Salt Lake Restaurants
Over the past decade, Salt Lake has become a legitimate destination for food lovers, with award-winning restaurants, minimalist cafés, and trendy bars. In this mountain-ringed city, you can taste flavors from all over the world, sample small plates, or share family portions in every neighborhood.
From avant-garde cuisine to comfort classics, savor local ingredients and find your next favorite meal in the city. And while we’re proud of our acclaimed restaurants and ambient spaces, there are also a myriad of tasty choices for folks on the go and budget-minded travelers as well.
Yes, you can get a drink in Salt Lake. If you've heard things about the liquor laws in Salt Lake and Utah, you might be surprised to find out that it's as easy to get a drink here as just about anywhere else — if you're of legal drinking age.
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Drinking in Utah
Where can I buy a cocktail, glass of wine, or a beer in Utah?
Liquor, wine, and beer are available at licensed restaurants and bars seven days a week. Alcoholic beverage service in a licensed restaurant requires that food be ordered with your drink, and that it be delivered by an authorized employee.
Beer may be also purchased in establishments that have a "beer only" type license. These include taverns, beer bars, some restaurants or cafes, snack bars, etc. Beer service in a tavern or bar does not require that you order food. Persons under the age of 21 years may not be on the premises of certain "beer only" establishments.
Are there restrictions on consuming alcoholic beverages in public places?
Yes. State law prohibits consuming liquor in public places. A person may not be intoxicated in a public place to a degree as to endanger himself or another, or unreasonably disturb others. Consuming or having an open container of alcohol in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle is prohibited. As a general rule, alcoholic beverage may not be brought into an establishment that’s open to the general public if it is to be consumed on the premises. Wine may be brought into a restaurant that is licensed to sell wine. Corkage fees vary by restaurant. Exceptions are only when consuming alcohol at a public or community event that is permitted by the state to sell and serve alcoholic beverages.
Where can I buy alcoholic beverages to go?
- State Liquor Stores: All packaged liquor, wine, and heavy beer (more than 5% ABV) must be purchased from a Utah state liquor store. Get a complete list of all store and package agency locations here.
- Grocery and Convenience Stores: Beer and similar products like hard seltzers may be purchased at most grocery and convenience stores in Utah. Wine is not available in grocery stores and can only be bought at authorized state stores.
- Hotels: Alcohol must be ordered through the front desk, as they just need to check IDs.