Salt Lake City's Secret Speakeasies (and Where to Find them)

Leah Fishman

Salt Lake City's speakeasy scene is a hidden treasure trove of secret watering holes and intimate drinking spots, just waiting to be discovered by the curious and adventurous. From hidden entrances and password-protected doors to prohibition-era decor, these clandestine bars offer a glimpse into a bygone era of glamour and intrigue. The Rest, a speakeasy within a speakeasy, is a must-visit for its intimate ambiance and artisanal cocktails, while The Red Door beckons patrons with its live music and sophisticated vibe. Escape the ordinary and step back in time to a world of mystery and indulgence with Salt Lake City's best-kept secret: its speakeasy scene.

Tags: Craft cocktails, Happy Hour, Nightlife, Off the beaten path

  • Bar-X in Salt Lake City, United States

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      Established in the 1930s, Bar-X is one of the oldest bars in Salt Lake City. The venue exudes a classic speakeasy vibe with its dim lighting, leather booths, and a dark wooden bar. The cocktail menu boasts an impressive selection of classic drinks, with a particular focus on whiskey.

  • Bodega and The Rest in Salt Lake City, United States

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      Bodega and The Rest is a two-level establishment in Salt Lake City, with Bodega serving as the street-level tavern that offers simple cocktails, draft beer, and shots. If you make a reservation or gain admission from the bartender upstairs, you can explore The Rest, a subterranean speakeasy with a Hemingway-esque atmosphere. The dimly-lit space boasts vintage decor, wooden booths, and a long bar. The cocktail menu at The Rest is inspired by Mexican flavors, with a focus on tequila and mezcal-based drinks.

  • The Red Door in Salt Lake City, United States

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      While not technically a speakeasy, The Red Door certainly exudes a similar vibe. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City, the bar is hidden behind an unmarked red door, and features an intimate, cozy atmosphere with dim lighting, velvet booths, and vintage decor. The cocktail menu focuses on classic drinks with a modern twist.

  • The RUIN in Salt Lake City, United States

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      Another bar that's not technically a speakeasy, but definitely has the same vibe, The Ruin is located in an old brick building in Sugar House. The interior is dimly lit with exposed brick walls, antique furnishings, and a cozy fireplace. The cocktail menu is extensive, with a focus on classic drinks made with house-made syrups and bitters.

  • Back Door on Edison in Salt Lake City, United States

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      Tucked away in the basement of an old building in downtown Salt Lake City, Back Door is a cozy, dimly lit bar with a speakeasy vibe. The decor features exposed brick walls, antique furnishings, and a vintage phone booth. The cocktail menu is creative and unique, with a focus on seasonal ingredients and house-made infusions.