Red Rock Brewing Company opened for business in March of 1994, and in almost two decades, it has persevered in the face of restrictive local and state laws to become a staple downtown restaurant and pub. Sitting just on the southwestern edge of Salt Lake City's main business, convention, and hotel district, Red Rock offers lunch, dinner, and late night snacks every day of the week. Serving a combination of its own beers, other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and high-end pub cuisine, Red Rock has not only become popular on a local level, but has won national acclaim, including Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year in the Great American Beer Festival.
Local Expert tip: If you're looking for a full-strength beer, order one in a bottle; Utah laws restrict draught beers to 3.2% alcohol by weight.
The Bayou can be described as many things: a Cajun restaurant, a jazz venue, a place to play billiards, and a pub. And the best thing about the place is that you can feel free to visit for any or all of these reasons without feeling pressure to order more than you desire. You may drink a beer and play pool or eat a multi-course dinner and enjoy the live music. At the Bayou, more than 200 beers are available, as well as wine and a full selection of liquor. The menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, soups, and entrees. The kitchen stays completely open until 11:30pm, and continues serving a reduced menu until 12:30. A winning combination of drinks, food, music, atmosphere, and flexibility, The Bayou is one of Salt Lake City's most popular restaurant/bar combinations.
Local Expert tip: Bring your I.D.; The Bayou is a 21+ establishment and cards everyone at the door.
Brewvies is one of Salt Lake's most understated and brilliant pubs. At once a beer bar and movie theater, Brewvies opens its doors to anyone at least 21 years of age and screens numerous nearly new movies, as well as other cult and classic films in accordance with special theme nights. If that weren't enough, Brewvies has a kitchen that generates appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, specialties, salads, and deserts from 11:30am-10pm daily. Whether you'd like a honey chipotle chicken pizza, a chicken strip basket, a beer brat, or black bean egg rolls, you will find yourself satisfied. When your food is ready, head into the theater and try to snag one of the couches (with coffee tables) in the back of the theater.
Local Expert tip: Tune in and keep yourself up to date on Brewvies' schedule; this is often the venue for skiing and climbing film tours.
If you happen to find yourself craving a beer or pub food whilst in the southern part of Salt Lake Valley, head to Hopper's. Serving food and drink seven days a week, Hopper's is open for lunch, dinner, and late night munchies every day, as well as for brunch on Saturday and Sunday. On its menu, Hopper's lists an extremely generous selection of appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, pizzas, and seafood dishes. Additionally, it has two categories called Comfort and Foreign Exchange. Hopper's serves nine of its own beers throughout the year, as well as a selection of seasonal brews at any given time.
Local Expert tip: Non-drinkers can enjoy the hand-crafted sodas or fresh-squeezed juices.
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 can alternatively order rounds of appetizers and watch the current game on any of the numerous televisions, including one that is 10 feet across. Or if you'd prefer, you can play billiards or darts. The bar serves more than 30 beers, as well as liquor and wine; the kitchen offers an enticing variety of creative and classic salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and deserts. Located in the Sugarhouse, this popular pub is usually quite busy. Fiddler's Elbow now serves Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Local Expert tip: If you're a sports fan, Fiddler's Elbow is the place to watch a game.
For anyone spending time in Big and Little Cottonwood canyons, Porcupine Pub is the perfect place to stop in for a beer, appetizers, or dinner after skiing, hiking, or rock climbing. At once casual and upscale, the Porcupine offers a setting simultaneously appropriate for a business lunch, a drink with friends, or a family dinner. Come by wearing your ski pants, work suit, or anything in between. Staffed by a young and enthusiastic crowd, the Porcupine Pub has a friendly atmosphere. Though Porcupine does not make its own beers, it serves those from many local breweries such as Uinta, Wasatch, Red Rock, Park City, and Squatters. Food includes sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads, and entrees that exceed expectations. Items included cherry barbecued salmon and tequila lime chicken. Porcupine also serves wine and spirits.
Local Expert tip: Expert Tip: Stop by during happy hour to enjoy enormous discounts on appetizers; try the nachos!
If you didn't know where to look, you'd probably never notice the Desert Edge Brewery. Tucked in the Trolley Square Mall, southeast of Downtown, this brewpub occupies an inconspicuous location just off of the bustling artery that is 700 East Street. Equally pub and restaurant, Desert Edge offers more than 20 beers throughout the year, and is open seven days a week. Many of its brews are offered seasonally only to keep the selection fresh and interesting. The kitchen makes lunch, dinner, and late night cuisine. The list includes hot and cold sandwiches, Mexican food, quiche, soup, appetizers, half a dozen salads, and desserts.
Local Expert tip: Utah students receive significant discounts; if you are currently enrolled, bring your student identification card.
Located in the southwestern corner of downtown Salt Lake City, in an historic hotel, this extremely popular restaurant and pub offers lunch, dinner, and evening finger foods seven days a week, as well as Saturday and Sunday brunch. With roughly a dozen of its own beers on tap at any given time, Squatter's offers more selections than you could possibly try in one sitting. In addition to its beers, Squatter's serves mixed drinks and wine. Open since 1989, this is one of Utah's oldest brewpubs –and if you visit any day of the week, you'll clearly see that it is thriving.
Local Expert tip: If you arrive at the front door behind a large crowd, inquire about seating at the bar upstairs.
Located south of Salt Lake City (in Midvale) is one of the Wasatch region's best breweries. The Bohemian crafts traditional European-style lagers, focusing on those from the Czech, Bavarian and German heritages. The accompanying restaurant serves complementary cuisine. You may have eaten bratwurst, but have you ever tried Bohemian goulash, schniztel, paprikash, or spätzle? Here is your chance to do so. Or if you prefer, you can order any of their other new American offerings like salmon spinach salad, New York steak, seafood linguine, or halibut fillet. Because of its relative distance from downtown Salt Lake City, this modern, pleasant brewpub usually suffers much less overcrowding than its competitors, and provides a perfect chance to taste some of Utah's best locally-made beers.
Local Expert tip: If you haven't visited Germany or Czech Republic in person, try some of the Bohemian's traditional dishes.
Any beer drinker living in (or visiting) Utah has experienced the numerous beers of the Uinta Brewing Co. But significantly fewer have had the pleasure of visiting its own brew pub. Located about 15 minutes southwest of downtown Salt Lake City, this pleasant restaurant-slash-pub serves a simple menu of build-your-own-style sandwiches. Select your sandwich size, bread and toppings, and order a side of soup or chili if you desire. The Uinta Brewing Co attempts to operate as greenly as possible, using 100% wind-generated power and solar-electric paneling. In business since 1993, Uinta Brewing creates beers from 4 to 13% alcohol by volume.
Local Expert tip: Consider selecting one of the lower-alcohol beers if you must drive back to downtown Salt Lake City after your visit.