Marv Says: Maggies is a very large sports bar nestled in a strip mall in Holladay. The decor is strictly bro-bar/sports bar. A pedestrian selection of libations will not challenge anyone’s creativity, but they do mix their cocktails well. The service was above average, and there are a wealth of tables. A very good location for groups of 6-10 people to visit with each other. Another Karaoke night met us with some horrific singing. I had a couple of SoCo limes and a Cutthroat with Makers.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, DDD, Sascha, Laura, Dr Rob.
Marv says: The Highlander is a neighborhood bar with a vexing entrance. You think you are hitting the correct door only to be stymied time and again as you search out the portal to gain entry. Inside is a large bar that is fairly well lit. The night we went featured Karaoke. If you like Karaoke, it is fine, but the performers this night were terrible. I enjoyed a Crown and Coke with lime.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, DDD, Laura
One of the more traditional Irish Pub affairs in the area, Piper Down offers the charm of a Dublin public house and the excitement of an LA hot spot. Try the Scotch Egg for a good late night treat. The crowd is quite varied in location, but friendly nonetheless. Be careful to avoid frat boys doing a header into the wall when they’ve had a few too many. That was the only down spot for an otherwise amazing night out at Piper. I put down a Tetly’s and Jameson, ICB, Black Bush and Guiness, some High West Bourye and a Stella Artrois. I also met some great people and had a fantastic night.
The quintessential Irish Pub for Salt Lake City, this place lives up to it’s expectations. Although it was late, when our group showed up we still had a hard time finding a table that could fit us even in a bar this big. This bar has three main areas, the entrance with the main bar, the back room with the secondary bar, and the patio. This evening was nice enough to spend some time on the patio and I will say it was a bit smokey with not a lot of breeze going through, I’m not going to give them much for that because this is a bar and drinking goes with cigarettes like cheese goes with wine. The crowd here is typically in their mid-20′s with a good amount of leeway on either side. The waitress was quick to show up and fast on the drinks, so even though this place was crowded the service remained with a smile and a speed not often seen in a busy joint like this. There is plenty here to eat to make your drinking a little more paced but above all, the Scotch Eggs is the thing to get and is worth the extra trip to the cardiologist. This bar gets a pretty open-ended recommendation, it’s crowded and will be packed some nights, but the service is good and there is a lot of area to mingle and meet new people.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, DDD, The Designated Viking
Manny’s Too is your uncle’s bar. It’s got a very mature crowd that still manages to be quite boisterous on a Saturday night. A surprising offering of a Flaming Dr. Pepper as the bar special drink was given. I stuck with a shot of Maker’s and a Blue moon. In ten years or so I think I would feel quite comfortable in that crowd. For now, I will let my older relatives know about it as a place to get their party on for a Saturday Night.
This place seems to cater to an older crowd. With some ear piercingly bad karaoke in the background we secured a seat near the door for a quick exit. This location was quite spacious and did have a healthy crowd for those not quite spring chickens. Service was fair, but passable with a recommendation of the Flaming Dr. Pepper being a bit of a surprise. Since I couldn’t handle the Karaoke I called it at one drink and ushered our group out the door. For who should go here, it would definitely be the 40-50 year olds still looking to have a good time out without having a large group of youngsters look at them weird for showing up at a bar.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, DDD, The Designated Viking
Legends is your typical restaurant by day and hot spot by night. We found the atmosphere to be very friendly with outstanding service. We spent a great deal of time chatting with the owner discussing all things Legends. It has a decent selection of hard alcohol along with some good beers on tap. The drink specials were handy as a $5 Guiness is always a good time. I enjoyed a couple of pints of the Good Irish Black Stuff as well as a Jameson and Redbull. Later I had a shot of Wild Turkey to wash away the experience of the next bar on the list.
Legends was the one bar of the evening that I couldn’t place, it was in a familiar neighborhood but the name just didn’t bring up the image of anything at all. I actually told the driver to go the whole way around the block so we could figure out where it actually was. Well, it’s a good thing we found it. Right next door to Brewvies this place has a good location, and it doesn’t hurt that the bar is pretty great as well. Inside this is appears to be your standard upscale sports bar, lots of large TV’s tuned to various channels, lots of tables and lots of waitresses that are easy on the eyes. With our waitress reporting us to the owner, it seems like she gave us some extra attention hoping for a better review. Sadly, this technique didn’t work, because the review would have been just as good without her, but it was fun to talk with a bar owner and find out some more information about the bar’s backstory. The drinks here were good and fast, but we were there on a very slow night, but the real winner here is the food; For our Canadian friends they have some properly made poutine and their fried pickles are definitely not to be missed. In general this place is awesome to visit, sit, relax and eat.
Attending, Rawb Marv Sascha Jen and DDD “Definitely Designated Driver”