For the 19th year, you, our readers, have spoken. We received nearly 3,500 votes in our annual readers’ choice poll, and we are naming 125 FABBY Award winners in this issue. Some are many-time winners, and some many-time winners were out-voted this year. A rainbow wave, if you will.
Most Fabulous All-Gay-Every-Day Bar
Club Try-Angles is run by a cantankerous man and his husband. We’ll let you decide who is whom. The bar is celebrating its 21st Christmas dinner this year, welcoming patrons who might not have a place to go, or choose not to so they can be with chosen family. With themed Friday nights and Underwear Night on the 3rd Saturday, plus Beer Church Bingo on the first Sundays. There’s always something going on at Try-Angles.
Most Fabulous Afternoon Bar
Ever had a day that just starts out bad and goes down from there? Or, you just want to hang with the LGBTQs and day drink. No judgment. Sun Trap opens at 1pm most days, and at 11am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Get your drink on in the afternoon with your friends.
Most Fabulous Night Club
MILK+ is likely the largest LGBTQ+ focused bar in Salt Lake with an open floor plan and large outdoor area. Special events and themed nights and a full kitchen serving tasty food,not your average bar fare. The Mexi Bowl is food elevated. Open Wednesday
through Saturday 5pm to 2am and Sunday 3pm to 2am.
Most Fabulous Bar for the Buck
The coldest and cheapest beer in all of Salt Lake City, not to mention all of their cocktail prices. If you go broke here, you have a problem.
Most Fabulous Irish Pub
Bangers and mash, a bloody mary bar, Saturday and Sunday brunch with buck-fitty mimosas, taco Tuesdays, how can you go wrong? There’s an event damn near every single day. And as LGBTQ friendly as they come. May the road rise up to meet you.
Most Fabulous Sports Bar
This establishment makes your tail curl (just go with it!). Great food, great mingling, and great community watching: LGBTQ and all other walks of life. From Sunday and Monday football to karaoke to trivia. Or just sit back with a cocktail on the rooftop bar.
Most Fabulous Lounge, Most Fabulous Cocktails
We are combining two Fabby Awards in this writeup. The Ruin is a chic cocktail bar with comfy leather seating, a laid-back, elegant vibe and cocktails you will scream about. But please go outside. This is not a screamy bar. Steps from Eccles Theatre, it is a great pre- or post- show stop. A cocktail for charity, non-alcoholic cocktails and more.
Runner-up: Lake Effect
Most Fabulous Wine Bar
When BTG opened, Michael Aaron thought he had died and gone to Heaven. Our favorite thing to do is to go for the flights with tastes of three or four wines. How else can you enjoy a $50 bottle of wine if not an ounce or so at a time? Also serving food, this is a great date night, or a “where should we go now?” night. Downstairs of Caffe Molise.
Most Fabulous Beer Bar
Isn’t it kind of cheating to name yourself after a Fabby category? Well, it’s about love, they say. “Beer Bar is a love letter to the beer of the world. Our goal is to bring some of that world, and that love, to you all.” Well, that says it all.
Most Fabulous Bar that Gives Back to the Community
Love is always in the air at Try-Angles, and Gene, the owner, is not only driven to support the community in very special ways, but he will also take the Cookie Monster T-shirt off his back for you. But please have him leave it on.
Most Fabulous Monthly bar event
BEAR NIGHT AT CLUB TRY-ANGLES
The nicest people you might meet in the LGBTQ community would be the Bears. Likely larger. Likely hairy. And Likely with a smile on their face, waiting to give a great big … wait for it … bear hug. Bear night is like that. First Fridays at Club Try-Angles.
Most Fabulous Park City Bar
One of Main Street’s most popular haunts for cocktails and live music. Located in the heart of Old Town on historic Main Street. Occupying two levels of completely remodeled space, patrons can experience dining in a modernized space while enjoying live music. Park City’s local personalities, the relaxed mountain town vibe, and The Cabin’s welcoming family will make you feel right at home.
Most Fabulous Ogden Bar
FUNK & DIVE BAR
You like good cheap drinks, classic beers and cocktails, and unique food in an amazingly cool venue? Ogden’s only 5-star dive bar was originally built as a Prohibition speakeasy by then-mayor of Ogden Ora Bundy in the basement of the Ogden Courthouse. Cheap drinks, amazing cocktails, pizza, burgers, sandwiches, and a vegan menu. Also winner of the coolest bar sign in Ogden.
Most Fabulous Dive Bar
COTTON BOTTOM INN
For more than 50 years, the property at 6252 S. Holladay Boulevard has been the site of the iconic Cotton Bottom Inn, a small, cozy bar known for its no-frills environment and garlic cheeseburgers. The Bar X Group is taking it over and giving it some zhuzhing. They say they want to preserve its iconic name and feel while bringing new life, amenities and patrons to the area, including a larger outdoor area and 3,000 new square feet of dining. We hope they don’t polish it up too much.