Mickey and Minnie, Scarlett and Rhett, Jack and Rose—all classic cinematic pairs. During their travels throughout the northwest, friends Dave and Matt discovered one more: beer and film. They brought this concept back to Salt Lake City in 1997 when they opened Brewvies Cinema Pub, giving movie lovers a place to take in a flick while sipping one of 19 beers on tap. These include locally brewed options from Epic Brewing Company and Uinta Brewing.
Beer in hand, patrons ages 21 and up can settle in and watch exhilarating blockbusters or smaller, critically acclaimed films on one of the theater's four screens. Brewvies Cinema Pub even indulges more eclectic tastes with special screenings of classic movies as well as cult favorites. To complement their beer, patrons can grab a quick bite from the concession stand, which features everything from hummus plates and coconut shrimp to 10-inch pizzas and pulled-pork sandwiches smothered in a homemade honey-chipotle barbecue sauce.
The downtown gastropub boasts an extensive menu of reimagined pub fare. Start with a Scotch egg ($4), hard-boiled then wrapped in a garlic sausage before being doused with breading and fried. Or opt for an order of the pub poppers ($3), almond-stuffed medjool dates swaddled in strips of delicious bacon. Unstoppable appetites pause at the prosciutto burger ($12), and herbivorous eaters nosh the black-bean chipotle veggie burger ($11) with a side of fresh-cut-daily fries coated with garlic (add $2). Large plates, such as the slow-simmered chili verde with braised pork and green chilies ($8) or the Alaskan halibut and chips ($16) make gastro-pub elitists grovel. Hand-tossed pizzas (starting at $10) and fresh salads (starting at $5) complete the eclectic menu.
As Utah's first LEED-certified restaurant, Bistro 222 is every bit as innovative as the building that surrounds it. This innovation starts with the contemporary American menu, which puts a fresh spin on the iconic cuisine of California's Wine County. Signature dishes include chophouse steaks, house-made pastas, and freshly caught halibut, trout, and salmon.
Paired with a glass from the restaurant's well-curated wine list, the food makes for an impressive meal. But the dining room is just as impressive as the food. Its floor-to-ceiling glass windows look out onto historic Main Street, and its high-backed booths make meals more comfortable for members of the Utah Jazz. In addition to the main dining room, guests can also seek seating on the sun-dappled patio, or in the seclusion of the restaurant's private dining areas.
Reminiscent of a nightclub, Huka Bar & Grill's dimly lit room hosts towering hookahs that emit flavorful wisps of smoke, from cherry and sour apple to chocolate strawberry and winter fresh. Weekly events range from DJ-led ladies’ nights to Sunday Funday, which invites guests to engage in board games and take time for somber reflection upon the day when the Little Rascals invented fun. Prior to 8 p.m., patrons enter Huka Bar & Grill free of charge; After 8 p.m., there is a $7 cover charge per person.
Fats Grill fills its space with all the ingredients of a good time, including a menu populated with burgers, pizza, and sandwiches, a fully stocked bar, 12 flat-screen TVs, and seven pool tables, a setup that has won the hangout City Weekly's Best Pool Joint 13 years in a row. Twelve is the number of its burgers, all served on toasted sheepherder rolls with toppings such as bacon, jalapeños, and pastrami. Toasted sourdough builds the foundation for the grill's sandwiches, and pizza crust keeps italian sausage, red onion, and pineapple chunks from gracing the floor with their presence. Fats Grill also houses a newly renovated basement concert venue, a place where local musicians take the stage every Friday and Saturday night to belt out the name game using every audience member's name.
Wiseguys Comedy fills Salt Lake City’s state-mandated laugh quota with its rotating schedule of local and national joke handlers. Upcoming appearances include rising comic Spencer King performing an atypical set of irreverent musings at Ogden on February 25 and 26. Equally all-ages-appropriate joke spinner Steve Soelberg, "not Kevin Bacon," steps up to the mic at Trolley Square on March 3, making audiences guffaw as hard as dentists’ trifecta of nitrous oxide, gum-tickling mouth feathers, and insistence on doing old Steve Martin routines during a fluoride treatment. Wiseguys recommends checking the comics out on YouTube to get a flavor for their acts before catching a show.