Granary District / Ballpark Area
The Granary District/Ballpark Area is part industrial, part commerce and part artists’ neighborhood. The Bees, a triple-A baseball team, can be found here in season, along with many of the city’s hidden urban gems.
EAT & DRINK
Enjoy some smoky, meaty goodness at the city’s best barbecue joint R&R BBQ (randrbbq. net) or take on the enormous, world-famous burger at Lucky 13 (lucky13slc.com), which also boasts a killer Bloody Mary. Take note of the large mural of Frida Kahlo before you head into Frida Bistro (fridabistro.com) to have your tastebuds blown away by white-tablecloth regional Mexican dishes. Publik Coffee Roasters (publikcoffee. com) is a minimalist space where you can hang with the neighborhood and check your email. Epic Brewing (epicbrewing.com) on State Street sells a large selection of craft beers you can drink or carry out and Mamachari Kombucha Taproom (mamachari.cc) sells its fermented, healthy beverage from its brewhouse. There’s a number of watering holes in the area, mostly along State Street. For an eclectic bar crawl, start at The Bayou (utahbayou.com), which offers a massive beer selection, before you head to The Proper Burger Co. (properbrewingco.com) for a matching hand-made brew and burger. Then veer to The Republican (801-595-1916) for international soccer on TV, and Piper Down (piperdownpub. com) that meets every criteria you’d have for a pub. Off of State, Club Try-Angles (clubtryangles.com) is a buzzy LGBTQ bar and club.
Take yourself out to the ballgame, sip a beer and enjoy the alpenglow on the Wasatch Range while watching the minor-league Bees (slbees.com) Drop in at The Front Climbing Gym (frontslc.com) to boulder and generally hook up. The Ballpark District also has several family-friendly haunted houses, such as Fear Factory (fearfactory.com) and Nightmare on 13th (nightmareon13th.com) during the Halloween season.
The State Room (thestateroom. com) is considered by many locals to be Salt Lake City’s best live-music venue.
WHAT THE LOCALS KNOW
The Liberty Wells neighborhood gets its name from the fresh springs in the neighborhood. American Indians came here for water, and it’s where the Mormon pioneers made their first encampment.