The 10 Best Bars to Celebrate the New Year in Utah!

From Salt Lake City to Ogden, you’ll find a variety of Utah bars that will be hopping come New Year’s Eve. Round up your good friends, put on your best outfit, and get ready to party the night away. Reflect on this past year and ring in the new one with a bang at these 10 awesome Utah bars. 

1. George, Salt Lake City, UT

George is known for three things: amazing food, classy drinks, and a sultry atmosphere. It’s the perfect place to celebrate the new year if you’re less interested in partying and more interested in pretending you’re at a private gala in New York City. This year, George will be providing a special New Year’s tasting menu and wine selection on Dec. 31. Tickets to the event can be reserved either over the phone or on their website. 

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2. Carmen’s Black & White Bar and Grill, Wendover, UT

It’s unlikely that you’ve ever been to a place quite like Wendover. Located next to Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats and the Utah-Nevada border, the city feels somewhat surreal. It’s also a place where go to party, given that there are a handful of casinos just across the border. Carmen’s Black & White Bar and Grill is not only a trusted mainstay in Wendover, but a place to let loose and enjoy the holidays with some drinks and great company. 

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3. Ice Haüs, Murray, UT

With the tagline, “Beers, brats, and brews,” Ice Haüs is basically a guarantee for a fun and delicious night. And even if you have vegetarians or vegans in the mix, the bar’s menu has myriad options for varying dietary needs. The beer is inexpensive, the entertainment is great, and the ambience feels quirky in the best German-style way. So if you didn’t get to celebrate Oktoberfest this year, a New Year’s Eve spent at Ice Haüs is a way to make up for that loss. 

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4. Funk’n Dive Bar, Ogden, UT

New Year’s Eve at a so-called “dive bar” sounds a bit anticlimactic, but Funk’n Dive Bar isn’t really a “dive bar.” It’s a fun bar, with good drinks, an awesome location, and retro attitude. This year, the bar is hosting “New Year’s Eve at the Funk with DJs Chassis, Mir-sim, and Baze.” Basically, you’ll be dancing and sipping drinks all night at a party with an entry fee of only $5. 

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5. Lighthouse Lounge, Ogden, UT

Lighthouse Lounge is a low-key bar in Ogden’s historic—and recently revitalized—downtown. Hang out at the Lounge for New Year’s Eve and enjoy an open Bloody Mary bar in addition to a selection of other nice drinks. The nachos are crisp, the cucumber cocktail is refreshing, and the bar is never too crowded, even on New Year’s Eve. 

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6. Downstairs, Park City, UT

So you want to get your groove on this New Year’s Eve? You’re not alone. And if you’re in Park City, Downstairs is the hip place to go. There will be bigger parties in the area, but the music, drinks, and intimate atmosphere at Downstairs make the $75 ticket worth every penny. This year’s New Year’s Eve party (for ages 21 and over) will be hosted by DJ Scooter. 

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7. Prohibition, Murray, UT

Conveniently located in Murray’s Fashion Place shopping center, Prohibition is far from a dive bar. At Prohibition, the cocktails are artsy but not try-hard and the food is filling and memorable. It’s safe to say that a reservation at Prohibition on New Year’s Eve is a good idea. And if you have someone special you want to celebrate with, Prohibition is a romantic (but not pretentious) spot perfect for couples. 

8. BTG Wine Bar, Salt Lake City, UT

Wine lovers, unite! BTG Wine Bar is your go-to spot in Salt Lake City, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The upscale bar feels intrinsically romantic with a beautiful curved glass entry and a long wall of tempting wines that you can sample, sip, and share with a loved one. And although this place lends itself to intimate gatherings, it does have space for larger groups who are celebrating, no matter the time of year. 

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9. Campfire Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT

The Campfire Lounge operates around a few basic concepts: warmth, community, and good drinks. With indoor and outdoor spaces, the bar features three working fire pits in addition to heavy duty heaters so that you can always feel cozy, no matter the time of year. The patio is even “dog-friendly,” so if your furry friend doesn’t want to stay home on New Year’s Eve, he doesn’t have to. 

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10. White Horse, Salt Lake City, UT

Every aspect of the White Horse is beautiful. The food, the environment, the natural lighting, the perfectly assembled spirits and liquors… White Horse is a hybrid of British class and American free-spiritedness that serious foodies and cocktail lovers cannot afford to miss. Expensive? Sure. Worth it? Totally. The perfect way to finish 2017 and start 2018? Also, yes. 

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