The bad news: bowing to Salt Lake City culture and adding a sports channel to the TV.
After presenting my senior project my posse of Ava, Erin, Lilian and Manfriend indulged my love of classic cocktails at the Speak Easy.
The Speak Easy is a 20s inspired bar in Downtown Salt Lake City (63 West 100 South). My friend Alex joined us later in the night. He just got back from South Korea, so you can blame him for my current indecision about teaching there or in Taiwan.
We had a great time with a lovely group of people who also sat in our comfy corner. The Speak Easy is a small venue, but has never been very packed. The live band was great and the cover charge was a reasonable $3 for one or $5 for two.
The space is lined with great comfortable couches and small tables. There are cool vintage mirrors above the stage area. And a small dance floor for the dancers of the group. The club has a dress code, but isn’t too strict about it. In the name of dressing nice though, it’s a great excuse for a cocktail dress and heels. There is a TV playing sports above the bar, but it’s easy to ignore with all the other cool vintage things to watch.
The bar tenders know how to treat you right and will set you up with any cocktail. I tried the Bee’s Knees and it was delicious. Lemony, sweet, and pretty, too. It was a little sweet for my taste so I went with a Long Island next.
I’ve explained the baseline theory of cocktails before, any one who can make a Long Island can make a cocktail. I said it at the bar and I’ll say it at the blog, “Speak Easy makes the best Long Island’s in Salt Lake.” These people aren’t afraid of their alcohol and you can taste it.
I finished the night with a side car. I love the cognac, lemon mix.
I also tried Manfriend’s Singapore Sling. It was definitely too Kool-Aid like for me, but he liked it enough to get a second.
The Speak Easy also serves beer on tap.
I had a great night with a great group of people. I highly recommend Speak Easy to anyone who wants a different bar experience in the city of sports bars.