As thousands of people descend into the city to celebrate the annual Pride Festival, some of the biggest parties are found outside the Festival grounds. With guest drag queens, disc jockeys and more, Pride extends throughout the city.
Club Try-Angles: The party gets started on June 1 with a special Leather and Gear Night. Grab a harness, a uniform or other kinky fetish-wear to see the busiest, sexiest night of the month. The festivities continue throughout the weekend. From Thursday, May 31 to Sunday, June 3, the neighborhood bar will be packed with some of the hottest guys in town. After the parade on Sunday, the patio will open for the annual Pride Steak Fry.
251 W. 900 South
Club JAM: The annual Pride-Idol karaoke competition is well underway, and the winners will be performing at the festival. JAM is also having Pride parties all week. Fabby award-winning DJ Harry Cross Jr. will be spinning all weekend and it’s sure to be packed so get there early.
751 N. 300 West
The Tavernacle: After partying all night on Saturday, making it to the Pride Parade despite the morning hangover might be nearly impossible. Luckily, The Tavernacle has the perfect solution – Bloody Mary and mimosa specials. Conveniently located near the parade route, this is the place to be on Sunday morning to get your pre-festival buzz going. And the Sunday night karaoke is guaranteed to be one of the biggest and best bar-crowds of the weekend.
201 E. 300 South
Paper Moon: The eighth annual White Party on Friday, June 1 will bring all the sexiest and scantily-clad women in Utah to the Paper Moon. This is the place to be for the ladies. Tickets can be purchased at the door, but to avoid lines, stop by the bar before Friday and buy advance tickets.
3737 S. State St.
The Trapp: Watching all the eye-candy at the parade and festival can be exhausting and builds up quite an appetite, which is why The Trapp has an annual Steak Fry and Royal Court of The Golden Spike Empire carnival fundraiser on Sunday afternoon. Stop by for some fun, games and a hunk of meat (oh, and the steaks are pretty tasty too.)
102 S. 600 West
Metro Bar: This year’s RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Yara Sofia makes her Utah debut at Metro Bar on Saturday, June 2. She’ll be showcasing her unique Latin-infused, almost extra-terrestrial, style for her rabid Utah fans. With more than 700 attendees at last year’s Metro party, this is the place to be.
173 W. 300 South
Club Pure: The Friday night party will be off-the-hook with headlining circuit DJ Phil B and the famous Lady Gaga impersonator Gigi Monroe. Take advantage of the rooftop patio lounge, and enjoy the views of the dancing mass on the main floor below. On Sunday, June 3 the annual pride barbeque and party will open up the rooftop and back patios.
579 W. 200 South
Club Karamba: Salt Lake’s sexiest Latin night will be the place for dancing, drinking and all-around debauchery on Sunday, June 3. With go-go dancers and all the post-pride partying Salt Lake can handle, Club Karamba should not be missed.
1051 E. 2100 South