Best Salt Lake City, UT Nightlife

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    10. Fiddlers Elbow

    Fiddler's Elbow is one of the biggest and friendliest hangs in all of Sugarhouse. At once a pub and restaurant, Fiddler's Elbow has more than 30 beers on tap at all times, as well as an extensive menu. If you're...

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    9. Junior's Tavern

    Self-described as "the place for jazz, blues, and booze" since its opening in 1974. During this time, Junior's has dodged the yuppification that has transformed most of Salt Lake City's watering holes. Sticking to...

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    8. Piper Down

    For most of its life, Piper Down was a dark, hole-in-the-wall, Irish bar on State Street. With no windows and a somewhat off-central location, this was truly a locals-only hang. However, in 2009, this bar underwent a...

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    7. Desert Edge Brewery At The Pub

    Tucked covertly into the upper recesses of Trolley Square, the Desert Edge Brewery is one of Salt Lake City's most popular and oldest breweries. Founded in 1973, Desert Edge offers more than 20 styles of beer crafted...

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    6. Green Street Social Club

    Green Street is the place to go in Salt Lake City for anyone remotely college-aged. Situated in Trolley Square, Green Street offers an enormous amount of divided space in which to mingle, dance, drink, and generally...

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    5. Red Rock Brewing Company

    Since its opening in 1994, Red Rock Brewing has earned a reputation among Utah residents as being one of the state's top breweries. But beyond just Utah, Red Rock has earned serious national recognition; in 2007, it...

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    4. Porcupine Pub & Grille

    Porcupine Pub stands directly beneath the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, and precisely along the way from Little Cottonwood Canyon to Salt Lake City. So no matter where you've spent the day skiing (or hiking, in...

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    3. Club Sound

    Club Sound is among Salt Lake City's most popular and busy concert venues. Neither a fancy establishment, nor a total dive, this industrial-chic venue attracts nationally-famous indie acts, underground DJ's, and a...

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    2. Squatters Pub Brewery

    Squatters was founded as a brewery in 1989, with its first beers being served in September of that year at the very same West Broadway location in Salt Lake City. Pouring their own brews alongside house-made foods...

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    1. Bayou

    The Bayou has invented a niche its own, and a brilliant one at that. At once a restaurant, high-end beer bar, pool hall, and jazz venue, The Bayou offers something for everyone. On the restaurant side, The Bayou...

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About Salt Lake City, UT Nightlife

Salt Lake City has a surprisingly vibrant and liberal nightlife scene flies in the face of its conservative reputation. True, SLC has no proper “bar crawl,” and its liquor laws are noticeably more restrictive than in other cities across the nation. However, to the great joy of revelers, the recent decades have brought about a rapid loosening of these laws. And what the city lacks in back-to-back pubs and free-flowing pours, it makes up for in popular events and live music.

Any given week, you might have the option to catch live jazz at The Bayou, to dance to a local band at Urban Lounge, to savor a Utah Symphony concert, or to enjoy a free, outdoor show in Downtown Salt Lake. If you prefer DJs in dance clubs, check out the events calendars of the city’s best venues like Area 51, The Hotel or Club Sound.

No matter what you do, make sure to do a little research before going out. People who leave SLC disappointed with its after-dark offerings, more often than not, simply haven’t taken the time to locate the city’s best offerings!

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