Five Great Utah Watering Holes


Cool down with a frosty drink at one of these hot spots around the state

by Molly Newman

Summer in Utah means two things: long, sunny days perfect for hiking, biking, or running the river…and temperatures guaranteed to work up a thirst. Fortunately, every corner of the state offers hot, tired athletes an oasis specializing in great beer and tempting food. Check out these refreshment options on your next day trip or weekend adventure.

Moab Brewery

686 S. Main St., Moab

Put the perfect cap on a day of mountain biking with a pint and a meal at this popular Moab microbrewery. On a sunny evening, patio seating is worth the wait. Dead Horse Amber Ale may be the most popular offering on tap, but don’t miss brewmaster Jeff Van Horn’s seasonal offerings. Watching your budget? Weeknight specials include Two Bit Wing Night and Free Popcorn Night as well as a tempting array of pub-favorite happy hour treats.

What’s nearby: The recently completed Moab Canyon Pathway offers a scenic, paved connection from town to Arches National Park that’s perfect for a leisurely, no-suspension-required ride.

Shooting Star Saloon

7350 E. 200 S., Huntsville [note–it’s not .com]

Get a shot of history with your next pub jaunt. This tiny Ogden Valley town has been home to Utah’s oldest bar since 1879. The jukebox features honest-to-goodness 45s from Pink Floyd to Patsy Cline, and historical and local memorabilia liven up the decor. Stop by the ATM before coming—the Shooting Star only accepts cash. The Star Burger—a knockwurst sausage sandwiched between two beef patties, then crowned with mustard, pickles, and sauteed onions—is the menu’s highlight.

What’s nearby: For a challenging, spectacular short hike, try the Adams Canyon Trail in nearby Layton. This 3.7-mile out-and-back trip features steep ascents, gorgeous vistas, and a sparkling waterfall.

The Garage

1199 N. Beck St., Salt Lake City

Tucked into an unassuming neighborhood north of downtown, The Garage looks like a grungy version of its namesake from the exterior. But step inside, and you’ll find a large, welcoming patio, on-point staff, and food that’s earned raves from SLC’s toughest critics. (Try the Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes or Tuesday night’s $1 street-style tacos.) Stop by at night for a live rock show, or meet up with friends for a pre-ride weekend brunch.

What’s nearby: Ensign Peak—the first mountain the pioneers climbed in the Salt Lake Valley—stands nearby, offering a short but challenging hike with super-rewarding urban views.

High West Distillery & Saloon

703 Park Ave., Park City

In the mood for something a little more spirited than beer? High West crafts whiskeys and vodkas worthy of pairing with a fine dinner, and that’s just what you’ll find at their “gastro-distillery” in downtown Park City. Savor a black coffee and bourbon-glazed cod to celebrate a day spent with friends, or stop by for a small-plate lunch and cocktail before heading out to the trails.

What’s nearby: Work up an appetite with an adrenaline-fueled descent through Park City’s renowned mountain meadows. All three in-town resorts offer lift-served mountain biking so you can skip the uphill slog and get straight to the fun part.

Dinosaur Brew Haus

550 E. Main St., Vernal

After exploring Dinosaur Country, kick back with a beer and a burger at this friendly, no-frills spot. Utah craft brews are always on tap, and the slow-roasted brisket is perfect with a crisp grilled bun. An inviting patio invites you to linger while you’re planning your next trip.

What’s nearby: Beat the summer heat with a whitewater trip down the Green or Yampa River. In-house outfitter Dinosaur River Expeditions can set you up with the perfect experience from mild to wild.

Molly Newman

Molly Newman lives in Portland, Oregon, where she hikes, walks, and runs whenever it isn’t raining­—and often when it is. A contributor to Outdoor Sports Guide since 2009, she also hosts regular trivia nights and homeschools her two sons.


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Molly writes about fitness and nutrition from her home in Portland, Oregon. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her teaching history, hiking the Gorge, or hitting the archery range.

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