In Park City, Utah, dinner & bar hopping along Historic Main Street makes a great end to a long "hard day" on the ski slopes. Since ya can't ski there, take a taxi or one of Park City's free buses from your rental condo to the top of Park City Utah's historic Main Street (that's 200 South for the detail-oriented types). That way, you can walk downhill and end up close to the Park City's Transit Center for the trip home (keep in mind, the last one leaves at 1:55 am). If eating hot wings & watching sports is your thing, then start at Wasatch Brew Pub there at 250 Main Street. Otherwise, our first stop is Cisero's (306 S.
Main), Park City's most popular Italian restaurant. After a delicious house-made Italian dinner, venture downstairs to relax and listen to DJ music or live bands playing jazz, blues, rock, & more. The dancing's great here (but save the boogie shoes tread for down the road). While the night's still young and Cisero's is not too packed (yet), it's perfect for kicking back enjoying an after-dinner drink together while sharing ski stories. Oh, by the way, to get around Utah's "unique" liquor laws, buy a "temporary membership" at each club on the tour (think of it instead as a small admission fee). Prefer smoke-free clubs like many Utah locals do? then stop off at The Spur at 350 ½ Main, which offers great live music.
Ok, now it's across & down the road to Harry O's (at 427, 2nd floor). If it's Saturday night, this well-known and very popular Park City Utah night-life Mecca is a must. Harry O's has THE largest dance floor in Park City and features hip-hop to disco & top 40 -- laser lighting, videos, & digital displays add to the energy. Take a break from dancing at their fleet of pool tables or at a table near the stage that pulls in familiar names like Sammy Hagar and Jimmy Cliff, or just hang in the lounge areas up on the balcony to catch your breath and nurse a cold drink (yup, that's right, another temporary membership. try not to dwell on that part, ok?). With six full-service bars available, there's no trouble finding a cold one.
Let's save the No Name Saloon (447) for a decade or two. It caters to a fun but slightly older local crowd. Strolling along to the next stop on our Park City night club tour, you'll cross Heber Avenue. Look down the road to the right as you cross so you'll remember later what it looks like. When the evening's over, come back up the street and go that way to the Old Town Transit Center to catch a bus back to your rental condo. Next comes Mother Urban's Ratskeller, (or "Ma Urban's" as the locals call it) on down at 625 Main.
Named for the peg-legged Madam that ran the joint during Park City Utah's glory days as a rough & tumble mining town, Ma Urban's is a cozy, rustic, private night club that has gained quite a reputation for live jazz and blues performances several nights each week. And of course they have pool tables, darts, & video games. The bar makes available all sorts of drinks, including mixed beverages & more than 100 "liquid breads." No matter which, you'll find yourself welcomed by the locals and enjoying the ambience.
And there are plenty of dark corners for getting cozy. Finally, it's back across the street and down a touch to JB Mulligans Club & Pub (804 Main). A more relaxed and friendly bar that offers a great place to wind down from the glitz & hectic pace of the earlier clubs. Mulligan's charm comes in its subdued atmosphere and live music performances. Regional bands are incredibly popular, playing jazz, reggae, & bluegrass.
When they don't perform, the jukebox offers favorite tunes of all varieties. Maybe now you're ready for the pool tables, video games, darts, & foosball ya passed up earlier. The large fireplace creates a cozy ambience and provides a real nice touch. Guinness is on tap. Well, it's getting late! The ski day starts early, so it's back up to Heber Avenue and over to the Transit Center. Be sure to arrive BEFORE 1:55 am when the last bus leaves.
This late, the buses leave the Transit Center every half hour at 25 and 55 after the hour. Once back at the rental condo, dream peacefully about Park City's endless snow-covered ski slopes and the awesome evening out. .
By: Jesse Fisher