A cocktail bar with seriously good food isn’t all that surprising these days, but how many times will you find one serving a sweet potato soup that you can’t stop thinking about? That—and other dishes like Thai mussels and a delicious cashew-kimchi bowl—is what makes Varley a standout. Located in the heart of Salt Lake City near the Salt Palace Convention Center, this spot shares a kitchen with Ivy and has Salt Lake City’s largest outdoor patio. It’s the place to unwind after a long, boring convention or a shopping outing at City Creek Center.
The moody ambiance and minimalist design bring that fancy but not pretentious night-out energy. And since there are strict no-babies-in-bars rules in Utah, Varley’s crowd is always 21 and up. If you value your hearing, snag an early reservation before the DJ starts playing at 8:30pm on weekends.