|Salk Lake City "Irish" Bar|
60 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Binge-Drinking Ben Reporting:
Total Population of Ireland: 6,380,661
Number of “Irish” Pubs in U.S.: 7,372,853
Great beer specials with a wide selection. Clean and the people seemed nice enough. They sell Kamel Red Lights in a machine in the bar! I had never seen that before.
In certain pockets of the bar, the douchy pretension level seemed to be a bit high I must say. Nothing to do really. No pool table, no darts, no games If you’re in to that kind of thing. Too many posters of John Stockton wearing his Utah Jazz ooobabies. Stop it already
|Any mormons in here?|
Hmmm. Now I’m no mathematician (actually I am) but I’d say there is a significant number of “Irish”bar and pub owners out there that are full ‘O’ Sh*t, eh Seamus? Well whatever, it’s a bar, I’m in a very strange town in a galaxy far far away, and I’m thirsty…I’m going in!
|Beer and smokes|
For the first time in my life I actually felt a little guilt about flicking my ciggy to the curb (Just that first one). The flicking of the next seventeen cigs went off without a hitch. Unfortunately,much more symptomatic of every other big city downtown, there was no shortage of vagabonds wandering aimlessly about, asking for money and smokes…and for once it wasn’t me. Now that feels much more like home!
First Impressions: I walked in to Murphy’s Bar and Grill just as the sun was setting over the SLC skyline and friends, it was an amazing sight. But than something even more beautiful caught my eye. The sign on the chalkboard read: Monday Night - 25oz PBR Draws $3.00. Is there anything better than a big ass beer? Why yes, a slightly cheaper big ass beer!
The Bar: I sat down and was promptly and politely carded, order taken, and served. This was starting out well. Although I think my out-of-towner vibe was coming on pretty strong,everybody in the place seemed pleasant and inviting. The interior of this joint was well…unorganized and a little tacky I guess. You could tell at one point they were trying to stick to the Irish theme but then some boneheaded bartender started bringing in his Utah Jazz and UofU memorabilia from his junior high bedroom (which, if my theory is correct, he undoubtedly still lives in) and started hanging that useless crap on the walls of the bar.
|New beer ONLY after you finish|
Service: Bartenders will not even ask you about another drink until your current drink is bone dry. They were not that busy and I noticed all the bartenders doing this with all the customers so I really don’t think it was a case of bad service. Prompt and friendly, but as previously noted, you have to fully dominate your current beer to get another helping. . I tried one beer called Provo Girl and it was pretty good. I mostly drank PBR but if you are an adventurous beer drinker than you’re in good hands here.
Food: Although I didn’t eat there, I scanned the menu which boasted a pretty solid lineup of apps and bar sandwiches and there were some amazing smells coming out of that kitchen. Maybe next time.
|Not too shabby|
How Far Did My $20 Get Me? If I recall correctly, I had four of those 25oz Pabst's and a pint of Provo Girl. With a generous tip I laid down $20.00even. Not bad at all because I walked out of there with a FAT buzz.
Final Impressions: Not bad Murphy’s of Salt Lake City. You have impressed me. Another pretty generic Irish bar but hey, you offer beer at fair prices, poured by friendly people. That’s a step in the right direction. Thanks for the cheapbuzz Murphy’s, I would stop by here again when I’m in town. Uh oh…How the f#ckdo I get back to my hotel?
5 out of 10
|It will do when you need a beer or 5 in SLC|