It’s not super trendy or even particularly upscale. In fact it’s a little bit of a dive. Welcome, to the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, Utah. Yet, according Cody Derrick, founder of City Home Collective and the expert on all great happenings in Salt Lake, the Urban Lounge has been host to numerous bands, before they made it big. Derrick point out, “Salt Lake is pretty much the only major city in this part of the country other then Denver. It’s a great test market for bands to hit before heading east.”
The Urban is basically a medium sized rectangle room with a few booths towards the back. It’s more or less standing room only, there aren’t many places to sit and hang out. The bar towards the back of the room is reasonably stocked, there are generally 6-8 beers on tap and a solid selection of bottled imports. Even with the reasonable selection of beers the Urban clearly isn’t intended to be a hang out, type of bar. It’s a concert venue, and that’s what the location excels at. The sound is excellent, nice and loud without becoming completely overpowering. The stage feels up close and personal from almost any corner of the room. Up front you can easily reach out and touch the artists.
In the interest of full disclosure: this trip was fully paid for by Visit Salt Lake. However, any opinions expressed here are my own.