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Deer Valley Area Nightlife   by Jesse Fisher


Contrary to what you might have heard, there is an active nightlife in the Deer Valley area. In fact, the Deer Valley/Park City area has more alcoholic beverage businesses per capita than any other place in Utah. There are a few things to know about Utah's liquor laws if you plan to drink here. Many establishments that serve alcohol are "private clubs." Visitors can purchase an inexpensive membership that is good for three weeks at that establishment. This will allow entrance and consumption of alcoholic beverages during that time period. So, technicalities aside, there are plenty of places to get a good drink, listen to live entertainment, and dance; if that is part of your vacation plan.

For the greatest selection of clubs and pubs, you should head to the heart of Park City's historic district. If you desire live-entertainment, check out the Spur Bar and Grill on Main Street. This is a no-smoking establishment. Although it is cowboy themed, it is very comfortable rather than rustic inside. The Spur's sister location is 350's Main. Their Jupiter Cosmopolitan was voted in 2005 as Park City's signature drink. Another place offering music in the form of jazz, funk or acoustic is Mother Urban's Ratskeller. This place is also known for locally produced burritos and a wide-selection of bottled beers.

During the 2002 Winter Olympics, celebrities flocked to Harry O's. This is a hip dance club with live bands or a DJ. "Club dress" is required and lines are to be expected. Also expect a heftier membership fee at this popular hangout. Another place to get your groove on is Cisero's. This place is both a packed dance club on one floor and a fine dining establishment on the other.

Other bars of interest are O'Shuck's and No Name Saloon. O'Shuck's is so-named for the oysters they serve by the dozen. This place is small and can bring a crowd--lots of locals. Tuesday nights offer $3 giant beers and burgers. No Name Saloon is next door offering live music and a fun atmosphere. Other places to eat and drink are Bandit's Bar and Grill and Wasatch Brewing Company. Bandit's is a casual place offering hearty meals of barbeque and steak fries. Wasatch Brewing Company also offers casual dining and local brews.

You won't have to go far to find a cool, nighttime hangout in this area. Whether you are interested in a traditional pub, a more romantic "date" bar, or a rowdy dance club; you have plenty of options. Winter or summer you will find a drinking establishment to fit your mood and budget.


About the Author

Jesse Fisher, a skier and 27-year resident of the Rocky Mountains, enjoys writing about topics of interest. He serves as Webmaster for Blooming Resort Rentals which offers Deer Valley lodging, private home and condo rentals, in the Deer Valley / Park City ski resort areas of Utah.

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