Downtown Salt Lake, like most cities’ downtowns, is a hub for business, arts, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Young professionals are moving to this neighborhood in droves to be close to transit and occupy dozens of new apartment buildings and condos, a hip new restaurant or bar opens seemingly every day, Greenbikes cruise from shop to shop, and exciting events hit the city center night after night.
But amid all the urban action, historic Temple Square remains the most visited attraction in the city, and views of the venerable Wasatch Mountains can be had from almost every street corner, giving downtown Salt Lake a unique feeling of rootedness and ruggedness. When it comes to planning out your day and night downtown, there’s a lot to choose from. Here are a few crowd favorites.
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Upstairs, the small, colorful “Bodega” is a good place to pop in for a quick drink, though it gets lively—and crowded—on the weekends.
Downstairs, The Rest is a large speakeasy-style bar with killer prohibition-era cocktails, a cozy library area, and a wonderful small plates and dinner menu (try the beer can chicken or the meat and cheese board).