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New Bar Opens in Downtown SLC, Where to Enjoy Dinner and a Show, Epic Launches a New Brew

New Bar Opens in Downtown SLC, Where to Enjoy 3 Course Dinner and a Comedy Show in January, Epic Launches a New Brew a Peanut Butter Stout.


Ivy Restaurant & Bar Opens in Downtown SLC

A swanky new restaurant and bar with lots of eye appeal – not to mention great food & drink – is opening this Friday, January 7th just blocks from the Salt Palace and City Creek – at 55 W. 100 South. Founded by Vaughn Carrick and Bryan Borreson – The Ivy is a project of locally based hospitality and entertainment company, Realine Group. 

According to Realine, “The Ivy is a modern American restaurant, bar, and lounge that indulges guests with an eclectic array of choice cuisine and craft cocktails in a refined yet relaxed downtown setting and is a welcome addition to Salt Lake’s growing restaurant and nightlight scene.”

The Ivy

The owners commented, “The Ivy represents all of the qualities that the hospitality and entertainment partners have come to look for in their own nights out – an inviting yet upscale atmosphere, a dynamic and consistently executed menu, a commitment to great customer service, and a first-class bar program. To these ends, The Ivy boasts one of the most unforgettable experiences in the city featuring downtown SLC’s largest outdoor patio (slated to open in the Spring), a contemporary and ingredient-led menu from Executive Chef Bobby McFarland and Chef Neza Prieto, and a thorough attention to detail in both ambiance and guest experience. More than just a restaurant, The Ivy has been thoughtfully designed as the perfect downtown destination to enjoy amazing meals, delicious drinks, and create epic memories with friends and loved ones.”


If that’s not enough, next door is all-new Varley, described as “Maintaining the same modern aesthetic at The Ivy but with a little more edge, Varley is the perfect setting to share in drinks and dialogue for both the most discernible of cocktail connoisseurs and those simply seeking a cold craft beer or pour on the rocks.”

I’ve gotten a glimpse at The Ivy, Varley, and their food and drink menus and I can tell you with confidence: The Realine Group is going to make a real splash with these more-than-welcome new downtown pleasure centers. 

Dinner + A Show @ EPICure

We’ve all been missing live performances, whether it’s concerts, dance, plays, comedy, karaoke … whatever. Well, here’s a chance to enjoy live comedy combined with a great 3-course meal in a safe, socially-distanced environment. 

On Saturday, January 23rd, EPICure Fine Food & Drink in Midvale will host their 1st Annual Comedy Dinner Show. It’s a night of comedy featuring comic Quinn Dahle. Fresh off a development deal with 20 th Century Fox, Quinn has appeared on The Tonight Show, Showtime, Comedy Central, Lopez Tonight and Carson Daly. He has worked with such names as Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Dane Cook, Dana Carvey, Norm McDonald, Brad Garrett, Jon Lovitz, Bill Maher, Frank Caliendo, David Alan Grier, John Witherspoon, Tommy Chong, John Pinette and Harland Williams.

The EPICure Comedy Dinner Show kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with a first course of Mixed Greens, Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette, Fontina Cheese, Fresh Apple & Candied Pecans, followed by a second course choice of Atlantic Salmon, Chicken Marsala or Marinated Flank Steak. For dessert, there will be Meyer Lemon White Chocolate Mousse. Quinn Dahle’s performance will follow dinner. Tickets are $70, must be reserved in advance, and can be purchased here

Epic Launches Midnight Munchies

Ready to break those New Year’s resolutions you made last week? Epic Brewing Co. can help. 

This week, Epic launched a decadent new brew called Midnight Munchies Peanut Butter Stout. The folks at Epic said, “This sticky icky peanut butter stout prefers to be sipped twice then passed to the left.” Adding, “This brew will have you visiting the fridge when nobody else is awake.”

Midnight Munchies Peanut Butter Stout is packaged in 16oz cans and the brewmasters at Epic say, “Not to be feared by arachibutyrophobics everywhere, the thick and rich peanut butter is stabilized by the smooth bitterness brought by the dark 2-Row, Crystal, and Maris Otter malts. This brew is reserved for those who want a late-night escape from reality 16oz at a time.” 



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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