Salt Lake City has long been in need of a wine bar, somewhere solely focused on vino instead of liquor, a casual yet classy place to sip on wine without the pressure of ordering food. I can finally—finally!—say that we have one :: BTG Wine Bar on 63 West 100 South.
BTG, which stands for “By The Glass,” serves over 50 wines by the glass in 2- or 5-ounce pours with an option to order the whole bottle. The incredible selection spans all types, from affordable to expensive; the 2-oz. pours range in price from $3.50 – $24 while bottles span $32 – $240.
If you can get through the menu without finding a wine you like (which won’t be easy, trust me), BTG also serves beers and cocktails with a well-rounded list of liquors.
The cozy bar has the same owners as Caffe Molise, located right next door, and conveniently serves their excellent Italian food until 9 or 10 p.m. each evening. (But they will gladly serve you wine without a food order.) When Caffe Molise’s kitchen closes, BTG still serves a menu of bites like cheese plates, meatballs, salads and mac and cheese, not to mention chocolate cake, tiramisu and cheesecake.
The BTG was unable to obtain a permanent liquor license thanks to the DABC’s restrictive licensing laws but received a temporary license for the Outdoor Retailers Convention that will permit the bar to operate until the end of October. The owner hopes that the BTG will gain popularity, showing the DABC the need for a wine bar in Salt Lake City. You can also help keep the BTG open by visiting the bar and signing this petition here.
Update :: The BTG was granted a permanent license by the DABC!
Go to BTG Wine Bar :: because it’s Salt Lake City’s only wine bar. Besides, it’s temporary so you should go while you can! It’s a great place to sip on wines and try new ones. Notes :: Open seven days a week from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m., serving food from Caffe Molise until around 9 or 10 p.m., and small bites until around 11 or 12 p.m. Private parties are available; call 801-359-2814.