Drinks, Dancing, and Dining
Finding things to do in Salt Lake City after the sun goes down is easier than ever these days. As Salt Lake City grows, its nightlife is quickly shedding its straight-laced image. The city now offers an assortment of more than 350 nightclubs and bars in the metro area. The mix includes dance clubs, sports bars, comedy clubs, brew pubs, martini bars, live jazz, salsa nights, pool parlors, punk rock clubs, and neighborhood hangouts.
All of Utah's bars, nightclubs, and restaurants are smoke-free, so you can breathe easy while you dance up a sweat or hoist your potion of choice. And getting a drink is now as easy as simply ordering one, thanks to Utah's new streamlined liquor laws (no more "private club" memberships required!).
To get the latest on things to do in Salt Lake City check the Friday editions of the Salt Lake Tribune or Deseret Morning News for listings of upcoming events. For additional entertainment news and listings, pick up one of the city's free papers, including the Salt Lake City Weekly, which also offers alternative news articles.
For more information on any Salt Lake City nightlife, restaurants, or attractions, simply call our concierge at 801-258-6703.
Sports bars are a popular attraction in Salt Lake City. The Gibson Lounge, located in the lobby level of the Grand America, is perfect for watching the big game while enjoying the comforts of Five-Diamond luxury. Want to challenge the locals in traditional bar pursuits? Try Lumpy’s Downtown where darts, pool, arcade games, or foosball are the order of the night. Gracie’s is a short walk from The Grand America with a great view of downtown Salt Lake City from the terrace.
Dancing feet will want to investigate Keys on Main and The Depot. Sing along with the piano man at the irreverent Tavernacle Dueling Piano Bar, where patrons have been known to serenade the house from the top of the baby grand.
You can find great live music here at The Grand America Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings from seven to nine in the evening. Enjoy the talent of the Joshua Payne Trio as they regale you with jazzy twists on both classic and contemporary hits in our Lobby Lounge. Good live music can also be heard most any night of the week at The Depot and The Hotel Bar & Nightclub. The joint is always jumping at The Bayou, where they serve up a spicy Cajun menu and Utah's largest beer selection—more than 150 choices from around the world. James Bond would approve of Kristauf's Martini Bar, where the drinks are always shaken, never stirred, as you listen to vintage sounds of old school, soul, funk, classic rock both with D.J's and live entertainment. The Depot downtown is a remodeled three story concert and entertainment venue, which used to be a railroad station. You are sure to find something to your liking with their wide repertoire of concerts and events. Just up the street from The Grand America hotel, you will find Keys on Main features Dueling Pianos almost every night of the week. This energetic place offers a unique atmosphere, where singing along and clapping is a must!
If you’re craving the big concert experience, the Energy Solutions Arena, Rio Tinto Stadium, Abravanel Hall, Kingsbury Hall, Maverik Center are frequent destinations for big music headliners traveling through. A lovely outdoor concert setting is at Red Butte Gardens Summer Concert Series where you’ll groove to the likes of Diana Krall, Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls, and Death Cab for Cutie.
Foodies will appreciate the European-style dining experience at Martine where the tapas menu travels across North Africa, Spain, and Provence. Italian cuisine lovers should stop in at Cucina Toscana, where entrees from both North and South of Italy are sure to satisfy even the most capricious palette. Sushi fans will find plenty to keep their taste buds occupied at Takashi, with an ever-changing menu of daily specials and stalwarts like the Caribbean Roll of yellowtail and fresh mango laced with chilies.
Squatters Pub Brewery brews award-winning suds while good-naturedly mocking local conservatism with beer names like St. Provo Girl. More good local micro-brews and good food are served up at Desert Edge Pub in the historic Trolley Square Mall. Red Rock Brewery also offers a wide range of microbrews and great traditional food to complement their beer selection. Just a short walk away, The Bayou offers southern style food and more than 150 beers from around the world.
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Bruges Waffles and Frites are both just around the corner from each other. The few outdoor tables at tiny Bruges are always full in summer, thanks to their Belgian-style sweet waffles and pommes frites. Their authentic Flemish stew is a lunchtime favorite, and their Chocolate Gaufre, hand-dipped in Belgian chocolate, is already a legend among local chocoholics. Great areas of the city to visit that are loved by locals are 9th and 9th and 15th and 15th. Both vibrant with local restaurants, movie theaters, specialty shops, boutiques and salons.
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