Short List: Local Salt Lake City Nightlife Picks

Make the most of winter's shortened daylight by extending your Utah ski trip into the night. Sure, some resorts offer incredible night skiing — so, okay, after that — but then the night really gets going in downtown Ski City. Here are five favorite picks for dining and drinks after dark.

Ride all day into the nightlife: Local SLC nightlife picks

Local Pick
Copper Common
Helmed by chef/owners who have previously been awarded Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurant,” Copper Common offers a warm, energetic and hip vibe like its adjacent sister restaurant, The Copper Onion. Copper Common offers a full bar with an emphasis on superb, seasonal craft cocktails, plus an inventive menu highlighting local ingredients and American fare.
Copper Common is this perfect balance of restaurant and bar. I can get a drink, oysters, the best damn burger ever, while my friend just has a cocktail. And what cocktails — the entire drink menu changes to reflect the season. —Brolin Mawejje2018 Ugandan Olympic hopeful / Utah local
Local Pick
Bar X & Beer Bar
Bar X has been around for over 80 years. It’s a modern speakeasy still using the same recipes from a bygone era. Neighboring Beer Bar is a German-inspired watering hole, offering more than 140 beers with 30 on tap and artisan bratwurst. Both are co-owned by Emmy award-winning Modern Family actor and SLC local, Ty Burrell.
I really like having beer bar next door to bar X, which is hands down my favorite bar in the city. They are adjacent inside and they couldn't be more different. — Gina J, American Fork, UT (Yelp review)
Local Pick
Whiskey Street
Whiskey Street pays homage to Salt Lake’s past. Before changing to Main Street in 1906, this central artery was named “Whiskey Street” by Brigham Young himself. It’s a gastropub made for boardroom execs, hipsters, and out-of-towners alike. Local’s tip: the short rib grilled cheese and peanut butter bourbon s'more are moan-inducing.
This place AMAZED me. Even by New York City standards, the food here is mind-blowingly delicious. There's a whole lot of creativity that goes into every dish and the flavors mix so well together. —Ermioni K, Briarwood Queens, NY (Yelp review)
Local Pick
Kristauf’s Martini Bar
If you’re in the mood for a martini — shaken or stirred — Kristauf’s is the place for you. This intimate bar dishes out handcrafted cocktails, along with live DJ’s spinning hip-hop, soul, funk, and classic rock. It’s also a great place to wait for a table at next-door sushi joint, Takashi, a local favorite.
Stopped in to Kristauf's tonight while staying at the Residence Inn next door. Delicious martinis.... I recommend the Konsummate Kristauf's with Finlandia Grapefruit and St. Germaine's....mmmmm —Jennifer W, Boise, ID (Yelp review)
Local Pick
The Garage
What once was an old repair shop has been transformed into one of Salt Lake’s coolest roadhouse taverns. A full bar pairs with comfort food — the Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes™ is the stuff of legends — live music, and an enormous patio in an unexpectedly cool industrial setting on the northern edge of the city.
This place is legit and exactly the type of joint I want to hang out and have a beer. Not to mention, the live music scene is stellar. —Lexi S, Salt Lake City, UT (Yelp review)
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