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Essential Beer Bars / Sports Bars

  • Josh Scheuerman

A Bar Named Sue
This Johnny Cash-themed bar hosts Cash-themed signature events like a JC Birthday Tribute and Sing O' Fire Karaoke nights. Take a selfie with the Johnny Cash murals for extra points.
3928 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-274-5578;
8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222,

The Bayou
The O.G. of all SLC beer bars. Owner Mark Alston regularly picks out new flavors to bring into The Bayou. For the best approach to new suds, download their app.
645 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Beer Bar
Locals talk about going to Ty Burrell from Modern Family's bar, but Beer Bar could live on its own merits as a solid watering hole offering 140+ beers and locally sourced pub fare.
161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Beerhive Pub
A Main Street mainstay and easy to see why. Several staffers have been around for years and are extremely helpful navigating their extensive beer list. Sporting Utah's only ice bar is a nice complement.
128 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

The Break
Being nestled in the Daybreak community, you're offered some respite in Salt Lake suburbia.
11274 Kestrel Rise Road, South Jordan,

Fiddler's Elbow
One of the few remaining cornerstone Sugar House businesses left after the urban development facelifted the area. Fiddler's has been a draw for decades and looks like it will remain as such.
1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

Ice Haus
Beers. Brats. Booze. Right on its logo. You'll want to find yourself in Murray to experience this charmer.
7 E. 4800 South, Murray,

Johnny's On Second
$4 shot and a beer. Come on, let's be real: In any metropolitan area that's just a steal.
165 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

Here's a solid family-friendly sports bar just outside of downtown proper. Great for youth sports team dinners and hangouts with friends if you can't score tickets to the Jazz or RSL.
677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City,

Salt Lake's original neighborhood sports bar and supporter of all teams that rep Utah.
145 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City, 801-883-8714; 3000 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-484-5597,

Essential Clubs

The Depot
The Depot holds it down in the Gateway district. And with one of the best lineups, they continue to help grow the thriving music scene.
400 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City,

Duces Wild
A Cheers-style bar, only with dancers. Call it your "slightly naughty" neighborhood bar.
2750 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

Hog Wallow Pub
You'd be hard-pressed to find a more unique pub in Salt Lake. You'll certainly want to find yourself on their one-of-a-kind patio after summer hikes in the Cottonwoods.
3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Salt Lake City,

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Piper Down
For St. Patrick's Day, Piper changes all its taps to Guinness. What else do you need to know? Oh, befriend a bartender and ask about its namesake. Straight-up Utah bar lore.
1492 S. State, Salt Lake City,

This 1920s-themed bar the heart of the valley serves up some fancy craft cocktails and taps that only pour local beer.
151 E. 6100 South, Murray,

The Royal
The Royal taps into a wide variety of genres making it a Murray destination bar attracting fans from all over the valley. Reggae Thursdays are a staple and its Tuesday open mics night have been known to feature local celebrities.
4760 S. 900 East, Murray,

Owner Ken Dismore got his inspiration for Sky from some of the best clubs and music festivals around. For EDM lovers, Therapy Thursdays are top notch.
149 W. Pierpont Ave., Salt Lake City,

The State Room
Do these guys know how to book acts or what? A must-visit for intimate vibes and big names.
638 S. State, Salt Lake City,

Trails Men's Club
Not far from downtown, Trails is Salt Lake's premier gentlemen's club with the biggest stage and the hottest ... steak dinner specials.
921 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

The Westerner
This unpretentious west-side country bar doesn't require a cowboy hat, but you're going to want to line-dance, nonetheless.
3360 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City,

Essential Dives / Neighborhood Bars

Bongo Lounge
Cheap drinks flow like manna at this Millcreek dive bar.
2965 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City,

Cheers to You
Norm hasn't been here, to our knowledge, but come enough and everybody will know your name. For a downtown bar, it certainly has that neighborhood feel.
315 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

Cruzrs Saloon
With darts, billiards and bar-staple game nights like Texas Hold 'em tournaments, there's something for everyone here.
3943 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City,

Dick 'n' Dixies
A Real Salt Lake fan and player favorite. Don't worry, though, Nick Rimando won't stop you from having a good time.
479 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City,

Funk 'n' Dive
One of the fanciest "dive" bars you'll ever see. If you haven't tried Tatchos, do it. Do it now.
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden,

Mid City Pub
Not just a stopping point before and after you pretend to be Rory McIlroy at TopGolf.
7101 Bingham Junction Blvd., Midvale,

O'Shucks Bar & Grill
This unassuming basement bar features $3 schooners on Wednesday nights and adjacent Ahh Sushi serves up some mean rolls.
22 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City,

Patrick's Pub
Conventioneers need a break between sessions. Kitty-corner to the Salt Palace Convention Center, Patrick's is the perfect place to use that company card you snagged.
163 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City

The Tap Room
There are no frills at this Sugar House staple. Just the good hooch and a friendly staff.
2021 E. Windsor St., Salt Lake City,

X-Wife's Place
One of Salt Lake's last stands against credit card machines. It's cash-only at this dive bar that won't come close to breaking the bank.
465 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City,

Essential Lounges

This upscale lounge in Ogden features one of the neatest rooftop patios around.
201 25th St., Ogden,

Bourbon House
Bourbon House sells the most Jameson in all the land. You'll never feel more sophisticated throwing down a few picklebacks than you will here.
19 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City,

  • Josh Scheuerman

Club 90
Game room, dance floor and the Green Room for private events. Club 90 has it all.
9065 S. Monroe St., Sandy,

Good Grammar
This new hip cocktail lounge has a colorful feel and an amazing drink selection.
69 Gallivan Ave., Salt Lake City,

Harp and Hound
Located above the Funk 'n' Dive, the Harp and Hound is Ogden's newest and prettiest gastropub.
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden,

Keys on Main
A dueling-piano bar perfect for large parties and company outings. Flip the musicians a solid tip and your favorite tunes will be next on their list.
242 S. Main, Salt Lake City,

No Name Saloon
Easily one of the most popular bars in Park City, this rustic watering hole is a must-see.
447 Main, Park City,

Owl Bar
Robert Redford spared no expense to bring in the bar-top where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to belly up. Finding yourself in Utah County isn't all that bad if you make your way here.
8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance,

The Ruin
This upscale cocktail bar is the new kid on the block, but you wouldn't know it.
1215 E. Wilmington Ave., Salt Lake City,

A former boiler room that once heated up an entire city block, Twist owns that 19th-century look and now heats up on the weekends.
32 Exchange Place, Salt Lake City,

Essential LGBTQ Bars

Area 51
Where theme nights and good times abound.
451 S. 400 West,

Club Try-Angles
Play a game of pool or darts and expand your social circle at this friendly neighborhood bar.
251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City,

Club Jam
Where the pretty people go dance, drink and catch a good drag show.
751 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City,

Club X
Dazzling sequins and sizzling bacon collide at their regular Drag Brunch.
445 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City,

For the best Sunday night party, look no further than this Sugar House haunt.
1051 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City,

  • Ronald Brown

Kween at Club ONE80
SLC's hottest Friday dance party.
219 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City,

Metro Music Hall
Check out their schedule online, and if the Bad Kids Collective are hosting a night, go.
615 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City,

Sun Trapp
Everybody might not know your name at first, but they will after a couple of signature Mason-jar cocktails.
102 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City,

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