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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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(Place added by: HochFliegen)
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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 sqquuee
2.95/5  rDev -29.1%

It has taken some time for me to formulate this review.
I have been to the Bayou about 2 dozen times.

The food is great. Not the best creole or Cajun inspired food ive had but better than most. The house salad dressing is great. They make a great burger. I dont care for the gumbo here, the Rue seems burnt and the charcoal flavor dominates my palate.
But the Jambalaya is really good.

The wait on a Friday night it too much for me to take.

Beer selection is one of the best in utah. Around Christmas they get tons of seasonal beers in as well.

Now the cons, because of the local liquor laws; all beer must be purchased from the state at the price it sets. They give no discount to bars for pricing. This makes the beer prices pretty high on many imports and micro brews.

Also the service here is godawful. I have waited on many night while my server talks with co-workers for extended periods of time. The guys in the nice suits that are drinking budlight get refills on the cheap beers right away. While my ski bum buddies and I are waiting for a 20$ beer refill.
This has happened to us on several trips here.

My advice is to sit at the bar so you dont have to beg the server for a second round.

Go for the food and beer selection. Just dont expect stellar service.

sqquuee, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

This social club has the only decent bottled beer selection in town, and the menu is incorrect most of the time. I can't tell you how many times I picked 2-3 beers in a row and ALL of them were not in stock.

Service is atrocious. More effort is put into hiring young females than competent servers. Atmosphere is contemporary beer bar in nature with decor, but it's hard to overcome the shortcomings in service and selection. They're only in business because there is no real competition for the craft beer consumer who wants normal ABV beers in SLC.

yemenmocha, May 05, 2009
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 Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Was told time and again that this was the place to visit for craft beer in Salt Lake. Glad that I had the opportunity to visit.
The brick walls and warm setting are inviting, especially on an 18 degree day in Salt Lake. About 20 draft choices and a huge bottle list provide the tough decisions that us beer geeks love. Lots of focus on the classic Belgian & German beers make up a good portion of the list. In addition, there are some great west coast choices.. Based on some crazy state law all higher ABV choices are only available in bottle.

Menu was a combination of Cajun classics and typical pub food. I had heard great things about the Oyster Po-Boy so I went with that option. Truth be told, the food was average at best. If a place claims to be have Cajun food, then you simple can't serve a po-boy on a squishy white bread roll..

The service was actually very good. Wait staff was knowledgeable about the beer menu. A good place and one I would visit while in Salt Lake. The food keeps it a cut below some of the top craft beer locations that I've had the pleasure of visiting.

Reagan1984, Dec 10, 2009
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 Ivanhoes_Backpack
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..

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 07, 2013
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 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 TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

TurdFurgison, Sep 05, 2005
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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.