Happy hour serves many functions. It can be a way to refuel after a day of skiing, or a time to catch a beer with your coworkers at the day’s end. Or it can be a good chance to check out a new-to-you restaurant. Whatever the case, happy hour always involves discounted prices on food and/or drinks, and therefore allows you to enjoy yourself for about half the price of what the same outing would cost just an hour later. If you’re in Salt Lake Valley and are looking to get out for happy hour, consider stopping by these restaurants.
Porcupine Pub & Grille (3698 East Fort Union Boulevard; 801-942-5555) stands precisely in the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, perfectly positioned and ready to accept après-ski skiers. Those spending a full day on the slopes will be forced off the hill around 4pm by closing lifts – just in time for happy hour. Whether you’re at Big Cottonwood Canyon’s resorts, Brighton or Solitude, or at Little Cottonwood Canyon’s Snowbird or Alta, if you’re heading back toward Salt Lake City for the evening, Porcupine is precisely on the way. Though specials change daily, you can count on enjoying the likes of enormous chicken, bean, salsa, tomato, pepper, and cheese-covered nachos. . . half-priced and accompanied by one of 20 varieties of draught beer.
Ahh Sushi (22 East 100 South; 801-359-6770) stands in the center of downtown. This basement restaurant-slash-beer-bar offers “Sushi Happy Hour” 5-6pm (and 10-11pm), as well as $3 and $4 rolls and $3 schooners of beer all night on Wednesday. Given the incredible popularity of this establishment, the fish is guaranteed to be fresh. If you aren’t able to make happy hour itself, consider stopping by for discounted lunch rolls. (Ahh Sushi is a 21+ establishment only.)
Eva (317 South Main Street; 1-888-314-8536) is a “small plates restaurant” and cocktail lounge, serving pasta, pizza, and tapas. Serving their meals in an historic, classically decorated dining room, Eva’s has coupled historic charm with contemporary cuisine to create an all-around elegant experience for its guests. Offering happy hour prices on their food Monday-Friday 4-5pm and Monday-Thursday 10-11pm, Eva’s gives you multiple options for sampling their inventive and fresh Mediterranean dishes at bargain prices. If you can’t make it in during the weekday, try stopping by Friday or Saturday 11pm-12am for weekend happy hour prices.
Christopher’s Prime Steakhouse and Grill (134 West Pierpont Avenue; 801-519-8515) offers a different kind of happy hour. Serving an early evening, three course dinner from 4:30-6:30pm nightly, Christopher’s allows you to choose among entrees of prime & wagyu meatloaf, grilled chicken marsala, and Parmesan-crusted snapper – all served with sides of your liking and a fixed dessert, for a total of $22. If you happen to dine at this fine steakhouse any later, you’ll find yourself paying double this amount.