Marv Says: The Cotton Bottom is a beer only bar featuring the best Garlic Burger in the state. Located in an upscale neighborhood, The Cotton Bottom is a long time staple of the Eastern suburbs of Salt Lake Valley. Go there for a burger, but stay for the great atmosphere and a beer.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, DDD
Marv Says: Beerhive is a great place to get some unusual beers. A frosted bar means your beer will stay cold as you sit down to enjoy it. A comprehensive beer menu will provide many visits worth of enjoyment. I sampled the Staropramen from the Czech republic and a Black Velvet made of Rogue chocolate stout and Ace apple cider. I also had an Ace pear cider as well.
Attending: Marv Rawb Sascha The Designated Viking DDD Opie Laura Levi
I had a lot of trepidation about visiting this live music spot. I’ve been here numerous times in the past and failed to enjoy the music being played. I was very happy to see that there was a Punk band playing (wish I would have got their name, they were pretty decent) to a small crowd of people. The bar is a very small affair with an upper floor for sitting in the relative quiet (not really that much quieter than the bar below) or to shoot pool. The place is covered from floor to ceiling in band posters. It’s a dive music joint that is great if the music is good. I kept it simple with a Long Island Iced Tea and a Corona.
This place is an unabashed punk bar. With a heavy grunge feel, this place is a grungy dirty place and very proud of it. With the classic style of a structural amount of posters and some exposed light fixtures that would make you wonder when the last time the fire marshall took a look at this place. This all earns it some respect, it’s not trying to be a punk location, it just is. The crowd here was friendly, not scared off by our hats, and plenty willing to talk. Had a chat with a few of them and most of them seem to be heavy visitors of this location. If you’re a fan of punk and just have not found someplace in Salt Lake to express that, I would suggest you make at least one trip down this direction. One word of advice, I would recommend avoiding the standard drink of the house, the Cerebral Destroyer, while I have nothing against Jägermeister, it was not served well in this concoction.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, DDD, Joe, JenH
The Bayou is a restaurant and Beer Heaven. They sport a list of beer that is enviable to all but the most beer nerd of beer bars. There are probably a couple of hundred choices of beer to be had here, so whatever your poison chances are they have it. The Bayou is also known for it’s southern food and very busy crowd. The dinner crowd can force a wait of over an hour if you get there during the rush, but rest assured it’s worth it. Also, check to see if the patio is open as you may get seated sooner if you wish to sit outside. The staff is very good at knowing a variety of beers so just ask if you want to find something new. I enjoyed a UniBroue Don de Dieu from Quebec, a Lindeman’s Kriech lambic from Belgium and a Rogue Chipotle ale from the US. That Rogue beer is amazing and a great complement to spicy food.
Now this place is well known for it’s good food and excellent beer selection. Tonight was no different, great food and excellent beer were had by all. The only bad news is that the secret is out, on this particular Saturday it took over an hour to get in and the only reason we were seated so quickly was that we were willing to take a seat on the patio on a fairly cold evening. The beer selection here is wide and varied with multi-page menu for the beer condensed into various styles for easy picking. The waitress we had was also very knowledgeable and helpful on the selections, picking out some items we may not have chosen on our own. A few recommendations on the food for any of your future visits: the popcorn crawdad appetizer was superb and be sure to get an order of the sweet potato fries. Who should go here? Well, just about everyone the food is good enough so even non-drinkers can have themselves a good time.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, DDD, Joe, JenH, Laura, Walter
Entering this basement bar you are rewarded with an expansive bar staffed by sufficient bartenders to keep the packed bar served. A great selection of bourbons and ryes is present and a respectable offering of beer. A rather horible cover band was polluting the place with their atonal noise. On other visits this place seems chill and relaxed with a side bar area for pool and darts. The weekend crowd is densely packed into the house. I enjoyed my Knob creek and coke and Solstice, the Wild Turkey with redbull was a failed experiment. Blanton’s with a cutthroat chaser finished out the evening’s libations.
Finally a very crowded bar with a sizable and talented enough set of bartenders to keep the drinks coming. This bar is large, it extends in both directions from the entrance, with a local-band sized stage and dance area to the right, a game room with the usual pool tables and darts (along with it’s own lightly stocked bar) to the left, and located in the middle you will find a bar that just keeps on going and a good amount of seating. The crowd here seems to tend towards the younger collage age crowd. I would say there was a handful of hipsters, but definitely not the norm, just a good old collection of low-20 somethings. Who should go here? Anyone looking to hang out with a young crowd with a more than a hint of a meat market.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, The Designated Viking
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.
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.
I’ve been here before. It was over a decade ago when it was still called Tap Room. A beer only bar that can comfortably handle only about thirty people. The bartender Bean was quite nice and enjoyed the purpose of our adventures. We struck up the conversation of a regular to find that it was a perfect local hangout for a relaxing beer or two. Not a place I would take a large group to, it is a welcome change to the hustle and bustle and loud environments many clubs are known to offer. The Cutthroat was cold and great.
This place is wood paneled, tiny and beer only. It’s also a pretty fantastic place to go and relax. When a place is this small, you are pretty much all sitting at, or directly behind the bar, which means all conversations are pretty much fair game for anyone in the place. The beer selection here was decent with little in the way of surprises but a good standard selection. Pours of course were quick, and the prices were cheap. I remember there being some music being played softly in the background that was quickly drown out by the voices of various people. Overall, it’s a nice little warm place where you can go to enjoy a beer with the company of friends and some strangers who might as well be your friends.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, Ellen, Lindsay
A dive bar with a free juke box, minimal selection of booze but a good staff and 70’s era decorations. It’s been “found” by the hipster crowd so get there early to avoid the trustafarians invading to drink PBR ironically while they admire their bad haircuts. I ran into an old friend Richard there, and had a blast (and some shots) with him. Tequila and Redbull, Maker’s Mark were on the block that night.
When I think of a “bar” in the classic sense, this is exactly the thing that comes to mind. Small, poorly lit, extensive amounts of heavily oiled dark wood and a general feel of someplace to go to drink away your sorrows; In my mind this place even has shag carpeting but I do believe reality doesn’t agree with me on this one. As Marv said, this place has been discovered by hipsters going in for the ironic touch that this bar, in it’s un-updated since the day it was born decor, gives one that drinks a steady diet of PBR because it’s the in thing. We made it there early before there was more than one or two fixies sitting out front so we got a good feeling for the old crowd that used to populate this place and they are a bunch of older, but very friendly folk. Conversations at the bar weren’t just joined in by anyone else at or near the bar, it was almost expected. The bartender seemed a little off-put by the crowd, probably hoping that the late-coming hipsters were better tippers, but drinks were served quickly so no points deducted there. Overall, this bar is a good one if you go early and want to hit a good, classic, what-your-dad-drank-at-if-your-dad-drank-at-bars bar.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha
A great local microbrewery that has some of the more exciting local brews. I enjoyed my Emmigration Ale that was cask conditioned. The bartender was a great guy and kept us well served. A fellow patron bled at us as he was the recent recipient of a new tattoo. Good times.
Typically someplace I would go for dinner so it’s not the regular bar food. While I went against the grain and got a vodka and redbull, I very much made the wrong decision considering that this place is a brewery and typically has at least one cask conditioned ale on tap. (More to be added later)
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha