When it comes to staging a nuptial celebration, whether a bridal shower or a groom’s-night-out, is there any swankier backdrop than a sultry cocktail lounge? Salt Lake City boasts many bars—each flaunting sleek interiors, romantic ambiance and the festive sound of bottles popping—all eager to host a bridal bash.
For Spirit Savants:
Eight Settlers Distillery
Nestled at the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Eight Settlers blends 1850s western roots with modern American flair. Their in-house distillery produces four spirits, and their spacious venue offers four distinct spaces available for private bookings. 7321 S. Canyon Centre Pkwy., Cottonwood Heights. eightsettlersdistillery.com
For History Buffs:
Located in an up-and-coming downtown area, Franklin Ave. is reviving prohibition-era mischief. In the 1890s, the building was a theater, speakeasy and popular watering hole for scandalous high-powered officials. Today, the sleek two-story bar offers delectable modern American fare and plenty of space to accommodate large parties. 231 E. Edison St., SLC. franklinaveslc.com
For Multicultural Admirers:
Post Office Place
Conceived by sushi hall-of-fame favorite Takashi, Post Office Place offers a fusion of global cuisine and Japanese excellence. Their spirit wall boasts the largest selection of Japanese Whisky in the state, and their art-forward interiors are perfect for unique photo ops. 16 W. Market St., SLC. popslc.com
For Patio Loungers:
Ivy & Varley
This downtown eatery features an eclectic menu and a relaxed-yet-upscale interior. Their patio, the largest in downtown Salt Lake, is furnished by water features, sofas and a sweeping ivy wall—it’s a can’t-miss for your outdoor gathering. 55 W. 100 South, SLC. ivyandvarley.com
For Hotel Habitués:
Laurel Brasserie & Bar
The Grand America’s most recent venture, Laurel Brasserie & Bar, chicly combines elevated design with a relaxed approach to dining. A swanky bar area and two private dining rooms provide an elegant backdrop for any grand celebration. 555 S. Main St., SLC. laurelslc.com
Photos: Courtesy of venue.
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