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#22 A Bar Named Sue

Marv says:

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.

Rawb says:

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

#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.

#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.

#9 Johnny’s on 2nd

Marv Says:

Very good Bourbon selection, but light on the Scotch.  Bartender Mikey was very good and explained that their signature $4 Shot and a Beer was a good value.  It’s got pool and live music, and a well stocked bar with capable bartending. It’s on the Bro Bar side of the scale, but don’t think it’s Downstairs at Port ‘O Call.  Shot and a Beer (Shock Top and Canadian Host), Bulliet  bourbon, Hops Rising, Blanton’s all made it past my lips as we took in the sights, sounds and feel of this gem in the heart of Downtown Salt Lake.

Rawb Says:

I really liked this bar, but mostly because it taught me the beauty of the Shot and a Beer. That was the nightly special and a good nightly special it was, only four bucks for a very tasty and quite powerful little beverage. The bar staff here was very friendly but quite overworked, in their favor they did have a segment of bar devoted to walk up drink orders so when the wait got long, people could form a proper non-Norwegian style line. As for the bar itself, it seems to be a bit confused. The decor said that it was a hole-in-the wall designated for punk, where the people who were coming there seemed to be mostly just-out-of-college guys and barely a handful of women. Overall I liked it and I do believe I’ll be going back someday.

Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha