It’s Official: Summer is Here!

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The tank tops and sandals are out in full force for a good reason: It’s hot outside. From the Arts Festival to the Farmers Market, Salt Lake City has some fun summer events in the sun that require clothing other than a blazer.

So what does that mean for all of you looking to cool down after a week’s worth of rising temperatures and the day-to-day grind you know and love? Well, there are a few places that are opening early to accommodate the much needed summer BBQs and, of course, to quench your thirst with summer offerings like mimosas, bloody marys and cold draft beer.

For those of you wondering what to do on your Sunday afternoon, JAM holds its Beer Bust BBQ and opens (usually) around 3 p.m. From beer-soaked brats to German potato salads, this afternoon event proves to be a nice way to spend the end of the weekend should you be one of the many without an available pool to lie next to.

For the night owls, I recommend the newest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-friendly establishment: Studio 27. I had the privilege of getting a personal tour of the remolded club/lounge/bar and I must say, it was exquisite: a mixture of European style infused with the allure of a Las Vegas hot spot. Of course, being in Utah makes any establishment fall short of those from such locations, but I believe this (at first glance, mind you) to be the closest thing to a VIP exotic lounge that Utah has seen in a long time. Obviously, this judgment is a bit premature because Studio 27 only recently received its full liquor license (that goes into effect July 1). And as we all know, it’s never a matter of how glamorous or exclusive a place is, it’s the people that frequent a club that make it a desirable place to go.

Aside from these particular summer up-and-comers, there are many evenings that I am looking forward to attending. From Püre’s inevitable “catchy” summer Friday slogans to Sound’s reaching for market share, there will not be a night that won’t scream summer.

I’d also like to talk about some other events that may not “be nightlife,” but will surely turn out to be events where drinks will be poured, flasks will be filled and friends will gather to enjoy some summer fun. I’ll go through them quickly, so try and keep up.

First, I recommend (for those of you able to drive or who are accompanied by a “designated driver,” that is) the “Park Silly Sunday Market” which has always proven to be a fun weekend hot spot with gourmet food, live music, a beer garden and, for early-goers, a bloody mary bar. Further into the summer there are also the free concerts held by the Newpark Town Center Concert Series, The Saturday Summer Concert Series at The Canyons, the Twilight Concert Series at Pioneer Park and the Frontier Bank Community Concert Series held at Deer Valley. So no one should complain that’s there’s nothing to do on any given weekend!

These are, of course, just a select few events I’m interested in, but there are many more to venture to before ascending into the night. Also, don’t forget QSaltLake’s Day at Lagoon in August and the monthly side walk sale at 9th & 9th (held every 3rd Saturday of the month).

Grab a friend, pick a location and get ready for a summer packed with events and flowing drinks.

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