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Monday, May 9, 2011

World Cocktail Week 2011: 5 spots to celebrate in SLC

World Cocktail Week runs May 6-13, 2011, and commemorates the first time the word “cocktail” was used in print back in 1806. It is, if nothing else, a good excuse to drop by your favorite Salt Lake City watering hole and have a cocktail.  Contrary to popular belief in much of the country, there are many places in downtown SLC (and throughout Utah) to have a cocktail.  Here is a handful to get you started , not only for World Cocktail Week, but all year long.  Since the liberalization of Utah Liquor Laws, there are a lot fewer private clubs in Utah.  Many of the best spots for cocktails are still linked to restaurants, though (you wouldn’t want to drink on an empty stomach, would you?), but the first two spots listed here are not.

Bar X is an SLC institution, an ex-Beer bar that now serves excellent craft cocktails.  My review here.
155 E 200 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84102
Tel: 801.355.2287
Info (no web site?)

Kristauf's Martini Bar is a cocktail bar with locations in SLC and Park City and over 75 “Martinis” (cocktails) on the menu.
16 West Market Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tel: 801.366.9490

Bambara is a great boutique bar attached to a public restaurant.
202 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tel: 801.363.5454

The New Yorker Club is an SLC institution, luxurious and pricey.
60 West Market Street (340 South)
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Tel: 801.363.0166

Metropolitan restaurant has great cocktails but very pricey food; try the dinner special on Mondays.
173 W Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Tel: 801.364.3472

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