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Coldest Beer & Bar Guide 2012 

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The Puck

The coolest part of this three-level sports establishment is the rooftop bar. Overlooking the Maverik Center, it’s a spot to come chill before or after a Grizzlies game or a high-energy rock show. If the weather outside is frightful, there are huge semi-circle booths downstairs in which to lounge as you gaze upon the big screen above the bar or the dancing souls getting down to DJ Birdman on the weekend. 3396 Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 801-975-7825,

The Sidecar Bar & Grill

In an otherwise largely deserted mini-mall, The Sidecar is an oasis of urbane classicism, topped by a patio view of Park City’s Main Street that lets you people-watch and imbibe in comfort. Its mix of elegant martinis, ruggedly individualistic choice of beers—Lagunitas IPA was just being delivered when we dropped by—and Fat Kid Pizza make this bar a sampler of Park City’s ski-town sensibilities. 333 Main, Park City, 435-645-7468

The Veranda Social Club

Remember Tony’s on Highland Drive? Alas, it is no more. Instead, proprietor Tony Smith has kicked things up a notch with the opening of The Veranda Social Club (which many recall as the former location of the Rivers in Murray). Perhaps now, with Smith’s plans for a four-star restaurant/classy social club, it can realize its true potential. The full menu includes Italian made-from-scratch pizza, paninis, salad, pastas (even gnocchi) as well as salmon or rib-eye from 11 a.m. daily. The bar will feature a 12-tap keg system, live music and a house DJ. But the pièce de résistance is the spacious creekside patio—there’s no better summer hangout. 4760 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-268-1399,

The White Owl

The biggest, best and almost only bar in Logan (Mulligans is still a private club) doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it’s huge. Downstairs, there’s the main bar, a back bar and a cavernous pool hall—which also has plenty of dart boards. A staircase leads up to a spacious, backyard-deck-style patio bar; locals eagerly count down to the opening of the deck each summer. Throw in burgers made fresh from locally butchered meat to go with ice-cold beer, pool/darts leagues, karaoke and occasional live music, and you have a party. 36 W. Center St., Logan, 435-753-9165

Bikers & Other Beautiful People

Barbary Coast

Whether it’s raising funds for a worthy cause or simply providing you with a beer to toast, Barbary Coast—a family-run biker bar with a philanthropic twist—gives you that same warm-and-fuzzy feeling you get while riding your Harley to the joint. No motorcycle? No problem. Everyone is welcome at the Coast, where you can get all the cold suds you need plus food offerings that’ll keep you coming back. Case in point: the Thursday $8 rib-eye steak special is not to be taken lightly. If this big guy doesn’t fill you up, pair it up with a heaping order of hand-cut french fries. 4242 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-265-9889

Copper King

This Magna joint is a regular stop on biker rides. With $1.50 Miller Lite bottles, three pool tables, air hockey, darts and live music on the weekends, Copper King is a great place to get loose on the cheap. Cutting off your T-shirt sleeves is optional, but make sure to try their signature $4 Scooby Snacks shot (Malibu rum, melon rum and milk, served chilled). 9071 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-252-1226

Cruzrs Saloon

You may wonder if “Cruzrs” is the creative spelling of a bar for alternative lifestylers. But in fact, there are plenty of bikers that frequent the club and a diverse crowd besides. It’s a big place with a dance floor abutted by a massive boob tube. The prime hangout space, though, is the patio where the trash can has a basketball hoop and there’s a towering red Tuff Shed that houses high tables and keeps smokers warm in the winter. Bonus amenities include Cruzrs’ neighbor: the all-vintage Atomic Arcade is open late. 3943 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-272-1903


Cruzrs Saloon

Filling Station

This spot breaks all the of stereotypes typically associated with biker bars. It’s as if the new owner, Christine Gyllenskog, gutted a high-performance hot-rod garage and transformed it into a spacious and sporty roadhouse bar. If you’re there on a Monday night, make time for poker night and enjoy a full steak dinner for $8. Or, if you want to get a li’l boozy, then try the signature Green Cream shot (made with Hypnotic and Peach Schnapps). 8979 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-647-7075

Rock Bottom Lounge

What once was a residential brick home is now the “Home of the Fat Bastard.” That’s a Philly, mind you, and they’re proud of it. Many of the patrons are bikers, and a sign welcomes them—but not any bad attitudes. Patch-wearers are welcome, Rock Bottom says, but the only beef should be on the burgers or the Bastard. Evidently, they obey, because this is always a nice, and snug, place to hang out. 317 Washington Blvd., Ogden, 801-621-2070

Dive Bars & Proud of It

The Bar in Sugarhouse

This long-standing Sugar House fixture—the cabin next to Fat’s—once housed The Tap Room. Now, it’s basically the same place, a beer-only tavern that attracts visitors from across the country due to its age (est. 1947) and Swiss chalet construction. The Bar in Sugarhouse sticks to 4.0 beers, but you will find some local craft beers from Uinta and Shades of Pale. A Golden Tee machine gets plenty of use from the regulars; otherwise, all you have to do is drink beer and watch TV. Ahhhh … 2168 S. Highland Drive, 801-485-1232

‘Bout Time Pub & Grub

These little neighborhood sports bars are popping up everywhere. This one occupies the former Club Sandpiper on Highland Drive, so it’s more neighborhood-y than the others. You can expect televised sporting events, pool and a selection of fine pub grub without worrying about croaky karaoke singers or anything other than pool, darts and video games. 4002 S. Highland Drive, 801-278-5100,

Frankie & Johnnie’s

To become a regular at Frankie & Johnnie’s, you’ll have to get by Mitzy the guard dog first. Don’t be fooled by her less-than-intimidating name; Mitzy is 8 pounds of pure ferocity. Once you make it past her, you’ll find cheap drinks, karaoke and pool tables backed by a patio that will make you forget you just stumbled in from State Street. Should you become a regular for life, maybe F&J will offer you a birthday barbecue like they do their elite regulars. 3 E. 4800 South, Murray, 801-263-0072


Frankie & Johnnie's

Cheers To You—Midvale

If Cheers’ Coach Pantusso had a real-life incarnation, it would be Rick at Cheers To You—Midvale. He’s been bartending for longer than most of his customers have been alive. His signature cocktail will make you forget the rough day you just had. After a stein or two—don’t even ask for a “pint”—give the claw machine a whirl and see if you can score that flat-brimmed Yankees cap you’ve always wished you had. 7642 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-0871,

Chuckles Lounge

Pull up a stool at this cozy hole in the wall after a long day at work and bask in the unpretentious atmosphere while downing a cold one. Or, stop by in the middle of the day for the Wednesday lunch specials. With cheap drinks and lots of activities, including free pool every Tuesday and Sunday and free darts every Wednesday, Chuckles Lounge could become your regular chill-out spot. 221 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1721

City Limits Tavern

Every city should have some idiosyncratic dive bars: City Limits is Provo’s. An unpretentious hangout for either a night out with friends or to be left alone to nurse a beer, the crowd here is often post-college age, though anyone can find their spot at the bar or karaoke machine. Be on the lookout for crotchety characters who’ll be the highlight of your visit. Beer pong and Jell-O shots complement a satisfying beer and cocktail menu. 440 W. Center St., Provo, 801-374-2337,

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