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Utah's Coldest Beer: The Bars 

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5 Monkeys
Tucked just west of State Street in Murray, 5 Monkeys sports a colorful jungle-themed graffiti mural outside and a clean, air-conditioned interior. Patrons like Aubre Williams and Chelsea Riddle (above) and Alejandro Reyes, Pedro Gomez and Greg Vigil (below) may break a sweat playing foosball or pool, or consuming owner Ryan’s tasty Monkey Wings—slathered in what he allowed City Weekly to dub “monkey sauce”—but that’s easily remedied by the cold draft beer, which arrived with a thin layer of ice beneath the foam. 7 E. 4800 South, Murray, 801-266-1885, 5MonkeysBarSLC.com



Leprechaun Inn
The Leprechaun Inn is the quintessential neighborhood bar. Nestled in the Ivy Place strip mall, you'll find a hideaway featuring a cheap jukebox with music you’ll actually want to hear, darts and pool games with worthy opponents, and very, very, very cold beer. Watching a game on one of several TVs with a brain freeze makes it more enjoyable, anyhow. 4700 S. 900 East, No. 6, Salt Lake City, 801-268-3294


Venus Club
Looking for a man cave where women are most definitely welcome? This cozy hideaway has been around for 30 years, so if you’re a regular, the bartender not only knows your name, but what you drink, including damned cold beer. The action picks up on weekends with a DJ and tunes, as well as karaoke. The back porch is full of comfy couches overlooking the horseshoe court in the backyard. Once a month, a mechanical bull is brought in to deliver complimentary whiplashes. 105 N. Broadway, Tooele, 435-882-4661


Barbary Coast
The only Salt Lake City bar that we know of guarded by an elk skull, the Barbary Coast isn’t just for bikers. This place packs it in for Monday Night Football like few sports bars can. If the pigskin isn’t your thing, try one of the amazing 1/2-pound burgers on their open-air, covered patio—even in the rain. 4242 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-265-9889


Duces Wild
Coming from a 30-degree cooler, slushy beer libations are quite cold at this homey strip club. Customers might think the only “two points” are the above-bar antlers until exotic dancers take the conspicuous stage. “It’s like Cheers with boobs,” says bartender Liz Burkholder of the cozy feel. When business is slow, the dancers sing along—a karaoke cabaret. 2750 S. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-467-4600, DucesWildSLC.com


Batters Up
It may look like a warehouse from the outside, but Batters Up is a surprisingly roomy sports bar inside. Divided into multiple rooms, there are places for pool players and dart throwers, those who want to sidle up to the bar or those who want to watch sports—including Ultimate Fighting Championship on the big-screen. Batters Up also has an extensive menu, including breakfast starting at 10 a.m., with daily drink and food specials. 1717 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-463-4996


Legends Sports Bar
With handsome décor, free pool tables, free Wii, occasional fitness pole-dancing events, large food menu and an attentive staff, Legends is a sports bar and restaurant any beer drinker would love. Just a year old, Legends’ Website asks, “Why Legends?” With so much to offer, a better question is, why not Legends? 677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, 801-355-3598, WhyLegends.com


Rock Bottom Bar & Grill
Don’t let the weathered countenance and titular allusion to hard luck fool you: Rock Bottom is a deceptively spacious cubbyhole in which to disappear—especially on Sundays and Mondays, when the pool is free and PBR is only $2. Although currently without a grill, there is a vending machine with snacks. 7642 S. State, Midvale, 801-707-2435


Club Try-Angles
One of the few remaining clubs that are legitimately private, Try-Angles is one of the oldest gay bars in the Salt Lake Valley. Inside is a large bar and pool tables, while outside is a spacious patio. Try-Angles doesn’t serve food, but it can be ordered from the Off Trax Cafe, located next door. 251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-3203, ClubTry-Angles.com


Duffy’s Tavern
This is a neighborhood tavern like those found in the Midwest—right down to the “Old Style” neon sign in the window. Customers can sit at the bar or in one of the many red “pleather” booths. There are plenty of cheap macros, but there’s also a microbrew on a nitro tap. Duffy’s also offers sandwiches and pizza, all made in-house from scratch. 932 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-355-6401


La Sabre
Cowboy up to one of Utah’s unique bars at La Sabre. The walls are decorated with German beer steins, John Wayne dinner plates, cowboy spurs and enough antique Winchester rifles to re-enact the gunfight of the O.K. Corral. Bar snacks include all things pickled: cukes, eggs, pigs feet or turkey gizzard, to be washed down with some of the frostiest beer in Utah County. 44 N. Merchant, American Fork, 801-492-7760


This comfy sports bar is all about beer-fueled tournaments and fun, including twice-weekly pool tournaments, a Wednesday shuffleboard tournament and a Saturday-afternoon barbecue-with-horseshoes tournament. Scorez also has karaoke during the week and live bands on the weekends, along with frosted mugs to keep your brew cool when the weather isn’t. 571 N. State, Lehi, 801-768-9085


Keys on Main
You can hear the dueling pianos the moment you step off the train for a night at Keys on Main. Utah’s popular downtown piano bar by the Gallivan Center TRAX stop also hosts open-mic night Mondays and karaoke on Tuesdays. Keys has a large room and two bars, so big parties are easily accommodated on weekdays, though it gets packed on weekends. It’s a good idea to reserve a table in advance. 242 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-363-3683, KeysOnMain.com


Club Mixed Emotions
Many a Salt Laker traveling State Street has passed Mixed Emotions and wondered what, exactly, the bar in the beige building offers. Well, it’s pretty simple: Plenty of seating, lots of beer options, pool, darts and video games. It’s the kind of bar best suited to a few drinks (as opposed to just one) after work or on the weekends. 1030 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-355-8055


J & J Lounge
The J and J stand for Jack and Jeannette, old-time proprietors who work diligently to keep the suds cool and chow warm in historic Tooele. Located across the street from the Tooele Valley Railroad Museum, J & J opens at 10 a.m. for breakfast and then heaps up hearty pub food including a daily special Monday through Friday. Weekend fare leans toward fried snacks. From the hunting motif wallpaper to the sports-car paraphernalia to games and races on flat-screen TVs, this place just shouts “Tooele,” filling up with friendly locals seven days a week. 46 N. Broadway, Tooele, 435-882-7605


With perhaps the greatest patio view of downtown’s skyline, Gracie’s is one of the most comfortable, casual restaurant/bars downtown, an inviting spot to take your out-of-town guests to. Gracie’s features live music, often jazz, almost every night of the week—especially in the summer. 326 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City, 801-819-7565, GraciesSLC.com


Club Edge
The party never stops at this dance club, where the beers are cold and the bartenders are hot. The main space is taken up by a dance floor, but there are a few booths featuring comfy couches. Edge has new DJs always heating up the dance floor, and it’s easy to take a break on the club’s patio. 615 N. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-410-4637


AJ’s Lounge
Next to an overpass, up against the railroad tracks, this may be the most unknown little bar in Salt Lake City. The easiest way to get there is to travel west on 200 South until it veers south; AJ’s unassuming exterior pops up just before 200 South goes under Interstate 80. Once inside, it’s surprisingly lively, with a weekend DJ, dance floor, pool table, and a Toulouse Lautrec-style mural of the bar crowd painted by a regular. Go there weekdays for a mouthwatering Cuban sandwich. It’s simply unbeatable. 1440 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-230-6124


The Puck
Long a post-game or post-concert stop, the Maverik Center-adjacent Puck is one of Utah’s premier sports bars, with nearly 50 TVs, including some that flirt with dollar-cinema size. It also offers better than the usual pub grub, so you and your football buds will feast well here on packed Sundays. 3396 S. Decker Lake Drive, West Valley City, 801-975-7825, ThePuck.org


X-Wife’s Place
A perfect place for a casual night, this place has a few pool tables, a rocking jukebox, plenty of TVs and nice little dart room/loft. Make sure to sneak out to the back patio and enjoy the tropical wall painting. You’ll be treated like a regular—even if you aren’t one—by the great staff. But remember to bring cash because they do not accept credit cards. 465 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1954


How do you get a bunch of bikers to tolerate the color pink? Make it relatable. Pinky’s does this by hiring young ladies to undress and undulate around something resembling a chrome ding-a-ling. Surprise: It works. But just in case, this strip club is staffed with friendly folks who’ll gladly bring you a juicy burger and a cold one while you ogle the talent. 4141 S. State, Murray, 801-261-3463, PinkysTopless.com


Cruzrs Saloon
Cruzrs wears its biker-bar bona fides proudly, with a pair of motorcycles parked right in the middle of the stage area. Pub food, pinball machines and pool tables (the latter free on Wednesdays and Thursdays) blend with an Internet jukebox for a spot that’s just the right mix of old-school and contemporary. 3943 Highland Drive, Holladay, 801-272-1903, MySpace.com/CruzrsSaloon


Tap Room
The small, step-down bar has wall clutter, a touch-screen jukebox and locals perched on barstools. A Sugar House stalwart, the no-frills basement configuration seems almost an afterthought: The Tap Room’s salient feature is a fenced patio with a view of the nearby liquor store. 2275 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City 801-466-0974


Sugar House Pub
This slick little lounge has a cozy atmosphere, clean bar and delicious booze offerings complemented with beer brats and pretzels for the hungry. Polished but not pretentious, this pub is a great Sugar House watering hole. 1992 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-413-2857, MySpace.com/SugarHousePub
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