Taps: 30 / Bottles: 306
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 32
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
04-12-2005 05:24:03 | More by slander
2.91/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
03-05-2008 10:30:33 | More by woodychandler
4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-05-2005 19:00:35 | More by TurdFurgison
4.45/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in around 9:30 on a Sunday night. The interior is surprising large and nice compared to the exterior and surrounding (run-down) industrial area close to downtown.
Sat at the bar and had excellent, attentive service by two well-informed male bartenders.
The informative beer menu is laid out by style with style descriptions. In terms of beers available, I would have to guess that they had every beer that is available in Utah (including Cantillon which I was told they usually get around summer and was gone by now). They had lots of Epic beers as well as all the local stuff. Also had Jolly Pumpkin, Firestone Walker, and Deschutes for those traveling from the east.
I was keeping it local and had $4 pint drafts of Uinta Kolsch and Desert Edge IPA. Both were excellent. They also had a large bottle of Uinta oak imperial pumpkin which they sold by the glass.
I had a bowl of the gumbo and as a Gumboadvocate snob can say it was good. I prefer mine a shade darker.
I'll be back and would recommend this as a great stop for anyone looking to sample Utah craft beers in a single location.
10-27-2011 00:55:08 | More by Yetiman420
4.03/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Well that certainly is one big beer list. Huge amount of beers from all over the world with a massive variety of styles. Lots of beers on tap, with most being from Utah, of course. The bottle list also has what seems like as many Epic beers as you will see anywhere, if you are looking for them. Service was mature and mellow. Decor was a little bit less polished than the Beerhive. Food was decent. I feel like I'd want to eat there one more time to be able to accurately comment on it. With so many beers available, you can't go wrong at all by visiting. A good stop.
09-09-2012 05:17:41 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-23-2008 00:41:33 | More by Goldorak
3.4/5 rDev -17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 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.
05-05-2009 03:04:28 | More by yemenmocha
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
08-10-2004 05:20:54 | More by drewbage
4.13/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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!
08-05-2008 06:02:14 | More by Durge
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
06-25-2010 03:19:52 | More by LittleDon
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The Bayou in Salt Lake City, UT
92 out of 100 based on 32 user ratings.