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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

Notes:
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(Place added by: HochFliegen)
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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
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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
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