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Bar X: Don't be fooled by the garish sign

Monday January 30, 2012
Bar X, a downtown Salt Lake City staple since 1933, has been transformed under the guidance of savvy new ownership. Fun fact: You may have even seen of the owners, Ty Burrell, on ABC's Modern Family. Once a seedy bar with a bad reputation, Bar X has now become a hip downtown hangout. Don't be fooled by the flashy, Vegas-esque sign, the sole remnant of the old Bar X. The first time I walked into Bar X I felt like I was in an entirely different place.

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With no windows to reveal your modern Salt Lake City surroundings, Bar X has an almost speakeasy vibe to it. It's dark, comfortable (even when packed with other patrons), unassuming, and swanky all at the same time.

Bar X is a great spot to grab a drink with friends, coworkers, or to bring a date. You can sneak off to a private corner booth or socialize in front of the building length bar.

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Pick Your Poison

Bar X has an high-end cocktail menu to choose from. The drinks are a bit pricier than most Salt Lake City establishments, but I think the price is worth the ambiance.

My recommendation: The Moscow Mule (vodka, Ginger beer, lime, and a dash of mint) served in a traditional copper mug. Delicious.

Bottom Line

If price is your main concern when choosing an after dark destination, go next door to Johnny's on Second. You can get a shot of well whiskey and a stein of beer for $5. But if you prefer a more quiet, hip, subdued, and sophisticated backdrop, give Bar X a try.

Bar X is located at 155 E 200 S in Downtown Salt Lake City. You really can't miss the gigantic, glaring sign.

Follow Nicole Mangino on twitter @nicolesnowbunny.