The name doesn't lie—located in Salt Lake City, The Off Broadway Theatre is about as far from The Great White Way as you can get. But geography hasn't stopped the space from staging New York-caliber classic musicals and original comedies for nearly 20 years. The auditorium rings with laughter during beloved productions such as Little Shop of Horrors and The Pirates of Penzance, and house-written parodies including The Adventures of Sheer-Luck Homes and Snotson, The X-Mas Men, and Dracula vs. any number of monsters once portrayed by Boris Karloff. Audience members get the chance to join in on the hilarity during interactive sets from the resident jokesters of the Laughing Stock Comedy Troupe.
Founded in 1966 as a professional modern-dance company, the Repertory Dance Theater has a long-standing commitment to engaging the public with dance, both through performances and community programs. In the early '90s, RDT helped to invigorate downtown Salt Lake City's cultural and social presence by building the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, where the company continues to practice, teach classes, perform, and host free lectures on the importance of laundering leotards.
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.
EVE SLC is a sprawling New Year's Eve celebration?so sprawling that it takes three days. Its epicenter is the Salt Palace, where DJs spin in two ballrooms, filled with thousands of beach balls in honor of the event. However, it reaches across the city, too, with art exhibits, film screenings, and comedy shows at venues from Clark Planetarium to Off Broadway Theater. The event even stretches into the sky, with jaw-dropping fireworks displays.
Zest Kitchen & Bar was built on a farm-to-fork philosophy, meaning the restaurant relies almost exclusively on organic, local, and sustainable ingredients. The result is a menu packed with globally inspired and seasonal dishes, such as stuffed avocado with spicy seasoned walnuts, pico, and cashew sour cream. Following the kitchen's lead, Zest's bar features cocktails handcrafted with fresh ingredients, as well as organic wines, beers, and other spirits. Such variety enables the restaurant to transform into a colorful late-night lounge complete with live music from a resident DJ on the weekend.
The fully renovated Gallivan Plaza presents visitors with year-round entertainment opportunities, including cultural events, concerts, and festivals. Come wintertime, the plaza opens up its outdoor skating rink—a rink twice the size of its predecessor. There, skaters glide around throughout the holiday season and, during breaks from the ice, can fuel up with snacks such as hot chocolate and nachos from the rink’s concession stand.