241 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410240.763796 -111.876535
Neighborhoods: Central City
Be Warned Before Buying Tickets in Advance – We purchased tickets in advance for a show that was on Halloween. The show was canceled due to the band being unable to travel in bad weather (I guess there was snow in Colorado, but it was a clear sunshiny Halloween here in SLC). Whatever, stuff happens.Three hours before the "doors" time listed on the tickets, my husband learned about the show being canceled via a Tweet from local paper In Utah. We attempted to call the Urban Lounge multiple times to confirm, but their answering machine was full. Clearly, no one had bothered to go in, clear out the messages, and record a new outgoing message about the canceled show. Now, here it is, two days later, and it seems that is still the case. There was a separate show scheduled later in the night on Halloween, so I know someone has been in the venue. As far as I'm concerned, it's just poor customer service not to have an outgoing message related to the cancellation, and not to care enough about your customers to maybe have someone go in every few hours and clear out the incoming messages so callers can hear the outgoing recording. Is that asking too much? In the case of Urban Lounge, I think it might actually be. Considering they took out all the seating so they could fit a few more people into the dark, filthy (don't even ASK about the bathrooms!) space, it would seem that they couldn't care less for their customers. One would think that if you're going to book acts like Dinosaur Jr. and Yo La Tengo, you might get a little older crowd who would maybe spend more money on drinks and such if they had a place to sit. At the last show we attended there, I noticed two very pregnant women who stood there as long as they could and then left. This space really seems to be suited to what a 14-year-old crowd would consider cool, but for anyone over oh say, 22, it's just icky! Some might think, "Oh it's punk rock, it's dirty." But, some would be so so so wrong. I mean most of the real punk rockers from the old Salt Lake City have kids now and want a clean bathroom! I can vouch! Anyway, I guess my points would be, think twice about booking a show here if you're in a band. They won't take care of your fans. Think twice before buying tickets for a show here, because they do not care if you know about the cancellation or not and they do not care if you're comfortable or not.
Biggest gathering of dirt bags ever – Urban lounge is by far the worst venue I have ever been to in Salt Lake. It's in a decent area but absolutely full of the biggest dirt bags the west side can bring. It is jam packed and often have horrid looking drunk women staggering their way through the bar.
They cannot open their doors until the restaurant next to the bar closes...which is more than often 10 pm or after. Recently on an evening where the temp was 20 degrees, they intelligently put on the tickets that doors open at 8, then in the paper it said 9. The doors did not open until 10:45pm, then they started letting people in 3 at a time like you were in L.A. and it was the hot place to be. The main event did not start until 1 am....which by then the bar closes up and the entire club has to close at 2am.
On top of it all, there were more trashy dirtbags there than any concert I have been to in UT. People stunk like old chinese food that someone regurgitated up after doing shots of crappy whiskey. DO NOT EVER GO TO THE URBAN LOUNGE FOR A CONCERT.
Over Rated. – This place has ruined many of my nights. Not to mention the time that the cops were waiting outside and giving all my friends DUI's. It reminds me why i want to go back home to Idaho.
Interesting shows, strong drinks – Cool place for mostly decent music. The staff are nice and this is a good place to meet smart counter-culture types. Not a bad way to spend a friday night.
The only place for rock & roll – This is the best place in town to check out the best bands in town. Don't expect to see you favorite jock rock or college band here. This place is for real. Great music, bad music, whatever. You take the bad with the good. Great drinks, big beers, great staff and loud music. This place is what rock & roll is all about.
Get a taste of the big city at a little downtown club. – In Short
A little bit of San Francisco in Utah. Slightly sleek, the place is a concrete jungle accented by a coffee table and couch here and there, hip-hop undertones and a full liquor license. In keeping with its big city appeal, expect lots of live, club-dance-jazz-funk-DJ sounds to make you feel right at home. Be sure to check the lineup before you go however, as the Urban Lounge is not afraid to dabble in hard core.
bands need to practice – I like the club for the great staff and go there often, but it is apparent that this is the premier location to showcase really bad musical talent in Utah. The sound system is horrible and way too loud (no doubt to mask the sounds of alleged music). Sometimes legitimate musicians play there, like Mary Sound Transit. Even Zion Tribe plays there. Advice to would be musicians: practice before you perform.
The Urban Atmosphere – Jared, Sartain, and the reat of The Urban Lounge crew have created a scene comparable to CBGB's, only gresier. It's better than bad, it's good! Everybody wants to go there, and everybody wants to play there....Jimmy the Tooth.
Not too shabby! – It wasn't a bad little bar. It is very crowded, and the service is slow. And the times I've been there the music was too loud, and not really good dancing music. There are a variety of people there, and they are all very nice. The drinks are exceptional!
Truely a Local Dive – This is the place if you want to loose the tourists. This felt like a truely locals only type place. It's off any main streets and away from main down town. But if you want to see some great bands and REAL (not mormon) Salt Lake people, as Brigham Youngs once said, "This is the place!" Beer selection was poor. And it seemed everyone was drinking piss poor Bud or Bud Light. But hey, at least they served them in huge mugs. I was there only once and say some punk rock-a-billy. Very cool. The music definitly makes this place.
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