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Coldest Beer & Bar Guide 2012 

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W Lounge

W Lounge is a DJ’s “home base.” This downtown spot on West Temple is the home of City Weekly’s 2011 DJ of the year, Flash & Flare, and showcases local talent, as well as big-name out-of-town acts such as Kid Sister, Rye Rye, Rusko, The Hood Internet, Willy Joy and JWLS—to name a few. But besides great tunes and talent, W Lounge is one of the city’s only dance clubs to offer a healthy selection of organic beverages like $3 beers and $4 blueberry bombs. W gets the party started late from Wednesday to Saturday. 385 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-359-0637

Get Your Gay On

Club Try-Angles

This welcoming neighborhood gay hotspot—complete with ample room for booty-shaking, a comfortable patio and friendly service—will sate your need for non-boring drinks that couldn’t be more unusual. With drinks like Purple Cool-aid, Sweet Swamp Water and Va-jay, your tastebuds will be rocked. Try the Cyber Slut, a tasty combo of Malibu Black, peach schnapps, vanilla rum, raspberry rum and triple sec. Stop by on Sundays for barbecue on the patio. 251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-3203,

The Paper Moon

Salt Lake City’s No. 1 (and only) lesbian bar (even though they like to say they’re more all-inclusive these days) proves that the girls really do like everything the boys do: dancing, karaoke, Texas Hold ‘Em, dart tourneys, beer, the works. This pink-and-corrugated-steel playground also hosts some of the most fabulous parties and theme nights around. 3737 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-713-0678, No. 9 Coldest Beer

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The Paper Moon


This club is probably the chicest, sleekest, and gayest thing on the north end of town. It’s also one of the friendliest and nicest clubs in town, no matter what your persuasion. Cold beers pair well with regular DJs, karaoke and a manic dance floor. The club has also got one of the nicest interiors around (it helps when an owner has a passion for interior design). TV screens are placed handily above the urinals in the bathroom, and there’s a wall in the club that’s repainted with a new design and logo every weekend. 751 N. 500 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3479,

The Trapp

Reminiscent of a neo-cowboy bar, you’ll always find a cold beer but never a cold shoulder at the Trapp. A one-of-a-kind gay bar, the Trapp serves a variety of beers in Mason jars and its own form of Mind Erasers that are affectionately called the “house wine.” But what makes the Trapp unique is the “mirrored boots,” disco ball-esque cowboy boots. According to the manager, Frank, people come from all over the nation just to get a picture with the mirrored boots. 102 S. 600 West, Salt Lake City, 801-531-8727,

Sports Bars: Watch the Game Here

Batters Up

Batters Up is a haven for all things game day, with everything that fans crave for spectating in style. The TVs in every corner cast their glow upon the abundance of tavern games and the classic American fare on Batters Up’s full menu, which surpass the expected necessities of a sports bar. Batters Up also hosts pool tournaments three nights a week, plus karaoke, wing cook-offs and a live hip-hop DJ on weekend nights. 1717 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-463-4996, No. 7 Coldest Beer

‘Bout Time Pub & Grub—Downtown

Sports junkies rejoice: ’Bout Time Pub & Grub, located in The Gateway mall, has the brews, the eats and the many, many flat-screen HD TVs to make game day truly memorable. The sports-centric atmosphere is even reflected in the friendly bartenders, who wear jerseys in support of their favorite teams. The extensive menu includes pub-fare favorites like Scotch eggs, wings and beer-battered onion rings, but there are also gourmet burgers, flatbread pizza, fresh salads and more, which take the selection beyond typical bar food. 169 S. Rio Grande St., Salt Lake City, 801-456-4252,

‘Bout Time Pub & Grub—Herriman

Herriman may not be overflowing with places to bend an elbow, but maybe all you need is one really good one. Settle in to watch whatever game is of interest to you—with 21 screens available, odds are good you’ll be able to find it—and enjoy the menu of terrific sandwiches and other pub fare. Take a break to play a game of pool, or head outside to the patio. 5500 W. 13400 South, Suite C4, Herriman, 801-878-3600,

‘Bout Time Pub & Grub—West Jordan

It’s no surprise that, in the spirit of competition, the West Jordan iteration of the many ‘Bout Times in the Salt Lake Valley says that it’s the best. If you ask bartender Dave Middleton, it’s because of the enthusiastic, sports-junkie bar staff that includes him, Brandon and Tyson in the evening, and DeAndra and Dawn during the day. The patron-picked jukebox music pumped over the speakers helps get the adrenaline going at this lively spot, as does the steady stream of Cinemark 24 Jordan Landing theater-goers, who just can’t get enough hi-def screens. 3778 Center View Way, West Jordan, 801-280-1000,

The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill

All sports bars are not created equal. The Huddle is more like a sports multiplex, sporting 26 HD TV screens in a setting that allows easy viewing from every seat. Every night offers unique food specials from the food menu, including 35-cent wings on Mondays and $1 “tacos & trivia” Tuesdays. And if you need a moment away from the enthusiastic fans, step outside to the roomy patio, a nice addition to a bar that already had plenty to brag about. 2400 E. Fort Union, Cottonwood Heights, 801-438-8300,

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The Huddle Sports Bar & Grill

Carol’s Cove II

Another one of those strip-mall clubs that’s far larger than it appears outside, Carol’s Cove II (does it really need the II if I no longer exists?), is a serious karaoke bar that also happens to be a great place to catch a little ball on the tube, enjoy live music on the weekends and chow down on some good, cheap eats (the garlic burger is semi-legendary on this stretch of State Street). 3424 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-466-2683

The Dawg Pound Tavern

It looks unassuming on the outside, and the interior is classic frat-house minimalism, but The Dawg Pound is arguably more “Metal!” than all other State Street bars combined—if your band has anger issues and a pointy, illegible logo, you’ve probably played here on the haloed stage right next to the front door. There’s pool and, of course, suds: The last four digits of the club’s phone number spell out B-E-E-R. 3550 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-261-2337

Doolan’s Sports Bar & Grill

For all its family-friendly atmosphere and large dining area, this is at heart a classic sports bar with a laid-back funk. Grab one of the sound dogs—boxes that allow you to have the sound of whatever sport you are following on the multitude of channels blaring from your table—and watch your favorite sport. Or settle down at one of the two patios with a Summer Breeze—vodka and lemon splash—or a cold beer and the beer-battered dill pickles infused with jalapeño and bacon. You’ll be set for the duration. 738 Main, Park City, 435-649-0888,

Fox Hole

Regulars love this sports-oriented bar, but newcomers can carve their own niche by adding decorations to the walls. If your favorite team isn’t already represented by the many pinned-up flags and jerseys, you can bring in some paraphernalia. Then, stay for the big game, and come back the next afternoon to squelch a hangover with the signature Fox burger—a patty stuffed with jalapeños, cheese, bacon and onion. And if you “like” Fox Hole on Facebook, you’ll get $2 off. 7078 S. Redwood Road, West Jordan, 801-566-4653

Legends Sports Bar

Adorned in sports swag and repping U flags, this sports bar is the place to go if you’re in the business of making friends. The large patio features comfortable couches, three fire pits and karaoke on Fridays. The outgoing staff is happy to get you a Grapeful Dead (similar to a Long Island iced tea) or piña colada martini. If you’re feeling lucky, stop by on Wednesdays for free poker night with a $250 cash prize and 50 cent wings. 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3598,

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