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Best of Utah

Best of Utah 2013: Nightlife



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Best Murray Patio
The Point After

There’s a lot going for this bar, located in the Murray Sports Mall. It’s got 30 HD flat-screen TVs on two floors, making this a game-day destination. Most of the food served here is prepared from scratch—even the meat, which is smoked in-house. And for those who like to relax on a warm summer night, there’s probably no better place than the two-level patio at The Point After. With a fire pit and live music on weekends, it’s a place you’ll make a “point” to return to often.
5445 S. 900 East, Murray, 801-266-9552,

Best Bowling Alley
Bonwood Bowl
From one of the best signs in Salt Lake City—a straight-out-of-Vegas, circa-1960 neon arrow with a 3-D ball and pin—to the bucket of ice-cold lagers you can purchase once you’re inside, Bonwood Bowl beckons to rollers. As you’re selecting your ball, you’ll notice one of the most charming aspects of Bonwood—the previously owned, once-high-quality balls of bowlers past, which bear the names of former owners: There’s the blue “Mike” ball, the tie-dyed “Crystal” ball and more. Head down on Mondays after 9:30 p.m. to roll turkeys at a discounted price. If you get there before 9 p.m. during the week, you’ll most likely be waiting for the leagues to finish. If that’s the case, might we again remind you about the buckets of beer?
2500 S. Main, Salt Lake City, 801-487-7758,
2. FatCats
3. Jupiter Bowl

Best Place to  Monkey Around
5 Monkeys

Since father & son duo Craig and Ryan Oliver opened their bar in 2007, they’ve offered a little something for everyone—there’s no distinct crowd of people who find their way to this popular Murray hangout. Karaoke Wednesdays, free pool—all day, every day—open-mic nights and live music top the list of reasons why 5 Monkeys is a great place for “monkeying around.”
7 E. 4800 South, Murray, 801-266-1885,


Best Bringing  Home the Bacon
The Republican

Under normal circumstances, when you walk through the doors of your favorite watering hole, your mouth is percolating for a frothy brew or some other libation. But Wednesday evenings at The Republican are not normal circumstances, for there is free bacon for the taking. Bacon while you drink a Guinness, bacon while you play shuffleboard or darts, bacon while you watch soccer (you’ll never see American football on these screens) ... it’s true, everything is better with free bacon.
917 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-595-1916

Best All-Week Music Party
The Urban Lounge

Believe it or not, years ago, there were several clubs in Salt Lake City that hosted live music of the touring and local variety seven days a week—no off-night filler, just real bands playing real music Monday to Sunday. In 2013, the only local joint that rocks all week long (with rare exception) is The Urban Lounge, this town’s indie champion for all genres and crowds. There’s deliberate, undeniable “cool” about Urban’s choices in touring-act bookings, and any local musician will tell you that breaking into the club’s lineup is a real coup. Long may The Urban Lounge remain karaoke-free.
241 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City, 801-746-0557,

Best Place to Talk Like a Pirate

Scallywags has the unique distinction of being Utah’s first and only pirate bar—arr! Though Blackbeard may not be pouring you pints as you wearily tell your tales, this South Salt Lake bar still offers a place for you and your mateys to weigh anchor and pillage—er, throw a few back while enjoying one another’s company. Savvy?
3040 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-604-0869

Best Whiskey Barrel
The Hotel/Club Elevate

For six years, The Hotel/Club Elevate have been renowned as a swanky Salt Lake City dance club. And now, with recent renovations, they’re rebranding as a cross between dance club and lounge. First, start at The Lobby Bar—now filled with high-top tables and TVs. Then, head to the remodeled basement, dubbed The Barrel Room, for a more laid-back atmosphere. The Barrel Room offers a perfect place to just chill out—with a whiskey on the rocks in hand, of course.
155 W. 200 South, Salt Lake City,  801-478-4310,

Best Rocking Out on the Patio
Barbary Coast Saloon

When summer comes around, nothing beats a cold beer, a sleeveless T-shirt and a good ol’ American rock & roll band. Barbary Coast agrees, and if you haven’t checked out the bar’s massive back patio and stage, you’re missing out on a great spot to catch an outdoor show. The newly installed stage regularly features local bands like Ledd-Foot, Caveman Blvd. and Black Water Jack, as well as national acts like The Fryed Brothers.
4242 S. State, Murray, 801-265-9889,


Best Mason Jar Usage
Carol's Cove II

Traditionally, Mason jars are used for moonshine or pickles. Carol’s Cove II—actually in its third location—deals in neither. But, amid the ’50s decor—Betty Boop, et al.—owner Carol Mills and her staff pour ice-cold, frothy brews into the jars. It’s an old-timey, back-porch sentimentality, matched perfectly by the joint’s jukebox, which is always blaring country music.
3424 S. State, Salt Lake City, 801-466-2683

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