Restaurants + Cocktails

We admire those trendsetters, trailblazers, and innovators that further the cause of making SLC ever more badass. Having been established in 1933 (adios, Prohibition!), we can safely say that Bar-X is the cool, war-tatted, Cadillac-driving granddaddy of hooch-slingers in this town. True, the speakeasy’s been holding it down on 2nd South since the days of Al Capone and FDR, but in recent years it’s come under new ownership by way of Jeff Barnard and Ty Burrell (the same fellers that snapped up the space next door and named it Beer Bar). We’ve long lusted after the glittering marquee out front (which harkens to a Vegas that best suited Frank, Sammy, and the like), but the new ownership has brought with it an equally drool-worthy interior. A golden-hued, back-lit liquor showcase offsets the somber constitution of the near-window-free establishment. Behind the original bar, you’ll find a handful of craft cocktail masters slinging dizzyingly-good sips like the Gin Gin Mule (dry gin, fresh lime juice, sugar, mint, and ginger beer), the Blood and Sand (blended scotch, fresh OJ, sweet vermouth, cherry liqueur), and the classic, but superbly made, Sazerac (Rye whiskey, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, served in an absinthe-coated glass). Bar-X is fantastic, boozy goodness, made with quality ingredients by folks that know how. It’s hard to improve on a classic, but somehow they’ve done just that. They made alcohol an art again…and that has made all the difference.

Let’s raise a glass to investing locally, choosing quality over quantity, and staying out after midnight.

Many hat-tips and accolades to Barnard and Burrell for looking to a staple of SLC’s past to ensure for a diverse and damn fine future. Says Barnard, “We were willing to invest a lot of money into the bar to restore its original character.” And to that we say, well done. That show-stopping marquee, along with the classically kitschy Cocktails Cocktails Cocktails neon, mixes artfully with the original wagon wheel light fixtures and molding for just the right amount of tacky pizazz + seedy speakeasy. The low lighting of the intimate interior allows you to enjoy your artfully-made cocktail with little distraction. No frills. A couple of TVs, sure, but they’re ever set to old-timey classics that are just as enjoyable to watch with the sound off. Really, it’s just you and your booze. Bar-X is a dive we could easily spend a Friday night in, but should you want for a quieter haunt, try Sundays or weeknights instead. Our lil’ row on 2nd & 2nd (Beer Bar, Bar-X, Johnny’s on Second, Taqueria 27, Este Pizza) is quickly becoming a burgeoning nightlife mecca, and we can’t say we mind in the least. Let’s raise a glass to investing locally, choosing quality over quantity, and staying out after midnight.

Similar Posts

We like to share new stories, and it seems you like to read 'em. Here are some more we think you'll like:
Return to all Stories
Kerri Fukui
Restaurants + Cocktails
Our Go-To Takeout Recommendations
6/10/2020 | Ryan Holbrook
These last months have put cooking skills the world over to the test. We’ve certainly been doing our fair share of sautéing during the pandemic, but for those not so accustomed to this much stovetop time, home-cooking can be taxing in its own right...
Read More
Caroline Hargraves
Restaurants + Cocktails
Mom's Kitchen | Done Right
5/28/2020 | Ryan Holbrook
Even as our city starts to open back up, it’s likely that restaurants will continue to depend on revenue from takeout services for the foreseeable future. As such, for those still reluctant to venture out to eat, we’ve been busy compiling a list of our favorite dishes available to-go from myriad...
Read More
Darby Doyle
Restaurants + Cocktails
Cocktails 101 | Pimm's Cup
5/28/2020 | Darby Doyle
As a harbinger of day-drinking sporting events all over England, you’ll see dramatically garnished Pimm’s Cups served in huge wine goblets or tall, narrow Collins glasses at posh gatherings. But Pimm’s Cups aren’t only a sipper of the pinky-up set...
Read More

Newsletter

Success! We'll get you on the list in short order! You can expect all future Friday mornings to be something of a dream...
a fresh dose of city culture, new listings, and top-shelf design will land squarely on your virtual doorstep.

We need to talk.

It'll be fun. You've got questions, and we can't wait to answer them. Don't hold back--getting down to brass tacks is kind of our thing...


Done. That was probably an excellent question, and we're ready to help. Hang tight...someone at cityhomeCOLLECTIVE will get back to you in a flash.