of the well established Lumpy's bar brand of 26 years. The new addition will be 12,300 square feet, complete with the optimum sound, visual screen and performance lighting unlike anything else available in downtown Salt Lake City. The venue will also have a retractable roof and an open air concept to accommodate all fresh air summer shows but of course open year around.

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    Twist

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    The Exchange Place space formerly known as The Lazy Moon sat unoccupied for nearly a decade until summer 2015, when nightclub/restaurant Twist opened in the unique multi-level venue. In addition to fencing off the sizable patio area—much to the chagrin of local wedding photographers—the interior of the former 19th-century boiler room has been given a sleek makeover that is at once classic and modern. Same goes for its specialty drink menu, expansive beer and wine lists and food that has patrons raving. There's no club like this in Utah; you've got to see (and taste) it for yourself.

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