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Reviews by drewbage:
4.68/5 rDev +12.5%
Ahh.. the long delayed final review from my SLC run through of good beer spots.
The Bayou is a private social club, which in Utah parlance is a place you pay a membership to belong to for the year or a temporary membership for a few days and dollars. The "private" aspect is really just a coating over a normal cocktail bar and so don't be intimidated by that aspect. Just ask for an application (or go and talk to the guys at the Beer Nut, part owners of the Barou and get a paid membership from them)
Once the member is secured, step inside and take a look around... big clean brick walls with pool tables, dining tables, a menu of tasty and sometimes odd Cajun fare (alligator cheese cake?), and a stage for live music. When I was there, it was a satellite system playing old bluesy jazz numbers. Really, the place feels like a relaxes supper club.
Now for the beer.. this is why we review here, right? Even exempting the Bayou bonus points for being a good beer spot in the middle of Utah, this would be a place I'd be happy to have nearby.
Currently, the bar is equiped with 30 taps and the bottle list has about 180 entries. The draft beer has a focus on Utah micros, which might not be potent, but they can be down right tasty. (The place regularly has a lineup from Uinta, Squatters, Wasatch, Park City, Roosters, Bohemian and the further off Moab Brewing)
The bottled list has a chockablock approach towards the US Micros (including a listed 21 varieties of Rogue.. including Old Crusty!), highlights of Belgium and others.
By all means.. if you're in the SLC area, go by the Bayou to solve those moments when your palate cries for a tall luscious imperial stout or even the company of the truly beer worthy.
08-10-2004 05:20:54 | More by drewbage
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New Brunswick (Canada)
3.94/5 rDev -5.3%
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
4.8/5 rDev +15.4%
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
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
11-24-2012 15:45:29 | More by Mosman445
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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
4.2/5 rDev +1%
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
The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.