Beers, Brews, and Park City Bars: Where to Get a Buzz in Utah
Utah has historically had one of the most unique drinking scenes in the country. Up until November 2019, the beers found on tap or at the grocery store were all legally 3.2% alcohol by weight. When the 86-year-old law changed, bars, restaurants, and grocery and convenient stores were officially allowed to offer beers with 4% alcohol by weight or 5% ABV. (Beer with higher alcohol contents can be found at state liquor stores.) Despite the seemingly-stringent rules, there is a wide array of local bars, breweries, and distilleries that call this state home. So, while you’re visiting be sure to check out the Park City bar scene to see what it’s all about. Just keep these local tips in mind:
Don’t forget the altitude: Although 4-5% may seem low, when mixed with Park City’s elevation of 7,000 feet, one beer will hit you just right.
If you’re looking for something stronger, try the liquor stores: There are several state-run liquor stores throughout Park City. Here you can find bottles of wine, handles of hard alcohol, and high-point beer from across the country.
Order it in a bottle: Even at a bar, you can order high-point beer. (Just as long as it comes in a bottle.) Try the Hop Rising Double IPA by Squatters to get the most bang for your buck.
Explore your options: There’s a bar for everyone in Park City, from hidden dive bars to upscale cocktail bars to laid-back breweries. Check out a few of our favorites below.
— On-Main Street —
You’ll find a dense population of bars on Park City’s Main Street. If you don’t know where you want to go, Main Street is the safest bet. Restaurants and bars line the street and it’s easy to hop from place to place. This list doesn’t begin to cover all your options, but it’ll give you a sense of some good ones to consider.
$$$ It takes a lot to be awarded best bar in Park City, but with three levels and something for everyone, Fletcher’s easily walks away with the crown. Sit back and relax on plush couches in the Library Lounge, grab small plates and full entrees in the dining area, or stay late for dancing with some of the most popular local DJs. Visit the Fletcher’s website.
$ Calling all ski bums, A-list celebrities, beer snobs, and sports fan. This is a place where tourists mingle with locals, where you can enjoy a cold beer and play shuffleboard, and where you can gaze out on Main Street from the upstairs patio. If you only have time to go to one bar in Park City, make it this one. Visit the No Name website.
$$$ Known as a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike, this Park Ave saloon is a short walk from the base of the Town Lift. Enjoy a custom cocktail made with local High West whiskey and a delicious entrée fit for a king. High West is hands down the most iconic restaurant in Park City. Visit the High West website.
$ This two-level bar and live music venue recently moved locations up Main Street and was given a fresh remodel. The better-than-bar-food menu includes soups, salads, and “elkupies”—sourdough pizza that gives a nod to the bar’s mascot, the elkupine. Visit The Cabin’s website.
$ Pay homage to the Irish drinking spirit at this popular bar on Main Street. There are cozy nooks throughout where you can grab a seat or a fair share for bar games to play, including giant Jenga. Start the party on time with brunch and their over-the-top Bloody Mary. Visit the Rock & Reilly’s website.
$$$ A private label winery located on Main Street, Old Town Cellars brings the tasting room experience from wine country to ski country. They even rent out the space, in case you want a private wine party. Visit Old Town Cellars website.
$ What’s a schooner you ask? Well, it’s a 32 oz goblet of beer. This O’Shucks classic goes perfectly with a handful of their free peanuts and a game of pool. If you’re looking for cheap beer and lots of it, this is your place. Visit the O’Shucks website.
$$ Consistently boasting a stellar line-up of artists, O.P. Rockwell is the best place to catch a show. With two bars and plenty of room to dance, you can get groovy to everything from blues to funk to rock.Visit the O.P. Rockwell website.
$$ Your hips can’t help but move to the popular music and fast beat of the music at Downstairs. With everything from VIP tables to drink specials, this is a go-to if you’re looking to show off your twerking or your flossing. Visit the Downstairs website.
— Off-Main Street —
If you’re looking for a place with fewer tourists and more parking, head to these off-Main Street bars. The further you venture from downtown, the more likely you are to stumble on the Park City local secrets.
$$$ There’s nothing more Deer Valley than a ski-in/ski-out yurt serving exclusively Veuve Clicquot Champagne. Leave your skis on the front porch and enter the most exquisite yurt you’ll ever visit. Here you can warm your toes next to the wood-burning fireplace as you sip champagne out of a custom yellow glass. Before leaving, be sure to take a picture with the one-of-a-kind Veuve Clicquot skis. Put your pinky out, this is how mid-mountain drinks should be done. Visit the Veuve Clicquot website.
$$ Popular with locals, this relatively new offering has a casual, pub-like feel. While we’re calling it pub-fare, the menu is diverse and is immensely better than your typical greasy spoon. We recommend the craft beers, truffle fries, and the best wings ever. Be sure to ask about the rooftop patio when the weather is nice. Visit the Boneyard website.
$$ Don’t hate on three-two beer until you’ve tried it here. Red Rock Brewing is a casual family-friendly brewpub with a wide array of beer, both on-tap and in the bottle. Start your meal off right with Red Rock’s small bites and appetizers. Visit the Red Rock Brewery website.
$ This classic après bar has everything you need to finish out a phenomenal ski day: a signature Bacon Bloody Mary, a $10 shot and a shirt special, delicious on-mountain food, and an awesome logo with a pig in ski goggles. Visit the Pig Pen website.
$ If you want some energy with your drinks, try Umbrella Bar, in the heart of Canyons Village. The circular glass enclosure that houses the establishment gives a 360-degree view of the Village, with additional outside seating by the fire pit. When there are concerts in the nearby amphitheater, patrons at Umbrella Bar get to enjoy some music to go with their drinks. Visit the Umbrella Bar website.
$$$ Not many bars are ski-in/ski-out. The St. Regis Bar & Lounge is. It is also a cool and contemporary spot to grab signature drinks while lounging on an awesome porch in front of a fire pit, taking in incredible mountain views. Stay late and witness the champagne sabering ceremony, where a bartender takes off the cork with a saber, or enjoy a custom cocktail with your ski boots still on. Visit the St. Regis Bar website.
$$ Good pizza. Good beer. Plenty of screens. Maxwell’s is the perfect place to go to catch whichever game you want to see. If you ask nicely, they may even turn on the sound for you. Visit the Maxwell’s website.