Nightspots, Watering Holes, etc.

If you didn’t know, there are strange liquor laws in Utah. Ones that will affect you the most are: the only alcohol grocery stores, gas stations, etc., are allowed to sell is 3.2% alcohol (4% ABV) (mainly beer). Anything else (including wine) must be purchased from a state run liquor store, the following locations are relatively close to the U. Note that all liquor stores are closed on Sundays and holidays; most close at 7pm (except one on 205 West and 400 South which works till 10pm). Note that all stores stop selling beer after midnight, but they sell it on Sundays.

  • 205 W 400 S — Best chance to be hit up for spare change. This one is open till 10pm, sometimes it's all what you need, most other liquor stores close at 7pm.
  • 1154 Ashton Ave — Just off of Highland Drive in Sugarhouse
  • 416 6th Ave — Under the Smith’s in the Avenues
  • 255 S 300 E — Wine store, much better selection of wine and not much of a liquor selection. This store has nice deals for decent cheap wines (4$) and a selection of discounted 90 point wines. Staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.
  • 3245 E 3300 S (right behind the REI store) - People claim this one has best deals for wine, even better than the one on 300 East.
  • 1627 Foothill Dr - Don't forget this one on Foothill - convenient location and a decent balance of wines and liquor.

New legislation allows bars or clubs that are not “private clubs for members.” This used to be a law whereby one person in the “party” of patrons must be a member (usually $16/year or so). This is different that the “cover charges” that each establishment is under control of. Cover charges usually pay for a DJ or live music. Women can sometimes skirt this charge on certain days and places. Men… you are out of luck.

  • Green Street - Trolley Square Sunday: dollar pints. Tasty chocolate cake. Thursday night is college night (two dollar pints). And trivia every night.
  • Desert Edge - Trolley Square Great atmosphere located in a converted trolley station. Local brewery with the classic brewery menu and good beers. 1/2 off the pitchers if you remember your student ID.
  • Brewvies - 677 South and 200 West A movie theater usually showing cool flicks and serves beer by the bucket until 1am. The reputed location of the best onion rings in Utah.
  • Murphy’s - 160 South Main Street Neighborhood Irish bar, chat it up with some locals.
  • Lumpy’s - 3000 South and Highland Drive Dancing, pool, live bands and karaoke…described as the “closest thing to Cheers in Salt Lake City,” but we will have to wait for a Bostonian for confirmation.
  • Tavernacle - 201 East and 300 South Dueling piano bar for those graced with voices and those graced with a love for the drink. Good entertainment.
  • Keys on Main - 242 S Main Street Another Dueling piano bar, slightly less raucous than Tavernacle – better if you want to sit and have a conversation while being entertained.
  • Zanzibar for Live Jazz - 677 South and 200 West Features “Live Jazz” five nights a week.
  • Bayou - 645 South State Street 150 Beers from around the world, but you can grab a mixed drink too. Calmer/sit down atmosphere, well lit, pool and live music.
  • Club Vortex - Younger crowd, dancing and drinking. Dare we say Salt Lake City has a night club?
  • Shaggy’s - 200 South 200 West 3 stories of retro decorations, bar/club.
  • Piper Down - 1492 South State Street. Will’s favorite bar in Salt Lake. Nice friendly atmosphere, cool people, live music pretty frequently. A little loud sometimes, but a lot of fun. Open mic night on Wednesday. Karaoke on Sunday. No cover charge.
  • The Republican - 917 S State St. Not the U.S. political party, but an Irish pub. Pool, Foosball, and a pretty chill atmosphere, overall.
  • Fat’s Grill - 1100 East and 2200 South. Pool and brews, but no hard alcohol.
  • Burt’s Tiki Lounge - North of Sears on State Street A classic dive bar, cool atmosphere, great place to see local/underground rock and roll shows.
  • Area 51 - 348 West 500 South Industrial/goth club. We don’t really go to goth clubs since we sold all our black nail polish, but if you’re into it, here you go. 18 and up. They have a nice 80s night on Wednesdays.