Salt Lake City... Ghost Town? 👻

Thinking of moving to Salt Lake City for a really great job opportunity. I'm in my early 20s and love nightlife/ bars/ clubs/ concerts... I'm worried SLC will be overly religious and lacking in this sense. As far as outdoorsy stuff, I've only skiied once in my life but I really liked it and could see myself getting back into it.

Any SLC young adult residents that can give me advice?


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Jan 1, 2021 - 10:58am

GS has a major BO/MO presence there and I'm sure you'll find non Mormons / more moderate conservatives among their workforce. Try to go to a restaurant nearby their office after work and make some friends. I have heard that restaurants and bars have a curfew time which you should look into (pre-Covid).

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Jan 1, 2021 - 4:41pm

Seen some posts about this here on WSO and have also don my own research. SLC has become more culturaly diverse and increased its entertainment offering over the years. I specifically recall reading about concerts when doing my research.

Go, Go, Excel

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Jan 1, 2021 - 5:19pm

Nightlife sucks and food is limited. 

The offices are largely back office work

I had a weirdly good time dating there. Better than the t1 cities I lived in somehow and I'm not white or Mormon lol. 

Lots of outdoor activities, cheap and an easy flight to anywhere in the US. 

I like it more than Denver. 

Jan 2, 2021 - 4:12am

Everything closes super early. It's kind of frustrating if you work real hours. IE finish working around 7, then workout RQ and now it's 9 pm but all the restaurants in town are closed. 

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Jan 3, 2021 - 12:12am

TL:DR: You may miss some big city amneties ---> lot of opportunities to start a business catering to the big city expats.


Go, Go, Excel

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Jan 2, 2021 - 4:04am

I was consistently matching with higher quality woman on dating apps. Smarter, better looking, etc... 

There are still some good restaurants in SLC but they are expensive for what they are and there isn't nearly as much available as say...Chicago or Austin

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Jan 3, 2021 - 1:21pm


Thinking of moving to Salt Lake City for a really great job opportunity. I'm in my early 20s and love nightlife/ bars/ clubs/ concerts... I'm worried SLC will be overly religious and lacking in this sense.

You know...there's more to life than getting drunk with whores at bars, and while you may find them to be annoying, God-fearing Mormons have a propensity to create safe, prosperous, and well-mannered communities. I don't think there is anyone in Salt Lake City who wishes it is more like San Francisco.

Jan 11, 2021 - 11:02pm

Was visiting SLC on business a couple years back. Had some interesting experiences with food/bars and alcohol. Went to a fairly nice steakhouse with the client CEO and CFO one night and the restaurant refused to serve us a second drink. Had a few other inconveniences arise on drinks/bars and the client shared a few similar and hilarious experiences. Night life vibe would take some getting use to but the city and surrounding area is beautiful and no shortage of gorgeous women.

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