Utah may have the reputation for having some pretty wonky liquor laws, does ‘is this a bar, or a restaurant’ sound familiar? That said, Utah is home to some of the best places around to grab a cocktail after work or on the weekend with friends. Some of the best mixologists are right in Salt Lake City, mixing up dreamy concoctions and lighting them on fire, literally.
An intimate setting where the cocktails are flowing and the flames are high. Crafty mixologist are constantly creating new drinks and bringing in new liquors to add to their shelves. Weekly specials are a fun way to try something new.
163 W. 900 South
Situated in the heart of Sugar House, The Ruin is a great place to gather a group of friends for a cocktail. The space is roomy and the vibe is fun. Check their website for the schedule of live music and upcoming events.
1215 E Wilmington Ave, Ste 120
Serving 100 different wines, 150 beers, and several craft cocktails, Lake Effect has the largest spirit selection in Utah. The ambiance is comfortable, having both an upstairs and downstairs lounge area. Another added bonus, they offer live music seven days a week.
155 W. 200 South
The Beer Bar / Bar X–
These two hipster bars are neighbors and bring in the fun crowds on the weekends. The home to craft beer, cocktails, and locally owned provisions, each location offers a bit of the same, with a little something different. You will want to check them both out.
161 E. 200 South
If whiskey is your jam, you will be hard-pressed to find one don’t like at Whiskey Street, and rest assured, several new ones you have not yet tried. Not a whiskey drinker? No problem. They have just kicked off their new springtime cocktail list, try the “Water Lily”, made from Oomaw Gin, Cointreau, Creme de Violette, and Lemon Juice.
323 South Main
An old-world Irish pub. If Bloody Mary’s are your thing, head on down to Piper Down for Bloody brunch on Sundays for the free Bloody Mary bar. Whiskey Wednesdays are $3 drinks on select whiskeys. Love karaoke? They got you. In addition, live Irish music, Sunday Texas Hold’em poker, and more! Always something going on at Piper Down.
1492 S State St.
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