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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
Dick and Dixie’s is Salt Lake’s newest bar. Located at the old Andy’s/Place location, it was formerly a fairly run down establishment. Some new blood has taken over, however, and made it into a bright, fun atmosphere and are really working to make it a special place. As it’s brand new, there are no real specials to be had. The whole vibe is a work in progress. I quite enjoyed my Builet and Redbull to start the evening and a Boont Amber Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing (which if you visit the bar, you will see the ACTUAL BOTTLE that I killed as it’s now on their beer display).
Although not strictly on our list, this is a new bar in Salt Lake and so should definitely be on our list. Looks like the original list of 118 just increased to 119, somehow I think we’ll manage. This place was enjoyable and just a bit simplistic. Being newly renovated this location was quite bright, shiny and with a very mixed crowd. There didn’t seem to be a particular type to this bar, it had a little mash of this and a little collection of that, which leaves me interested to see what type of bar this ends up being as it matures. Bar service was very friendly, fast and knowledgeable making things look very good for the future of this bar. Nearby or not, this makes a good neighborhood bar and an excellent stop or destination for a night of inebriation.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, Jen, Robert, DDD
Tucked in between the train tracks and the freeway, AJ’s has all the looks of a place that you may not want to visit. Shame on you (and me) for having that reaction. AJ’s is a great little neighborhood bar with a fantastic vibe and music selection. A DJ playing all oldies was the source of entertainment at this well stocked, friendly, and fun establishment. The bartender was incredibly cheerful and fun, chatting with us as we enjoyed our libations. I could easily find myself coming back to this bar just for a fun and friendly game of pool or a good drink. It was a shock to be so cordially invited to visit and return to this hidden gem of a bar. Expect good service and a friendly atmosphere while you listen to good music that has withstood the test of time. I enjoyed my Corona and the company.
From the outside, with it’s stark cinderbrick exterior and with a location conveniently located to a freeway underpass and the train tracks this place would appear to be more fight than bar. Going inside however, we were greeted very warmly. Well lit and obviously recently updated this small, windowless location was quite nice. The Saturday we arrived had them playing oldies and celebrating the birthday of one of the bar owners, and not wanting to leave us out we were almost forcibly required to dig in to the cake they had set out. Space wise this location has a very large bar area for the amount of space so they should be able to keep up a pretty quick pour even on the busiest times. The requisite pool table is conveniently located off in a secluded corner to make for easier playtime. I left feeling happy and just a little bad about having such a bad prior judgement before heading in.
Attending: Rawb, Marv, DDD