Archive for February, 2010

#19 Tap Room

Marv Says:

The Tap Room used to inhabit the quite tiny location now known as The Bar. They moved a couple of blocks down the street and into the basement of an office of some sort. The bartender Emily is one I’ve been buying drinks from for many years going back to Liquid Joe’s. A friendly atmosphere, a funny bouncer and good selections mark this as quite a win in the local scene. We met there a lady who actually was at Junior’s on our last outing. Hopfully we will see more people at multiple locations as we go through our list. I enjoyed a Boobie Flasher (it’s a drink, I promise), Lime Ricky (my own invention (grape vodka, lime juice and sprite)), a Black Velvet (a black and tan made with Cider and Guiness) and a Booker’s and Coke.

Rawb Says:

A basement bar only indicated by a little neon sign out front some people may have passed it by or dismissed it; That would have been a mistake because this bar was great. While there was only one bartender for the place, it’s small enough and she was lightning fast on her feet, ordering drinks, including the “special of the house”, was quick and easy. The large majority here seems to be regulars and opposite of some of the other regular-heavy bar and they seemed to be intent on winning us over to their bar. A free-play jukebox is here, so expect to hear a large collection of random music depending exactly on who is there and how drunk they are when they are at the controls. A fantastic moment broke out in a whole-bar karaoke rendition of some classic Bon Jovi. If you’re looking to go someplace and be left alone, this ain’t it. If you are social when you are drinking and want to feel like the whole bar is in your corner, this is the place.

Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, Ellen, Paul and Lindsay.

#18 Fats Grill

Marv Says:

You have to love a pool hall style bar that has a decent selection and friendly staff. While not crowded, there were a fair number of people either playing pool, talking around a table, or seated at teh bar. The bartender was quite competent at offering drinks to our party, making the ladies cocktails that seemed to be quite appreciated. I chased the specialty drink (called Dragon’s Blood) with a good old fashioned boilermaker of beer and Jim Beam. Later I enjoyed a Wild Turkey and Coke to be followed by tequila and redbull. The last being something that I recommend everyone try some day.

Rawb Says:

I won’t lie when I say this is probably my favorite place I’ve been to so far on this journey. It’s not dark and small like most places I’ve been to, nor does it lay claim to being a dance hall nor a sports bar. This is a pool hall with great facilities to those of us that don’t play pool. The seating here is fantastic, with lots of tables  in the non-pool playing area, and high counters and stools in the pool-playing area. The decor is so bright and open you would think they were serving smoothies. The bartenders here were great in figuring out what to get us particularly considering the “picky” drinker we had brought along. Had a nice conversation at the table in the back, and passed a few jokes to the bartender. If you are looking for a place to hang out with a larger group in a single bar, I think this is it.

Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, Ellen, Paul, Lindsay.

#15 Fiddler’s Elbow

Marv Says:

While not actually on our list, Fiddler’s Elbow made the cut for dinner in order to back fill the spot that Karamba had twice. A busy and popular place for dinner or Brunch, Fiddler’s Elbow is a good choice for a decent meal. Crowded and loud, it still maintains a certain feel about the place. Well worth visiting. A Rooster’s Chocolate Stout began the night for me here.

Rawb Says:

I’ve been to the Fiddler’s Elbow a number of times in the past and I don’t believe I’ve ever been disappointed. This place is not a bar it is a full on restaurant but due to the Karamba mix-up on the list we can view this as a happy accident. For a Saturday evening and without reservations it took about forty minutes for a table so if you are heading out on a busy night, you may want to call ahead to get your name on the list. The food was excellent all around and drinks were refilled quickly. They also have a good selection of beers from local breweries including my favorites from Bohemian and some good options from Roosters up in Ogden. If I had to classify this place as anything, I would categorize it as a sports bar with very good food. If you have not been here yet, you’re not doing yourself any favors.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha and Ellen.

Sugarhouse here we come.

We will be going to the 2100 South and Highland area this week to visit the watering holes in the Sugarhood. Join us as we venture to the stomping grounds of this reporter’s youth. Be glad that The Bay and Confettis are long gone by now.

Birds of a Feather.

Lately I have been talking to both drinkers and non-drinkers alike about the perception of the drinking culture in Salt Lake.

Many people both in and out of the state think that it’s nearly impossible to have a good time in Utah if you want to enjoy some libations. While not a perfect drinking utopia, there still is quite a lot of night life to be sampled. What is missing for most people is the information on where the nightlife can be found. This is in part what Drink SLC wants to expose.

The reason that we don’t have a culture of bar crawls and nightlife does partly have to do with historical laws. Salt Lake City only recently changed a law that makes it possible to have more than two bars per block face. This law has kept any specific area of SLC from becoming a destination filled with many places. Another issue is the unique way that the state comes up with the number of available liquor licenses. As it’s tied to population, there has to be population growth to make available more licenses. The DABC is effectively exhausted of available licenses making it only thorugh attrition for new licenses to become available.

But that’s not quite all of the story. People just aren’t used to going out and trying new places just because they are new. They are also not in the habit of planning the designated driver to take them out and get them home. Drinkers seem to tend to stay at home, or just go to one or two favourites as well. The roving bands of people going from location to location don’t seem to happen here like I am used to in other cities.

I have homework for you the reader: Visit a new bar this week. If you want to join us wherever we decide to go, great, but if not just try somewhere new. Open up your eyes to the discovery of a great new place.

#14 Cheers for You

Marv Says:

Another slightly dive bar with good selection of libations and a quiet, well lit place to enjoy some drinks. Very much a neighborhood bar feel to the place with a couple of pool tables. I enjoyed my Jameson and Coke backed by a Trader IPA.

Rawb Says:

The third bro bar (as we term it) of the night and it seemed just fine. Another long, narrow bar, but this time having a bunch of little booths across from the bar instead of the more traditional open seating. After The Green Pig, this place felt like a breath of fresh air, while most of the booths were taken there was a fair amount of open seating in the back by the pool tables. In general, this place seemed mostly populated by regulars and we were viewed as outsiders. There was a slight uneasiness about our presence that wasn’t too bad, but I definitely felt it. Bartenders were nice enough and very quick on the draw, even coming up to get my drink order before I had decided, so I can see why this place draws a steady crowd.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, MIIITCH!!! and The Designated Viking

#13 The Green Pig

Marv Says:

The place was packed due to a concert by Royal Bliss. It took over ten minutes to get a single order in. Completely crowded, it’s a very different atmosphere from the relaxed lunch spot. I had a Bushmills and coke and was unhappy with a $10 cover.

Rawb Says:

This place was packed, moving from the door to the back was a challenge, the only place that wasn’t a sardine can was protected by a bouncer for some sort of VIP’s. Marv’s complaint about the poor service rings especially true, I would like to say that it took a long time for me to get a drink just because they didn’t like my kind around there, but that was not the case. Confusingly, this bar was completely full yet still had only two bartenders and a single bar with the size of location it is in (probably triple the size of Cheers For You, which also had two bartenders) so nobody, and I mean nobody, not even those VIP’s in the corner were getting drinks fast. It was not a fun place to be and we decided to get our one drink and go. While we were waiting for drinks (I worked my way up to the bar very quickly using my kung-fu bar elbows) we started talking with another group and they had pretty much came to the same conclusion we had: Too many people, not enough fun viagra vendre quebec. I believe we directed them over to Juniors or the Jackalope and watched them leave as we waited (nearly fruitlessly) for our drink. The crowd here seemed to be more people who weren’t sure what a bar was for and came because the name was interesting, it was a mix of a lot of different group and there was no feeling of a unified group, just a bunch of people all stuffed into the same room.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, MIIITCH!!! and The Designated Viking.

#12 Jackalope

Marv Says:

The door handle to this downtown bar is the truck from a longboard. The TVs will have Fuel TV playing and DJ spins as well. Jared the bartender let us know the specials of a Mind Eraser and Natty light tall boys. I went with the first discount viagra. I had a Mind Eraser and a Carlsberg beer. Surprisingly fun for it’s rough exterior.

Rawb Says:

This place had me a bit scared from the outside, the skateboard trucks as the door handle typically indicates a level of grunge/punk I’m not too comfortable with. Inside however was a fairly familiar sight, just your plain old regular bar. The decor was odd, with a bit too much effort put into making it seem eclectic, one side had stuffed “jackalope’s”, while the other side had sculls wearing fezzes. Now, while I’m a big supporter of the fez, and the skull definitely had the cheekbones to pull it off, it’s just a touch on the odd side. There were also a few empty bottles of Booker’s around the place but checking behind the bar seemed to indicate they no longer stocked this wonderful bourbon. Bartender was nice enough, and this place wasn’t too crowded with some fairly friendly folks inside. One thing I did not enjoy about this bar was the DJ, it’s a pretty small place, and no room for dancing, so the DJ being there is a touch incongruous to the whole experience. Generally, it’s a half step down in class from Juniors but if that’s more your thing, this is more your place.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, MIIITCH!!! and The Designated Viking.