Marv Says: Located in a part of town that you have drive past hundreds of times, The Devil’s Daughter is located right at the 500 South entrance to I-15. Instead of hitting the interstate, hang a left and go visit this gem of a bar. This brand new addition to the Salt Lake night life is in an old industrial building at the outskirts of Downtown SLC.
This location has a number of unique features from the chill out lounge upstairs, with comfortable lounge chairs and Foosball tables, to the intimate bar area. There is also an open space for live music, tables, and billiards.
The barstaff are quick to offer unique cocktails and can handle the tried and true drinks that you want to have. A fair selection of draught beer is available, but I did not see if there were any bottles viagra naturel. The liquor selection is pretty basic, but the owners tell us that they are evolving the stock as they figure out what their clients will want.
The signature cocktail is a very tasty drink called the Blue Devil. Be sure to try one out for your visit. The bartender that helped us this night was great and quick to offer options and to create custom cocktails as you order. The entire staff was fun and friendly and great at anticipating needs for our large group.
The theme of the bar is sort of Satan Rocker meets 40’s pinup models. I could easily see this as a very hot option for your late night adventures.
Lots of parking is available on premises, so you don’t have to worry about your car.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Nikol, DDD, Laura, Jon, Chris, Amy, Troy, Arianne, Farmer
Marv Says: Urban Lounge is another of the local live music joints. You can see many acts either on their way up, or on their way out at this very small venue. The bar is not the focus here, but still it should be noted that it caters to drinkers of PBR all the way up to high priced spirits. I enjoyed my tequila and redbulls along with a cutthroat as we listened to Mumiy Troll from Russia. Be sure to head there for a great show of the musical variety, and some good drinking to boot.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Jessica, Nikol, Jonjon, Beattale
Marv Says: Not on our original list, The Rail is a new concert venue on the west side of Down Town SLC. It’s tucked back by the railroad tracks and seems to be a straight concert venue. I went to see Primus with Gogol Bordello play, so decided to call this a review. Drinking wise, it’s typical concert fair. Nothing special, just things you can shout to the bartender over the blare of the speakers. The venue holds probably close to 1000 people, so be ready to have toes trod on while watching a show. The sound guy was not on his A-Game that night which was a disappointment. The beer was cold, though, and they had Cutthroat. I’ll go back for gigs, but it’s never going to be a drinking haven.
Attending: Marv and Jessica
Marv Says: A live music venue that has a good regular lineup and touring groups and small local acts. A well stocked bar will keep you in your chosen libations. A couple of pool tables are available if you want to shoot some stick while listening to the likes of The Metal Gods, The Spazmatics, Bootiequake or others. It’s a very solid live music venue featuring a large dance floor. Hookahs are also apparently available. Much nicer now that you don’t need a membership to gain entry. Expect cover charges for all of the live music.
Attending: Marv, Jessica, Rawb
Marv Says: Tony’s (formerly PJ’s) is a place for live music and some drinks. The definition of a dive bar, it happened to feature a jam band that seemed better suited to a high schooler’s garage rather than public performance. The bar seems full, but don’t expect flamboyant cocktails. Cheap PBR is available for those who partake. Keep things simple and you should be golden.
Attending: Marv, Jessica, Rawb.
Marv Says: Tucked away downtown, Poplar is sort of like three bars in one. You’ve the dinner area that also features live music, the patio for those who still smoke in the world, and a couple of pool tables back with a big projector display good for watching games. It can be quite crowded at times, but I always seem to be able to get a drink with ease. The food is pretty decent too, featuring the Scotch Egg. A fun place to meet people and a fair selection behind the bar, especially of local Craft beers. I loved my Hops Rising.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Nikol, Joe, Victor, DDD.
Marv Says: I had heard rumors that some of the bar staff from X Wive’s place had landed at The Woodshed. On entry I was astounded to see not one, but three of my old friends working there. Ryan, Laura and her husband Matt were all in attendance. It’s always the people that make a bar special. This case is no different. The bar is a fairly typical live music venue with a stage up front, lots of basic bar choices behind the bar. It also has a patio that I can only call Epic. The Patio is HUGE, with lots of places to sit away from the hit or miss music that might be on stage. But we need to go back to the staff. I frequented X Wive’s for over a decade large in part to these friends and more. They are what made that dive a great place. I’ll be going back more often now that I have found my friends. It’s just too much of a pull for me. They will get to know you and treat you right as they pour you a drink or two. It’s well worth the trip Down Town to meet these folks. You will never regret it.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, TDV, Laura, Dianne, Nikol
Marv Says: The Red Door is your go-to stop for upscale martinis in an intimate atmosphere. A three piece jazz band covered pop songs making conversation a little difficult unless you go out to the patio. The decor tends toward the Communist Trendsetters (think Che). The drink menu includes some very well made martinis. Explore the menu and find what you like. I enjoyed the traditional “James Bond” Martini properly known as a Vesper.
Attending: Marv Rawb Sascha The Designated Viking DDD Opie Laura Levi
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
With the death of the Zanzibar, Salt Lake was missing a good venue for live jazz and blues. Speakeasy has stepped up to the plate to offer this much needed stage for this music. Interesting seating arrangements give a great way for friends to sit around a table on couches and listen to the music or chat between sets. Window alcoves feature raised tables that allow a view of the music over the crowd. All in all it’s good to see honest bars in the heart of downtown. My Bombay Sapphire and tonic was perfect.
While I’m not sure I will ever recover from the atrocity that is the Zombie Zanzibar, this place seems to be a pretty good fit for me when I’m in the mood to sit back, relax and enjoy some live blues and jazz. The live band of the evening put in a respectable performance but had little audience to perform to. Bar service was good and they did have my Scotch of choice, so with that and some blues I sat down to enjoy the atmosphere. Plenty of seating to go around in this location with oddly shaped couches waving in and out of the main area providing many a nooks and crannies to separate your group from the rest. I would highly recommend this location for anyone to go, relax and enjoy some low key jazz and blues.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Jen, Robert, DDD