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Utah's Coldest Beer 2011

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Bottles & Cans
Not every place we stopped at has draft beer, so we tested a bottle or can and found the temperatures were just as varied as their on-tap counterparts.

26.7 Bayleaf Bar & Grub
Southern and Asian comfort food meet at Bayleaf. It’s all good here, grub-wise; you’ll be satisfied whether you choose chicken and waffles or the Jamaican jerk-chicken rice bowl. It’s also good fun to pair the chicken and waffles with the big beer and wine list. Visual treat: The pop-culture tabletop decoupage varies thematically from Dungeons & Dragons to Willie Nelson and makes you wanna sit somewhere different every time. A cold bottle poured into a frosted glass will get you a downright frigid brew, too. 159 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-359-8490,

29 City Club
City Club claims to have the coldest beer in Ogden, but what stands out even more than its advanced cooling system is the bar’s role as a physical shrine to the Beatles, from the iconic visages of the Fab Four looking down onto 25th Street from the second-story windows to the memorabilia-lined walls and even the burgers, shots and beers themselves. And, baby, you don’t have to drive your car—City Club offers a free shuttle that’ll pick you up and take you home when you’re done for the night. 264 25th St., Ogden, 801-392-4447,

31.8 One
One is mainly a dance club, but owner Grant Mitchell says his club aims to be the omni-joint: a nightclub, lounge and restaurant. Given time—One has been open a short three months—there will be live music (bands and an open-mic night), karaoke and a full menu. For now, check out Party Rock Thursdays and Stereo Fridays. 180 W. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-214-6181,

32.6 The Spur
The beer only comes in bottles, but they’re bone-chillingly cold. Here you’ll find a friendly, slightly older crowd who enjoy live music, a fireplace, upstairs deck and comfy couches. But don’t forget the famous “Cowboy Cuisine” of chef Michael LeClerc (of the 350 Main Brasserie fame, the Spur’s sister restaurant). For a paltry $4, you can bite into a bacon blue burger from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday—made even more exquisite if sipping a specialty martini. 352 Main, Park City, 435-615-1618,

32.6 Kristauf’s Martini Bar (Downtown)
It might be unfair to include a martini bar in our coldest-beer guide, but even in a bottle, Kristauf’s delivered a downright chilly brew. But to do Kristauf’s justice, pull up a seat at the wooden bar, order a cocktail off the mind-boggling menu and watch the martini artists go to work. Alternately, bring a few friends, grab a comfy couch near the front and relax with a classic martini. They’ll be impressed by your class; you’ll be impressed with the drink. 16 W. Market St., Salt Lake City, 801-366-9490,

32.6 Paper Moon
Salt Lake City’s premier girl bar is billed as “a community bar where everyone is welcome to come down and be yourself,” and it’s true. Check out the Texas Hold ‘Em games (courtesy of the Wasatch Poker Tour) on Monday nights and White Trash Bingo on Wednesdays. Fridays and Saturdays feature live DJs playing hip-hop, alternative and Top 40 tunes. If your tummy’s growlin’, they’ll be happy to fix you hot dogs, corn dogs, nachos or burgers—but the menu varies nightly. 3737 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-713-0678,

34.2 Club Vegas
Rock and fucking roll, folks—Club Vegas is Utah’s most metal night club, proudly flying the flag for everything from hair metal to thrash to grindcore to black metal along with the occasional industrial or straight-up rock act. Leather couches at stage right provide a good resting place when overzealously headbanging or binging on $2 Corona bottles—all day, every day—put you down for the count. If you’re hungry, head to the back of the club, where Gunslinger’s Outlaw barbecue serves the good stuff. 445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-364-8347,

36.1 Pie Hole
You’ll have to open your pie hole wider to fit one of the huge pizza slices, which range from standard cheese and pepperoni configurations to gourmet Thai chicken pies. Remember to chew, and to wash everything down with an ice-cold can of PBR. And take time to check out local artists’ work hanging on the walls or, if you’re not that cultured, scratch your retro-gaming itch on the Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga and Missile Command cabinets in back. On Mondays, $5 will get you two slices and a soda. 344 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-359-4653,

37.3 David’s
This 40-year-old establishment deserves props for innovating and keepin’ it fresh: Each Thursday, David’s features a lingerie fashion show between noon and 1 p.m. while you enjoy a New York sirloin or halibut. The bar/restaurant also has pool tables, darts and a giant blue marlin behind the bar that was an award-winning catch in the Blue Marlin Hawaiian International Blue Fish Tournament in 1983. There’s no beer on tap, but the bottles are chilly, as noted above. 2324 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-972-9688

41.4 W Lounge
For a tiny place, W is the biggest dance club in the city. Maybe because that’s all there is to do there. There are no pool tables, no dart boards, no video games. In fact, if you’re not dancing, there’s no reason to be at W, and it’s easy to see why patrons would appreciate that. But just in case all the cardio burns up your calories and fat stores, Mo’s is right next door and ready to serve you. 358 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-859-8505,

42.7 Faces Lounge & Eatery
Faces keeps limited hours (Monday-Wednesday, 11-3 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m, Saturday 6-10 p.m.), but the comfortably dim living room/kitchen/game room layout, not to mention the good food, is worth adjusting one’s schedule. The clientele is comprised mainly of neighbors who enjoy owner Ernest’s delicious barbecue dishes, meatball subs, cheesesteaks and signature catfish and come to see Ernest and his son Daymian play jazz jams. Some people enjoy Faces enough to rent it out, and often. Call Ernest for rates. 659 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-596-0344

43.1 Red Door
Beer might not be the Red Door’s forte—when City Weekly visited, there was no brew on tap—but that shouldn’t dissuade anyone from paying a visit to this hip little cocktail bar. Its comfortable-but-cool vibe pairs well with the Red Door’s impressive and delicious selection of martinis and cocktails. If mixed is not your style, the spirits list is more than ample, with an impressive array of single-malt whiskeys. Kick back under the avant-garde video projections and count yourself among Salt Lake City’s boho-chic. 57 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-363-6030,

51.5 Burt’s Tiki Lounge
Burt’s Tiki Lounge doesn’t have beer on tap, so the thermometer was dunked into a beer poured from a can of PBR, which was plucked from a cooler full of crushed ice sitting on top of the bar. Burt’s Tiki Lounge hosts numerous live bands throughout the week and has a blues jam session Tuesday nights, and patrons can belt out tunes on karaoke nights. The bar doesn’t serve food, but does sell Scotty’s Famous Pickled Eggs. 726 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-521-0572

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