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The Bayou

The BayouThe Bayou

Taps: 30 / Bottles: 306
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.17%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

645 S State St
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111-3819
United States
phone: (801) 961-8400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @utahbayou

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RoundelMike

Utah

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Bayou. Is. Good.

Why? Because the Bayou loves beer. You can get it all here. If you can buy it at a Utah Liquor Store (the only place in Utah to buy real beer) then you can probably get it at the Bayou. The beer menu is a large sheet, front and back, filled with beer choices all categorized by style. It's a little overwhelming and I'm grateful for it. There's absolutely nowhere in Utah like it and if you're a beer drinker then you're completely, absolutely, absurdly missing out if you haven't visited this place.

Okay, enough worship. Onto actual information.

Service is pretty good, but more importantly, the employees are knowledgeable about beer. You can ask questions and get answers. The servers seem a bit thinly spread so you have to grab your server if you want attention. And don't think about separating a check because they're going to avoid it like the plague. Understandable but still annoying.

The atmosphere is a hodgepodge of people of all ages and demographics coming together in one great place. There are lots of common spirits available the bar too, if you should require liquor for some misguided reason. Food is good from what I can remember [after an entire Chimay]. Jazz is common and the lighting is low.

Visit this place.

01-24-2007 05:10:44 | More by RoundelMike
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casapy

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

03-17-2014 21:59:37 | More by casapy
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

When I travel, it's always with beer in mind. So when I came to Salt Lake, The Bayou was an obvious choice. I was only in town for one night, so decided to eat at Red Iguana (yummmm) before coming here for beer. The beer selection was really good (I don't quite remember numbers) considering Utah liquor laws are about 200 years behind. The live band playing was great, I seem to remember a great Black Keys cover. The service was pretty good. The layout of the tables wasn't too strategic, I was practically bumping into the table next door every time I got up; if you're looking for intimacy, this probably isn't the place. All in all, a pretty good beer bar - the best, I imagine, in all of Utah (whatever that's worth). I wish I had stolen a coaster though, I love coasters..

04-07-2013 22:08:38 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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BelgieScott

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

I have been coming to SLC from Philadelphia 3 or 4 times a year for the past 4 or 5 years, and once I found it I have made it a point to hit it every time I am here. It is a reasonable walk from the downtown hotels, even in the very cold (like today, where temp is 10 F). Beer list is very strong, particularly on the hard-to-find-in-this-part-of-the-country Belgians. Price not too bad for what they are selling, for instance a Rochefort 10 was $10, most of the others in the $6 or $7 range. I have not been there when it is terribly crowded, given all the concrete and metal I would imagine it gets pretty loud. Have not tried the food. For good beer experience, best I have found in SLC.

01-15-2013 00:01:32 | More by BelgieScott
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Mosman445

Utah

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Great atmosphere, and a popular location. Had an excellent variety of beer, organized by local breweries and beer type, which is helpful. While they had a large selection of IPA's, I struck out three times with my order. Would have liked to see more variety in IPA's from around the country. Also, would have liked a server with a little more beer knowledge. Would have liked to see more choices of beer that can't be found in the local liquor stores. Overall, great place for the beer advocate, however; it doesn't compare to some places on the east coast.

Cheers,

11-24-2012 15:45:29 | More by Mosman445
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Well that certainly is one big beer list. Huge amount of beers from all over the world with a massive variety of styles. Lots of beers on tap, with most being from Utah, of course. The bottle list also has what seems like as many Epic beers as you will see anywhere, if you are looking for them. Service was mature and mellow. Decor was a little bit less polished than the Beerhive. Food was decent. I feel like I'd want to eat there one more time to be able to accurately comment on it. With so many beers available, you can't go wrong at all by visiting. A good stop.

09-09-2012 05:17:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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nichcollins


4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

The Bayou has an excellent selection of beers (very detailed beer/wine menu) and the staff is very knowledgeable on all of them. They carry all of the Salt Lake breweries' beers, so if you're in town for a visit and not able to make it to all of the breweries in SLC, try this place for a "sampler" of all the SLC beers. You won't be disappointed. There is also a wide selection of California beers, as well as lots of Belgian style beers to choose from.

For food, the pizzas are great, and most of the sandwiches are going to be delicious as well. If you want to play a game of pool, there are 2 tables in the back of the restaurant.

05-24-2012 15:51:35 | More by nichcollins
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

During a recent business trip to SCL, I visited this place with a colleague, based on several recommendations. Easy to find, the parking is sparse, and we ended up with street parking on another block. The atmosphere inside, however, is spectacular. While not particularly large, establishment seems roomy, with high ceilings and plenty of booths and tables. The bar is long, and stretches along one side of the restaurant. New Orleans style food is the centerpiece of the menu, and I particularly enjoyed the gumbo (although it did need a few shakes of extra hot sauce). The beer list is extraordinary...a thick book of beers...heavy on Belgian and local brews. The prices for beer were shockingly reasonable...other places have charged double what the Bayou listed. The tap selection was all local, including a great cask ale. The wait staff was busy, and was understandably not as chatty as I would have liked. Still, our server seemed to know her stuff regarding the beer list. The Bayou WILL be on my list of food establishments (along with another trip to the Red Iguana) for my next trip to Salt Lake City.

02-25-2012 23:26:36 | More by Suds
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DCon

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$

While touring Downtown SLC, The Bayou was only 2 blocks walking distance from my Hotel. Perfect. Came here @ 10pm and there was a 30 minute wait for a table. With one seat left at the bar (in the corner), I took it! Ended up meeting an enthused craft beer drinker as well and shared a brew at the end of my time at the Bayou.

The place was PACKED the night I came in (on a Sunday night). At the bar, looked over their extensive beer list with more than enough brews to pick from. I had trouble with this. Started with one on-tap and then enjoyed two locals beers not available in the MO Market (Deschutes & Epic). You could tell half the people in the middle of the bar just came off the slopes for they were still in their gear. Very friendly and inviting place.

Not sure what the deal was but asking for another round of beer was tough extremely tough for the bartender to grasp. Of course he was busy pour beer and making drinks for servers, but then hire another bartender or have another one come in during these late night shifts! Was very disappointed at the amount of time it took to get each beer. Luckily the "Bayou Beer Book" kept my focus away from this but still have to downgrade.

Hundreds of beers available? I have to say, their "multiple lists-by-style" were unbelievable! Tried to pick out a beer from each list but didn't have time.. All were updated as well. Nice!

Didn't eat anything but two things that were suggested to me were their Crawfish and any of their Cajun dishes. While it is a Cajun influenced restaurant, you have to try something new! I just was in the mood for beer.

Welcome to BeerVana! This places has what you want if in Salt Lake City and a definite must. Just make sure you make friends with the bartender/server!

02-09-2012 01:05:27 | More by DCon
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in around 9:30 on a Sunday night. The interior is surprising large and nice compared to the exterior and surrounding (run-down) industrial area close to downtown.

Sat at the bar and had excellent, attentive service by two well-informed male bartenders.

The informative beer menu is laid out by style with style descriptions. In terms of beers available, I would have to guess that they had every beer that is available in Utah (including Cantillon which I was told they usually get around summer and was gone by now). They had lots of Epic beers as well as all the local stuff. Also had Jolly Pumpkin, Firestone Walker, and Deschutes for those traveling from the east.

I was keeping it local and had $4 pint drafts of Uinta Kolsch and Desert Edge IPA. Both were excellent. They also had a large bottle of Uinta oak imperial pumpkin which they sold by the glass.

I had a bowl of the gumbo and as a Gumboadvocate snob can say it was good. I prefer mine a shade darker.

I'll be back and would recommend this as a great stop for anyone looking to sample Utah craft beers in a single location.

10-27-2011 00:55:08 | More by Yetiman420
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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.