Here is my article from the April edition of IN Magazine (Nightlife Section)
Salt Lake City Pubs: What They’re Famous For
A good pub is a wonderful thing. Being able to spend an evening in once place, fortified with food AND drinks, makes for a happy night out. Salt Lake City has quite a few pubs that rival the food, drink, and atmosphere of any great city. I challenge you to try them all and find out why!
Squatters Pub Brewery: 147 West Broadway, Salt Lake City
Squatters Pub Brewery is certainly famous for its cleverly named and delicious tasting beers–from Provo Girl Pilsner to its reserve series, Outer Darkness. Squatters knows its audience and delivers! Squatters also has a wide-ranging menu from pizzas to burgers, but my personal favorite is the Chicken Chimichanga or the Creamy Mac and Cheese. Order up a black and tan, some local grub, and enjoy this Salt Lake City favorite.
Beerhive Pub: 128 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
This two-level Main Street Pub is one of my favorites in the city. Their beer selection includes all your favorite local beers as well as brews from around the globe. Take a seat up front and keep your drink cold on their “ice bar.” Enjoy classic pub food from Nachos to their signature sandwich, “The Beerhive.” The Beerhive Pub is a great place for a working lunch, or a night out.
Fiddler’s Elbow: 1063 East 2100 South, Sugarhouse
Located in the heart of Sugarhouse, Fiddler’s Elbow is the perfect place to catch the game or try your hand at some pool. Fiddler’s is known for its comfort food, including its famous Artichoke Dip and daily flavors of Smashed Potatoes. Fiddler’s also serves up killer Seafood Enchiladas and a mean Brunch buffet on the weekend. Enjoy 32 beers on tap in this 21 and over, relaxed atmosphere.
Porcupine Pub & Grill: 3698 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights
Are you a snow bunny? Porcupine Pub & Grill is one of the best spots to find yourself after a day of shredding the gnar. Known for its delicious homemade chicken noodle soup and towering nachos, Porcupine will warm you right up. Pair that with one of 24 beers on tap, including the best local brews—and you are sure to finish your snow day happy. Porcupine is located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon, ready and waiting to feed you.
Red Rock Brewery: 245 South 200 West, Salt Lake City
This Salt Lake staple is a local hot spot. Red Rock is known for its handcrafted beers as well as fresh and delicious food. Try the Parmesan Crusted Halibut with the Horseradish Mashed Potatoes or the famous Halibut Fish & Chips. Red Rock also serves up great salads like the Hearts of Palm and Bay Shrimp or Goat Cheese with fresh fruit. Try the Amber Ale (its #1 selling beer) or my personal favorite, the Blonde Ale.
The Bayou: 645 South State Street, Salt Lake City
Known by its patrons as Beervana, the Bayou offers up a different variety of pub food – Cajun. The Bayou has the most extensive beer list in Utah with over 300 different varieties available–you can literally try a beer from almost anywhere in the world. Check out their Jambalaya or Popcorn Crawfish and enjoy some live Jazz and an eclectic vibe.
Bohemian Brewery & Grill: 94 Fort Union Blvd, Midvale
The Bohemian offers a great Pub alternative with its wonderful German food and handcrafted beer. The brewers at Bohemian brew their beer for eight weeks under the German Purity Law, rather than the typical 2 – 3 week period. This makes their brews super crisp and clean. Make sure to order the Pierogies & Bratwurst or the Bohemian Schnitzel—then pair it with the Czech Pilsner or Viennese Lager for a true, German pub experience.
Gracie’s: 326 South West Temple
Gracie’s is Salt Lake City’s one and only “Gastropub.” With two floors, two patios, and by far the most beautiful view of downtown and the Wasatch Mountains, Gracie’s is a must try for a night on the town. While you are there you have to try the Kobe beef burger; a half-pound 100 percent Kobe Beef patty, chipotle aioli, fried leeks, Manchego cheese, tat-soi, baby chard, and tomatoes on a toasted onion bun. It’s impossible to think about this delicious burger without your mouth watering.
The Green Pig Pub & Grill: 31 East 400 South
The spring and summer season bring many things to the downtown Salt Lake area. One of those things is great weather for sitting out in the sun or enjoying a great evening on Salt Lake City’s only roof-top patio. This great, open space looks out towards the Salt Lake City and County Building and is framed in the background by the Wasatch Mountain Range. Next time you are in the neighborhood, try the salmon salad with sun-dried tomatoes and raspberry vinaigrette. Entertainment nightly.