Salt Lake City, UT
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Unless you are in a frat or sorority, its hard to find parties, especially if underage

3 College Junior

Nightlife: To be completely honest, I don't party that much. My classes are very rigorous, so I spend a lot of time studying. On occasion, I go to a party, but it's mostly with my friends to play video games. Otherwise, I talk to my roommates.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is plenty of night life around, it all depends on what you are looking for. I'd say that overall the party scene has a negative impact on the student experience, but it again all depends on what you are looking for.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have gone to most of the concerts at the U just because I am apart of them although I havent gone to a crimson night or any of the "parties".

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I don't really participate in a lot of the nightlife. However, I know there are a lot of activities students like to do.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 436th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 845th
    Best Drink Prices
  • 943rd
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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Despite Utah having a reputation as still living in the Prohibition Era, there are many places for locals to get an alcoholic beverage. The laws have just recently changed to allow anyone 21-and-up to enter a bar without having to pay a membership fee. Most bars tend to be full service, and the beverages are usually fairly priced. Overall, there are a few good nightclubs in Salt Lake City, but don't expect to be blown away by anything amazing. The club scene is growing in Salt Lake, but slowly. Most people you meet there are older and just want a place to get a drink.  However, there are clubs that cater to all sorts of dancing styles. There is even a "dry" club to appeal to the underage/Mormon scene.  

Most of the students, or those that are underage, like to go to someone's house and chill or party there as opposed to going to a club. Needless to say, there is never a shortage of house parties to attend, which serve as a great way to get to know people and have a good time. The U of U also does a good job of promoting different activities and events that go on around campus. There are usually a lot of events that revolve around football, basketball, and winter sports. You just need to keep an eye out.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Downtown
  • Park City
  • Sugar House
Other Places to Check Out
  • Area 51
  • Big Ed's
  • Bongo Lounge
  • Burt's Tiki Club
  • Fiddler's Elbow
  • Liquid Joe's
  • The Pie Pizzeria
  • Squatters
  • Twilite Club
  • Urban Lounge
Local Specialties
Martinis : At the Red Door martini bar
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer pong
  • Card games
  • Century club
  • Power hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • RED magazine (student-run arts/entertainment magazine)
  • Salt Lake City Weekly
  • Utah Daily Chronicle
Closing Time
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Green Street
Organization Parties
Organizational parties are not terribly big at the U. There's the annual pre-graduation house party, but it's kind of hard to realistically invite 28,000 people to a party, so mainly only the people who organize it and their friends go. The Union has started a program called Crimson Nights, held periodically throughout the semester. This late-night program features a variety of entertainment including comedy shows, bowling, crafts, movies, live music, and much more. And it's free!
Did You Know?
  • has a list of all the nightlife and entertainment going on in the 801.
  • If you drive downtown, expect to pay exorbitant parking fees. Better to take TRAX or carpool.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

The Red Door

Great assortment of cocktails, martinis, and wines in a very funky (though slightly cramped) atmosphere. No smoking, please.

57 W. 200 S.

Salt Lake City

(801) 363-6030

Club Manhattan

Club Manhattan maintains a lounge-lizard vibe in a dance club atmosphere, with DJs spinning in the back. Annual membership is $25, two-week membership $10.

5 E. 400 S.


(801) 364-7651

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Piper Down Bar

This is an Irish pub.

1492 S. State St.

Salt Lake City

(801) 468-1492

Sky Bar

Sky Bar is a steakhouse as well as an upscale lounge and nightclub. There is a dress code for guys, so no jerseys, sweatshirts, or ball caps.

600 S. 200 W.

Salt Lake City

(801) 530-1313

Todd's Bar & Grill

Great crowd, great atmosphere, and great live music. Todd's is laid-back and isn't the most packed bar in Salt Lake, but the folks who go there swear by it.

1051 S. 300 W.

Salt Lake City

(801) 328-8650

Green Street Social Club

A classic sports bar with billiards, video games, and two levels.

602 E. 500 S.


(801) 532-4200

Harry O's

A king-sized venue, boasting the largest dance floor in Park City. A great place for singles.

427 Main St.

Park City

(435) 776-3050

Lumpy's Social Club

A self-described "'Cheers'-style" sports pub. Lumpy's offers billiards and karaoke in a traditional, laid-back bar atmosphere.

3000 S. Highland Dr.

Salt Lake City

(801) 484-5597

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Muse Music

Muse Music is a great venue for local bands.

145 N. University Ave.


(801) 377-6873

Kilby Court

Ultra-hip place to check out Salt Lake's local band scene; they have video games, too.

741 S. Kilby Ct.

Salt Lake City

(801) 364-3538

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 103 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 98 responses

  • 3% There are no good options.
  • 20% Use a designated driver.
  • 4% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 52% Public transportation.
  • 6% Taxis.
  • 14% Walk.

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 32 responses

  • 62% Football game against BYU
  • 19% Crimson Night the first week of Fall semester
  • 6% Beta parties
  • 6% Institute Parties
  • 3% The Grand Kerfuffle
  • 3% Any registered frat party (Pike, Sigep, or Sigchi)

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 103 responses

  • 18% Parties? What parties?
  • 16% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 38% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 28% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 0% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 24 responses

  • 48% Fraternities
  • 42% Make friends, go to their houses!
  • 6% Phi Delt
  • 3% There are parties, but not my scene
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