When in Park City, Utah, take the glass-enclosed elevator by The Sky Lodge hotel down what feels like a mine shaft to The Tavern. A cozy and beautiful cellar bar that serves up very yummy upscale pub fare awaits.
Owned by the adjacent Sky Lodge hotel (now under new management), The Tavern is located in the old Utah Coal and Lumber Building, now a restored and respectful nod towards the town's glory days of prosperous mining. But you won't think rustic west when sitting at the inviting bar next to the impressive wine cellar, visible through glass.
Swank and cozy interior at The Tavern — Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren
Yes, there is a casual feel, a small bar with TV above and inviting communal tables in this cozy space. But the dark wood handsome interior offers an elegance that speaks Park City vibe. Considered Park City's favorite pub, this accolade soon makes sense, when you realize this is a great secret - affordable good food in a town known for its pricey menus.
So if you're looking for a small bite or even hearty fare, it's a great place to stop in. With a different menu than its upstairs counterpart, Table One restaurant (formerly Easy Street Brasserie), The Tavern still offers a nice variety of good food.
In the winter, it's a great apres-ski spot, offering a good selection of imported and microbrew beers and wines by the glass to complement your meal. Small plates and shared plates like Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Crab Cake Sliders or Carnitas Tacos will entice, while hearty sandwiches and burgers round out the large plates and appeal to bigger appetites.
Executive Chef Christian Ojeda also offers a daily fish special. Little people in your group might like to munch on the House Made White Cheddar Cheesy Tots, House Fried Chips with blue cheese dip or the Truffle Parmesan Fries.
Ladies will gravitate towards the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and the yummy Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. The bits of apple mixed with pumpkin seeds on your spoon will have you ordering it again. Other offerings such as the Wedge Salad, Grilled Romaine Hearts and Artisan Charcutrie (pickled vegetables with grilled bread) will appeal to the non-meat eaters in the group.
In the summer, enjoy dining al fresco on the large patio. Live music is offered almost nightly. Hungry and tired from a full day of shopping on historic Main Street? Order a Rotisserie Chicken and take it back to the room. It comes with rice pilaf, roasted brussel sprouts, dried cranberries and poultry jus - nice comfort food.
Come discover this little hidden gem. It's a great respite and retreat before getting back on your feet, whether in the sun or snow in Park City.