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.
In an edgy, alloy-flanked space that earned the title of Best Pool Joint in Utah, Fats Grill's staff slings a menu of fresh burgers, wings, and American fare served alongside a slew of exhilarating entertainment. During lunch or dinner, protein-packed patties bundled in toasty sheepherder rolls don a range of tempting toppings alongside a warm helping of fries. Spicy jalapeños, cheddar-jack cheese, wing sauce, and barbecue sauce ignite the bacon-topped meat morsel of the TNT burger, and the hearty high rise of the Triple Decker piles three patties skyward to allow buns to draw complex cartography of tabletop trails. For dinner, couples or R&B trios that lost their baritones can split an appetizer of wings draped in sauce or zesty seasonings, and soft drinks, juice, and coffee maximize hydration. Duos conclude chew-a-thons with shared desserts such as cheesecake from the local Glaus French Pastry Shoppe or a root-beer float.
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.
From the tailgate sign hanging over the entrance to the colorful walls covered with flatscreen TVs, Taligaters Grill is all about generating a lively atmosphere where friends can enjoy a bite or catch a game. The menu of hearty burgers, crisp pizzas, and wings in buffalo or thai chili sauce fuels sports fans while they cheer on their favorite teams. Though Tailgaters is known as a sports bar, it's also family friendly, welcoming groups to enjoy boneless versions of their wings and a kids' menu with chicken tenders, pizza, and pasta. A spread of sandwiches and burgers also gives diners' hands something to do when they aren't clapping after a big play or telegraphing updates to a friend in Antarctica.