Utah has had a bad rap over the years between HBO’s “Big Love” causing people to think that all Mormons are polygamists, and their odd liquor laws that have mislead many to believe it’s a dry state or impossible to get a decent drink. Well, despite both of those notions being untrue, there’s more good news. Come July 1st, the state legislature is repealing their archaic law that requires clubs and bars to charge patrons a “membership” fee upon entering a drinking establishment. In 2008, they also increased their shot pours by 50% so rest easy, the party really starts now.
Park City, the radical stepchild of the state and home to myriad brew pubs, saloons, clubs and savvy restaurants, is celebrating the repeal and invites all to visit the historic town for a stiff drink. Utah’s first distillery since Prohibition will open its doors this August.
Set in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable near the base of Town Lift on Park Avenue, The High West Distillery restaurant and saloon will showcase craft spirits and a small-plate menu. During the snow season, skiers can ski-in and ski out for lunch and a little whiskey warmth between charging all that champagne powder.
Summer is truly Park City’s best kept secret as this outdoor playground boasts excellent affordable golf, 400 miles of mountain bike trails, fly fishing on the Provo River, alpine hiking, horseback riding, and free concerts at Deer Valley and The Canyons. If you are looking for a stellar way to spend Fourth of July, Park City lights up with a hilarious homespun town parade and party in the Miner’s Park, along with massive fireworks, music and plenty of merriment.
Looking for somewhere to stay: Wandermelon is a big fan of Hotel Park City, Stein Eriksen Lodge, and The Sky Lodge. Hungry? Check out local favorite Shabu, Asian-inspired cuisine at Wahso, and comfort food at Robert Redford’s Zoom. Celebrate the liquor law repeal at The No Name Saloon, Easy Street, or The Spur. Bottoms up!