How to Get a Buzz; Beers and Brews
On the liberal side of Utah, Park City allows for plenty of buzz, even though Utah on the whole has some bizarre alcohol laws. Just a decade ago, you had to be a “member” of a bar in order to get a drink. Nowadays, you can easily get a drink almost anywhere. Most beers are what’s known as “three-two.” It means 3.2% alcohol by weight, a lower percentage than you’ll find in most areas of the world. While this seems a little silly, Park City is at an elevation of about 7,000 feet, so the lower amount of alcohol might be just fine if you’re coming from sea level. Elevation sickness is common, so plan to drink plenty of water while you’re here. If you want a stronger beer, look for the imported bottled beer at restaurants or liquor stores.
Local Tip: There’s no wine at the grocery store, so you’ll have to find a liquor store. All state-owned liquor stores are closed on holidays and Sundays. Our customized map can help you find groceries and booze.
— Staff Picks: Main Street —
You’ll find a dense population of bars on 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.
$$ The most popular bar is clearly the No Name, known by locals as “The Alamo”. This draws a slightly younger and louder crowd and has pretty good food, generally speaking. If you need a crowd to feel like you’re in the center of things, this is your place. Look for the deck overlooking Main Street on the second floor. As you wind through the saloon, you’ll find all kinds of old Park City memorabilia.
$$$ This whiskey distillery is a favorite among tourists and locals. It’s got an old west feel, as the building itself used to be a stopping point for miners and their horses. Try a specialty whiskey drink, which pairs nicely with the hearty, yet contemporary, Western menu. Distillery tours are available.
$$ The reality is, nearly every restaurant in Park City has a great wine selection. The Wine Dive is the hip, new local hangout with a great Pinot on tap. Located off Main Street, you’ll find a varied menu of small plates and artisan pizzas. And if weather permits, be sure to check out the fabulous rooftop patio.
$$ An authentic Irish pub with a warm, friendly atmosphere, complete with a full selection of Irish whiskey. The menu features traditional dishes like bangers n’ mash and shepherd’s pie. Don’t forget to try the famous Irish Coffee with brown sugar and home-made whipped cream!
$$$ Ya wanna dance? This is your best option, and it’s a very cool cocktail bar anytime. It was completely remodeled recently into a swanky hybrid of New York meets Park City. It can be easy to miss this venue because it’s really just a door on the east side of Main Street that leads downstairs into a secret music venue. But, surprisingly, they figured out how to lift the ceilings so it not the slightest bit dark or claustrophobic. Great for a drink or to shake your money maker.
$$ 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.
$$$$ A solid restaurant choice for steak and seafood, with a very comfortable bar. Casual enough for anyone, yet slightly sophisticated. Butcher’s is located at the base of Park City Resort’s Town Lift. This place allows kids on the periphery of the bar (technically in the restaurant), which can be helpful if you’ve got the family in tow.
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.
One of our favorite restaurants is also one of our favorite bars. They bring the same care and quality to their cocktails as they do to their small plates, which is to say, plenty.
— Off Main Street —
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. The highlight here, as far as beverages are concerned, are the specialty drinks. They include a range of creative and excellent concoctions like their famous Bloody Mary and cucumber martini.
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.
The on-site bar at Waldorf Astoria Park City is an exquisite high-end destination perfect for drinks and appetizers. Take in the rich furnishings, upscale décor, and delicious small plates that will accompany your libations.
This sports pub is a popular local destination, and is usually full of happy Parkites looking to quench their thirst. Not only can you find a goodly assortment of brews here, Maxwell’s offers a selection of New York style pizza and other pub food. If you fancy sports, there are plenty of big screens playing the game, but it isn’t required for a good time. Maxwell’s is also popular with families, due, in part, to a nice kids’ area.
Daly’s is a great, family-friendly place to grab a drink and enjoy a ton of fun activities. They offer pizzas and burgers to accompany your microbrews, and the place is equipped with a bowling alley. The full game room features pool, shuffleboard, arcade cabinets, and more. This is the place to go for a playful and entertaining destination.
This is a lounge in the truest sense of the word. A large hall or ballroom of sorts, with an impressive timber ceiling, this lounge is full of plush seating areas. While there are definitely drinks, they are hardly required, and you can hang out here, enjoying the ambiance and the weekend’s live musical performances without feeling compelled to keep shelling out.
— Park City Brews —
Aside from being an excellent chocolatier, Ritual is also a coffee shop. With freshly roasted beans and an eye for the perfect brew, Ritual is some of the best java in Park City. Make sure to take yours with a bit of the famous artisanal chocolate they make in-house.
This busy local favorite has plenty of delicious coffee, cocoa, and smoothies to go with the warm atmosphere and pleasant company. Come here to get more than top-shelf coffee, you might make a friend in this Park City hotspot that serves as a great place to share a chat over a cup.
A charming teahouse and bookshop in one. Choose from their assortment of loose-leaf teas, even mixing them up for a unique blend. While you enjoy your drink, peruse a selection of used books, local crafts, and baked goods.