Salt Lake City has a bad rap for its nightlife. However, you shouldn’t believe everything that you hear. True, the city’s bars are rather widely dispersed. However, there is nothing wrong with the bars themselves. So if you’re looking for a night out, do some research ahead of time, and chose your destination before you leave your hotel. In this way, you’ll spend your evening in a bar that suits your preferences, and you won’t even notice the city’s lack of a major bar crawl. Or better yet, pick a destination - say State Street or Downtown - and locate a few bars within walking distance of each other.
Downtown proper is home to many of Salt Lake’s best bars. It is there you’ll find The Hotel Bar and Nightclub. Within a stone’s throw of Salt Lake’s hotel district, this upscale venue is perfect for drinking and dancing on any evening. Alternatively, if you’re in the area and feel like enjoying yourself in a low-key fashion, check out Junior’s Tavern. There you won’t feel the need to dress up or shake your booty.
Just south of Downtown, State Street offers a fair number of its own genuine bars. Those looking for a classic bar with live music should check out Burt’s Tiki Lounge. This no-frills establishment offers its guests cold beers, liquor shots and a lot of local bands. Farther south is Piper Down. This Irish bar recently underwent an impressive facelift that softened its edges a good deal.