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

Things To Do In Sugar House: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

One of the oldest neighborhoods in the Salt Lake Valley, and the former location of the Sugar House Prison, Sugar House has become one of the hottest and trendiest neighborhoods in Utah. Which means there are plenty of things to do in Sugar House – from entertainment, great food, and fun places to shop.

Things to do in Sugar House: Entertainment

 

Sugar House is in the heart of the city, but there are all kinds of activities for runners, cyclists and swimmers.  Come to think of it, Sugar House is the perfect spot to train for that triathlon.  Bonus: these spots are perfect for families too.

 

  • Visit Sugar House Park – Sugar House Park, the former site of the prison, is popular year round.  Head to the park any evening during the summer and you’ll find all kinds of activities. From organized team sports, classes, families out with kids, and people taking laps around the park itself.  Winter calls for sledding on the hills surrounding the park.
  • Go Swimming at the Fairmont Aquatic Center – For fitness buffs, if running or cycling is not your thing, head over to Fairmont Aquatic Center and swim some laps in the pool. Or take your kids to the leisure pool during hot summer days to cool off.  They also offer classes and camps for your kids too. Swimming, gymnastics, and martial arts are just a few of their offerings.
  • Hike Parley’s Trail – Parley’s trail, connects the Bonneville Shoreline trail at the mouth of Parley’s Canyon to the Jordan River Parkway.  Walk, run, or ride part or all of the eight-mile trail that runs through the heart of Sugar House.  Don’t forget to check out Parley’s Historic Nature Park at the mouth of the canyon.

Things to do in Sugar House: Where to Shop

Sugar House is full of small, locally owned shops that range from quirky, to sophisticated to entirely unique.  Here are a few of our faves – the types of shops you can get lost in looking around.

 

  • Unhinged Boutique – a quirky little shop hidden behind Whole Foods Market on Highland drive.  A locally owned boutique offering an eclectic assortment of new, locally made, and found clothes, gifts, and accessories.  You’ll find something here for those hard to shop for (or just for yourself).  It is a browser’s paradise.
  • Central Book Exchange – a staple in Sugar House for decades; they claim to have over 90,000 items in their ever-changing inventory. This is one place in which, you could quickly lose a few hours. They also happen to be our neighbors! Go on, enjoy.
  • Got Beauty – a locally owned Salon, Spa, and Boutique. Find all your beauty needs and then some. They have some great gift options as well. 

Things to do in Sugar House: Places to Eat

From bars, little hole in the wall eateries and posh restaurants, Sugar House has dozens of great spots – all within a few blocks of the central business district!  You’ll want to explore on your own, but here are a few of our go-to spots.

 

  • The Ruin (Best Spot to Grab a Drink) – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little.  Check out one of Sugar House’s newest bars, The Ruin. Tucked next to Hidden Hollow in Sugar House, you’ll find friendly people, good drinks and good food
  • Somi (A Taste of Vietnam) – Right near The Ruin, on Wilmington Plaza, you will find Somi, serving up their classic Vietnamese dishes. Their Lemongrass Beef Noodle pho is fantastic.  They also have great lunch specials.
  • BGR Sugar House (Best Place for a Fast Bite) – If a burger is more to your liking, head across the street to BGR: Burgers Grilled Right. They always have a monthly special you can only get for that month, and then it is gone. BONUS: you can get any of their burgers on a pretzel bun, what is not to love about that. Try the Korean BBQ, it may sound a little odd, but it is excellent.  They also have great vegetarian options.

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Things To Do In 9th And 9th: Fun Activities; Where to Shop; Places to Eat

Tucked just a few blocks southeast of downtown and blocks north of Sugar House is a little residential and commercial neighborhood. Called 9th and 9th for the intersection of 9th south and 9th east.  There are plenty of things to do in 9th and 9th – with great eating, shopping and activities that could keep you here all day. 

Activities & Things to do in 9th & 9th:

9th & 9th is a great place to spend the day hanging out – with lots to do and lots of interesting people, it is a great spot for spending the day.

  • Catch a Movie at the Historic Tower Theater – Known for showing older and cult films all year, you can always catch a movie at the Tower theater. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Tower features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well. Count on the Tower of Terror every October which includes regular showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Grab a Coffee & Conversation – Stop in for a coffee and some people watching at The Coffee Garden. A local institution so popular it put a Starbucks across the street out of business. For all things coffee and pastry in the 9th and 9th area, this is your spot.
  • 9th and 9th Street Festival – A summer festival that is not to be missed!  With plenty of music, food, art, family, and friends; there is always something exciting going on at the festival.

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Shopping

There is a cute little pocket shopping district here – with multiple independent shops. Here are a couple of our faves:

  • Hip and Humble – a local lifestyle boutique with two locations, the first in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. Here you will find clothing, gifts, books and home decor for all the ladies in your life. Guys, are you paying attention?
  • Just down the road a block from Hip and Humble is The Stockist. With clothing and accessories for men, women, and children as well as jewelry and home decor, you are sure to find something for everyone on your gift list. Or do a little shopping for yourself.

 

Things to do in 9th and 9th: Where to Eat

There are a bunch of great places to eat in the 9th & 9th area – all within a few blocks.  It is worth grabbing a drink and one spot and moving on to another for dinner.

  • Pizza Nono – You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. Walk up the street a little to this little gem, Pizza Nono, for a simple but stellar traditional Neapolitan inspired pizza. High-quality ingredients, locally sourced when available, make for some excellent pizza. Go check them out; you won’t be disappointed.
  • After dinner, head around the corner to East Liberty Tap House for a drink or another bite. With an ever-changing menu, based on ingredient availability, they focus on quality food and drink. And their well-curated selection of craft beer on tap will keep you coming back, only six taps, but you know they will all be excellent.
  • And Publik Kitchen may be more of a breakfast and coffee place, but you can snag a great sandwich at lunch. Try the BLT or the Chicken Salad Melt for something truly inspiring. They make a great avocado toast too. 
  • Finally, if you are craving something sweet, look no further than Dolcetti Gelato! Utahns LOVE their ice cream.  And Dolcetti’s is some of the BEST!

 

Ready to explore all the things to do in 9th and 9th?  Here is more information about the area!

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Things to Do at Christmas Time in Salt Lake

It is the most wonderful time of the year! There are so many fun things to do at Christmas time around the city. You can find an activity that is perfect for families, friends and couples who want to enjoy the holiday goings-on and embrace that festive spirit. From outdoor holiday light displays to indoor fun, there is lots to see at Christmas time in Salt Lake.

Festival of Trees until 12/1

This event officially kicks off the spirit of Christmas. Hundreds of beautifully decorated trees are on display for purchase, benefiting Primary Children’s Hospital. In addition, there are shops filled with handmade crafts, treats and more. Prices Vary.

The Santa Shack in Sugar House until 12/22

Children of all ages can visit Santa in his festive shack this season. The shack is open Monday through Friday from 3:30pm to 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 11am-7pm. Visiting Santa to tell the jolly fella what you want for Christmas is free, there are photo packages available for purchase.

Zoo Lights until 12/31

This year marks the 12th anniversary of Zoolights! With over 200 animal displays, all lit in holiday glow, you can meander around the zoo with a hot cup of chocolate and take in all the sights. New this year are 10 life-size animal shaped lanterns that are sure to be impressive. And don’t forget to visit Santa at his station. Prices vary.

Lights at Temple Square until 1/2

Christmas lights are a glow on the grounds covering 35 acres of Temple Square. Decorations are hung throughout, along with nativity scenes placed along the way. Enjoy a free concert from a variety of groups that will be performing daily in six venues.  FREE

Christmas in Color until 12/31

Load the family up and experience a synchronized light display from the warmth of your car. Set to classic holiday music favorites, you’ll gaze upon dancing snowman, giant candy canes and tunnels of flickering lights.

$25 per car

The Grand America Holiday Stroll until 12/31

Stroll through the Grand America and take in all the imaginative window displays that are hand-crafted through-out the main floor. Cross off each one on your map so you are sure not to miss any! The tour finishes up at the live size gingerbread house where guests can take a photo op and receive a free cookie.

FREE

 

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: