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Short List: Local Salt Lake City Nightlife Picks

Make the most of winter's shortened daylight by extending your Utah ski trip into the night. Sure, some resorts offer incredible night skiing — so, okay, after that — but then the night really gets going in downtown Ski City. Here are five favorite picks for dining and drinks after dark.

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Make the most of winter's shortened daylight by extending your Utah ski trip into the night. Sure, some resorts offer incredible night skiing — so, okay, after that — but then the night really gets going in downtown Ski City. Here are five favorite picks for dining and drinks after dark.

Local Pick: Copper Common

Helmed by chef/owners who have previously been awarded Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurant,” Copper Common offers a warm, energetic and hip vibe like its adjacent sister restaurant, The Copper Onion. Copper Common offers a full bar with an emphasis on superb, seasonal craft cocktails, plus an inventive menu highlighting local ingredients and American fare.

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Local Pick: Bar X & Beer Bar

Bar X has been around for over 80 years. It’s a modern speakeasy still using the same recipes from a bygone era. Neighboring Beer Bar is a German-inspired watering hole, offering more than 140 beers with 30 on tap and artisan bratwurst. Both are co-owned by Emmy award-winning Modern Family actor and SLC local, Ty Burrell.

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Local Pick: Whiskey Street

Whiskey Street pays homage to Salt Lake’s past. Before changing to Main Street in 1906, this central artery was named “Whiskey Street” by Brigham Young himself. It’s a gastropub made for boardroom execs, hipsters, and out-of-towners alike. Local’s tip: the short rib grilled cheese and peanut butter bourbon s'more are moan-inducing.

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Local Pick: Kristauf's Martini Bar

If you’re in the mood for a martini — shaken or stirred — Kristauf’s is the place for you. This intimate bar dishes out handcrafted cocktails, along with live DJ’s spinning hip-hop, soul, funk, and classic rock. It’s also a great place to wait for a table at next-door sushi joint, Takashi, a local favorite.

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Local Pick: The Garage

What once was an old repair shop has been transformed into one of Salt Lake’s coolest roadhouse taverns. A full bar pairs with comfort food — the Fried Mormon Funeral Potatoes™ is the stuff of legends — live music, and an enormous patio in an unexpectedly cool industrial setting on the northern edge of the city.

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