Marv Says: Beerhive is a great place to get some unusual beers. A frosted bar means your beer will stay cold as you sit down to enjoy it. A comprehensive beer menu will provide many visits worth of enjoyment. I sampled the Staropramen from the Czech republic and a Black Velvet made of Rogue chocolate stout and Ace apple cider. I also had an Ace pear cider as well.
Attending: Marv Rawb Sascha The Designated Viking DDD Opie Laura Levi
Willie’s Lounge is reportedly the oldest operating bar in Salt Lake City. It’s in an old fruit-stand from the 40’s that has been converted into an amazing local watering hole. The staff is friendly and engaging, offering insight into the history of the location. It is also one of the best values for drinking in the valley. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal than the $3 Bitch shot (made of grapefruit juice and other stuff). Shoot some pool, do some drinking and have some fun at this grandfather of all SL Bars. Along with the Bitch, I had a shot of Woodford Reserve.
Walking in, this place felt like a good old boys bar. Dark wood, small bar at one end, a few tables and chairs that have seen better days. None of this however was in any way frightening, it had a comfort to it, like that old ratty recliner your grandparents had, well used and relaxing. If I didn’t make it clear, the patrons and bartenders here were very friendly, striking up a conversation without any hesitation. The thing however that impressed me the most was the prices, if you are okay with well liquor and the on tap beer, you can have yourself a beer and a shot for under five bucks. The location is a ways out of downtown, but still pretty close and easier to get to than most downtown locations for those that live a bit further out of town. My only word of caution is that the parking lot out back has potholes larger than a small horse, so I’d advise to find yourself a spot on the street. Overall, I’d recommend this bar very highly to those looking for a low key, friendly atmosphere where the drinks are cheap enough to make you reconsider just making them at home.
Attending: Marv, Rawb, Sascha, DDD, The Designated Viking
Junior’s is a fairly common hangout for the downtown crowd. I go there after work especially when working late. A fair selection of booze and some decent beer on tap makes it completely suitable for a quick pick me up after a long day. We began there this night and ended back there to finish out the evening. First visit saw me having Cutthroat and Evan Williams, a shot special. The second time around we hooked up with Leonard from www.toastersdeli.com as well as one of the brewers from Uinta Brewing. I had a more Cutthroat, a black and tan, and more Evan Williams.
While it was my first time at the bar, I can see why it’s a popular option for a good number of local workers to celebrate their happy hour. It’s a nice relaxed place with the requisite single pool table and strangely spooky hallway to the restrooms. In general the crowd seemed friendly and the first set of people I talked to came here because The Green Pig was totally packed. Seemed to be a good crowd of regulars, and everyone pretty well kept to their own groups. For music, I can’t remember anything really being played, but I do remember being able to have a conversation with no difficulty, so this would be a good bar to go to if you just want to go someplace to hang out with the same people you went there with.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha, MIIITCH!!! and The Designated Viking.
Nostalgia is not a bar. However, it gets high marks from me. It’s a coffee shop that sells beer. I like it regardless of it’s lack of booze. Chill atmosphere with a $2 Bottle special for beer on Saturday nights. This includes good local micros. Evolution Amber was my selection at this quiet urban coffee house.
This place was more like a happy accident. Walking up, you could tell something was amiss because there was far too much light coming out of those windows. Oh, yeah, and there were windows in the front, so something was definitely different. When we entered and saw tableload after tableload of people with school books, papers and ipods we pretty much figured it all out. This was no mere bar, this was a coffee shop. What makes this coffee shop different is that they do have a fair collection of beer in bottles for those of us on the other end of the brain-activity slope. The beer is mostly the craft-type brews, I’m not even sure if they had Bud Light. It was a bit odd, sitting around a table nursing a beer while surrounded by gaggles of people trying to study and get stuff done before the upcoming monday. Made me feel a bit like I was lording it up over them and being a bit of a braggart about not having to study for a thing these days. It’s good to be the king.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha
A dive bar with a free juke box, minimal selection of booze but a good staff and 70’s era decorations. It’s been “found” by the hipster crowd so get there early to avoid the trustafarians invading to drink PBR ironically while they admire their bad haircuts. I ran into an old friend Richard there, and had a blast (and some shots) with him. Tequila and Redbull, Maker’s Mark were on the block that night.
When I think of a “bar” in the classic sense, this is exactly the thing that comes to mind. Small, poorly lit, extensive amounts of heavily oiled dark wood and a general feel of someplace to go to drink away your sorrows; In my mind this place even has shag carpeting but I do believe reality doesn’t agree with me on this one. As Marv said, this place has been discovered by hipsters going in for the ironic touch that this bar, in it’s un-updated since the day it was born decor, gives one that drinks a steady diet of PBR because it’s the in thing. We made it there early before there was more than one or two fixies sitting out front so we got a good feeling for the old crowd that used to populate this place and they are a bunch of older, but very friendly folk. Conversations at the bar weren’t just joined in by anyone else at or near the bar, it was almost expected. The bartender seemed a little off-put by the crowd, probably hoping that the late-coming hipsters were better tippers, but drinks were served quickly so no points deducted there. Overall, this bar is a good one if you go early and want to hit a good, classic, what-your-dad-drank-at-if-your-dad-drank-at-bars bar.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Sascha