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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
147 W Broadway
Salt Lake City
phone: (801) 363-2739
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
This is a pretty killer place in the pretty baren beer land of SLC Utah. Atmosphere is good, a bit cookie-cutter as I say about many brewpubs, but there is some differences here. A gift shop in the middle of the brewpub is an interesting touch, and some nice breweriana can be found as well. Not to mention the locked up liquor with the one ounce pourers. That's pretty interesting! Quality of the beers is very good for the 4% stuff, the pale ale here is phenomenal, one of the best i've had regardless of abv and the 6% bottled IPA, which you can't drink at the bar (walk on over to the other 'restaurant' side:-) is great as well! Service was great, one of my bext experiences ever. The tender was gracious with free brews, talk about the SLC and Utah scenes. Politics, Religion, Everything. I also met some cool-ass locals here as well. Killer. Selection was good as well with about 12 brews on tap and some mixes as well as a full bar and wine as well. Food was tasty and cheap as well, and the beer was cheap too. "The place to be in SLC?!" I respond with a resounding "HELL YEAH!!"
07-07-2005 23:33:10 |
More by francisweizen
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Three words: cask, nitro, and seasonals. In a thorough and multiple-visit review of Squatter's, along with every other brewpub in town, Squatter's had the most interesting in-house, draft beer in town. It was all about the excellent cask, and separately, nitro, verions of the Full Suspension Pale Ale, actually a bitter by style. Both were excellent, and we were torn in several visits about which to have. (We split the baby by just having both: repeatedly.) Both had a full aroma of citrus-y hops, and were exceptionally good, with a distinct hop presence throughout.
We also luv'd the Cherry Luv, a cherry flavored belgian (Abbey?) full of sour cherry flavors, bordering on a lambic in tartness. Overall, the best brewpub in SLC, and so Utah.
The atmosphere, well, it's a big, loud, crowded, busy brewpub. We found seats at the bar each time we visited (four times in three days), three times at a fantastic two-top right next to the entry foyer windows. Can't realy comment on the restaurant side: a magical line, marked by a stand-up bar, separates the restaurant, where you can order the 6% Uinta IPA in bottles, from the bar, where, ridiculously, you can't. We sat in the bar each time, and ordered food from the bartender, or server cocktailing at the two-top. There seems to be nearly endless seating.
The stairwell down to the bathrooms (no visible ADA accessibility here) is lined with dozens of GABF awards, old and new: quite impressive, especially impressive since many (all?) tap awards were won by by the female brewmaster, Jenny Talley. (The bottled beers and some draught accounts are brewed by Dan Burick, I believe through Utah Brewer's Cooperative.)
EDIT: re: the ADA accessibility comment, they have been remodeling for months, and an elevator is now visible on the ground floor where the bathrooms are.
The selection of beer is quite impressive: eleven on when we visited, and available on a full sampler for the great price of $6.99. Make sure you're not in seething distance of the bartender when she has to pour one, though: she made quite clear she didn't enjoy it. (And no, it wasn't particularly busy when I ordered the sampler on the first visit: maybe half the bar full, and occasional drink orders coming in from the restaurant.)
The beers included a wide range of styles, and in addition to the above excellent choices, there were several sleepers that surprised me, and would be totally drinkable in a pinch (i.e., if the cask, nitro, and Cherry Luv were all unavailable.) The best of the sleepers included the Emigration Amber Ale (a World Beer Cup bronze winner), and the Chasing Tail Golden Ale. The sampler was lovely, and a nice way to go: just sit in the restaurant.
Overall beer quality was the best in SLC, with the three excellent beers, and two totally serviceable beers. Of course, the quality of the beers has to be measured against the asinine 4.0% ABV (3.2% ABW) state restriction, but Squatters did as well as any other brewpub in town with it, and you can taste it, as well as see it in the numerous GABF medals.
The servers for the two-top were fine, although harried: it's like this sole table in the bar area is an afterthought, and just goes to whatever server has the area nearest the front. But we chose to sit here again and again, for the more-mellow bar atmosphere, and to be able to look out the front windows at the goings-on. The clientle seemed a mix of beer lovers (from t-shirts, and what they ordered), and random people ordering lemonade and pop, apparently just picking a restaurant close to downtown attractions. Sad.
The food was excellent, if a little pricey (mostly $9-$15.) All three things we had were great (including the wonderful green curry), and the food is clearly an important part of their business. This is a great place to go when you actually want to have dinner, or just want to drink, but not really in-between: i.e., not really a place for cheap eats just to provide a base for the beer.
Like Uinta, they have great social and environmental values, which they proudly advertise on their web page. This will sound weird, but they have super cool stand-up urinals: waterless and flushless, with a note above one explaining how it works. And truly, the bathroom smelled great. (I know, I should be talking about how the beer smelled!) It's an excellent web page, btw, with full menus and beer listings. The only additional thing I'd like is a listing of what is currently on, but I know how labor-intensive this can be.
Squatters' beer certainly beats the hell out of Red Rock and Bohemian (and also Wasatch in Park City, though they seem to have some sort of partnership through the Utah Brewers Cooperative), and is consistently better and more interesting than Uinta.
Overall, for the food, location, and especially the cask, nitro, and specialties, this is a place I'll go again and again in SLC, and is the best overall brewpub in town.
05-09-2005 06:15:11 |
More by warmstorage
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The second best brewpub in Salt Lake City.
I started my night off at Squatters after throwing down my luggage at the hotel. They are located right in the city center, within stumbling distance of the Hyatt, Sheraton, and the other hotels located in and around there.
Big, old, renovated hotel, with loads of heavy exposed wood and nicely exposed and redone brick. A pretty decent crowd was in there eating and drinking fairly late for a Wednesday. I have to take points off for the noise. It wasnt packed solid, but they were jamming dance music (Britney, Usher, etc.), waiters were yelling around, and the kitchen had several inappropriate conversations going on. Plus, if you are going to leave the kitchen open, try not to be doing things that folks dont want to see done with their food.
Service was pretty clueless and slow. I had to yell out what sampler I wanted several times. He disappeared, came back ten minutes later, dropped off the beers, and disappeared again. Two minutes later, he dropped off a salmon dish and walked away. I didnt order the salmon, hadnt ordered anything but the sampler. They werent exactly nice about it, either.
They only had their brews on tap, but had a fairly good line up. There were about 9 or 10, which included a nitro and a cask. They had three different blends, two of varied beers and one being sprite and pilsner. Different, but not bad. The full-suspension IPA, the porter, and the cherry luv were tasty.
All in all, a little average. All the beers had great show properties, like a Real World roommate all dressed up for a night on the town. They tasted pretty good up front and looked the part, but lacked the body and finishing qualities.
04-29-2005 14:45:51 |
More by Dithyramb
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Alas, Chang and I are no more. Sure, we had some good times, it's true, but the brown rice is gone and I'm history. Scotty's heading back to the hotel (He is not Feklar) but I'm still kind of wound up from my excursion to Wyoming earlier in the day, so I'm heading out and about. About 150 feet from here, if you really want to know. All the way across the street to Squatters...
A split bar runs the length of the room, seating 2 dozen, with the break in the middle, a dozen to each side. The bar back is a glass wall with shelves of booze & glassware, and a room behind it with a row of fermenters. Brick walls, high woodbeam ceiling with spot lighting and drop lights over the bar, TV's in all corners of the room, big ass mug club mugs on a hook rack over the bar, an open face kitchen, and the taps listed on a blackboard behind the bar towards the rear.
2 dozen tables in a pit dining room and a handful more along the front window. Bright colorful artwork, mostly paintings of the front of the building, beer mugs, and interior scenes as well as a good couple of GABF metals decorating the walls in the stairway. Additional seating in the rear dining room and an outside patio area.
7 regular house beers (Pils, Golden Ale, Hefe, Amber Ale, Vienna Lager, Pale Ale, Cream Stout), a seaonal, brewed by Wasatch (Porter), a nitro tap (Mild), and a cask (Amber Ale). With the addition of a black & blonde and a black & tan, the sampler is an even dozen beers. The Provo Girl Pils was crisp & clean, the Hefe had a slight banana flavor, the Emigration Amber Ale nicely hoppy, Cenetenial & Chinook, the Full Suspension Pale Ale malty, but with a good hop presence, the Mill Creek Cream Stout oaty & nicely roasted, the Vienna Lager crisp & malty, the seasonal (Polygamy) Porter, made by Wasatch, was just so-so, the nitro Harvest Mild was brownish, with a light bite, and the cask Amber Ale was smooth & pleasant. Halfway through the sampler, I notice the posted IPA @ 6% ABV. I'm thinking, "How come that ain't in my sampler?" Get this!! They brew a 6% beer, sell it to the state and then buy it back to serve. Only in Utah!!
The beer's as good as it's going to get in Salt Lake City.
04-17-2005 22:56:45 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been to Squatters at least 4 times, so it's about time I write a beerfly review of my favorite Utah brewpub.
Located in downtown Salt Lake, Squatters is a converted warehouse-style building on the edge of "trendy resatuarant row." Free parking can be found, but is scarce. Nice, sports-bar influenced atmosphere. Several TVs are sprinkled in key corners. There's a long bar that's nice to sit and eat at if you're by yourself. High, vaulted ceilings make for a very spacious setting. The service is always adequate to good, and there are several, large beer and specials menus visible from the main area. They always have their approximately 5 regular beers on, along with 2-3 seasonals, and one nitro tap and one cask beer (often the Full Suspension). Their seasonals can be quite tasty. Of course, they are limited by the absurd Utah 4% abv law, so there's nothing too extreme/adventurous. But they make nice session beers, and you can order their bottled 6% IPA if you need more alcohol. Food is decent pub fare. The buffalo burger is quite good, as is the fried salmon nuggets with wasabi. Yum. Overall, one of the top beer hangs in SLC. Just wish they were'nt so shackled by the theocratic politicians.
12-14-2004 03:33:12 |
More by alexgash
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.
11-22-2004 06:39:38 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This place has a little more of a party vibe to it than the other SLC brew establishments. The decor is sort of southwest in flavor, with a very long bar and ample seating. I had the sampler, which consisted of 10 beers and 2 blends. I really like the nitro espresso stout and the captain bastard oatmeal stout. Fantastic stuff. The food I had was fairly good as well, but nothing really spectacular. Our server was pretty good at keeping up with us, as we had folks come and go from the table. For a small establishment, the selection was fairly good as well. I think if you have to go one place for a beer while in downtown, go here. There's just better stuff.
11-15-2004 06:40:53 |
More by kmpitz2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
An oasis in the heart of crazy liquor laws. In order to serve "real" beer this place has to sell their beer to the state of Utah, then Utah sells it back to them. Absurd. Isn't church and state supposed to be separate? I digress. Place is quite cool, with a semi-modern yet western design with exposed beams, stainless steel and a nice long wooden bar with a few tap setups. About 8-10 beers on tap plus one on cask. Staff is well versed in their brews and everything is served in nice half liter glasses with the exception of their abbey beer which is served in a Belgian style glass. Their beers are all quite solid even though local laws and culture limit most of their stuff to around 5%. They make the most of what they have to work with. Porter was excellent, and the abbey ale was quite good, although not quite consistent with the style. Food looked great, with lots of ethnic dishes. I had already eaten when I was there though. Stop into this place, but don't come to late... they close at 11.
09-15-2004 01:02:28 |
More by ChrisBowers
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
Squatters is one of the oldest and perhaps the best brewpub in SLC. A contemporary feel and spacious atmosphere are quite inviting. The focus is on the bar and the "beer wall" that lists the current offerings. Seasonals cycle through in a matter of weeks so you're always anxious to see what is new.
Service is as good as it gets. The employees are obviously trained in beer knowledge and it refreshing.
Food isn't quite traditional pub fare. You can still order a gourmet burger or pizza, but they offer many ethnic dishes as well. Prices are more than reasonable for downtown SLC.
They're a little lax on enforcing some of the Utah laws compared to other establishments. I was able to have a few beers without pressure to order food. They serve full strength beers as well (not the 3.2 beers) because they sell them to the state of Utah who in turn sells them back to the restaurant. Absurd, I know, but at least I can have a full strength IPA if I want one.
The beer is phenomenal. Full Suspension, Captain Bastard's, St. Provo Girl, etc. The seasonals are often the best beers on tap such as HopHead Red, Irish Stout, etc. Many GABF awards are proudly displayed. If you're serious about beer, then this is your place.
07-04-2004 00:04:04 |
More by yemenmocha
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
My third and final stop on my reckless night in SLC!
Squatters is SLC's oldest brewpub from what I can gather and is now part of the Utah Brewers Coop with the guys at Wasatch. (er.. however you spell that)
Had two beers at a nice long bar with plenty of taps. One beer on nitro and one on cask wand probably about 12 others on regular draft fonts.
Long resturant are separated from the bar by a rail. Visible brewing equipment behind the bar (with the Assistant Brewer working at 10pm on a Friday night!)
Service was friendly and knowledgable about the beer. No food because I'd just stuffed myself around the corner at Red Rock.
Overall a nicely done place and they have a full bar!
A good place that I owuld love to have even back in LA. The beers were inventive and flavorful even with the highest being around 5%.
04-10-2004 06:45:43 |
More by drewbage
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