241 S 500 E, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410240.763796 -111.876535
Neighborhoods: Central City
Utah's Indie Rock Groundzero – This venue, and In the Venue, and Kilby Court (and the Stateroom more and more) are the places to see Indie rock bands where the music takes precedence over decor and other frills.
Get in, get your beer, watch the sound check, and hear some amazing rock that will leave you feeling inspired or re-inspired in the music of today not saturating the airwaves and mass media.
The key is to put all thoughts of it being a cliquey scene out of your mind if you don't frequent the place, and then you'll see that every single person there doesn't already know everyone else. And those who do know eachother are more likely to be friendly if you talk to them than be elitist.
It's all about the music, and the sound quality is always killer at Urban. There are two basic bars that do the job, and an area out back to smoke. What more does one need if you're not out looking for that swank martini lounge or techno club...
Not Worth It – Not really a venue but more like a dive bar with limited business hours. I showed up tonight at 12:30. It wasnt even packed and all i wanted was a beer and they expected me to pay a full $10 cover? The place is total sh_t inside, especially the mens bathroom. The parking is herendous and non existant. The bands that play here must be pretty desperate.
Not the best place – I have been here a couple times. The staff have been rude every time. Although I personally have not had an issue with staff. I have watched several times as people get treated badly going here by the bar tenders and door staff. True some people love complaining. I am not one. I look forward to hearing the music I have heard at Urban. It's too bad the staff and overall atmosphere are so negative.
A venue worth your time. – A friend and I went to the Urban Lounge for the first time the other day, and though there were a few issues in the beginning, we really enjoyed our time. It's a small enough place to feel comfortable, and close enough to the stage to really appreciate the music that's playing -- if, of course, you already enjoy the music that's playing; otherwise, you'll likely find yourselves bored. With those few possible exceptions, the Urban Lounge is a fine place to watch good musical groups perform.
We didn't sample the drinks, however, so I can't tell you much on the selections or quality. Do yourselves a favor and attend a concert there so you can study the bar and judge it by your own standards.
As for the staff: I have read a bunch of reviews here that condemn them, and I can't understand why. I didn't interact very much with them, but when they needed to get by a tighter crowd, they softly moved people out of their way and asked politely to move aside, so one can't really ask for more. Perhaps those who complain about them just need to complain about something. Either way, I didn't notice anything at all wrong with the ones who worked there.
I very much recommend The Urban Lounge, but that's me. I'm pleased that more and more of the groups I listen to decide to perform there.
Pretend you hate life and don't smile, you'll fit in. – Went to hear bands play. That was the good part. The staff are mid to late 20 somethings who are still clinging to when they turned 21. It's a sea of clones who are so full of themselves its nauseating. You'll hear this frequently "Oh my god...I love you, how are you?!" Then you'll see catty girls shooting glaring looks at another girl who has the same plastic rimmed glasses with or without actual lenses. F*** this place. Also, the bar tenders are so busy being meatheads in hipster clothing its pathetic. When someone orders drinks and they don't listen and give you the wrong thing it's apparently your fault so don't bother arguing. The analytical and rational logic is absent. I have been here several times, heard several people complain about the same things, but yet it still thrives because people want to be seen. Good Luck. I hope I don't have frequent this place too often in the future to hear bands I want to hear.
Good Bar – Some good shows happen in there, the location is really good too, however the bar should invest in a better decoration, it's so ugly inside.
hipster scumfest, but worth it – one of the best smaller venues to see good music in town (local and national). pretty good sound system and the sound is usually good. decent selection of beers, barstaff is fast w/ the drinks. (although they really should open the 2nd bar more often). general lack of beefcake knucklehead bro types (see liquid joes/green street). wooden dance floor is a nice addition as well as the smoking patio in the back. they used to have a foosball table but it appears to have gone missing. as far as good smaller music venues in the 300 person capacity go, this is it
best music in utah – no other place in salt lake gets musical acts like urban lounge
The only place worth going in utah – Urban lounge is my favorite bar/venue to go to in slc. they host the best local bands and most (80-95%) of the best touring bands that come through utah. i have not been to a show at another venue is a very, very, very long time.
i love the community of urban lounge. its sort of like cheers where everyone knows your name. the staff/owners are friendly and highly involved in their business and in the music industry.
The bartenders are most always nice and extremely fast and efficient.
I really enjoy the fact that they opened up an outside patio. its a great place to go to be able to talk to friends while music is playing.
Keep an eye out for urban lounge. Make sure you catch it on a good night, though, because sometimes really crappy bands can play, but its pretty rare.
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