douglas88 (339) Portland , Oregon | August 25, 2007| Updated September 20, 2013
A jazz band is often playing, and the place is always packed. Forget about all that: there are over 200 types of beers here, and many really great ones. No trip tp SLC would be complete without. Some beers often available include many locals, Rochefort, Cantillion, Chimay, Full Sail, Big Sky, Fullers, and many more. The selection comes and goes, but is always excellent. Also check the ’off-the menu’ menu.
Strebs (221) St. Louis, Missouri | June 24, 2012| Updated May 31, 2014
The best part of the Bayou is the Cajun food...it’s darn close to the real thing. Add great beer to the mix and the place is a welcome destination for any thirsty and hungry beer lover. I’m very impressed how the Bayou can have such a good selection and deserves support from beer lovers.
Probably the best bar in SLC. They have a number of tap offerings (around 30), of course all of these are 4%, including some macros and then draughts from the local breweries (Squatters, Wasatch, Desert Edge, Hoppers, Red Rock, etc). Then a massive bottle list, which was exciting to me as a traveler as it featured about 20 Epic beers. Also a lot of Mikkeller, Boulevard, Deschutes, Full Sail, Jolly Pumpkin, and more. When you have 300+ bottles in stock, selection is clearly not the problem as there are plenty of local, domestic, and international options. Their food is Cajun-inspired, obviously. I just got a white pizza and it was ok, perhaps not one of their better offerings. Overall, had a great time here and the selection is hard to beat here in Utah.
A cajun themed bar and restaurant in Salt Lake City? Sounds interesting... Okay, so the place itself is actually kind of a typical bar/restaurant and (thankfully) doesn’t have kitschy decor or anything like that. The menu is certainly Nawlins inspired, though. Met up here with Dallas and Bonnie to begin our crawl through some of the breweries and also just the city in general.
Great beer list with maybe 30 drafts and a ton of bottles. Given the ABV limits on draft beers, mostly local, Utah/SLC stuff. Being from out of town, it seemed good to me and I had pours of the Red Rock Jr. IPA and The Annex Sour IPA before trying a taste of the Dangereux from 2 Row that Dallas ordered.
Friendly bartender and really good prices on most of the beers, though some of the special, imported, and significantly higher ABV stuff was pretty pricey.
Easy walk from downtown. This is a fairly large space, long bar and tables around. Loads of beer coolers behind the bar support a large bottle list. Thirty taps as well. They have a modern LCD display for all taps, which rotates through other interesting stats as well (although this can be annoying when trying to select a beer). Of course all taps are 4% ABV -- other than the cider, which seems immune to the silly beer rules. I ended up with a bottled DIPA. Friendly service. Prices were about Utah-normal for the taps and "regular" bottles. Kinda crazy for some of the larger format bottles. I am not sure if this is Utah taxes kicking in or what is going on there.
I give this place such a high rating because it’s got great beer selection from all over the world, surprisingly good food, good location and above all, it’s 10x better than any other place of this type in Salt Lake City. Check it out.
The best beer bar in SLC. The selection is immense. The only problem with it is that the menu isn’t always updated with what is currently in stock. And some of the more ’exotic’ brews (ha! beer itself is exotic in this state) are often not available. The place can get real loud, which sucks for me and my bad hearing. The service is okay, though the waitresses are not really beer people. My only problem with this place is the food. I know people like it, but not me. My parents live in Louisiana, so I have an idea of what Cajun food is (sorry to sound arrogant) and this isn’t it. I’ve only tried a couple of things, both of which disappointed me, so I may be off on this, but I don’t think so. (Note: Everyone I go with to this place love the sweet potato fries. I don’t like sweet potatoes, so the fries don’t appeal to me. But you may love them.)
Could be a crowded place depending on the time of visit. Seating is first come first serve, which can suck. What doesn’t suck is the awesome food and the large diverse beer selection. I had the Jambalaya with crawfish and it was d-lish. I also took in a few local brews on tap from Red Rock, Uinta and Roosters. douglas88 enjoyed a 2004 vintage Cantillon Iris. The place has the goods alright. During my 10pm to 12am visit they had very nice live music too. If I ever move to SLC I’d need to be close enough to be a regular at this place.
Had to pay a "membership" fee like all Utah bars. The parking sux. The place is nice, reminds me of a loft w/ exposed brick walls. Went there on a week day and it was still very busy. Nice beer selection w/ very resonable. Would definitely recommend this place to other people. Staff was pretty knowledgeable on beers.