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The Bayou

Not Rated.
The BayouThe Bayou
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.86%
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 BelgieScott
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.

BelgieScott, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of psychita
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

psychita, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of 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.

drewbage, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of CampusCrew
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%

Wow... stopped by here and it was an up and down night....

First of all the place looks great, mixed modern and classic pub. Had a spacious bar and a small beer garden.

Selection is a beer heaven. Easily up there with any beer bar as far as selection goes, but they were out of stock of a few I asked for. I wanted to try Rogue Chipolte and I was dying for Obsidian. Tood bad.

Food: We tried a lot of different things. Most everyting was great. A great job of classic cajun pubfare.

Prices were decent. Some may of thought pricye but this is above avergae food for a pub and the beers were accuralety priced.

Our night was cut short due to power going out. I was dissapointed. I planned on sessioning myself to sleep there. Great place and best beer bar in STL by far.

CampusCrew, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%

Hands down the best place for beer in SLC, at least that I found. And quite good food to boot. The caveat is that I had really low expectations for both food and beer in SLC and I was taken back by this place. Spent 3 evenings here and had a great time.

Atmosphere is pretty good, though since it is the best beer bar in SLC it gets crowded around 6-6:30. Really crowded. Far more crowded than if it were located somewhere other than SLC, but I guess they have the quality beer market cornered. Staff were fairly knowledge but alternated between really dumbing descriptions down or being aloof and didn't come across as very personable.

I just wish the bottles weren't so expensive. I could get many of the bottles beer they had available around me as a pint for less than half the price. Oh well, you get what you get.

4000qtrap, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of elkinbrown
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

elkinbrown, May 22, 2014
Photo of JohnnyAngel
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

JohnnyAngel, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of jp11801
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Great beer bar in the unlikely spot of SLC. Nice decor, brick and wooden bar that looks fairly new. I was in town for a night on business and was able to get two sessions in at Bayou.

Beer is very good and could be considered outstanding given the location. I had a local IPA by Desert Edge called UPA that was rock solid as well as a bottle of the Boulevard Brewing Saison and a Hop Rising IPA that was really good as well.

Service was friendly both nights and the bartender was very knowledgeable and was handy with suggestions.

Food was a strong suit I had the jambalaya and a the next day I had a house pizza that was out of this world.

If you are in town fork over the $5 member fee and check this place out.

jp11801, Nov 28, 2009
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 Suds
4.45/5  rDev +7%

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.

Suds, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +7%

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.

Yetiman420, Oct 27, 2011
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
Photo of slander
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

slander, Apr 12, 2005
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 dwagner003
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dwagner003, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of skilletizer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

skilletizer, Jun 19, 2014
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 LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Came in on a Thursday night and sat outside. Nice outside seating area with cover and misters. Helped with the 90+ degree temps. Lots to choose from. Waitperson was very knowledgeable about selections and their likes and dislikes. Unfortunately, Utah liquor laws screws availablity of decent drafts (nothing above 5%, I believe), so I had to stick with bottles. Good selection of local brews, which are apparently hard to find. Food was above average. Definitely worth a return trip if you don't mind drinking bottled or below 5% ABV draft beer.

LittleDon, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of casapy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

casapy, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of jyeast101
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

The food was amazing. Had Crawfish Etouffe and it was great. The style of food is Creole and they do it well. They also have an incredible beer selection. I was able to go local, national, and world. I stuck local and had some great beers. The atmosphere is nice. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They have a patio. The outside of the place is kinda nondescript but it is a good find. I would recommend that you seek out the Bayou to eat or just to hold down the bar for a while. I wish that I spent more time here while I was in Salt Lake City.

jyeast101, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of nichcollins
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.

nichcollins, May 24, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Wasatch, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

nortmand, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

The Bayou is located kind of on the edge of the downtown near a vintage clothing store and a tattoo parlor.

This is a large rectangular space. As you enter, the bar on your left. It's a nice length and must seat about 20. Tables occupy most of the rest of the space with pool tables in back. There is a patio on the side. High ceilings, exposed brick, wood floors and exposed ductwork. You've seen it before but it works well here.

They have a huge beer selection all laid out in a multi-page book. They offer a wide variety of styles and breweries. There is a big emphasis on Belgians and Belgium styles. I’m guessing 12 drafts and around 200 or more bottles.

Food is decent and will pair well with beer.

Service is efficient and could offer alternative suggestions if your first choice was out.

Redrover, Thursday at 07:09 PM
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
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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.