Salt Lake City business trip
I'll be in Salt Lake City on business from December 4 through 6, staying two nights. I've never been to SLC before and am looking for suggestions on decent restaurants, bars and things to do or see in and around the downtown area during the evening. We will be staying at the Hilton on SW Temple, which looks to be pretty central and we will not have a car.
AAA Magazine just had an article on things to see and do in Salt Lake. You might check their web site.
Last edited by Scuzz; 12-01-2011 at 08:59 AM.
Hire a van to take you to Park City. It's just 40 minutes away and is certainly worth the trip.
SLC is not really a walking city. Everything is very spread out. Park City is nice enough, but as fire said about 40 minutes away on 80. If you like outdoor stuff, Antelope Island State Park is pretty neat - they have a Bison herd you can go and watch, go hike/drive around the island, etc.
Brewvies is just a few blocks away (a movie theater that sells Alcohol), so there's that. It's been almost 10 years since I lived there, but all the bars in SLC sucked back then. I heard they recently changed their alcohol laws so they were slightly less retarded, but no first hand experience.
I'm up for a job in SLC. I've been there before and like it, but what I don't like is the 6-hour radius of lameness around it. And I've noticed all the beer there is only 3%. Oy, Mormons.
What are the odds of happiness for a mid-20s non-Mormon bi-coastal Ivy league snob in terms of 1) finding good alcohol 2) sleeping with non-Mormon women and 3) having stuff to do? Thanks.
Low to mid. I lived there for a year and a half in the late 90's, and it wasn't terrible, though it's no coastal cultural enclave.
You'll probably want to live in the Avenues (locally: "the Avs"), which is the neighborhood on the hills north of the city. It's the oldest part of Salt Lake, and is where the youngsters and hipsters and UU grad students and professors and whatnot live.
You can get regular beer at the state stores but not in bars (3.2% beer only, which isn't really all that much less than regular beer, but people make a huge deal about it), and bar mixed drinks are only allowed to contain one shot. There'll be plenty of non-Mormons to sleep with (SLC is far less than 50% Mormons...something around 35%, I believe) and plenty of jackmormons to sleep with too!
As far as stuff to do, restaurants are mediocre (forget about getting good mexican food), but there's a pretty good indie film scene and several really good theaters around, and plenty of bands came through (especially post-rock type bands, for some reason) though not as many as on the coast, obviously. All in all, it's not a horrible place to live.