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The Bayou

Not Rated.
The BayouThe Bayou
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 306
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of deanhead
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

We simply ordered snacks here. It was time for a beer but not entirely time for lunch. We were on a mission to get to Park City.
The first two beers we requested were not available, so we went mainstream and found the Westmalle Tripel. Nice score in the middle of an otherwise seemingly beer wasteland of sorts.

The wings and quesadillas were tasty as well as the gumbo. The service was lack luster, and could use some polishing, but for the most part I enjoyed myself.
The waitress needs an attitude adjustment of sorts
Nice beer on cask!

deanhead, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.95/5  rDev -5%

This is one of my favorite places on the planet. It could be the fact that they have over 200 beers on their menu, or the fact that they have the best margherita pizza this side of New Orleans. Whatever the case may be, This is a spectacular beer destination. The only less than stellar point has been the service, which certainly isn't bad, but could be better, and more friendly. You've got to try their sweet potato fries, and they actually have Sam Adams Utopias on the menu.

If you're in Salt Lake City, and you like beer, don't miss this one!

Beernoisseur, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

This is a pretty big place that's not hard to get to in downtown SLC but it's easy to miss as you drive by. It has two pool tables in the back. The place has the old brick retro look, pretty authentic but seems to be very clean and a decent atmosphere as restaurants go, somewhat dark, busy and kind of noisy in a good way. The waitress was nice but a bit rushed at first. She seemed a tad irritated with all my beer questions, but then she really went out of her way to assist with some things and seemed to warm up. The guy at the door takes care of seating and the "membership". $5 gets you 2 weeks but $17 buys you a year and a choice of "free" tee shirt or a couple pint glasses. The regular beer selection takes up both sides of a menu sheet and then there's another sheet full of "non-regulars". I estimate about 40 belgians in bottle, 60 lagers and with many (20+) regular drafts well representing the regional micro brews. Another 100 or more wheats , browns, pales and IPAs, porters and stouts, and six barleywines all in bottles. The selection was super for bottled beer assuming they really had most of it and we had no misses that night. We did the cajun cuisine and found it to be very good and enough to keep you full for a day or two! A bowl of the gumbo would be a meal for most. The red beans and rice and the jumbalaya were excellent with tons of ham and sausage and crawfish. They had a cask ale available although I didn't care for it much. Service was very quick despite a fair crowd (although it was only a Monday night). I didn't see any real holes here except maybe being overwhelmed by the selection. I also was a little underwhelmed by the cask offering. I had heard that the Desert Edge Pale Ale would be very good but it was a bit skunky here on cask. But they seem to represent the local brewers very well and have lots of other unusual choices to explore. Don't miss this place when you visit SLC!

Durge, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Goldorak
4/5  rDev -3.8%

It was like a million degrees out there, but with the lack of humidity it felt actually pretty decent, and even though it was a relatively long walk from Squatters to the Bayou in a neighborhood that would look dead on a saturday night, let alone a Sunday afternoon where just about everything was closed. I was quite releived to see this place was open when we finally got there.

It was probably the first time I ever got charged admission into a restaurant. A fiver at the door wasn't going to keep me out, I was thirsty!

Interesting atmosphere, it looked too clean to be a dive bar, and a bit too dark to be a restaurant. Worked for me just fine. I would have liked to have sat at the bar and chat with some of the locals, but not this time I guess. A classical guitarist was playing what I thought was a piece by Leo Brouwer, but anyway it gave a great vibe to the place, even though pretty much no one was listening to the guy.

Our friendly and savvy waitress led us over to our table and gave us menus. Frankly, we were still a bit stuffed from the appetizer at Squatters but we still ordered what ended up being a ton of food, some popcorn catfish and a couple of oyster po'boys, very good but we weren't able to finish it all.

Looking at the Beer menu I was hit with a dilemma that I wouldn't exactly classify as moral or ethical, but difficult nonetheless. The menu had some really interesting imports, and even moreso were the ones our waitress listed off. But hey, I was in Utah, not likely to return anytime soon (unless we have to audit this supplier again), and they had a ton of Beers on tap that I never even heard of before. I guess the somewhat premium prices on the imports made me stick with locals, but they turned out to be less than impressive, for the most part. That Wasatch Devestator was easily the best in show there. Unfortunately, they just ran out of the Uinta Barleywine. But anyway, believe it or not, we were so stuffed from the food that we left right after eating because we felt way too stuffed.

Highly recommended, for both selection and food. Could easily rival Beer bars in towns much larger and with way more liberal Beer laws.

Goldorak, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A beer bar that charges a private membership of 10 a year - otherwise, no admission...though you do get a shirt or two pint glasses with it.

A long bar with seats in the back. Big place. Many local beers on tap. Bottle selection of many imports, including some harder to find ones - and quite a few American craft beers on the beer menu. All rather pricey. Too bad that they were out of quite a few of the hard to find imports. They need to keep the list updated. That said, they still had a magnificent list.

Service was very good. Bar staff was very attentive and quite knowledgeable.

Certainly a "must stop" in Salt Lake City.

jwc215, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Hit up the Bayou on a visit to SLC. Sucks that you have to shell out the $5 for a temporary membership, but it's well worth the price.

Parking is scarce, but once you get inside the atmosphere is excellent. Brick walls and beer signs with lots of relaxing jazz music coming out the speakers. Service was very good, no complaints here. Food was excellent, I highly recommend the blackened catfish that was sufficiently spicy...paired well with the hoppiness from my Uinta Anniv. Barleywine.

The selection was, as far as I can tell, the best in Utah, let alone Salt Lake City. About 150+ bottles (Full Sail, Rogue, german & belgian imports, locals, etc...). The tap selection could be a little better, but taking into account Utah's wacky beer laws, it's as good as it gets. They had some Uinta Pale Ale on cask the time I went.

Major downside is the price. Bottles start at $5 and the entrees are ~$15-18 apiece. Pair that with the membership and a poor grad student like me is left with a hurting bank account.

It can be difficult to get a seat here, as I went back for a second night and the wait was over an hour...bar was too crowded for me to fight for elbow room & enjoy a meal. Nevertheless, Th Bayou excellent stop for any beer lover travelling to the land of 4% ABV beer.

wagenvolks, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
2.91/5  rDev -30%

Walking in on my first visit, the m.d.s was to the immediate left and the young lady manning the podium demanded to know if I had a membership. "Uh oh, here we go," I thought to myself. "No. What now, a quick about face?" I asked. "Oh no," she replied, "Five dollars for a temporary two-week membership." I paid my fin, she took down all of my pertinents, but I was not given anything. When I inquired, she assured me that all of my information would be entered into their electronic database that night and that I would be all set on my next visit. Oakle doakle!

I got seated at the "L"-shaped marble-topped bar on a left oblique from Selma Avenue. A three-piece jazz band flailed away in the right corner by the window overlooking the street. I found myself mesmerized by the 8.5" x 11" laminated sheet which detailed their available beers in two columns on each side. I exhaled, realizing that I might survive my visit to the land of 3.2 beer after all. I started with a Uinta IPA on draft and began to scope out the scenery. In front of me was a color chalkboard that reminded us that this was "Not the same beer your dad used to drink!" Actually, with a wife in Chico, CA and a beer-loving older son, Pops was pretty progressive during his lifetime. Cheers, old man, R.I.P.! There was lots of exposed brick, ducting, rafters, and support beams throughout the space. The centerline was mainly high tables and chairs. The right wall was lined with booth seating fronted by tables. A couple of pool tables were all of the way aft. Another sign proclaimed, "Welcome to Beervana!"

Flash forward to the following late afternoon/early evening. I arrived and was asked for another $5.00 membership and I explained that I had paid the young woman on duty the previous evening. There was nothing in the computer and they seemed not to know what their staff looked like, since as both a former security patrolman and a writer, I have a flair for description and they claimed to have no idea who might have been on the podium. My blood pressure began to rise and I was about to walk out when the manager relented and let me in, especially since it was my last night in town and the odds of my returning were slim and reducing. Dave was a helpful server, but the rest of the staff seemed aloof and stand-offish. I really felt like I got jobbed on that one and I recommend giving this place a wide berth if you plan to visit SLC, UT. I hope never to have to go back.

woodychandler, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of RoundelMike
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

RoundelMike, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of andythejerk
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

It's about time I review this place. This place that I love, the same way I loved going to Grampa's farm as a kid I now love going to the Bayou. I get all tingley and excited. It gets packed on weekend nights with a good mix of people and you'll have to wait a LONG time to get a table or a spot at the bar. Two pool tables in the back and free wireless internet--perfect for sitting outside on the enclosed porch area with a fantastic brew and beeradvocate.com up on the ol' laptop, especially during the early evenings during the week when it is nice and peaceful. As you can read from the reviews below, the beer selection is fantastic and blows any other place within 600 miles out of the water. Some waitresses are better than others, which is always the case, but all-in-all very knowledgeable and competent. Shane is my favorite bartender to talk to about the different brews. My biggest frustration is that they are often out of a lot of stuff and haven't updated their beer list in a long time. They only have so much control over their stocked inventory, since they have to special order a lot of their stuff but of course it has to go through the state of Utah, and we all know the DABC can be a kill-joy. Good live music (orleans-style) and good food, too. Try the sweet potato fries, gotta love 'em! Kind of expensive place, though. $4.00 for 3.2% local micros on tap, $9 for the 22 oz. rogues , seems a tad bit steep to me.

andythejerk, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

The best beer bar in Utah. Spacious, wood-flavored area with some neon beer signs on the brick walls. Entry requires a membership (which you can get for free if you go down the street to the Beernut and buy some homebrew supplies). The only dig I have on the atmosphere is that it can get smoky around the bar (hopefully this will change by law soon). Otherwise, the place exudes cozy beer-drinkingness. 20 plus taps serving local Utah micros (all 4% abv) and some cask offerings (nice). Extensive bottle list details pretty much every beer available in Utah and even a few you can't get anywhere else (Rogue). Laminated beer menus are divided by style (nice), but are not always accurate with regard to what's in stock. My last time in the place, they were out of my first FOUR choices! To be fair, they are reliant on the State Liquor Control for supply so.... The prices are not too bad ($6 for a bottle of Orval). The food is Cajun-influenced and tasty. I especially liked the mix of regular and sweet potatoes for fries. When in SLC, go here.

alexgash, Mar 24, 2006
The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.