The Red Door

Salt Lake City may be lagging behind most of the planet when it comes to liquor laws and places to get a drink, but there are a few bars here that make you forget there is any alcohol craziness at all.  One of those bars is The Red Door.

Yes, the door actually is red. (Photo from facebook.)

The Red Door is a tiny bar on 200 South and 57 West that focuses on martinis.  They have an extensive menu of drinks from the very sweet dessert martinis (like the Key Lime, which tastes identical to a piece of key lime pie, complete with crushed graham cracker crust) to unique martinis (like the Wrath, made with jalapeno-infused tequila, lime juice and cilantro) to creative takes on classics (the Mary Martini, a spicy martini reminiscent of a Bloody Mary).

The Red Door’s Mary Martini, one of my favorites.

The Red Door has a great relaxed atmosphere, while still maintaining a chic vibe.  The crowd is usually a mixture of old and young, guys and girls, couples and singles.  People aren’t there to pick up on each other; everyone is just there to enjoy a great drink and talk over a small candle-lit tables.  Plus, I feel comfortable going there dressed up after the symphony (like we did after Duke Ellington on Saturday) or wearing casual comfy clothes on a summer evening.

The Wrath, an excellent spicy martini from Red Door.

One of the best parts of the Red Door is that every Saturday they have a great jazz band playing, the Daniel Day Trio.  These guys are awesome.  With just a conservative drum kit, a guitar and a bass, they take popular songs and give them a jazz twist.  Their music is fun and familiar, with a good jazz beat.  Check out the video of them performing below.

The Red Door is easily one of my favorite places for a drink in Salt Lake City.  On Saturday nights, you’ll probably find me sipping on a Ginger Martini, jamming to the Daniel Day Trio at the Red Door.

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