The cocktail scene in Utah is growing at a rapid pace as new bars, restaurants and distilleries implement a variety of drinks into their menus. This week, we’ve picked five must-try drinks that you won’t want to miss during the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention, Sept. 21-23.
You can’t go wrong with any of Bar-X’s old-time cocktails, but may we suggest the Boston Sour: a blend of bourbon whiskey, lemon and lime juice, sugar and angostura bitters. Located just a few blocks from The Grand America Hotel, Bar-X (155 E. 200 S., SLC) is owned by Ty Burrell who plays awkward dad Phil Dunphy on ABC’s “Modern Family.”
Gracie’s (326 S. West Temple, SLC) is a Salt Lake City gem and one of the few gastropubs in the area. With several specialty cocktails, beer options and a large selection of wine, it’s hard to go wrong with any drink at Gracie’s, though we do have a soft spot for the Raspberry Mojito.
One of Whiskey Street’s most popular cocktails, The Brown Derby, hosts a complementary contrast of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, honey syrup and grapefruit. They also offer an extensive list of whiskey and make a mean spiced bourbon maple glazed pork chop. You can find them at 323 S. Main Street, just a ten-minute walk from convention headquarters.
Beer Bar (161 E. 200 S., SLC), conveniently located next door to Bar-X, is a bar with an all-beer focus. Try one of their featured local brews, or if you’re feeling adventurous, consider a beer cocktail. We suggest the Belgian 75, which fuses gin, lemon, sugar, Belgian beer and a lemon twist.
Located inside convention headquarters at The Grand America Hotel, the Gibson Lounge has a newly updated bar menu, which has been gaining a lot of attention thanks to its modern drinks, infused with an old-world twist. Try the Grand Old Fashioned made with bourbon, apple brandy, angostura and orange bitters. It’s a unique play on a classic cocktail that will leave you wondering why you would ever go back to the original.
This list will give you a variety of drink and cocktail options to choose from during your stay in Salt Lake City at the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention.
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