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Squatters Pub Brewery

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Squatters Pub BrewerySquatters Pub Brewery
BEER AVG
3.58/5
Based on:
76 Beers
5,222 Ratings
Place Score: 87
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

147 W Broadway
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101-1914
United States
phone: (801) 363-2739

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Reviews by nortmand:
Photo of nortmand
4.4/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great young feel to this place. Feels like being in a beer friendly state. This is a definite oasis for beer drinkers in Utah.
Beer was... absolutely fantastic. The brewer took the drinking laws of Utah and said "You know what F you, I'm gonna work hard and make some fine brews and bottle some bigger brews to boot!" I find it hard to believe that many other brewers work as hard as they do here. They manage to use their expertise and create awesome beers at 4%. They have a nitro and a cask ale. I can't even say that for most Michigan places. Bravo.
Friendly service that recognized me and my friend after 4 days of continuous patronization (real word?)
Great selection of pretty damned solid brews.
Food was pretty good, but my sandwich didn't live up to the precedent set by other Salt Lake restaurants.
Overall a great place and an absolute must for any BA stranded in Salt Lake.

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Photo of Asnsick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great place. They do not let a glass go empty.

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.98/5  rDev +29%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I used to be a regular here when I was at the U of U. I love this place. GREAT food and chasing tail will always hold a very special place in my heart. I come here every time I go back home.

Photo of cbutova
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Visited on my first night of two nights staying in downtown SLC; a much needed rest after about 16 days of camping on and off. We actually arrived here during a Mormon holiday but this place was still open for regular hours and quite busy actually. As far as brewpub beer goes the product was above average with clean and fresh flavors. We had some appetizers which were good. Decor was good and the bar was just huge. They also had a nice setup upstairs with a smaller bar and view of the kitchen. Worth a shot for any craft fan and especially those who are into brewpubs specifically. In a land of limited beer opportunities it was nice to see places like this, BeerHive, Uinta and Epic.

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Squatters Pub is a nice airy space with soaring ceilings, exposed brick, wooden beams and posts. There are well worn wooden floor and some nice art work and banners (Oktoberfest Banners when I was there).

The long two section bar is on the right, tables to the left. The tanks are behind the front part of the bar, the open kitchen behind the back part of the bar. There is more seating in back plus they have a nice patio.

I counted 12 regular drafts and 6 rotators. I had a couple of drafts and thought they were solid. Bottle selections have more abv, so keep that in mind if you want a bigger beer.

The food was tasty and the menu is definitely a step-up from normal pub grub. I had some tasty carnitas tacos.

Service was friendly and seemed beer savvy.

I enjoyed my visit and I think most BA s will.

Photo of Mothergoose03
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This was stop #4 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. This brewery visit was to have dinner and to try their beers. The place is located in an older section of the downtown area in a storefront setting. The restored building is very attractive and inviting, and the 2-story interior was also nicely done. We were seated on the second floor, and this place was rocking for a Wednesday evening.

Because of serving laws in Utah we could only have two beer samples in front of us at any time, so we shared 4 different small glasses and then ordered a couple of their bottled beers just to get a larger serving. Each of the beers that we had was brewed to style, but none had any exciting characteristics. We rated them overall at slightly above a C grade. The food was very good and outshined the beer.

Our experience here was okay, but when we’re in town again we’ll try other places. Who knows, we may end up back here in the future too.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It's funny how a place like this can be kind of typical for a brewpub, but somehow it isn't as bland or boring as Red Rock. At least there is something going on here worth seeing. Unfortunately, they don't have some of the highly rated bottle releases you'd want to see, as those are probably one-offs at this point (529, Fifth Element). However, there are some tasty beers to be had here. Radio From Hell is quite good. As are others. Food here is standard brewpub fair. Nothing really blowing you away here.

Considering the location to the downtown area, this is a no-brainer for a visit.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

cool sport right downtown in salt lake. long open space with tall ceilings and an outdoor area in the back. had about a 10 minute wait for a table, and rather slow service for an uncroded place. quite a few beers on tap, and a bottle selection as well that features some amazing beers. the fifth element farmhouse is incredible. the organic amber was the pick on tap, but they were all pretty good. the outer darkness imperial stout with the peanut butter chocolate pie was a great treat, but we didnt have any other food. pitchers were well priced, but the bottles were way too pricey. overall a pretty cool place that i prefered to red rock on both an atmosphere and beer standpoint, save the red rock reve belgian. definitely check it out when you are in town.

Photo of DCon
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Coming here twice, first time after my flight and waiting for others to arrive into Salt Lake City, and the night before my departure, stopped in to buy some beer to go (only place to sell beer to-go on Sundays by law!), I enjoyed my time here!

Walking in, you are greeted with a hostess and have the option to take a seat at the bar, a table, or get your to-go beer and get the hell out. Both times, I sat at the bar. Liked how they serve their brews in either 0,3L or 0,5L glasses.

The waitress was prompt with service but didn't help a whole lot on trying to pick out a brew. She was definitely trying to push their bottles but while they are all over $20 a 22oz, I respectfully declined. No problem here, they had plenty on-tap to choose from! Very funny how she didn't tap the handles in front of us but from a "bus-station". Wonder what the reasoning was for this?

I did not order any food here but my friend Chris ordered their Breakfast Burrito, and looked delicious! Would definitely order these if I came back.

I would recommend this place whether your with friends or family. The food menu looked very appetizing and they have plenty of beers to keep any beer lover interested.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The location of this brewery is great...right near the heart of downtown and in a very cool building. The inside was nice as well, neat beer flags hanging from the ceiling and huge bar down the one side. There was plenty of seating both inside and out. The quality was ok...I think the beer are somewhat hindered by the Utah law of 4% max ABV for beers on tap and Utah brewers deserve props for being hamstrung because some of the beers are quite nice. The food was decent but not great. My salad look old and the jumbalaya, which was supposed to be a fav, was ok. There was pleanty to chose from for both food and drink. Definitly worth a visit if you are in SLC.

Photo of tmitch75
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Squatters is in an accessible downtown location and had a good brewpub atmosphere. A long bar along the entire right wall provides plenty of seating, and the dining area seems pretty small at first.... until you realize there are two more floors of dining!

The food selection includes a lot of the standard pub offerings, including hot wings (which were quite good), sandwiches, fish & chips, etc. But there were also more unusual offerings including a thai curry dish and a few others. The garlic fries were quite tasty.

The beer selection had a little something for everyone. I had the Full Suspension Pale Ale on cask as well as a Chasing Tail Golden Ale. Both were good but the Full Suspension stood out to me. I would have loved to stick around to try a few more.

The service was good, the waitress was attentive but didn't hover. The bartender definitely knew his stuff and was quite helpful in making a selection despite the busy dinner rush. Everyone was friendly and seemed to enjoy being there.

Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who visits SLC.

Visited 5/17/11

Photo of dtivp
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First time visit to SLC, I was surprised to find a nice brewpub downtown after hearing about the Utah alcohol laws.
The pub had a very nice atmosphere, nice bar, larger indoor and outdoor seating area. I twas crowded during my visit and it appeared the staff might have been a little stressed.
The beer selection was good, obviously a focus on their beer. I only had appetizers, was a little disappointed in the sweet potato fries, appeared to be the frozen variety. The service was good and efficient, however, our server had very little knowledge of the beer available. Overall the experience was good and I would recommend for SLC to stop by for a brew.

Photo of johnyeast
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really liked Squatters Pub. The food was great. Had the Seared Tuna Salad. Twice. The beer is quality. Like the atmosphere a lot. Has a patio where we spent a couple of evenings, as it cools off at night. A separate bar area upstairs. One thing to note is that it was incredibly busy the weekend we were there. The beers that I had were well done. I mostly drank the Oatmeal Stout. They also have a decent Hefeweizen. So glad I didn't have to mess with Utah's unusual liquor laws. I would recommend this place when in Salt Lake City.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Was in SLC for a few days and stopped by twice. One of the better brewbars in SLC and definitely a lot of selections on draft. However its the usual low ABV stuff and, while I know its theoretically possible to have a great beer that is 4% ABV no place i went to in SLC pulled it off. Squatters had a limited (~6) number of higher ABV beers available by the bottle, though unfortunately didn't have 2 of the higher rated ones when i was there and the few I tried were slightly above average at best.

If you are in town for a conference like i was, my suggestion is to avoid this place Friday/Saturday night when it was insanely crowded. I stopped by during the day instead and it was very pleasant even though I wasn't overwhelmed by the quality of the beer.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of the better brew pubs in SLC. great atomphere and the buliding and bar layout is very nice. Nice looking girls working and the food is great for a pub. Fish and chips are excellent and the burgers are great too. Everything seenmed fresh and not frozen food.

Loved the IPA and the Hop Rising is a solid beer. Also liked the Hell's Keep. I did not like the Hop Head Red on Nitro and the oktoberfest was OK. I was in town for a short time and ended up at this bar twice it was so good. Overall I would hihly recommend this brew pub over red rock that is right down thie street.

Photo of LittleDon
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've been here twice in the last 9 months, and both times have been happy with the service, quality, and selection. My biggest gripe was that there was no IPA available on tap. As a compromise, though, they do have a few nitro taps and one cask conditioned beer (both times it was the same beer, I believe). The draft selection, though, is underwhelming. All aspects of my experience have been better than average, but nothing outstanding. The food was the biggest surprise. There is a wide selection, reasonable prices, and everything I've had has been well prepared. For example, the Nicoise salad had Ahi that was seared on the outside and raw on the inside. Perfectly cooked, which, in my experience, is unusual for this type of establishment. (Note: selection score reflects beers and not food. Menu is fairly extensive and offers a wide variety).

Photo of Shaw
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

With only so much time in Salt Lake City, I had to pick one brewpub to visit. Reading reviews here and messaging with fellow BAs led me to pick Squatters.

It's a big place, but wasn't too noisy. No smoking inside, which is great. No surprise in Utah, though.

My wife and I only had appetizers: sweet potato fries and hummus. The fries tasted just like the frozen ones you buy at the grocery store. The hummus was better, but nothing fantastic.

Our server seemed put off by us at first, but she warmed up. I think she was waiting on just about all the tables, so you can't blame her for that. She was very willing to let me buy individual samples after trying their regular eight-beer sampler and wanting more.

The beers were average. Capt. Bastard's stout was my favorite. They were out of several of the hoppier beers I wanted to try.

My ambivalence toward the beers may be due to Utah's 3.2 percent alcohol law. But there is one good thing about 3.2 percent beer: You can drink a lot more of it and not feel it!

Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

05/12/09-

Actually visited the Park City location, but didn't have all the info to enter in a new location.

Looks kind of a like a nice family style place. Maybe like an Applebees or something. Not really a "beer atmosphere" kinda place. Clean with lots of bar seating as well as booths. They had about 8 beers on tap. Winded up having four different larger sampler size pours of the porter/stout styles that they had. All were decent and the oatmeal stout was very good considering it was only 3.2%. Ended up getting a growler of that. I wasn't going to get any food as I just had lunch earlier, but according to Utah law I had to have some kind of food if I wanted to consume any beer. They did have a 95 cent chips and salsa though...which was decent at best...their menu did look pretty good though. The bartender was very friendly as we chatted for a little bit. Would go back again to try other beers and the food.

Photo of mudhut
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Squatters is in an old downtown warehouse type building with raw brick and wood...minimalist. Has nice outdoor seating, a long bar overlooking the brewing operation. It might come off as pretentious to some, but it is a clean, bright, open atmosphere. They are also wind powered and have some green updates to the building, organic options, do recycling, and try to source local food when possible.

Service is friendly and personable. We are always well taken care of.

Food is very good, with lots of options for dietary restrictions. Wasn't amazing, but everything was tasty. I've had burgers, fish tacos, salads, wings, all were great.

Despite the 4.0 abv limit, the beers are likable, even seem to style. The IPA in a bottle is very good, clean and tasty...I could have several more. Their Organic Wildfire Pale Ale, and Oatmeal Stout, cask conditioned ales are also favorites.

Best brewpub in the state. Hopefully Utah will be joining the 21st century soon..we just got rid of private clubs and legalized hombrewing. Hopefully dropping the abv restriction on draft beer soon.

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

In recovery from a seriously bad experience at the nearby RedRock, I was happy to find that Squatters was able to soothe my ailment to some degree. Atmosphere a lot better with much higher quality and welcoming decor. The place was crowded with conferencing chemists, but a lone stool at the bar made itself available. The selection would have scored higher had not the barstaff's opening gambit been a long list of beers that they were out of; it is hard to take a place really seriously if they can't manage to keep beer flowing. A management issue. Again denied an IPA, I had to make do with a pale ale. This was served in a generous 0.5 L glass with room to spare (don't you hate those short-changed "pints" which are more like a half?). This was more like real beer, with lively head, flavor and freshness. I had no food so cannot speak to that. I would go there again and would hope to find more things available.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A: We went during off-hours between lunch and dinner (late afternoon), but there was still a moderate crowd, especially at the bar. I'd consider that a good thing.

Q: They have a number of vegetarian, free-range, and organic food options, with napkins from recycled paper. Seems like they have a clear idea what they want the restaurant to be, and they are actively making it happen.

S: We got a beer geek for a server, who seemed to know what I was after when I asked about the Hop Rising, McGrueh's Irish Stout, and Hell's Keep. He put together a custom sampler for me based on those and a couple of other beers that he suggested, and kept popping back to check in on us. Since this was my first experience with a cask ale, he took the opportunity to discuss the style with me. Nice to meet someone who knows/enjoys beer on a brewpub staff.

S: A great variety of food options -- even my vegetarian girlfriend was happy. Also about 8 beers on tap, plus a cask-conditioned ale. Some great daily specials, and an intriguing amount of desserts.

F: I ordered a seafood enchilada, which was delicious, and my girlfriend tried a veggie burger (just ok) with regular fries (great) and sweet potato fries (decent). I've rarely encountered a brewpub with GOOD food, so I'm impressed.

The cost came out to a reasonable total. Good value. If I'm in SLC again I'll definitely come here.

Photo of Patrick999
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A - Has a better atmosphere than the other two brewpubs I visited, Wasatch and Red Rock. A little darker, a little more character. Seemed perpetually crowded, which was kind of annoying....indeed, every place in SLC seemed crowded due to a bunch of corporate/trade association meetings that all seemed to be in town at the same time. Not the crowd I want in a brewpub, but I'll give Squatters a pass on this; there's nothing it can do about that.

Q - You do get the sense here that quality is of high concern, from free-range meats to other quality ingredients.

S - The help seemed a little hurried and frazzled, yet at times not too interested. While both were somewhat crowded, at both the downtown and airport location, it seemed to me that the wait staff was needlessly stressing itself out. They didn't seem to be understaffed at all, yet they had a hurried, stressed demeanor.

S - Nice selection of beers. I unfortunately missed 5th Element and Ava Lee. Plenty of tap options.

F - Squatters makes a show of the quality ingredients it uses in its mostly enjoyable pub fare. However, like the Red Rock, to me, it wasn't as tasty and satisfying as it appeared on the menu. In fact, all three brewpubs I went to seemed to suffer from this not-as-good-as-it-looked-on-the-menu syndrome.

V - A high point, from drafts to menu items, this seemed to be the most value-driven of the brewpubs I visited.

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

after a couple weeks working in the high desert of Wyoming and waiting for a flight back to Dulles, I visited Squatters Pub following a personally guided tour of the LDS History and Art museum and a night walk of the Temple Square Gardens

if a visiting BA were able to visit only one, Squatters over Red Rocks by far

located in the center of downtown in a gorgeous old building with big storefront windows (used to be a newspaper or some such), the restoration and restaurantification of the building seems to have left most of the historic qualities intact, the interior is spacious and lively on a Wednesday night but not overwhelming for a solo visitor such as myself, dining room and two bars (one for eating, one for not), and outdoor seating in the back which I failed to check out, brewroom sits behind the bar, bathroom downstairs, a pretty expansive spot

after being politely asked to move from the rear bar since I wasn't eating, I moved to a table by the front bar and enjoyed three beers over the course of a few hours, observing and reading the local city-paper-weekly-independent thing and scribbling some bier notes inside

service: my first server seemed really nice for the 5 minutes I was in her section, after my move the new waitress was less personable and not very happy but not offending...just there and doing her job, this seemed to be isolated as the others I observed seemed quite helpful and talkative

selection: all beers are available in three sizes...taster, 12, and 20 oz...prices were very reasonable though I don't recall specifics

my first beer was the Chasing Tail Golden on cask (not very flavorful but good and points for actually having a cask as advertised), second the Provo Girl Pilsner (a surprisingly top-tier pils), and the Hop Rising IPA (okay)...the menu was quite extensive and included both Squatters Beers, Utah Brewing beers, and a couple guests, probably over 15 choices in all, I chose to stick with the in-house and found it necessary to ask as it was hard to tell what was and wasn't

early air departure required that I miss out on a couple I would have liked, including the UBC pumpkin and the Captain Bastard Oatmeal Stout

be sure to ask about the seasonals and the bottles...I did the the former but forgot the latter, and missed out on the 750s of 5th Element (in-house consumption only, ftl)

Photo of Durge
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This brewpub in downtown Salt Lake City is a medium sized old school pub atmosphere with the majority of the space dedicated to dinning. Two bars, one for diners and one for drinkers. They had a good selection of their own brews including an Amber on cask and a nice oatmeal stout on the nitro tap. I tried both of them and thought pretty highly of them, especially the deep dark stout. The bartender who came out from behind the bar to serve us at a barside table was very helpful on all their beers, quite knowledgeable. Didn't try the food but have heard that it is fine. Lots of tee shirts and other souvenirs are available near the entrance. Much of what you see here seems to also be available at the airport location (Terminal C) as well. I didn't notice what they offered for bottled beer but it seems that their own beer assortment is quite adequate and satisying. All in all a very nice pub/restaurant to sit and sample some fine brews.

Photo of Goldorak
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I had an audit on SLC and caught a plane that arrived on a sunny Sunday afternoon. My boss and I dropped off our bags at the hotel and hopped a cab. We didn't really have an agenda per se, although I did do my homework and printed out a few maps with points of Beer-related interest. But I figured she wanted to see the town a bit, so we asked the cabbie to drop us at Temple Square. Nice. It was when we decided to walk around the downtown area that we got a strange, eerie feeleing. Where the hell is everybody? Why is everything closed? Restaurants, (not so) convenience stores, shops and bars were all closed. Just about no traffic on those super wide streets either. "What do we do now?" she asked. Thank goodness this brewpub was open!

I like the overall decor of the place, the building itself looked like an old factory, and in fact I think it was. The inside was polished, dark wood and brick, plenty of natural light, walls that didn't have awards posted on them displayed interesting artwork. When we saw the water mists and shade on the patio, we decided to sit there. There was even a big grill in the back. Crowd seemed pretty eclectic, 20-something college kids and a few families.

I didn't know for sure if we absolutely had to order food if we wanted Beer, so we got a appetizer of red pepper hummus served with warm flatbread. It was excellent, and really stuffing!

Service was relatively fast, even though our server looked a little aloof, he was always around to check on us.

Now, the Beers. The boss-lady went the Hefe, served with a wedge that even she thought was out of place. But she seemed to have liked it. I tried the amber ale on cask that I really enjoyed and drank lightning fast because of the heat. The low ABV didn't really show, it packed plenty of flavor. The porter I had next was a little weak, a hard style to nail with those kinds of restrictions. I didn't get to try their bottled Beers. The selection seemed to have something for everyone - unless you're only into big Beers.

Overall, I enjoyed it, and left pretty satisfied. Would I put this place in my personal top-10? No, but I was sure glad to see it open and if my travels send me back to Utah I'll be sure to come back.

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Squatters Pub Brewery in Salt Lake City, UT
87 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.