The Bayou | Salt Lake City, Utah
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The Bayou
Excellent based on 27 ratings
Type: Bar

645 S State St.
Salt Lake City, Utah United States 84111 [ print map ]
801 961 8400

Hours: M-F 11am-1am, S-S 5pm - 1am

Mayor: EdInSaltLake (5) | Affiliated user(s) here beernutmark | Taps: 31 | Bottles: 350

The Bayou

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Beer Available At The Bayou (arranged by most recent)
Slaapmutske Tripel (Triple Nightcap) 89, Bourganel aux Marrons 31, Epic Escape To Colorado IPA 91, Green Flash West Coast IPA (2014-) 97, Bohemian Brewery Sommer Landbier , Annex Crimson Saison , Poperings Hommelbier 92, Squatters Full Suspension with Mango and Habanero , Petrus Dubbel Bruin 87, Bonneville Brewery Irish Twins , Moab Brewery Red Rye IPA (4%) , Mikkeller Big Worse Barley Wine 98, Pelican MacPelicans Scottish Style Ale 61
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27 reviews for The Bayou
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  74%
 Selection  86%
 Food  71%
 Value  66%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
JasonG  (36) Salt Lake City, Utah | April 23, 2008
A bar and restaurant - was totally packed on the night I was there, but I was able to get a table on their small outdoor patio right away. You basically have to pay a $5 charge to join their club or something to be able to buy good beer. They have a pretty good selection of both drafts and bottles, including some pretty high alcohol stuff (barleywines, etc.). Service was not all that knowledgeble, but they went to find out answers that didnít know. The food was fairly standard bar food. I had the burger, and it was mediocre at best. Still, in a city that I thought of as a beer desert, this is a pretty good place.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
seanosean  (10) Salt Lake City, Utah | August 4, 2009
Itís Utah, so the prices are just silly as they have to buy from the State DABC at th same cost as Joe Public (no wholesale alc in Utah!), then they markup even higher ustto survive. Not there fault really, itís jut Utah. The beer selection is second to none and the staff seems to know right off which few they are out of stock. Rare beer s galore! The food is good, but pricey for a pub. It was much too hip of a place before Utah got rid of the membership/private club law, now it seems to have mellowed a little, dropping some of the yuppies. The jazz combos in the corner are always a nice touch and not so loud they overwhelm. IItís a great place to go and try a beer youíve never heard of before, and often the only place (outside searching the liqour stores) youíre going to find the more obscure brews.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
chimay67  (60) hunt sta, New York | August 1, 2010
A very lively cajun themed beer bar/resto in downtown SLC very close to Epic Brewing. Staff was okay but maybe spread too thin to be effective. My main complaint here was that while equipped with AC they did not have it on. I donít know if they were saving $ or trying to be green but it made for a very unpleasant experience. Donít be fooled by the extensive beer menu, many of the selections listed were not in stock. Still enough there for most beer geeks to find something to make them happy. Gripe #2, if I order a large format bottle, I donít want the whole thing poured into one giant glass. I want to share the darn thing with the people I am eating/drinking with. Food was decent, recommend sticking with the cajun dishes. Burgers were ho-hum. So turn on the AC, hire two or three more servers, and keep the list updated or printed with things that are always kept in stock and print up a new arrivals/specials insert.
JoeMcPhee  (511) Toronto, ON, Ontario | September 17, 2007
Cool looking place, pool table at the back, long bar. Iím not a fan of these private club rules in Utah, but this place is worth paying what is essentially a five dollar cover. About 30 taps with a large selection of Utah microbrews. I didnít eat but other people seemed to be enjoying what they had. Friendly staff. The premiere beer spot in the city, by far.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog  (768) Phoenix, Arizona | July 9, 2012
July 2012. Maybe my expectations were too high based on the hype here. Donít get me wrong, this place does have an impressive beer list. But the drafts are only the most commonly available Utah brews (plus Bud Light, Shock Top, and Guinness). And while the bottle list is pretty good, itís focused on just a few sources and is horribly overpriced. The Eoic beers from right down the street are marked up 100-500%. And while "Cajun" food might be an interesting twist, it doesnít quite gel with the beer menu, and I wasnít all that impressed. Mitbwas just OK. Iíd categorize this place as "good" but not as impressive as suggested. If pressed for SLC stops, do the breweries. Slackwater in Ogden is a more simpatico beer haven.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
yemenmocha  (66) Glendale, Arizona | May 4, 2009
This social club has the only decent bottled beer selection in town, and the menu is incorrect most of the time. I canít tell you how many times I picked 2-3 beers in a row and ALL of them were not in stock. Service is atrocious. More effort is put into hiring young females than competent servers. Atmosphere is contemporary beer bar in nature with decor, but itís hard to overcome the shortcomings in service and selection. Theyíre only in business because there is no real competition for the craft beer consumer who wants normal ABV beers in SLC.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Wasatch  (14) Utah | October 26, 2008| Updated December 16, 2009
This place rocks, but the prices on the brews are out rageous. I had the Hoppin John for lunch, very tasty with some fries and sweet potatoe fries. Next came the brews, ordered the 750ml of Unibroue Terrible the price was not bad, but alot more than I can get a bottle for. Next came a bottle of Samichlaus, price was better, but still on the pricey side. They do have a bunch of awesome brews though. Since I have a bunch of these at home, the pickings were a little slim, but mangaged to pick a couple out for this time around. Overall this place brings a nice reality to UT, but I wish the priceís would come down.

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