The city's best, most classic bars: open for fun any night of the week

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.



Calling itself "Salt Lake City's Independent Sound Stage," the Urban Lounge is perhaps the most popular venue/ bar/ dance club in all of Salt Lake City among the young, alternative, or otherwise hip crowd. On the stage of Urban Lounge you can...  Read More



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 its roots, Junior's provides...  Read More



The Tram Club at Snowbird is a little hard to find at first. Located in the depths of the resort center complex, the Tram Club is one of the most popular apr?s ski watering holes in the entire Alta/ Snowbird area. With neon lights and dated...  Read More



Located downtown, The Hotel Elevate Bar & Night Club is Salt Lake City's most classic dance club. Offering five separate areas each with their own energy and intensity, The Hotel has The Lobby for relative relaxation, Club Elevate with a...  Read More

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In a town ripe with attractive, modern brewpubs, Fiddler's Elbow stands out as the most sports-friendly of them all. Providing a clean and handsome setting, this pub invites you to enjoy a few beers and a meal while catching up with friends. You...  Read More



Whether you're looking for a beer and burger or in the mood to dance to live music, you'll be happy you came. Make your way in, sidle up to the bar, and place an order for your favorite cold one. After a while, should you start feeling hungry,...  Read More

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 massive expansion. This...  Read More



Located inside the Walker Center, smack-dab in the center of Downtown Salt Lake City, the Bourbon House is a restaurant-slash-bar combination freshly opened in 2012. On the restaurant side, Bourbon House offers a great selection of finger foods...  Read More



Burt's is one of the best places in Salt Lake City for a casual night out. Beloved by locals for its regular music schedule and cheap drinks, this State Street hole-in-the-wall is a great place to consume blue-collar beers and feel totally...  Read More


Meet Christine Balaz

Christine Balaz began her unexpected writing career in Salt Lake City with her first book on Wasatch Skiing and Travel in 2006. On the subject of Utah, Christine has written numerous...  More About Christine