People don't usually associate Salt Lake City with bars and nightlife, but they should think again. There's always something fun to do, whether it's checking out the holiday lights at Temple Square or taking a leisurely summer stroll on Capitol Hill. And no matter what the time of year, you can always find a great place to have a drink in this hipster city.
Here are some of the best bars in Salt Lake City.
Whether you're looking for great drinks, unique food or the cheeriest company, Purgatory does not disappoint. It's known for having an innovative menu that blends cultures and flavors, like curry fries and kimchi-flavored pickled eggs.
If you'd like to get out of the whimsical steampunk interior and find some fresh air, you can head outside for games like lawn Jenga and corn hole. No matter what you fancy, you'll never be bored at Purgatory.
One of the most popular SLC locations to enjoy a craft cocktail and live music is Bar X. Many people's interest in the bar stems from knowing it's owned by Ty Burrell, otherwise known as Phil Dunphy in "Modern Family," but they continue going due to the young, relaxed atmosphere and phenomenally mixed drinks.
Some enjoy a classic Moscow Mule, while other's take a chance and let the bartender know how they're feeling, then wait for a surprise drink to be whipped up right in front of them.
If you'd rather keep up with the game and grab a beer, you don't need to go far from Bar X. Beer Bar is located right next door and, although it has the same owners as its neighbor, it delivers a completely different experience.
Instead of soothing live jazz and classy cocktails, you can grab a beer, fries and maybe a sausage with your friends and spend a casual afternoon watching sports. As far as beers go, there are 30 on draft and more than 100 in the bottle, so you can guarantee there's something for everyone.
To end the night after a show or just to kill some time, head over to the Red Door for a quick drink. Its ritzy lounge vibe and strange decor have been the subject of many conversations and its extensive martini menu caters to everyone's taste.
Whether you're wearing a suit or a sweatshirt, you'll feel classy and relaxed at the Red Door and avoid the loud music and wasted college students at other bars.
As the first GABF gold medal winner in Utah, Desert Edge takes beer very seriously. It's been around since the 70s and has evolved from a college watering hole to a full-blown brewery with a sit-down restaurant.
While you savor a meal from their delicious menu, you can grab a pint of your favorite beer or try a handful of different ones, choosing between their regular always-on- tap brews or seasonal styles.
If you're all about big crowds and a vibrant atmosphere, Squatters is your go-to hangout in Salt Lake. Although it's in a huge building with lots of space, it's still often filled to the brim with a lively crew.
It has a broad array of beer choices, whether you prefer a bottle or the tap. You can bring your favorite group of friends with you to grab a beer and a few appetizers or fly solo. Either way, you're sure to end the night with a handful of new acquaintances and unforgettable memories.
As a bonus, Squatters has a mission to reduce its carbon footprint. It has earned recognition for deliberately using environmentally-friendly products and purchasing from local farmers and suppliers. You can rest easy knowing you're supporting an environmentally-conscious establishment!
A lesser-known retro dive bar that's been in business since 1952 is the Bongo Lounge. Here you'll find plenty of regular customers and old-school bar games like pool, darts, pinball and a jukebox.
If you're looking for a fancy custom cocktail, turn around and walk away. But you'll be glad to know that it's home to some of the cheapest drinks in the valley. The catch? It's cash only, but a $5 bill can still get you a couple of drinks. So grab a few dollars out of your junk drawer and rub elbows with the locals at the Bongo.