Marv Says: The Gibson Girl Lounge feels like an 1800s continental sitting room. This lavishly appointed lounge has intimate seating available for it’s patrons. The bartender was confused as to our goals or our presence in the bar. I think that he was confused when we paid in a manner other than adding it to a room charge. Kevork joined us in this place were I enjoyed a Blanton’s. Unless you are staying at the Grand America, I might give this place a miss. While very nice, it is a bit stuffy.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, DDD, The Designated Viking, Laura, Walter, Kevork.
Marv Says: Piastra is a larger hotel bar found in the City Center Marriott. Next to the Gallivan Center, it’s a good place for a high end cocktail if you are around on a hot summer night. Bartender Brendan ably mixed up one of their signature drinks, The Rum Racer, for us. It is deceptively strong and incredibly sweet. We met Kevork, a gentleman in town for a convention, who was a very good conversationalist.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, DDD, Laura.
Marv Says: It’s not often that I get to find a whole new libation. Sure there are cocktails that are unique to a particular place, but it’s rare to find something new in the way of a spirit. The bartender Ted at Destinations recommended a Gin called St. Germaine’s. It was a floral gin that went well with the tonic. Not too sweet, it was a great way to discover a new spirit. The bar at Destinations is small, like many hotel bars, but friendly. The bar staff were top notch and very friendly. The decor was eclectic and fun. I’d happily find myself back in this hotel bar if spending an evening downtown.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, DDD, Laura
Marv Says: Bambara is a restaurant and hotel bar found in the downtown Hotel Monaco. Fun seating is available around the back side of the bar, and I strongly recommend sitting there. It’s a bit quieter and no contention for the bartender’s time. While pricey, the cocktails offered were very good. All of the options we tried seemed to be winners. I highly recommend this as a good sport for entertaining out of town visitors. On the server’s recommendation I enjoyed a Primavera.
Attending: Marv Rawb Sascha The Designated Viking DDD Opie Laura Levi
Located atop the Red Lion hotel in the south part of Downtown SLC, The Sky Bar is one of those places that I have always wondered how well I would like. I never bothered to go there for various reasons, but was happy to give it a shot. I figured that at the very least, I would enjoy the view from atop the hotel. Boy was I surprised. The bar is neatly sectioned into various areas with a dance floor, seating for those not wishing to stand, and the land beyond the velvet rope which was closed off for this evening. The bartenders and waitstaff were top notch and very fun to hang around with and shoot the shit. The numbered name tags were but a door to open as we spoke with the staff. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, and a great view of the valley. I was given a glass of excellent Ravenswood Zin after recommending it to a fellow patron, I also enjoyed the citrus collins that was on the bar drink menu (so much so I ordered two). I finished off the evening with an Evolution Ale.
In years past I have avoided this bar thinking only that it was a un-tss, un-tss dance club, being forced to visit it has made me regret that decision to avoid it. Now this place has a good dance floor with a decent DJ but since that isn’t my scene, I brought our valiant team of researchers to a nice little quiet bar on the side, with good service and great bartenders, this little space was an excellent retreat from the dance music. Excellent views of the eastern lights and a good selection of couches complete that little side-bar sanctuary. My preconceived notions of this bar have been shattered and for sure I will make a return visit some day, I would recommend this bar as an excellent place for people who want to get their dance on with the option to get a break from the un-tss, un-tss the dance club is normally filled with.
Edited to add, at some point we had flaming dr peppers.
Attending, Rawb Marv Sascha Jen and DDD “Definitely Designated Driver” and last but least, Sparks.