The Best of Salt Lake: Drinks



Lake Effect Frequently called Salt Lake City’s “hottest cocktail bar,” Lake Effect is immediately south of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Each day has a theme (like Move & Groove Mondays with live blues music and Thirsty Thursday). Gracie’s Salt Lake City’s only Gastropub has live music or a D.J. nearly every night, an amazing wine list and what they call “Salt Lake City’s best scotch.” Relax on the upper deck to watch the sunset, then head into the game room for pool, shuffleboard or darts. Tavernacle Social Club Dueling piano shows never get old—and they’re even more fun when it’s all-request and you can sing along in your seat. Piano shows are Wednesday through Saturday. Karaoke is king Sunday through Tuesday nights. On Monday nights, the club ups the stakes with Bingo karaoke. Quarters Arcade Bar Salt Lake City’s very first barcade (pictured above) includes Pinball, Super Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat, as well modern arcade amusements, board games and tabletop games. La Bonne Vie Located in The Grand America Hotel, this coffee shop is more of an experience than a first-thing-in-the-morning-pick-you-up. Once it opens at 11 a.m., saunter in to get a cup of freshly-brewed coffee, a stack of extremely Instagrammable pastel macarons and some award-winning pastries. Eva’s Bakery Boulangerie Eva’s Bakery was opened by a grandson of Eva Coombs, known for cooking with “an abundance of both love and butter.” You can’t go wrong here, whether you’re popping in for a pastry and a quick espresso or a sit-down breakfast lunch, or Sunday brunch. We recommend the Stuffed French Toast with lemon cream cheese filling and blueberry compote.

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Bourbon House While an official pub partner to MLS team Real Salt Lake, this speakeasy (pictured above) is more than a soccer joint. The bar features local jazz jams, DJs Thursday-Saturday and a slow-cooked prime rib Sunday-night special. BTG Wine Bar A half-block from the convention center, more than 75 wines are available by the glass, along with cocktails, beer and the full Italian menu of Caffe Molise. Avant Groove Arched windows, velvet stage curtains, hand-crafted cocktails and small plate offerings come together to transport Avant Groove visitors to the jazz clubs of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Be warned, it’s only open Wednesday through Sunday. Afternoon Tea at The Grand America The Grand America—a sightseeing destination all on its own—hosts an afternoon tea Monday - Saturday. Daily seatings in the Lobby Lounge come with teas, cocoas, savories, sweets, and scones with clotted cream.


Bar X and Beer Bar The “home of craft cocktails and long Utah nights,” Bar X opened the same year Prohibition was repealed (1933), although that’s not how long Richard Noel and Duncan Burrell have been in charge. They bought the bar in 2010, and just three years later, they added Beer Bar as a companion piece. Not only are the bars famous for beer cocktails and the fries, they are also a popular place to spot actor Ty Burrell. Avenues Proper The Avenues Proper beer menu is made up exclusively of Utah-brewed beer. To think of this place as only a brewery would be a serious disservice, however, because the food is sublime. Try the “prop-corn,”  which is duck-fat-tossed popcorn, the chicken & waffles, or the roasted cauliflower tacos. Red Rock Brewery Red Rock Brewery started brewing 23 years ago and won more than 100 regional and national brewery medals and been named “Brewpub of the Year” by multiple beer publications. Just a few blocks away from the Convention Center, to brewery has craft beer and six high-gravity beers (like the Double IPA— 8.5 percent ABV, and Russian Imperial Stout —10.1 percent ABV) on draft. Vitamin Bar Ok, so this one isn’t a traditional bar; it’s a hangover helper. The Vitamin Bar (pictured above) provides intravenous vitamin and medicine-infused hydration therapy, under the supervision of a board-certified anesthesiologist. Not only does Vitamin Bar provide mobile morning-after medicine, it also has ways to help you recover from altitude sickness—a common affliction at 4,210 feet above sea level. Get a 15 percent discount on services with the code VBCollaborate15 (valid August 23 - 26). Campos Coffee Based in Australia, Campos Coffee chose Park City, Utah for its first permanent flagship store in North America. The company has since expanded to Salt Lake City. Cool down with the one-of-a-kind Summer Fizz, batch-brewed and chilled, poured over ice with a squeeze of fresh lime, a dash of club soda, a scoop of lemon sorbet and garnished with mint. Three Pines Coffee Everything about this café, which started with a handmade espresso cart, is fresh and beautiful. The South Main Street location is just down the block from the Eccles Theatre.

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