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    A little something for everyone at - A Bar Named Sue - JOHN TAYLOR
    • John Taylor
    • A little something for everyone at A Bar Named Sue

    Best Neighborhood Bar in Salt Lake Valley
    A Bar Named Sue
    If you’re craving an easy-going sports bar that’s filled with faces you know and a menu of hand-crafted, affordable bar grub to accompany your pint, A Bar Named Sue is the place for you. And there’s not just A Bar Named Sue, but two Bars Named Sue (Millcreek and Midvale). They host UFC fights and have free billiards, darts and shuffleboard. Plus, there’s live music two nights a week. 3928 S. Highland Drive, Millcreek, 801-274-5578; 8136 S. State, Midvale, 801-566-3222,
    2. Cotton Bottom Inn
    3. The Hog Wallow Pub

    Best DJ
    Bangarang, Sky SLC
    It’s fitting that one of SLC’s best DJs can often be found at one of SLC’s biggest clubs, Sky SLC. You don’t even have to be acquainted with the club scene to know the sound of Bangarang’s bangers. You don’t even have to be from SLC—Bangarang’s such a hit that he spends a fair amount of time jet-setting to clubs around the nation. Instagram @bangarangthedj,
    2. DJ Dirty Dave, The Exchange
    3. DJ Justin Hollister, M I L K +

    Best Dive Bar
    Cheers 2 U
    A beloved watering hole, Cheers 2 U is that place for fostering good times and drunken revelries when you let your hair down and hang with friends. Mind erasers and karaoke await you inside the long, narrow, neon-lit bar. This always-bustling Main Street dive is just the place for people who can handle their drink and have a good time while doing it. 315 S. Main, SLC, 801-575-6400
    2. Twilite Lounge
    3. Duffy’s Tavern

    Best Bar TVs
    Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club
    Barely even a year old, Flanker at The Gateway is flexing. There’s no bar or club in town that offers the variety of Flanker: great food, cocktails, karaoke, private special-event rooms, golf simulation, parties and games. They all beckon sports fans and concertgoers for any pre-Vivint Arena event. And when you can’t catch the game (or any game) live, tune into any of Flanker’s 400 square feet of LED-viewing monitors. Not a bad seat to be had. Go Jazz! 6 N. Rio Grande St., SLC, 801-683-7070,
    2. The Green Pig Pub
    3. Fiddler’s Elbow

    A handcrafted cocktail on Gracie’s patio. - DEREK CARLISLE
    • Derek Carlisle
    • A handcrafted cocktail on Gracie’s patio.

    Best Bar in Downtown Salt Lake City
    It’s a bar, it’s a gastropub, it’s a meeting place, it’s a calm spot to watch dusk settle on downtown from the spacious upstairs deck or get your groove going listening to local musicians on the patio. Their nachos are the local preference, but we think Gracie’s many plant-based options are impressive, such as the vegan cauliflower ceviche. A bonus? Brunch and delectable bloody marys served out on the sun-bedazzled deck! 326 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-819-7565,
    2. Lake Effect
    3. Bar-X

    Best Bar Patio
    When a bar has two distinct patios, and when the upstairs patio seems like a twofer by itself depending on where you’re seated, it’s no real mystery why Salt Lakers flock to this downtown watering hole to sit outside year-round (uhh, yes, space heaters). Catch some shade and live music on the downstairs patio whilst picking at those famous Gracie’s nachos. 326 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-819-7565,
    2. T.F. Brewing
    3. Hog Wallow Pub

    Handle Bar: serving up the hair of the dog - COURTESY PHOTO
    • Courtesy Photo
    • Handle Bar: serving up the hair of the dog

    Best Dog-Friendly Patio
    Handle Bar
    Dogs are the best but finding places in a city to take them can be the worst. Even ostensibly “dog-friendly” spaces are often suited only to the smallest breeds on their most well-tempered days, a high bar of societal expectation that many humans aren’t able to achieve. At Handle Bar, the spacious patio offers our furry friends room to rest their paws, with the added option of a gated kennel so that humans can have a bathroom break or just some time alone. 751 N. 300 West, SLC, 801-953-0588,
    2. T.F. Brewing
    3. Fisher Brewing Co.

    Best Bathroom
    Lake Effect
    Bathrooms are not always a go-to place to feel glam when out in public, but at Lake Effect, the elegant and slightly surreal aura of the craft cocktail bar extends into the gilded and gleaming bathroom. If you’re one for the weekend-night-out mirror selfie, this is the perfect spot to show off your fancy self. 155 W. 200 South, SLC, 801-532-2068,
    2. The Grand America Hotel
    3. Alibi Bar & Place

    Best Nightclub for Live Music
    Metro Music Hall
    Finding an enjoyable show in SLC isn’t difficult, especially at Metro Music Hall. Their schedule is always packed with a range of musical acts, as well as live drag shows, dance parties and comedy acts. Paired with a great atmosphere and fully stocked bar, there’s no way you can have a bad time at this venue. 615 W. 100 South, SLC, 385-528-0952,
    2. Urban Lounge
    3. Keys on Main

    Best Dance Club
    Walking into Milk+ is like stepping onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. It’s cavernous. But at the same time, there’s a welcoming, almost intimate, vibe. “We have the best crowds with the best energy,” enthuses server Michael P. “It’s all so vibrant!” The brand-new dance club and bar, of course, is named for Harvey Milk, the gay San Francisco city supervisor gunned down in 1978. Check out the ergonomic stools at tables that pepper the place, while enjoying music from a top-flight sound system and munching on beefy sliders and avocado fries. For those who’ve got game, there’s a pool table and darts. 49 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-935-4424,
    2. Area 51
    3. The Exchange by Twist

    Best Park City Bar
    No Name Saloon
    No Name Saloon is, as its motto says, “the bar that made Park City famous.” It’s been dishing out local spirits and hefty buffalo burgers since 2000 and is a bucket-list stop for every Park City voyage—the patio seating offers a great view of Main Street and all the passersby. They also just added the aptly named Annex Burger right next door, an all-ages restaurant to get the No Name dining experience if you’re traveling with young’uns. 447 Main St., Park City, 435-649-6667,
    2. O’Shucks Bar & Grill
    3. The Cabin

    Best Bar Brunch
    Piper Down Pub
    Heaping servings of classic, no-frills breakfast fare and some of the city’s best bloody marys await at Piper Down every weekend. Besides an Irish twist on the menu with dishes like their Corned Beef Hash, Piper Down also offers an equally satisfying array of vegan dishes. 1492 S. State, SLC, 801-468-1492,
    2. Gracie’s
    3. Whiskey Street Cocktails & Dining

    Best Bar Theme Night
    The roaring ‘20s are alive and well at Prohibition. Roll through for some vintage entertainment in the form of their themed nights, often carried forth by SLC’s sauciest burlesque sirens. Past themes have included Hollywood Noir, muses of ancient mythology, circus sideshows and Halloween “Boo-Lesque.” Check their calendar for a full list of theme nights. 151 E. 6100 South, Murray, 801-281-4852,
    2. Gays of ‘47 @ Twist Bistro
    3. Metro Music Hall

    Best New Bar
    Quarters Arcade Bar in Sugar House
    Despite being literally underground, Quarters Arcade Bar downtown didn’t stay underground for long, and now they’ve expanded with a second location in Sugar House, which opened just a few months ago. This one is above ground, but with all the same qualities that makes Quarters great: quirky cocktails and pours, vintage games with cupholders nearby, and endless incentive to press the “play” button. 1045 E. 2100 South, SLC; downtown: 5 E. 400 South, SLC,
    2. Scion Cider Bar
    3. Franklin Ave. Cocktails & Kitchen

    Best Ogden Bar
    Side Bar
    The nightlife scene in Ogden never ceases to be exciting and full of energy. Located in Ogden’s Own Distillery, Side Bar is one of the hottest locations in the area. They have a premier craft cocktail bar that utilizes local ingredients and in-house made syrups, offering a unique and one-of-a-kind experience for a night on the town. 615 W Stockman Way, Ogden, 801-458-1995,
    2. Harp and Hound
    3. Brewski’s

    Best Utah County Bar
    Strap Tank Brewery
    What’s a city without a brewery? Strap Tank founder Rick Salisbury may not have known his brew pubs would become fixtures in Springville and Lehi, but they have. In a sea of chain restaurants, Strap Tank is a refreshing breath of fresh, “hoppy” air. With a dozen rotating taps at both locations, plus a menu of pub staples like burgers and pizza, there’s no better place to tuck in for a pint. 596 S. 1750 West, Springville, 385-325-0262; 3661 N. Outlet Parkway, Lehi, 385-352-8194,
    2. ABG’s Bar
    3. Callie’s Cafe & Sports Bar

    The Green Pig’s Southwest egg rolls are the bomb. - DEREK CARLISLE
    • Derek Carlisle
    • The Green Pig’s Southwest egg rolls are the bomb.

    Best Sports Bar
    The Green Pig Pub
    When you find out The Green Pig has 14 flat-screen TVs airing all the games (and we mean all the games), you’d think it must be a massive bar. But it isn’t. And that’s why it’s the Best Sports Bar in Utah. You’re a San Fran fan and your BFF backs Baltimore? Sit side by side and watch two different games at the same time while sharing an order of Southwest egg rolls. Plus, it has the best rooftop patio in all downtown. 31 E. 400 South, SLC, 801-532-7441,
    2. Fiddler’s Elbow
    3. A Bar Named Sue

    Best Bar Menu
    The Bayou
    Since 2001, Mark and Kileen Alston have been front and center, calling all the shots at Salt Lake City’s The Bayou. In those two decades, dishes like sweet potato fries, Hoppin John, crawfish etouffee and gumbolaya have become part of the Utah lexicon as patrons continue to clamor for The Bayou’s special take on Cajun and creole comfort food. 645 S. State, SLC, 801-961-8400,
    2. White Horse Spirits & Kitchen
    3. Prohibition

    Best Bar Beyond Downtown SLC
    The Hog Wallow Pub
    Once a Civilian Conservation Corps bunkhouse, Hog Wallow Pub has brandished many a moniker over its 70+ years as a neighborhood watering hole, but some things have remained the same. By summer, there’s no better bar patio in the state, and by winter, the cozy fireplace inside the cabin-esque Hog Wallow Pub is the most inviting you’ll find anywhere. Check out live music most nights alongside a mouthwatering smokehouse menu. 3200 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Cottonwood Heights, 801-733-5567,
    2. Prohibition
    3. Ice Haus


    Best LGBTQ+ Bar
    Why KiKi
    If only there were more places like Why Kiki bar. This magical place is one where anyone can come and be themselves, escape for an evening and see top notch entertainment from some of the best LGBTQ+ performers in town. The tropical themed bar has drag brunch shows every Saturday and Sunday and there are other unique variety shows nearly every week. A perfect place to let loose. 69 W. 100 South, SLC, 801-641-6115,
    2. The Sun Trapp
    3. M I L K+

    Johnny’s SLC: - A friendly, feel-good bar - NIKI CHAN
    • Niki Chan
    • Johnny’s SLC: A friendly, feel-good bar

    Best Port in the Storm
    Johnny’s SLC
    As one of the friendlier bars in town, it’s not surprising to learn that Johnny’s SLC (formerly Johnny’s on Second) is often as not, one of the first places visited by newcomers or by visitors to the city looking for a low-key place to meet Salt Lakers. Known as a place where everyone is welcome, Johnny’s SLC is not pretentious. It’s a feel-good bar where locals and visitors mix it up shooting pool and whiling away the time. And they won’t go broke in the process thanks to Johnny’s SLC fair drink prices. 165 E. 200 South, SLC, 801-746-3334,

    Best Bar Bros
    Willie’s Lounge and Big Willies
    Willie’s Lounge proudly wears its reputation as one of Utah’s finest (and oldest) dive bars, validated by multiple City Weekly Best of Utah wins. Right across the street, Big Willies is regarded as one of Utah’s finest neighborhood bars and carries its own batch of BOU accolades. Both are throwbacks to the era when friendly, fun service is married with pool, music, games and sports to carry the day. Their bona fides are real, and their scads of loyal customers know the only difference between Willie’s whiskey and that sold downtown is a $5 bill. Rack ‘em! Willie’s Lounge, 1716 S. Main, SLC, 760-828-7351,; Big Willies, 1717 S. Main, SLC, 801-463-4996,

    Best Sports Bar Fans
    Legends Pub & Grill
    Sports are a 24/7/365 affair at Legends. True sport nuts get their fill here of a gamut of sports on multiple screens (even in separate rooms at the downtown location). It’s the place to mingle with fellow displaced college fans who cheer for Ohio State or Nebraska. Supporters of pro teams like the Browns or Patriots also meet here on NFL Sundays. For our Canadian friends, don’t forget the poutine. 677 S. 200 West, SLC, 801-355-3598; 10631 S. Holiday Park Drive, Sandy, 801-679-1749,

    Best Park City Dive Bar
    O’ Shucks Bar & Grill
    Can there be such a thing as a dive bar in opulent Park City? There were several dives back in time, but today? Sure, and it’s O’ Shucks where all the hallmarks of a dive bar—save the banned cigarette smoke—still fulfill the “divey” mission. Soon to be 30 years on, O’ Shucks is where it’s at for munching truly fine eats, sipping affordable drinks and partaking of the classic tossing of peanut shells to where they belong—on the floor. 427 Main St., Park City, 435-645-3999,

    Best Apartment Complex Pub
    Paxton Pub
    “Jeeze, I gotta go home!” you think with dread after that last drink at your neighborhood watering hole. No sweat. You’re only an elevator ride away ... if you happen to live at Paxton 365, a just-opened apartment south of downtown SLC. You see, Paxton Pub is tucked into a ground-floor niche of the brand-new complex. It offers a comprehensive drinks’ menu, plus designer pizza and other fare. Their garlic cheese bread is a customer fave “hands down,” says co-proprietor “Mo” O’Donnell. Adjourn to the spacious patio with a panoramic view of the downtown skyline and sip on $3 mimosa specials during weekend brunch presided over by popular (and irreverent) bartender Andrew Burt. 365 W. Paxton Ave., Unit C, SLC, 801-441-2208,

    Best Ballpark Brewery
    When your back porch space occupies the same space as your local professional baseball team, you’re smart to make the best of it—and UTOG does. No less so than the fans who watch the Chicago Cubs from atop the private apartment buildings on Waveland Avenue. Ogden baseball fans can sit on the UTOG patio during an Ogden Raptors baseball game with a Mandarina Kolsch in one hand, a pickle spear in the other. Take us out to the ballgame. 2331 Grant Ave., Ogden, 801-689-3476,


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