Marv Says: The Republican is a narrow Irish bar just a few blocks from Piper Down. It’s a more working man’s bar than the trendy pub of Piper though. Well appointed in the appropriate Hibernian decor, you really feel like there might be a Sinn Fein meeting in a back room where guns for the IRA are being negotiated for. It’s rather a good atmosphere regardless. The bar also featured a 1950 Rawb picture up on the wall. It was creepy. Enjoy a Guiness there, I certainly did.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Nikol, Laura, TDV, Dianne
Marv Says: A new neighborhood bar, Sugarhouse Pub was a last minute addition to the list ou acheter viagra g. Sugarhouse Pub is a fresh breathe of air in the Sugarhouse scene. Located just off of 21st South on 11th East, it is handy to the Sugarhouse Commons shopping area. A long bar featuring only beer (for now) but a good selection at that. Not overly loud, it’s possible to have conversations even when the bar is full. The bartender was incredibly friendly and seemed to enjoy our mission. Sugarhouse Pub will definitely be a place that I remember when I want to go out for a cold one on a hot summer night. We shared pitcher of Cutthroat while enjoying the local feel of the place.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Jessica.
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
Murphy’s is a fairly typical Irish Pub of the old school. A long narrow building, Murphy’s had great bartenders that were friendly and fun while suggesting various drinks for us to enjoy. The grapefruit kamikaze was one of the recommended libations. I stayed pure with a Vodka Martini.
I’m not sure what part of the bar book states that Irish bars should be located in a fairly short basement. Upon entering it would soon appear as though this bar extends much further than you would expect. While there was a healthy crowd there, the bar service was excellent and would come back for my next drink well before I could figure out what I wanted. The staff here also gets high marks for being so friendly. I would recommend this quite highly for anyone looking for a lower key Irish bar.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Robert
In the basement of a very old Downtown building, O’Shucks is an interesting location that also features Oh Sushi in the same space. It’s an intimate bar that gives out free peanuts that will have you tossing the shells on the floor. A fun local crowd and friendly service made O’Shucks an instant favorite. At the advice of off duty bartender Evan, we had shots of Rumpleminz (I don’t recommend this) and then we cleansed our palates with Bushmills and Guiness. We ended our drinking for the evening by enjoying an ICB Air Raid (video below in comments).
A poorly lit Irish bar in a basement is always the sign of a good night. Sure enough this place delivered with quickly coming drinks and people at the bar sponsoring shots for the entire place I can see how this location would be prone to rapidly spinning out of control, in a good way. One word of caution, the bartenders here seem to be just a bit on the prank side and will answer any question for a recommendation on a drink with “a shot of Rumpleminz”, which is something you should definitely avoid. If you are looking for a night that starts off a little bit wild and rapidly approaches far out crazy, this is the place for you.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Jen, Robert, DDD
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.
While not actually on our list, Fiddler’s Elbow made the cut for dinner in order to back fill the spot that Karamba had twice. A busy and popular place for dinner or Brunch, Fiddler’s Elbow is a good choice for a decent meal. Crowded and loud, it still maintains a certain feel about the place. Well worth visiting. A Rooster’s Chocolate Stout began the night for me here.
I’ve been to the Fiddler’s Elbow a number of times in the past and I don’t believe I’ve ever been disappointed. This place is not a bar it is a full on restaurant but due to the Karamba mix-up on the list we can view this as a happy accident. For a Saturday evening and without reservations it took about forty minutes for a table so if you are heading out on a busy night, you may want to call ahead to get your name on the list. The food was excellent all around and drinks were refilled quickly. They also have a good selection of beers from local breweries including my favorites from Bohemian and some good options from Roosters up in Ogden. If I had to classify this place as anything, I would categorize it as a sports bar with very good food. If you have not been here yet, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha and Ellen.