Top 7 Aprés Ski Bars in Downtown Salt Lake City, UT

Miles Clark |

[this article is sponsored by Ski City]

Bar X, Ski City, UT. photo: bar x

It’s true, there didn’t used to be a whole lot going on in downtown Salt Lake City, UT – Ski City – but the paradigm has shifted and shifted hard.  Downtown Salt Lake City is now littered with hip bars, swank restaurants, well thought out museums, novelty shops, an impressively cool library, quality theaters/shows, a planetarium/lazerium, killer shopping at City Creek mall, a ferocious aprés ski scene, and more.

When you’re done skiing and riding “The Greatest Snow on Earth”, downtown Salt Lake City is the place to grab  delicious drinks, delctable food, and aprés ski as hard as you want.





Bar X, Ski City, UT. photo: bar x

Bar X opened in 1933 – the same year that Prohibitions was repealed.  Modern Family actor Ty Burrell recently remodeled the place and made it pop.  This place still rolls with prohibition style cocktails (Sidecar, Old-fashioned, French 75) and a speakeasy vibe.  Bar X is a must see stop on the SLC bar tour.

Bar X


Copper Common, Ski City, UT. photo: copper common

Copper Common enjoys the best of both worlds:  full-on badass bar & full-on delectable restaurant.  House-made pickles, smoked pork rillettes, pastas, steamed cod with dashi, steak frites, seafood, chocolates paired with liqueurs, shucked oysters, exotic cheeses, deviled eggs, all while serving ski bum approved Pabst Blue Ribbon.  This place has balance.  Bar food at it’s best.  And oh yeah, they’ve got all the booze, wine, and beer you could ever want.

Copper Common


The Red Door, Ski City, UT. photo: red door

Like fancy specialty cocktails?  The Red Door is your bar.  These guys opened up just over a decade ago and they’ve been bringing the funk every since.  Dirty Girl Scout Martini, Manhattans, aged bourbons and whiskeys, an impossibly long list of cocktails, and even wine.  Live bands almost every night and a live DJ on Fridays nights.  The Red Door has already become a downtown staple.

The Red Door


Beerhive, Ski City, UT. photo: beerhive

Beerhive brings class to beer drinking in SLC.  Over 24 delicious beers on tap and an exhaustive list of exotic bottled beers.  An ice-topped bar upstairs keeps beers cool while you tell your buddies lies about hucking the biggest cliff at Snowbird “back in the day”.  The atmosphere here is A+ with wood-toned decor and bar, and a warm, buzzing vibe that will make even the casual beer drinker excited to step out of their comfort zone and try something wild.



The Bayou, Ski City, UT. photo: bayou

Over 300 beers to chose from at The Bayou.  Draft beers, bottled beers, seasonal beers, even gluten-free beers.  Cajun-inspired beer bar with live Jazz and Blues a few times per week.  Get a booth, settle in, and ask your server to bring you something you’ve never heard of.  Louisiana cooking pumps out from the kitchen delivering po’ boys and gumbo.  Try the Wheel of Beer app they’ve created to get yourself out of your ‘same old beer rut.’

The Bayou


Whiskey Street, Ski City, UT. photo: whiskey street

The food is as good as the drinks here.  Countless whiskeys on display.  Poutine + pork belly corn dogs + bourbon, rye, or whiskey = sublime.  Chattering, buzzy atmosphere.  Bartenders know their stuff.  Great place for apres ski, a Tinder date, and/or meeting new people and fellow travelers.

Whiskey Street


Brewvies Cinema, Ski City, UT. photo: brewviews

After skiing and riding, it’s key to have a beer, eat great food, and watch a movie.  All these activities can be performed simultaneously at Brewviews.  Extensive beer and bar list and the food is killer.  Movie tickets are cheaper than normal.  Grab a pitcher of your favorite beer, settle into a table or couch and chill the hell out.  This place is popular.  Order tickets ahead of time online or over the phone.  Get there early and get a great seat.  People show up early to drink, carouse, and tell lies about how sick they got at the hill.

Brewvies Cinema

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