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Bar Guide 2014 

The where, when and why to drink in Salt Lake City & Northern Utah

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Lighthouse Lounge
130 E. 25th St., Ogden, 801-392-3901
Booze Brag: High-end house cocktails and custom martinis, catering to the Endless Indulgence crowd—a shop next door that sells pinup-style fashions. Drinks are all garnished and dressed with fresh fruit; it's all about presentation.
In Their Own Words: "It's a fun, friendly, fabulous environment."

33 Federal Ave., Logan, 435-752-5511
Booze Brag: All the domestic beers and all the stuff from the liquor store.
In Their Own Words: "A small, quaint bar. I've got people who've been coming here for 20 years, yet we get new clientele every year."

Outlaw Saloon
1254 W. 2100 South, Ogden, 801-334-9260,
Booze Brag: The Rough Rider: Bulleit Bourbon, Bushmills Irish Whiskey and ginger ale.
In Their Own Words: "We are a very diverse bar, with all types of music, and everyone's welcome."

Rock Bottom Lounge
317 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-621-2070
Booze Brag: Liquid Marijuana: Malibu rum, apple pucker, pineapple juice, Blue Curacao and Sprite.
In Their Own Words: "Cheers!"

Rockin T Saloon
2040 S. 1900 West, Ogden, 801-731-9300
Booze Brag: The Pantyripper: Malibu rum, pineapple juice and grenadine.
In Their Own Words: "We welcome everyone!"

2851 Washington Blvd., Ogden 801-394-4446
Booze Brag: Five Wives Vodka.
In Their Own Words: "Friendly atmosphere with competitive karaoke every Wednesday and Thursday."

Shooting Star Saloon
7350 E. 200 South, Huntsville, 801-745-2002,

80 N. Main, Layton, 801-544-8102
Booze Brag: The Vegas Bomb: Crown, peach schnapps, Malibu rum, cranberry and energy drink.
In Their Own Words: "We've been remodeling for two years and just opened up our upstairs outdoor patio. We're friendly and up and coming, with lots of new stuff happening all the time."

The White Owl
36 W. Center St., Logan, 435-753-9165
Booze Brag: Home of the Big Dog mug—33 ounces.
In Their Own Words: "It's the bar in Logan everyone comes to—the same bar your parents came to 30 years ago. Nothing's changed."

Wine Cellar
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-339-3600,

With nine locations from Ogden to St. George, this local sports-bar franchise defies geographical constraints.

Bout Time Pub & Grub
Booze Brag: A huge selection of local craft and high-point beers.
In Their Own Words: "Your favorite neighborhood hangout, featuring a fresh homemade menu, cocktails and beer in an uncompromising sports-viewing atmosphere."

Pubs & Breweries
These places aren't strictly bars (you can bring the kiddos) but they're still a part of Utah's nightlife, and their drinks are just as much, if not more, of an attraction than their food—which you will have to order to get that beer or cocktail.

The Annex by Epic Brewing
1046 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-742-5490,
Booze Brag: All the Epic beers, along with great Negronis, Old Fashioneds and jalapeño margaritas.
In Their Own Words: "Beer-centered and the food to pair with it."

Bohemian Brewery & Grill
94 E. Fort Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-5474,
Booze Brag: Bohemian makes their own beer, and usually has a couple of special "brewer's stash" beers on tap that are only available at the pub and restaurant.
In Their Own Words: "Stop by Bohemian Brewery & Grill and step back in time to the days when good friends, food and beers weere commonplace. Our log-cabin feel is warm and inviting, while our patio offers sunshine, flowers and majestic views of the Wasatch Mountains."

Break Sports Grill
11274 Kestral Rise Road, South Jordan, 801-987-3354,

Copper Creek Pub & Grub
3451 S. 5600 West, Suite A, Salt Lake City, 801-417-0051,
Booze Brag: Fourteen beers on draft (including local breweries), and the Creek Creamsicle—a delicious blend of spiced rum, whipped vodka and orange juice.
In Their Own Words: "An excellent menu that goes beyond typical pub fare, with the coldest beer in town. When you arrive, you'll immediately feel like a local."

Donkey Tails Cantina
136 E. 12300 South, Draper, 801-571-3838,
Booze Brag: Shazel, made up by a bartender and named after a regular.
In Their Own Words: "Kickass! Good times, great company, cold drinks and delicious food!"

Desert Edge Brewery At The Pub
273 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, 801-521-8917

Eddie McStiff's
57 S. Main, Moab, 435-259-2337,
High West Distillery & Saloon
703 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-8300,
Booze Brag: Most popular drinks are the High West Lemonades (with either High West Double Rye! Whiskey or High West Vodka 7000). Executive Chef James Dumas created the drink using his own spiced simple syrup recipe, mulled with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
In Their Own Words: "The world's only ski-in gastro distillery, serving whiskey-inspired cuisine."

Hoppers Grill & Brewing Company
890 E. Ft Union Blvd., Midvale, 801-566-0424

Iggy's Sports Grill
Nine locations,
Leatherheads Sports Grill
12101 S. Factory Outlet Drive, Draper, 801-523-1888,

677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3598,
Booze Brag: More than 20 taps, focused on local beers like Squatters and Wasatch.
In Their Own Words: "We're the ultimate sports bar. We play the sound of all our games on three different big screens."

1400 S. Foothill Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-582-3111; 855 W. Heritage Park Blvd., Layton, 801-728-9111; 2510 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-675-5920,
Booze Brag: The signature Black n' Finn: 70 percent Tetley's English Pub draught and 30 percent Guinness. The Foothill MacCool's has an array of Scotch and Irish whiskeys (six varieties of Jameson) and is the "House of IPA," with a 17-bottle selection of full-strength bottled IPAs. The Layton MacCool's has 117 bottled beers and a new brew garden on the patio. Ogden has 17 draught handles and is joining the House of IPA concept. All MacCool's locations feature direct-draw cask beer.
In Their Own Words: "There are no strangers here, only friends who have not met!"

Maxwell's East Coast Eatery
9 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City, 801-328-0304; 1456 Newpark Blvd., Park City, 435-647-0304

Millcreek Grill & Bar
2020 E. 3300 South, 801-484-0339,
Booze Brag: A separate oak hand-crafted bar that offers a large assortment of local draft and imported beers, and a diverse selection of wines, cocktails and specialty drinks.
In Their Own Words: "Your neighborhood establishment—a place that embraces all of your needs regarding food, beverage and entertainment."

Moab Brewery
686 S. Main, Moab, 435-259-6333
Booze Brag: Moab's own 10 beers are on tap, and the brewery also has a new martini menu, including the Cotton Candy Cosmo (made with Grey Goose and garnished with cotton candy) and the Caribbean Root Beer (made with RumChata, Moab's Beehive Root Beer and garnished with a lollipop).
In Their Own Words: "Moab Brewery is proud to be Moab's only microbrewery, where our patrons enjoy award winning beers as well as our décor, featuring local activities geared to the outdoor enthusiast."

Molly Greens Pub @ Brighton Ski Resort
8302 S. Brighton Loop Road, Salt Lake City, 801-532-4731

O'Shucks Bar & Grill Pinebrook
8178 Gorgoza Pines Road, Park City, 435-658-0233,
"Booze" Brag: Locally brewed root beer on tap—the kids love it.
In Their Own Words: "Regulars refer to this location as 'Shucks Lite'; it's the family-friendly O'Shucks group, expanded to include the whole family with a large menu, pool tables, pingpong and classic video games like Ms. Pacman."

Pins & Ales Restaurant and Nightclub
12101 S. State, Draper, 801-572-1122
Booze Brag: A full line of spirits, wine and beer, including 12 handcrafted Bonneville Brewery microbrews on tap, and a specialty "skinny" cocktail menu.
In Their Own Words: "The newest restaurant and nightclub in the valley, featuring great handcrafted beers, upscale gastropub-style foods, live entertainment and dancing, amazing large HD TVs and 12 lanes of ultramodern boutique-style bowling!"

Players Sports Grill
1688 Convention Center Drive, St. George, 435-634-9211,

Porcupine Pub & Grille
3698 Fort Union Blvd., Salt Lake City, 801-942-5555,
Booze Brag: Porcupine has 24 local beers on tap and proudly serves Utah spirits such as Vida Tequila and High West Whiskey. A favorite is the Cactus Cooler: High West vodka with spiced lemonade and prickly pear cactus puree.
In Their Own Words: "Urban warehouse meets mountain cabin. Located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. A great place to take a date, impress a client, or unwind for a great meal after skiing or mountain biking."

Red Rock Brewing Co.
254 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-521-7446; 6227 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-262-2337; 1640 W. Red Stone Center Drive, Park City, 435-575-0295
Booze Brag: Red Rock gets first dibs on head brewer Kevin Templin's award-winning beers like Paardebloem, Reve and Secale.
In Their Own Words: "Our beers are made in small batches with an emphasis on quality at every level."

The Rest
331 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 917-655-4321
Booze Brag: The After Dark: an egg-white-based cocktail with cold-brew coffee, bourbon, Cynar and chocolate bitters.
In Their Own Words: "The Rest is a subterranean speakeasy that looks like a bar that Hemingway would have built. Dark wood, taxidermy, old books and plenty of good whiskey. It's the perfect place for privacy and escaping the world for a minute ... or hours."

Roosters Brewing Company
253 25th St., Ogden, 801-627-6171; 748 W. Heritage Park Blvd., Layton, 801-774-9330,
Booze Brag: A crisp, cool, refreshing pint of Roosters Honey Wheat is the most popular drink on a hot summer day.
In Their Own Words: "Walk in the door from the heart of Historic 25th Street and you will be welcomed at the long, wooden bar with our working brewery in the backdrop of Roosters' 116-year-old historic brick building."

147 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-328-2329; 1900 Park Ave., Park City, 435-649-9868,
Booze Brag: Besides a ton of beer (more than 250,000 pints of Squatters craft beer have been poured so far this year in the pubs alone), Squatters serves beer cocktails like the Immoral Suasion, made with Hell's Keep, honey syrup, High West Peach Vodka, Laird's Applejack, Rosewater Rinse and a lemon twist.
In Their Own Words: "Beer. A community pub serious about crafting interesting, award-winning brews and huge portions of pub fare served with fun integrity."

Uinta Brewhouse Pub
1722 S. Fremont Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-467-0909

Vernal Brewing Company
55 S. 500 East, Vernal, 435-781-2337

Wasatch Brew Pub & Brewery
250 Main, Park City, 435-649-0900,

Zion Canyon Brewpub
495 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, 435-772-0336,

Van Brown, David’s

Van Brown has a lot going on. He likes it that way. That’s why, while driving a beer truck in 1975, “I got silly and bought a bar.”

It was a little place called Better Days, which, these days, is Burt’s Tiki Lounge.

“When I took it over, I found out the previous owner had been dealing drugs,” Brown says. “So all of the clientele [disappeared] because I was real straight and real stupid. I didn’t know a thing about the drug business. Or the bar business—I didn’t even drink at that point.”

Brown turned Better Days around, though, and even opened Ludlow’s, a topless bar, in 1977. “We had only one dancer,” Brown says, “and the truckers never paid attention to her. But they would complain if she wasn’t there.”

Ludlow’s closed in 1979, and Better Days survived until 1983, while Brown briefly focused on his side business, wholesale foods. “I couldn’t find someone to service the bar well,” he says, “so I started selling to me and about 30 other places.”

Alas, it didn’t keep him busy enough. “I’ve never had only one job,” Brown says. In 1984, he went to work for David Van Wagenen, the late owner of David’s (2324 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-973-4470), which Brown manages today.

“I started working for him at Harding’s, which became David’s Uptown, and is now Murphy’s,” Brown says. When David’s Uptown closed, Brown moved out to David’s West Valley location. He continues to moonlight with his old wholesale company, which he recently sold.

Brown says he’s “real boring” and has no hobbies—just a love for work and the people who come with it. That’s what keeps him going, even after hard-won battles with heart disease and cancer. “I just enjoy it,” he says. “It’s basically my social life.”

—Randy Harward

There are three ingredients required to have a good time at a concert: Quality music, enjoyable company and a refreshing drink. Utah is home to a variety of music venues, but here are some that make the drinking experience (almost) as important as the music happening onstage.

Bar Deluxe
666 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-532-2914,
Booze Brag: Most popular drink is a combo beer & whiskey shot.
In Their Own Words: "A music venue hosting all genres of music and events."

The Complex
536 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-528-9197,
Booze Brag: Most popular drinks are the AMF and Long Island.
In Their Own Words: "Salt Lake's newest music headquarters, with four venues hosting national and international touring acts, parties and private events."

The Depot
400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-355-5522,

The Great Saltair
12408 W. Saltair Drive, Magna, 801-250-6205,

In the Venue
579 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-359-3219,

Park City Live
427 Main, Park City, 435-649-9123,
Booze Brag: Red Bull & vodka or, more recently, Lime Red Bull & tequila.
In Their Own Words: "Our bar is efficient and high-energy."

The State Room
638 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-596-3560,
Booze Brag: The housemade margarita with a Patron topper. The State Room has recently cooperated with Beehive Distilling for a very popular gin fizz.
In Their Own Words: "The best place to see live music in Salt Lake City."

The Urban Lounge
241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-746-0557,
Booze Brag: Most popular drink is the Green Lev.
In Their Own Words: "The Urban Lounge hosts local, national and international music artists four to seven nights a week."

When it comes to Utah strip clubs, there's one slogan you need to remember, "See the boobs, drink no booze." But whether your favorite hoo-ha joint serves alcohol or not, it doesn't really matter. All of them bring something to the table ... dance.

Club Wet
2706 S. 1900 West, Ogden, 801-393-2281,
Booze Brag: AMFs, Long Beach, Fat Tire and Stella.
In Their Own Words: "We have a party atmosphere with the hottest ladies in Utah."

Duces Wild
2750 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-467-4600,
Booze Brag: More than 25 styles of bottled beer, 10 beers on tap, and a huge selection of whiskeys, bourbons, scotches and Irish whiskeys.
In Their Own Words: "It's like Cheers with titties."

4141 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-261-3463,
Booze Brag: $4 Fat Tire beer every day.
In Their Own Words: "Salt Lake's most intimate gentlemen's club, home of the friendliest staff in town."

Southern X-Posure/Show Girls
Multiple locations, 801-288-1488,
Booze Brag (21-plus location only): The Triple X margarita, introduced in 2013. The margarita, made with limearita mix, is served in a 25-ounce stein and is the most popular menu item.
In Their Own Words: "We've got the most gorgeous women on the planet, friendly staff, great atmosphere and entertainment. At our 21-plus locations, we offer a full menu—steak is the most popular. The Beck Street location (18-plus, no alcohol served) is the No. 1 after-hour party club, open till 5 a.m."

Trails Gentlemen's Club
921 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-363-2871,
Booze Brag: High-end drinks—patron platinum, Hennessey XO—are popular
In Their Own Words: "Utah's hottest girls, by far—we hear that time and time again from customers."

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