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More fun than you expected
A vibrant community, Salt Lake City
impresses many first-time visitors.
The 2002 Winter Olympics helped put Salt
Lake City on the map, and the
many world-class ski resorts and nature
reserves in the area make this
a year-round destination. It’s no
surprise that there’s also a growing
The city is a lot less dominated by the
Mormon Church than the rest of
the state, but the liquor laws are
strict. Taverns and lounges sell
beer only. Mixed drinks are served at
“private membership” clubs. You
can buy a two-week membership card or
get someone at the door to
Monaco (15 W 200 South) downtown
boutique hotel, special gay
B&B (720 E Ashton Ave) restored
in-room breakfast, near shops,
(110 W Broadway) Victorian-era lodging,
gym, spa, gay-friendly vibe.
Bars & clubs
In the midst of a generally conservative
society, gays mingle in ways
you won’t see in more liberal parts of
the country. Men and women,
straights and gays, and all races and
ages mix a little easier here.
(451 S 400 West) straight dance club,
Tuesday gay night.
Babylon Saturdays @
Bliss (Bliss club, 400 S West
Temple) diverse crowd, straight most
nights, gay dance each Saturday.
SLC (Club Manhattan, 5 E 400
South) Saturday night
showtunes, cabaret performances, torch-
Angles (251 W 900 South) lively
mix of bears and other folks,
DJ weekends, dance floor, smoking
Gossip! Fridays @
Club Sound (Club Sound, 579 W
200 South), two dance clubs in one,
18+ and 21+, summer rooftop terrace.
Jam (751 N
300 West) nicely designed neighborhood
bar, outdoor patio,
live music Thursdays, dancing
(3424 S State St) sports bar for
(3737 South State St) women’s weekend
dance bar with patio.
(147 S State St) the city’s oldest gay
pub, unassuming and
Rage Saturdays @
Depot(Depot, 13 N 400 West) gay
dance party, underwear
events, porn stars.
(201 E 300 South) gay and straight
crowd, piano and karaoke
S 600 West) older crowd, cheap beer,
(615 W 100 South) mixed dance club,
lounge and patio, theme
parties, Latin and hip-hop nights.
(358 S West Temple) alternative indie
music dance club,
occasional live music.
(900 E 2100 South) dine-in, drive-
through and take-out
joint, healthy gourmet sandwiches,
salads and soups.
Med(420 E 3300 South)
Mediterranean specialties, Sunday
brunch, breakfast burritos, steak and
Lebanon (152 E 200 South)
weekend belly dancers,
Grill (48 W Market St) fine
seafood restaurant, popular
Coffeehouse (631 W North Temple)
coffee always brewing, open
mic nights, spoken-word performances,
Club (60 Market St) award-
winning American cuisine, great steaks,
“to-die-for” soufflés, elegant
vibe, excellent service.
(251 W 900 South) internet café,
salad bar, weekend
breakfasts after the bars close.
(736 W North Temple) flavors of all
regions of Mexico, tasty
burritos to smoldering mole sauces.
(473 E 300 South) vegetarian and organic
wine, open every day.
Cafe (365 W 400 South) bistro
fare, fresh sandwiches,
tasty salads, live music, local art,
Q Salt Lake
has gay and lesbian news and
Center (361 N 300 West) is
Utah’s gay community center.