Change in the Weather – Lake Effect (SLC’s Latest Downtown Bar)

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Located directly opposite Salt Lake’s Convention Center and housed within one of the city’s oldest and ornate buildings, Lake Effect is the toast of the town, gaining in popularity as a place to meet, drink and dine.

Its interior exudes class and elegance with unexpected industrial and modern twists. You’ll find high-back, tufted baby pink parlor-style seating paired with leather booths and gothic chandeliers… made from motorcycle chains! The seemingly disparate yet lavish décor works, and is a welcomed change in Salt Lake’s downtown bar scene. The lengthy antique bar bears an impressive array of brews and liquors on a 20-foot wall to whet the fussiest of whistles, including a bevvy of well… ‘bevvies’ – literally hundreds of craft beers and cocktails, with over 20 craft beers on tap.

There is so much to like about this place. Open daily from 11am until 1am, you can opt to stay a while or linger longer, as Lake Effect caters to both the early and late lunching set, with a Spanish-inspired menu, featuring typical inclusions as well as the less familiar. Word on the street is that you simply MUST try the Mexican Burger, as well as the Churro Funnel Cake, but only those with cast iron bellies dare do so in one sitting.

Whether traveling solo or within a group, Lake Effect offers nightly live entertainment via the laidback sounds of a DJ set, or local musicians Eric Anthony, Nate Robinson or Preston Creed.

The restrooms are a must-see, irrespective of nature’s calling. Ladies can look forward to a sophisticated, feminine wallpapered space, while the lads are treated to more of a suggestive ambiance.

Even better, this new dining and drinking space is devoid of any seven-foot, two-inch ‘iron curtain’ or Sunday closure. Muve Group celebrates and supports Salt Lake’s continued development and expansion.

Lake Effect: | open 11am to 1am daily