With good beer, satisfying bar snacks, live music, and an all-around laid-back atmosphere, Utah’s neighborhood bars will soon become your go-to spot to hang with friends. No-frills and no-nonsense, here are the 10 best local haunts in the state.
This creatively-named neighborhood bar is one of Utah Valley’s only spots where you can buy a casual drink. It is a popular spot for live music, classic bar food, and—of course—great drinks. Given ABG’s incredible variety of beer, liquor, and wine, this bar will satisfy everyone.
Scorez Sports Bar in Lehi is known for its live music, karaoke, horse shoe pit, and charming bartenders. The bar is inexpensive, and in many ways, is exactly what a classic, small town bar should be: friendly, warm, and accessible.
A Bar Named Sue is a great spot if you want to have a good time. With a fun atmosphere and good beer at reasonable prices, this is the ultimate local neighborhood haunt.
Located not too far from A Bar Named Sue, Cheers To You is a very lively space. The bar caters to a younger crowd, but it does attract people of all ages. The food and drinks are inexpensive. Get to the bar early and grab one of the pool tables. The bar’s staff is welcoming and friendly, which has contributed to the bar’s loyal following.
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With two bustling locations in Salt Lake City, Lumpy’s Sports Bar and Grill is a popular but understated spot for drinks and sports. Although technically a “sports bar,” Lumpy’s is the epitome of a neighborhood establishment. It is casual, welcoming, and the king of weekend beer pong. If that isn’t enough, the bar’s food also happens to be top-notch. Its onion rings and “Mozzarella Logs” will keep you coming back on the weekends.
Willie’s Lounge motto is simple: “Cheap, friendly, clean.” But does the bar live up to its motto? Most Salt Lake City regulars would say yes. In fact, Willie’s Lounge is one of the most reliable and inviting spots in SLC when it comes to drinking on a budget. This is a place you can drink and chill without wild distractions. Its outdoor patio is the perfect spot for some summer evening games and relaxation.
Gracie’s menu feels fancy, but that doesn’t mean the bar isn’t welcoming and neighborhood-oriented. In addition to a wide variety of white wines, red wines, beer, and champagne, Gracie’s also serves up delicious cocktails (such as its famous mango mojito) and provides the community with valuable opportunities to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Nearly every night, there is something going on at Gracie’s, and more often than not, it is something that a variety of audience members can enjoy.
Especially popular for its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Murphy’s Bar & Grill is an Irish pub that serves as a popular neighborhood staple throughout the year. Open from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, Murphy’s Bar wants to make you feel fancy without you actually having to be “fancy.” You can drink wine, liquor, or bottled beer, order some poutine, and take a seat in one of the bar’s luscious, green leather chairs any day of the week apart from Sunday.
This spot is excellent for those who like quiet neighborhood bars, or a place to unwind without the hustle and bustle typical of rowdier spaces. In this sense, Summit Lounge is a hidden gem. Understated and totally conventional, a visit to Summit Lounge will leave you feeling nostalgic.
Funk ‘n Dive has a classic neighborhood feeling. In addition to great drinks of all kinds, the bar sells delicious food, including “Tatchos” (golden brown tater tots topped with melted Jack/Cheddar Cheese, Pico de Gallo, sour cream and olives) and pub worthy fish and chips. Despite these tempting menu items, at Funk ‘n Dive, you don’t have to eat/drink heavy to enjoy yourself. The bar also sells delicious, protein-packed salads and more conscious cocktails.