The Best Places to Grab a Beer in Salt Lake

Beer in Salt Lake is getting a makeover. Local beer enthusiasts have something besides great, local craft beer to celebrate these days.

In a recent move by the Utah Legislature, a compromise has been reached on allowing 4% beer to be sold in grocery and convenient stores throughout Utah. This increase, previously the alcohol content in beer in Utah was 3.2%, was determined based on information received from certain beer manufacturers hinting they would no longer be making the reduced brew. Craft beer drinkers have already been consuming a heavier brew as breweries tend to produce a 4% or higher product.

Here are some great places to grab a beer this weekend.

Squatters- The first Squatters beer was poured in 1989, since then the demand for their handcrafted beer has surged and you can find their award-winning brews in many local restaurants, hotels, bars, resorts and the airport. From a double IPA (Hop Rising) to their hefeweizen (American Wheat) the variety of brews provides a tasty exploration.

147 W Broadway

 

Boeheim Brewery– Since 2001, Boeheim Brewery has been producing old central-European lagers. On a mission to perfect the ‘the old school brew”, the legendary Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, the brewers at Boeheim take their sweet time crafting the best lager, in small batches, using only natural ingredients. Try the 1842 Czech Pilsener, the signature taste first brewed in 1842, it’s a classic.

94 E Fort Union Blvd

Proper Brewing Co– Launching with their balanced ale, the English Golden Ale, Proper Beer brewers prefer the full flavors of unfiltered beer. This process, or lack thereof, will cause a bit of hazy color to your glass. Rest assured, you will taste a rich and hoppy brew that they believe taste better than most. Try a class for yourself.

857 S Main Street

 

Red Rock Brewery– This award-winning brew has been around since 1994. Producing six brands that can be purchased in restaurants, the state liquor store and other locations throughout the state, the company added a dedicated brewery to support growth in 2011. From draft ‘session’ classics to their artist palette line of craft beers, you many find a new unique flavor combination that will surprise you.

254 S 200 W

The Bayou- Proudly known as Utah’s largest beer bar, The Bayou offers local microbreweries to an extensive selection to bottled beers. If tasting various local beer is on your bucket list, head over to The Bayou. Epic, 2 Row, Kiitos and Moab are all on deck. And that is really just naming a few.

645 S State Street

 

Wasatch Brewery -Utah’s first brewery, offering craft beer since 1986.  Wasatch Brewery offers award-winning brew that now only comes in cans, or on draft. Polygamy Porter, with its quirky message “Why have just one” having a good time with Utah’s controversial past, was no joke when it came to taste and full flavor in a beer.  Try the Evolution amber ale or the Snowbird session IPA, maybe the clever names make them taste even better.

250 Main Street

The Best Places to Grab a Cocktail in Salt Lake

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 mixologist are right in Salt Lake City, mixing up dreamy concoctions and lighting them on fire, literally.

 

Water Witch– 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

The Ruin-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

Lake Effect-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

 

 

 

Whiskey Street– 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

Piper Down-An old-world Irish pub. If Bloody Mary’s are you 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 karoke? 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.

Romantic Places to Spend Valentine’s Day

The holiday created for lovers, Valentine’s Day, brings that time of year when cheesy love notes, heart shaped boxes of chocolates and red roses take center stage.

Why not really impress your sweetheart this year by making plans to visit one of these romantic eateries in Salt Lake and Park City that will surly win you even more love points. Make those reservations today

Grub Steak

Serving a prix-fixe dinner for two for $47.75 a person, you get your choice of baby romaine Caesar salad, wild rice and mushroom soup, or Grub Steak’s famed salad bar, followed by coffee-rubbed New York steak with crème fraiche. After dinner treat yourselves to chocolate lava cake with raspberries and vanilla ice cream.

https://grubsteakparkcity.com/

 

Log Haven

If the picturesque atmosphere isn’t enough, the food will impress you. Order the Korean Fried Cauliflower as a starter and you will have a taste of what the evening will have in store.  From the Grilled American Waygu with charred brussel sprouts, pomme frites and truffle aioli to Shrimp Scampi with Fettuccini, you will delight in the satisfying flavors. Chef Jones has even created a 3-course Low Calorie/High Impact Special if you are watching those calories.

http://www.log-haven.com/

HSL

Chef Handly has created lovely 4-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day. Start off with the oysters with grilled lemon, then choose from Kona Kampachi Crudo, Grilled Broccolini or Acorn Squash. Move into the next course with choice of Diver Scallop, Roasted Beets or a Rabbit dish. Third course is your choice of Pappardelle Pasta, Beef Short Rib or Duck Breast. Complete the meal with your choice of Whiskey & Caramel Cremeux, Chocolate Torte or White Chocolate Mouse. Price is $75 a person.

http://hslrestaurant.com/

Stanza

Chef LeBlanc has also created a delicious 4-course prix-fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day. Start with pacific oyster with sturgeon caviar. Second course is your choice of Ceviche, Potato & Leek soup, classic Caesar Salad or Candied Fig & Roasted Nut Salad. For your third course, choose between Veal, Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi, Arrabiata Stuffed Italian Sausage or Crab Agnolotti. Next up is your choice of Grilled Filet, Brown Butter Scallops, Balsamic Glazed Seabass or Fennel Sausage & 3-pepper Bucatini. Hope you save room for dessert, as you indulge in either a Cherry and Solstice Chocolate Cannoli or the Butterscotch Budino. Price is $65 a person.

https://www.stanzaslc.com/

 

Midici, The Neopolitan Pizza Company

If you are more of a casual couple, head down to the Gateway for some delicious dinner options. Midici is offering a dinner for two that includes two entrees, two sodas and two of their gelato offerings, all for the price of $25.

https://mymidici.com/

The Best Food in Salt Lake City (Beyond Just Restaurants)

Over the last decade, the number of visitors coming to Salt Lake City has increased significantly. Especially for those who love food, Salt Lake City provides a destination where flavors from all over the world meet and melt in the mouths of those who appreciate them.  With a sizable immigrant, refugee, transplant and minority community, the city has become a melting pot of cuisines and flavors.  

If you’re only trying out the traditional restaurants and eateries however, you are missing out on a large part of the food in Salt Lake City.  It is not just all about formal eating places; there is much more to savor beyond the restaurant. People on the go, they on a budget or just seeking adventure will find the following eating spots quite impressive:

Food in Salt Lake City: Specialty Markets

When you walk into a specialty market in Salt Lake City, expect to find niche food products that are delicious, unique and can’t be found anywhere else! Some of our favorite specialty markets for food in Salt Lake City are:

 

  • Caputo’s – you cannot afford to be in too much of a hurry when you visit Caputo’s. In this deli, expect to sample lots of Italian specialty goods – including fine chocolate, cured meats, cheeses, imported pasta and olives.  Since their 3 markets and delis are situated in mixed-use neighborhoods, they are a prime spot for people watching. Choose between half for full meals but expect original taste and an excellent experience.
  • Liberty Heights Fresh – the tagline for this deli and specialty market lets you know they source some of the best food in Salt Lake City for the best ingredients every time. The food you get at Liberty Heights Fresh is prepared with integrity so every bite, sip or piece is accounted for. The owner carefully curates a selection of locally sourced eggs, cheeses, vegetables and proteins as well as specialty foods from around the country.
  • Black Cherry – a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern specialty market, The Black Cherry Market is a pinhole that offers visitors a view of the world on a plate.  With items like Turkish Delight at Arabic coffee and Halal meats, this little market is one to get lost in. You’ll find delicious fresh baked flatbreads and yummy jams, dips and spreads.

Food in Salt Lake City: Utah Local Sweet Shops

While a large number of farmers have turned Utah to be the farming capital of the north, a lot of entrepreneurs are making the scenery sweet. Utahns are known for their sweet tooth – which guarantees a delicious stop at some of our favorite spots:

 

  • The Chocolate Conspiracy – they make their raw and vegan chocolate bard from scratch – controlling every step of the process to ensure consistency every time. With a goal of producing authentic chocolate flavors, a bar of The Chocolate Conspiracy is what you need to nibble on as you enjoy the rest of Utah.
  • Ruby Snap – it does not matter how old you are; a trip to Utah is never complete if you have not bought some Ruby Snap goodies. Each cookie is named lovingly with an old-fashioned name; guests may come in and order “Two Viviannas, one Virginia and one Zoey to go.” For once, here is a menu of cookies that have been made with love using only the finest ingredients which you can at least pronounce. Ruby Snap is your home of pleasant surprises when you are in the Salt Lake City food scene.
  • Bubble and Brown – a bakery that focuses on buttery pasties and cakes with minimal sugar – instead relying on ingredients at the peak of their season to infuse sweetness and flavor.  Bubble and Brown never disappoints for breakfast pastries and special occasion cakes.
  • Dolcetti Gelato – Utah’s original gelato spot, Dolcetti Gelato offers a variety of traditional gelato flavors as well as unique take with Utah-centric ingredients. Perfect for a hot summers day.

Food in Salt Lake City: Food Trucks

Food trucks are always on the go – moving from site to site throughout the day… If you love food in Salt Lake City, these food trucks are well worth tracking down. Here is what to expect from a few of them:

 

  • CupBop – the menu of the day will definitely keep you glued to these food trucks. CupBop is a Korean-fusion truck serving up bowls of rice, noodles, meat, kimchee and spicy sauces ranging from 1 (not spicy at all) to 10 (flaming mouth hot).
  • Waffle Love – the Belgian waffle will make your love affair with food deeper than you can imagine. And a taste of Belgium in Salt Lake City can be found at Waffle Love. Close your eyes and wait for the toppings to surprise you because they will; you will dig in without a care in the world.
  • Fire and Slice Pizza – taste the pizzas from Fire and Slice Pizza – they are baked in a traditional (but portable) wood-fired pizza oven with unique flavors and pizzas of the day.
  • Havana Eats – Cubans living in Salt Lake City will wait at the corner every day for the Havana Eats food truck to set up. Never been to Cuba? Kill two birds with one stone by eating from this food truck that prepares authentic family meals with joy and tradition.

The culture of food in Salt Lake City is growing and expanding all the time.  Want to know more about places to eat and things to do in Salt Lake City?  Check these out: