Salt Lake City is known for Mormons, and it’s known for skiing. These days, it even has a reputation for great sushi. But Irish food? And Irish pubs? Yep. Salt Lake has ‘em. And while some of these are rather divey bars with little Irish ambiance beyond their name, a couple warrant a visit – whether you have Irish affinity, or simply want to enjoy a nice meal (or beer) on the town.
MacCool’s Public House (1400 South Foothill Boulevard #166, inside Foothill Village Shopping Center; 801-582-3111) is a great all-around gathering place with Irish flair. Whether you want to enjoy a meal with your family, play shuffleboard with a Guiness, or grab a quick sandwich, you will be well satisfied at this restaurant. MacCool’s menu includes a variety of traditional Irish fare, as well as some American items, and creative, contemporary variations on the two. MacCool’s occasionally hosts live Irish music; chances are, if you stop by on a weekend, you may get to enjoy musical accompaniment with your meal.
Piper Down (1492 South State Street; 801-468-1492) underwent a radical remodel in 2009. Formerly a tough-looking, dark bar, this was completely redone and significantly expanded to be spacious and welcoming. Through its physical changes, Piper Down retained its hardcore Irish theme. Stop by for a fine whiskey, a delicious beer, a game of pool, a live show, a burger and basket of reuben potato skins, a full, Irish dinner, or even a salad.