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Old 12-13-2006, 11:45 PM   #1
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Default Utah/SLC: Info needed with regards to the bar scene

I'm headed out to Utah (Alta/Snowbird etc.) in a few weeks with a fairly big group of friends.

What are the towns/city like with respect to drinking? I've heard a lot of 2nd hand info, like you have to "belong" to a bar to go, can't buy beer/liq. etc.

Its not a big deal to us, as we're all there for the snow, but with a group as big as ours, it would be nice to know what exactly to expect out there.

Thanks a lot

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Old 12-13-2006, 11:46 PM   #2
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I just learned that it was illlegal to ship booze to Utah.

Good luck at the bars. BTW, the Europeans are still talking about Utah and the jacked up bar laws even to this day after how many years since the Olympics.
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:38 AM   #3
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If you head up to park city you might have some luck.

I hope your wallet is fat.
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:38 AM   #4
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I just learned that it was illlegal to ship booze to Utah.

Good luck at the bars. BTW, the Europeans are still talking about Utah and the jacked up bar laws even to this day after how many years since the Olympics.
Thank you sir....

Alright,

Rule/Tip 1: No shipping
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:39 AM   #5
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If you head up to park city you might have some luck.

I hope your wallet is fat.

So they do have bars? That "outsiders" can get into?

Can you buy alc. there? (Sorry for the retarded Q's, you should hear the crap I've heard)
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:43 AM   #6
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Yeah, but expect for the prices to be awful. Head up to main street, i can recall one bar up there. And um by alcohol, do u mean beer or some good liquor. Liquor is pretty much out of the question, but beer can be found at gas stations
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Yeah, but expect for the prices to be awful. Head up to main street, i can recall one bar up there. And um by alcohol, do u mean beer or some good liquor. Liquor is pretty much out of the question, but beer can be found at gas stations
Beer at gas stations, check.

Bad idea to throw a bottle or two in suitcase if you can't buy there?
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Old 12-14-2006, 12:49 AM   #8
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Beer at gas stations, check.

Bad idea to throw a bottle or two in suitcase if you can't buy there?

Go buy some big ass listerine bottles (i dont car where). Preferablly, the ****ty horrible yellow/organish color ones. Pour all the **** out into a sink, pour whatever liquor you want into the listerine bottle and then dab the top of the bottle with some listerine(try to be careful not to hit the edges of the top with the liquor)

Works great.
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:19 AM   #9
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Have to go to liquor stores (closed sunday) to get real beer or wine. You can get utah beer at any grocery store. private clubs and MANY restaurants serve beer. Many, many restaurants are getting their liquor license now. See you on the slopes !!
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:26 AM   #10
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Yeah, but expect for the prices to be awful. Head up to main street, i can recall one bar up there. And um by alcohol, do u mean beer or some good liquor. Liquor is pretty much out of the question, but beer can be found at gas stations
but the beer is only 3%. youll have to drink twice as much.
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Old 12-14-2006, 01:30 AM   #11
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but the beer is only 3%. youll have to drink twice as much.

Not me, I'm a lightweight...

PLus I'm used to something closer to see level. 3,000 ft (IIRC) makes that 3%, 5% easy.
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:02 AM   #12
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but the beer is only 3%. youll have to drink twice as much.
i love that movie

"so not only do you have a drunk, you have a drunk whos fat and gross. What could be worse?"

"Are you jesus?!?!"
"umm yah....im jesus haha! Why do you ask?"

song: "mirror in the bathroom please talk free, the door is locked jsut you and me. i can take you to a restaraunt theres a lot less {something} you can watch yourself while you are PEEING!!!!"
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Old 12-14-2006, 02:29 AM   #13
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SLC isn't that bad....yes it is, never mind.

There are some cool bars/clubs. Pretty much all the bars in SLC are sausage fests. That and the bitches are just that....bitches. There are cool chicks for sure, but good luck finding them. Oh, and bars close like almost an hour earlier than normal places, so pimp fast.

As far as bar memberships go....they work it just like a cover charge pretty much. People make it sound like you have to get finger printed and have a background check ran just so you can walk in the door.....not the case.

If you are ordering mixed drinks, get a shot of whatever liquor is in the mixed drink so you can add them together. All the drinks are requlated in Utah, so you end up with ***** drinks unless you add a shot....don't get busted doing it though...they will kick you out.

Also, take advantage of the taxi/bussing/train systems instead of driving. Parking is always a hassle, and the cops suck. They like to hog tie drunk people. Most of the good bars are downtown within a few blocks.

Shaggy's - This place has like 3 or 4 dance floors...4 or 5 bars to order drinks at...good music that isn't always the top 20's but sometimes is.

Vortex - this is a pretty weird place. It is an 18 and over dance club(can't drink in the 18 and up section) mixed with a regular bar. Both sections have a dance floor. There is a bar upstairs in this place that over looks the 18 and up dance floor. There is a big cage so that you can't throw stuff at the younguns. Music can be good here. They get some big name DJs.

Port O Call - This place is a sports bar type place with dance floors and stuff....i only went there a couple of times and didn't stay for any duration. Some people love this place, some people hate it. I hate it

Monks - I like monks. They operate underneath a kinko's. Pretty cool dive bar. They have the only reggae night that know of in SLC. Local DJs and some live bands.

There are a bunch more bars along State street. Burts Tiki lounge (they used to have a midget that worked there....) Some irish bars...but i recommend staying dowtown.

Liquor stores carry good normal beer (expensive but bearable), wine, mixers, and liquor. they are not open on sunday, and close at like 8 or 9 pm. Just plan ahead and you will be cool.

I hope this answers a few questions and makes your trip that much better. If you want to know more, blow me...

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Old 12-14-2006, 03:44 AM   #14
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The "membership" is just a cover charge. In fact most of the places I go to give it back to you after you walk in the door, plus half the time I never get charged anyway.

Bars here let out at 1:30, ghey, but I haven't been drinking out of state before so it seems normal to me.

Prices depend mainly on where you go, some bars are decent, others can be pretty pricey.

As far as places to go, there's several:

Port O'Call

The Sandy Station

The Point After (smaller place, but pretty chill)

The Vortex (it's generally where all the snobby bitches go)

Shaggy's Living Room (pretty upscale, probably pretty pricey too. Never been, doesn't really appeal to me)

Those are pretty much the major players in SLC. Out of all of them I prefer Sandy Station. It's pretty large and there's never a wait like Port O'Call and The Vortex. It's also just off of I-15 which will make it easy to find for an out of towner.
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Old 12-14-2006, 04:46 AM   #15
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Oh yea...don't even bother going to the strip joints in SLC....unless you found "xx# of pounds of cocaine on the beach" somewhere....thats the only way to get them to loose the pasties....
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