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Coldest Beer & Bar Guide 2012 

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Piano Bar/Karaoke

Highlander Club

It’s possible to miss the Highlander, what with the construction and that funky Highland/Van Winkle intersection, but once you find it, you’ll be back. It’s a clean, comfortable cubby hole, and you can get refreshing signature drinks like the Berry Bomb (essentially an Arnold Palmer with raspberry tea, vodka and lemonade) and play free pool on Sundays and Wednesdays. The main event here is karaoke seven nights a week, 365 nights a year. To nourish your vocal cords, order some sushi (it’s made fresh right next door at Akasaka Sushi), Prime rib, halibut and burgers—the menu varies daily. 6194 S. Highland Drive, 801-277-8251, Salt Lake City,

The Tavernacle Social Club

Famous for being the first piano bar in Utah, the Tavernacle may seem a bit slow on the weekdays, but come Friday and Saturday, it’s standing-room only. The Tav specializes in anything with rye whiskey and can make a mean Old Fashioned. The service is always friendly and the staff willing to lend an ear—if you can be heard over the dueling pianos. 201 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-833-0570,

Keys on Main

This dueling piano bar will put anyone in a good mood. Even your shy friends will fall in love with the comedic pianists and sweetheart bar staff. Stop by for the signature cocktail “It’s Britney, Bitch” and karaoke with a live band on Monday nights. On weekends, the place is packed with visitors from the southern end of the valley, but Keys will fill any evening with nostalgic songs that will get even the stuffiest crowd singing along. 242 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-363-3638,


Keys on Main

Uncle Bart’s

Uncle Bart’s is a no-frills dive bar where newcomers get treated like regulars. It’s perfect for making your karaoke debut—on Tuesdays or Thursdays, just show up and sing; there’s no daunting stage, just a casual opening of chairs. A few feet away, a small but appreciative crowd will cheer you on. If that’s not enough, there’s live music on the weekends and pool and darts to be enjoyed while sipping a cool mug of beer. Don’t be surprised if you bump into local musicians known to rehearse at the nearby Downtown Music warehouse. They might even show up for the Sunday jam session. 837 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9068

Patio Heaven

‘Bout Time Pub & Grub—Holladay

Cozier and less chaotic than many sports-bar establishments, this is still a great location to grab a hearty meal and enjoy watching your favorite game with friends. Forget about unforgiving metal chairs—this patio offers a comfortable couch for relaxing away from the cheers of the fans. Or, you join the crowd inside to compete in the video trivia contests. 6522 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Holladay, 801-733-0228,

Club 366

The cutesy log-cabin exterior belies Club 366’s jack-of-all-trades interior. Regulars can belly up to the main bar (with a huge selection of local drafts on tap) and get sassed by the high-energy servers while noshing on one of the famous “Patti” melts. Sports fans can keep an eye on UFC fights or baseball on one of the 33(!) screens. Or, keep heading toward the back to shake it on the huge dance floor. But our favorite feature is the back patio bar, which is home to DJs on the weekend and “date night” Tuesdays, when it takes on a bistro feel. 366 36th St., Ogden, 801-395-1517,

The Garage

Nothing adds to the gritty character of a roadhouse bar like surviving a close-call fire that burned down parts of the building. Though The Garage’s outsides may still smell like fireworks, this rollicking live-music venue has risen from the ashes no worse for the wear—in fact, it’s adopted the slogan “the hottest bar in town” in honor of its fiery renovation. Celebrate its re-opening by kicking back on the huge gravel back patio in the shade of the refinery, or head inside, where cold brews pair well with hot music. Patrons can enjoy a casual atmosphere and nearly nightly samplings of roots, blues and rock music from local and national touring artists. 1199 Beck St., Salt Lake City, 801-521-3904,

Goodtimes Saloon

What every good bar needs is a backyard. Not just a patio, but a fenced-off area where patrons can run amok or play volleyball. Goodtimes has that—in fact, it’s pretty much a park, and they make good use of it all summer long with bonfires, beer tastings and casual games of horseshoes. Indoor activities include booty-quaking DJ nights, live music, pool leagues and tourneys. It’s also State Liquor Store-adjacent, which seems counter intuitive from a business perspective, but not from that of a patron. 641 W. 600 North, Layton, 801-544-8717,

Sky Blue

It’s not the easiest place to find, but once you’ve navigated the Sky Lodge’s lobby, gone up the elevator and along a lengthy corridor, the payoff is huge. Sky Blue has simply the best patio in Park City. Where else can you drink in a hot tub, or lounge around on sofas under the clear blue sky? With fire pits, heating lamps and blankets for the winter, and a breeze—as if on demand—for the summer, this is one rooftop you might be tempted to keep all to yourself. 201 Heber Ave., Park City 435-658-2500,


Sky Blue

The Green Pig Pub

No little piggy, this wild boar of a bar is an amalgam of everything you’d expect from a live-music venue and a high-end sports bar. Whether you’ve come to dig Monday’s Blues Jam or root on Real Salt Lake, there’s not a bad view in the house. A separate bar serves Salt Lake City’s only rooftop patio, from which you can take in the city’s urban landscape and the more distant Wasatch Range. Live music is booked four times a week, trivia is held twice weekly, and omelettes and waffles are made to order during the Green Pig’s famous Sunday breakfast buffets. 31 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-7441,

Hog Wallow

Inside, it feels like the kind of rustic lodge where you’d expect to find an epic character like Beowulf sharing tales of heroic deeds—assuming Beowulf could also enjoy live music four nights a week while doing so. He could. But it’s what’s outside Hog Wallow that’s the star attraction: The multiple-award-winning, gorgeous, tree-filled patio area, complete with waterfall, makes it feel as though you’ve escaped the world. Try the tasty appetizers, whether your pleasure is inside or out. 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, 801-733-5567,

No Name Saloon

The word “eclectic” screams from every direction in this bar, from the beaten copper bar to the shuffleboard table to the owner’s curious collection of oddities hanging on the wall—”expensive junk,” says one member of the wait-staff. It’s a beer-and-a-shot hall, but with elevated ambitions, claiming both the biggest patio in town and a young, friendly and fast staff who keep the drinks coming in a bar that keeps it kicking into the early hours. 447 Main, Park City, 435-649-6667,

The 19th Hole at Copper Golf Club

There’s nothing like a public golf course to accompany a great patio. When the weather warms up, The 19th Hole is more than a great place to grab a cheap frosty brew after a round of golf—every Friday and Saturday, the massive outdoor patio opens up to live bands, DJs and anyone who’s willing to cut some rugs. While you’re there, try the Magna Tramp shot (Amaretto, raspberry liquor, sweet & sour and lime). 8975 W. 2600 South, Magna, 801-252-8940

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