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The Bayou

Not Rated.
The BayouThe Bayou
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

40 Ratings
Ratings: 40
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.81%
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 woodychandler
2.91/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

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.

Photo of RoundelMike
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of andythejerk
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyAngel
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

One of the nicer places to eat, drink, and just hang out. $5 gets you through the door for 3 weeks, or you can pay $17 for a years membership, which also buys you a Bayou "T" shirt, Glass or Cap. If this place had a carpet on the floor it would almost mimic a real British Pub. Internet is free if you have wireless internet on your laptop. Pool is free at lunchtime. This is also one of the few places in Utah that sells Cask Conditioned Ale (5 are registered to date) provided by Desert Edge Brewery, for $3:00 a pint. Parking is limited down the side of the premises or you can park on the street for free after 6:00 pm. Live music most evenings after 9:00pm. Friendly service and decent food.

Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place rocks, but the prices on the brews are out rageous. I had the Hoppin John for lunch, very tasty with some fries and sweet potatoe fries. Next came the brews, ordered the 750ml of Unibroue Terrible the price was not bad, but alot more than I can get a bottle for. Next came a bottle of Samichlaus, price was better, but still on the pricey side. They do have a bunch of awesome brews though. Since I have a bunch of these at home, the pickings were a little slim, but mangaged to pick a couple out for this time around. Overall this place brings a nice reality to UT, but I wish the price's would come down.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The sign behind the bar says "Welcome to Beer Vana". This may be the closest you can come to Beer Vana in Utah... Actually there are no bars in Utah, only private clubs (such as this one). As a result, you have to pay $5 for a 1-day membership to come in and order anything.

Came here on 8/29 while in Salt Lake City on business. The selection is pretty good (about 22 Belgians, maybe 20 Germans, 20 UK, 30 USA micro's, and some local brews (from Uinta, Moab, and Wasatch). I'm a Belgian fan, so I was happy to see the Affligem, Delirium, Lindemans, Westmalle, Triple Karmeliet, and about 6 from Unibroue to boot.

Overall, I'm glad I stopped in. Service was slow, but friendly.

Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Well, let's just say I got back from Wyoming a lot earlier than I had anticipated and had some time on my hands before dinner. I don't care what anybody says, there ain't no Salt Lake here. I figured I'd find something to do. I can keep myself busy driving aimlessly around other cities like it's no one's business, it's true, but I'd grown antsy and terribly parched...
Took the five dollar beat down on the membership vig at the door (which still just cracks me up), got all comfortablified at the bar, an "L" shaped marble top job, and took the room in. TV's over the bar in the corners, track lighting behind and drop spot lighting directly above, a good booze display behind the bar with a glassware rack overhead, and a 48" X 96" blackboard on the wall with a Cat in the Hat drawing saying, "I like Pilsner, I like Stout, I will drink it till you're out" (I'm thinking that it would be reasonable for The Cat in the Hat to like Stouts. You know, Cream Stouts, Milk Stouts, yeah, meow meow. But Pilsners? Everyone knows that cats don't like pilsners). It's an oldish brick building with large front windows, red stained glass panels over the door, windows running down the far wall, stained glass panels here and there, and walls adorned with with mirrors and brewery signage. 4 old wood support beams lie in a row in the center of the room, plank wood ceiling, exposed ducts and overhead fans. A half dozen raised bar tables ride adjacent to the bar and 3 dozen tables run the length of the room to the rear where a pair of pool tables sit in front of a gigantic framed mirror on the back wall.
30 taps (3 towers of 10 each), a cask (empty, or I would've given them a 5 for selection), and 175 bottles, give or take. The taps were mostly locals (6 from Uinta, 4 each from Squatters & Moab, 3 each from Roosters, Bohemian & Wasatch, 2 from Grand Teton, and an offering from Red Rocks) and Bud, Bud Light, Blue Moon & Guinness. The bottle list was broken out by style (Belgians, Pilsners, Barleywines, Amber/Dark Lagers, Pale/Amber Ales, IPA's, Porters/Stouts, Brown/Scottish Ales, Bitters/ESB's). I ordered a Triple Karmeliet but they were out, and likewise with the Westmalle Dubbel, so I slummed it with an Orval. Life is good.
Good food menu, but didn't hit it as dinner was not too far off. Service was good, attentative, all that. This is the place you want to come and spend your day when in Salt Lake City.

Photo of nortmand
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Cool little place with a more local feel than the convention center area places.
30 Utah beers on tap, tried at least alf and they were all fresh and clean. Also a great bottle selection. Did not have any bottles, but if I was from Utah, I would greatly appreciate this place. Service was a little slow at first, but picked up and turned out pretty good.
Many, many bottled beers, with a bunch that are apparently only available at this restaurant. You have to give them props for that.
Food was awesome. A general trend in Salt Lake. I guess since they can't drink alcohol, caffeine or smoke, the Mormons indulge in culinary pleasures. Michigan could definitely learn from them. Anyways, I had the Muffaletta, which was great and huge, and served nicely as breakfast the next morning.
Seek this place out! It gives you the opportunity to try many Utah beers and indulge in that Rogue brew you've been missing so badly during your tenure in Utah.

Photo of drewbage
4.68/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
93 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.