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City Guide 2015: Nightlife & Eats 

Salt Lake City's tastiest cocktails, friendliest bars and coolest clubs

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Campfire Lounge
Campfire Lounge is perhaps best known for camping-themed fare, including variations on cherished campfire delicacies such as tots, s'mores, wieners and hobo dinners, but the real reason to go is for the patio. Getting better by the minute, the large patio has plenty of shade and cooling misters during the hot summer, and three fire pits and heaters during the chillier times of the year—not to mention it's dog-friendly. 837 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-467-3325,

Club Jam
A staple of the Marmalade District and the gay community for years, Club Jam shows no sign of giving up its position as one of the top gay clubs in the city. Voted Best Gay Club by City Weekly readers for six years running, Club Jam features legendary karaoke contests, an enormous dance floor and bar staff who are always incredibly friendly. If there's a gay bar in Salt Lake City that's more fun than Jam, it hasn't been proven yet. 751 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-382-8567,

Club Try-Angles
This welcoming neighborhood gay hot spot—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 Kool-Aid, Sweet Swampwater and the 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 or, in inclement weather, enjoy Gene's legendary beer-soaked weenies indoors. 251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-3203,

Devil's Daughter
Get your sin on at this spacious, recently opened bar with unholy drinks like Jim Beam 90-proof Devil's Cut bourbon and a signature Devil's Daughter drink called the Blue Devil—a demonic combination of Stoli Blueberi vodka, blue curaçao, sweet & sour mix, grenadine and a cherry. Nonliquid attractions include house-smoked barbecue, free gaming—including pool, darts and shuffleboard—a free jukebox, live music on the weekends, and an entire second floor available for party reservations. 533 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1610,

Dick N' Dixie's
Located on the corner just down the street from The Urban Lounge, one of the city's best alternative music venues, Dick N' Dixie's is always packed with concert-goers either pre-gaming or rehashing the setlist. At other times, this corner neighborhood bar is a perfect sports bar for those who abhor sports bars. There are enough televisions to watch what you want (like RSL soccer matches) without being blinded by all that HD light. 479 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-3556

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Fats Grill
Long known as a great place to get a burger and play some billiards, Fats Grill has been a Sugar House mainstay for nearly 15 years. During those years, the place has expanded into the basement, where there's a small stage and a perfect place for local musicians to get their song on. And with the separation of floors, Fats can easily remain the comfortable place of old while still drawing that music-loving crowd. 2182 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-484-9467,

Fiddler's Elbow
While it doesn't bill itself as a full-blown sports bar, Fiddler's Elbow might be the best sports bar in Salt Lake City. With a multitude of TVs showing just about any sporting event you could ask for, a full bar plus a great lunch and dinner menu (and brunch on the weekends), Fiddler's Elbow is the perfect spot to meet up with friends and catch a game. 1063 E. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-463-9393,

The rare sports bar that actually welcomes the entire family, Legends shows pretty much every University of Utah sporting event and just about everything else. It's more of a sit-down restaurant, but still maintains the feeling of a sports bar, so the youngsters can join in, too. Minors are allowed when accompanied by an adult, but after 10 p.m., the age limit is raised to 18-plus. 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3598

Lucky 13
This food-oriented sports bar is willing to pony up $500 to those who can finish two of its mile-high burgers with fries. If power eating isn't your thing, come by for Sunday brunch and sip on a bacon-filled Bloody Mary while watching the morning game, or order one of Lucky 13's famous, flavorful garlic or bacon burgers. Show off your smarts on geek-quiz Wednesdays or relax outside on the large patio, complete with heaters in the winter, booming sound and big-screen TVs. 1300 S. 135 West, Salt Lake City, 801-487-4418,

Metro Bar
Metro earned its reputation for fun by serving up refreshing beverages and throwing great dance parties and special events. Home of one the longest-running all-request night (Thursday) and LGBT-friendly Fusion Saturdays, Metro Bar caters to the varied tastes of Salt Lake City's diverse party crowds. 615 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City

The Moose Lounge
Whether you're in the mood for a relaxing night with old friends or the possibility of meeting eyes with someone new over a fancy cocktail, The Moose Lounge has you covered. Settle in to one of the parlor suites, which are like a more upscale version of your living room, complete with TV, fireplace and customizations. 180 W. 400 South, Salt Lake City, 801-739-3337,

Piper Down Pub
If you happen to be missing your homeland, Piper Down Pub is your place for a bit of the "Olde World" pub experience. Complete with plenty of dark wood, ample dark beers and a slew of scotches, the point of Piper Down is to make you feel like you've stepped off of State Street and into a local High Street drinking establishment. It also has a hellishly good brunch with free bloody marys. 1492 S. State Street, Salt Lake City, 801-468-1492,

Sugar House Pub
One of the newer kids on the block in Sugar House, "The Pub" has quickly become a favorite of the locals, including many of the Westminster College students residing in the vicinity. One of the best things about Sugar House Pub is that it's basically two separate bars under one roof. So, when the younger bro crowd is getting rowdy in the small arcade or watching a game, a much chiller vibe can still be had on the other side of the dividing wall. 1992 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-413-2857,

The Tap Room
The Tap Room is one of those places that's been around forever but most people haven't been to. It seems like the owners would like to keep it that way, too. The previous location was in a basement, and the brand-new location is tucked away in the middle of a block in Sugar House. But with a great patio and excellent selection of the hard stuff, for those in the know, The Tap Room is everyone's long-lived little secret. 2021 S. Windsor St., Salt Lake City, 801-484-6692,

The Bar in Sugar House
Blink as you're driving by and you'll miss this place—not just because it's so small but also because it looks like one of those temporary Santa shacks during the holidays. But that very charm is what has long made this cozy, off-the-radar place a staple of Sugar House. Settle in, throw a couple of quarters in the jukebox and rub elbows with any number of locals who commonly refer to The Bar as home. 2168 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, 801-485-1232

The Bayou
The Bayou isn't called "Beervana" for nothing, and if you doubt the extent of this Salt Lake City institution's beer list, then drop on by and prepare to get enlightened. It's so expansive you could spill beer anywhere on a globe and likely pick a brew from that country and find it stocked at The Bayou. Whether your brew is a Gulden Draak triple dark ale from Belgium, a Taj Mahal from India or a Kona Longboard lager from Hawaii, you can find it in The Bayou's United Nations of beer, along with beers from all the local microbreweries. During the weekends, there's all that beer to choose from while you listen to live music and nosh down on some tasty Southern cuisine ranging from jambalaya and muffaleta sandwiches to deep-fried Twinkies and alligator cheesecake. 645 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-961-8400,

The Garage
This off-the-beaten-path bar & grill has all the gritty charm of a classic roadhouse with none of the Patrick Swayze-instigated violence. Instead, you'll find friendly staff, a full bar and some of the tastiest fried victuals in town, like the sumptuous fried chicken and the deep-fried funeral potatoes, a devilish twist on some nostalgic Mormon cuisine. The Garage has two bars, two stages, a cornhole setup in the back and a regular lineup of killer local and national blues and rock bands. The Garage, 1199 N. Beck Street, Salt Lake City, 801-521-3904,

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