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- Austen Diamond
917 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-595-1916
Booze Brag: The house shot is the Muddled Protestant: Absolut vodka, orange, sour.
In Their Own Words: "A traditional neighborhood Irish pub with great people."
4760 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City, 801-590-9940, TheRoyalSLC.com
Booze Brag: The Lime Ricky: grape vodka, rum, Chambord, sweet & sour and Sprite.
In Their Own Words: "Ton of TVs, great food, great patio, and a great sound system and stage for live music. We try to provide it all!"
3040 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-604-0869
"Booze" Brag: Hookah hits for $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
In Their Own Words: "It's just a neighborhood pub with a hookah bar also attached."
Sugar House Pub
1992 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, 801-413-2857, Facebook.com/SugarHousePub
Booze Brag: Whiskey and local microbrews.In Their Own Words: "Whether it's for an after-work beer, an outing with friends or a first date, our relaxed and inviting atmosphere appeals to the interests of everyone in the neighborhood."
Tram Club at Snowbird Resort
Snowbird Center Level 1, Sandy, 801-742-1008
Tavernacle Social Club
201 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City, 801-519-8900, Tavernacle.com
Booze Brag: Featured drinks constantly rotate—the summer menu includes mojitos, a peach Long Island and Moscow Mules.
In Their Own Words: "Surprisingly funny, all-requests dueling piano shows Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; we also have karaoke Sunday, Monday and Tuesday."
347 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9400, TwiliteLounge.com
Booze Brag: There's always a shot & beer combo available for less than $5, and a variety of Uinta beers.
In Their Own Words: "Twilite is dedicated to the merry souls of other days who will again make drinking a pleasure."
837 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-532-9068
Booze Brag: Bloody Marys made from scratch.
In Their Own Words: "It's a working man's bar."
342 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-531-2107
Booze Brag: Home of the $2 shot and really good $4 Long Island iced teas.
In Their Own Words: "There are bands and DJs performing almost every day of the week, and there's free pool every day from noon to 7 p.m."
323 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-433-1371, WhiskeyStreet.com
Booze Brag: 145 different whiskeys and 560 different drink options.
In Their Own Words: "There's over 20 different types of wood used in our bar, so it's a beautiful back bar."
60 E. 800 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-0805, TheWoodshedSLC.com
Booze Brag: The No. 2 seller of Jameson in Utah, with more than 50 different types of beer, from drafts to bottles.
In Their Own Words: "A very comfortable and laid-back place to grab a drink."
X Wife's Place
465 S. 700 East, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1954
Booze Brag: $1.50 Coors cans and $2 Jim Beam Rye, as well as kickass Bloody Marys and the cheapest drink prices around.
In Their Own Words: "Utah's only neighborhood bar."
SALT LAKE VALLEY WEST OF MAIN
451 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City, 801-534-0819, Area51SLC.com
Booze Brag: Hundreds of specialty drinks invented by our staff for over 15 years that are only available at Area 51.
In Their Own Words: "Three clubs in one: three dance floors, three patios, two bars. 18 and over and 21 and over; '80s, alternative, Top 40, dance, electronica."
128 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-364-4268
Bob's Redwood Lounge
502 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, 801-972-9822
Booze Brag: Fireball cinnamon whiskey.
In Their Own Words: "It's a neighborhood bar. Everybody's welcome."
Brewvies Cinema Pub
677 S. 200 West, Salt Lake City, Brewvies.com
Booze Brag: A huge selection of local beers (more than 30 locals on tap and in bottles), supporting locals like Moab Brewery, Bohemian, Shades of Pale, Uinta and others.
In Their Own Words: "Brewvies is more than just a movie theater—for more than 15 years, we have been a place locals can call their own. We have hosted hundreds of fundraisers, community events and screenings of locally produced films."
- John Taylor
BTG Wine Bar
63 W. 100 South, Salt Lake City, 801-359-2814, BTGWineBar.com
Booze Brag: The only wine bar in Salt Lake City, with a drink menu featuring 75 wines available by the glass—the most popular of which is the Belle Glos Pinot Noir—craft cocktails and local beers.
In Their Own Words: "A relaxed, inviting and upscale ambiance with more than 75 wines available by the glass, and cocktails and beers."
221 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1721
Booze Brag: $2.50 Lunavel all day every day.
In Their Own Words: "Local blue-collar bar with a diverse age range."
3849 W. 5400 South, Taylorsville, 801-964-8575, ClubDJsUtah.com
Booze Brag: Deep Six (60-ounce globe of brandy, rum, triple sec, orange juice, pineapple juice, grapefruit juice).
In Their Own Words: "Something for everyone."
9065 S. Monroe St., Sandy, 801-566-3254, Club90SLC.com
Booze Brag: Using our extensive selection of spirits, our seasoned mixologists can cater to anyone's taste.
In Their Own Words: "We have everything from live music to catered events and everything in between. You'll feel like a regular from the moment you walk in."
251 W. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-364-3203, ClubTry-Angles.com
Booze Brag: The Slut Punch: Malibu black rum, peach schnapps, raspberry and vanilla rum.
In Their Own Words: "The neighborhood gay bar—a local player with very friendly staff and crowd."
9071 W. 2700 South, Magna, 801-450-0308
2324 S. Redwood Road, West Valley City, 801-973-4470
Booze Brag: Standard bar fare.
In Their Own Words: "It's a quiet place that's got that old-time lounge feel with booths and dim lights."
533 S. 500 West, Salt Lake City, 801-532-1610, DevilsDaughterSLC.com
Booze Brag: Plantation Punch (Sailor Jerry, coconut rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, dark rum and grenadine).
In Their Own Words: "A great place to get great food and great drinks at great prices, as well as free gaming."
932 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-355-6401, DuffysTavernSLC.com
Booze Brag: Coldest, cleanest beer lines.
In Their Own Words: "Good food, nice people, great neighborhood bar."
659 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City, 801-596-0344
Booze Brag: Faces' owner makes a few signature drinks, like the popular Vanilla Ice, which tastes like ice cream, and the Reverse Long Island Iced Tea.
In Their Own Words: "A quaint bar, off the beaten path, where you can come for a drink to relax, play checkers on the giant checkers board, play pool, listen to live music on occasion, or chat with the super friendly bartenders."
1199 N. Beck St., Salt Lake City, 801-521-3904, GarageOnBeck.com
Booze Brag: The Garage-arita (Tres Generaciones tequila, sour mix, fresh lime, orange juice and Grand Marnier on top) or just a shot of Jim Beam.
In Their Own Words: "A roadhouse bar & grill at the edge of town featuring live music."
999 W. 3300 South, South Salt Lake, 801-263-0411
Booze Brag: The Rock Cock: peach schnapps, coconut rum, pineapple, orange juice, cranberry juice, grenadine and pina colada mix.
In Their Own Words: "Very special neighborhood bar where literally everybody knows your name."
Mark Phipps, Duffy’s Tavern
Like many of the bars that line south Main Street, Duffy’s Tavern (932 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-355-6401, DuffysTavernSLC.com) is a nondescript building, built from aging cinderblocks and fresh stucco. But no matter how commonplace it might seem from the outside, once patrons step through the windowless door, the tavern is revealed as a warm, friendly place. That’s just how owner and bartender Mark Phipps likes it.
Bartending for the Utah native has always been a family affair. His dad was a barkeep at the old Sugar Bowl, and Phipps began working in the business at the age of 8, sweeping floors. He didn’t pull his first draft until many years later, of course, but he enjoyed it so much that he’s been doing it for the past 29—most of that time at Duffy’s, which he purchased in 1998.
Phipps says he knew it might be difficult to keep a small neighborhood bar open in a quickly changing world of clubs and cocktails, but for him, it’s worth it. With Duffy’s, he’s continuing the tradition of friendly local watering holes with the edict “Be nice or leave. My mother may be in the booth next to you.”
It’s the reason that there are regulars who belly up to the bar to sip on a pint who have been drinking at Duffy’s longer than the 26 years Phipps has been bartending there. It’s also the kind of place where Etta James’ version of the classic “Sunday Kind of Love” is regularly playing on the jukebox. It’s an odd juxtaposition, but it works.
Besides bartending, Phipps also regularly makes delicious sandwiches, and during every football season, he cooks made-to-order omelets for his devoted regulars.
“The reason the food is so damned good, and the beer lines so clean and cold is because Duffy’s is a labor of love,” Phipps says. “Everything we do here has love in it.”