City Center Nightlife in Salt Lake City



Popular Places

  • Memory Grove Park
  • Neighborhoods

  • City Center


  • More Top Lists

  • Energy
  • Romance
  • Local
  • Upscale
  • Hip
  • Nightlife near Downtown
  • Bars
  • Pubs
  • Venues
  • Latest Bars And Clubs
  • Trendy Bars
  • Salt Lake City is world famous for its skiing, Mormon history, great Salt Lake, Bonneville Speedway, and many, many other things. But one thing's for sure: it's certainly not famous for it's nightlife. At least not in a positive sense.

    Until recently, Utah's bars were choked by mysterious and restrictive liquor laws. Bar and pubs were called "private clubs" and patrons were required to be "members". Many, many other restrictions applied -but worse than these was the urban legends circulating about them.

    In the summer of 2009, the State of Utah put into effect a number of laws that changed the night scene for the better -and hopefully for good. The most noticeable difference is the abolishment of the "private club". No longer must you purchase a day- or year membership to enter a bar or club. Certain other details changed as well, another of which is that you may no longer order a "side car"- which was an extra shot of liquor to be poured into a drink to stiffen up the otherwise 1-oz serving restriction. Though the serving size is still limited by those funny little pour regulators, it has increased now to 1.5 oz.

    Salt Lake City has a number of excellent bars, clubs, and pubs -ranging from jazz houses, to Irish pubs, Vegas-style clubs, hole-in-the-wall dives, and gritty music venues. But those coming from a larger city (or even a smaller one) will be surprised to find Salt Lake's utter lack of a bar crawl, as these establishments are all quite spread apart from another. Therefore, the name of the game in Utah is to plan ahead: pick one bar and meet your friends there. Look online for music listings, drink specials. Ride a bike so you don't have to drive. (Though it still is technically illegal to operate a bicycle under the influence.) Lots of fun can still be had; you just have to be deliberate about it.

    expert pick

    Bayou

    user rating

    645 South State St E

    Beervana - Utah's largest beer selection and Cajun food too... read more

    Area 51

    user rating

    451 South 400 West

    Hip and styling dance club playing alternative, new wave, and 80s music... read more

    expert pick

    Squatters Pub Brewery

    user rating

    147 West Broadway

    Downtown microbrewery featuring stellar craft brews... read more

    expert pick

    Depot (The)

    user rating

    North 4th W & West South Temple Street

    Live music venue featuring big names in music...
    read more

    expert pick

    Red Rock Brewing Company

    user rating

    254 South 200 West

    Casual brewpub serving award wining microbrews and pub style food... read more

    expert pick

    The Urban Lounge

    user rating

    241 South 500 East

    Hip and grungy lounge featuring a wide-range of live music... read more

    expert pick

    Red Door (The)

    user rating

    57 West 200 South

    Speciality martinis, whiskeys, and fine wines...
    read more

    expert pick

    Beerhive Pub

    user rating

    128 South Main Street

    Huge selection of imports and microbrews on Main Street... read more

    expert pick

    Brewvies Cinema Pub

    user rating

    677 South 200 West

    Beer, vegetarian friendly pub food, and big-screen movies... read more

    Kristauf's Martini Bar

    user rating

    16 West Market Street

    Relaxing lounge with fun martinis... read more
    © 2014 NileGuide.com   ·   Blog   ·   Facebook   ·   Contact Us   ·   About Us   ·   Privacy Policy   ·   Terms & Conditions