At the end of a day’s adventure, what goes on in town? Pick up the free publication,Moab Happenings. It has a section dedicated to live music and evening entertainment. Although for something different, Kate Cannon, Superintendent of the Southeastern Group of Utah National Parks urges, “Try a park after dark”.
Currently, Canyonlands has been awarded the Gold Tier status and designation as an International Dark Sky Park. However, being on vacation, perhaps a relaxing drink is in order. Moab is abounding with options.
- Atomic Lounge, 900 N Hwy 191, an upscale choice, bringing back the cocktail, mixed with fresh juices and in house syrups. Drinking establishment serving small plates, located on site of the Moab Burger Company if hunger really hits.
- Woody’s Tavern, 221 South Main, declares to have the Coldest Beer in Moab! Inside there are pool and foosball tables, live music plays most weekends. Outside there is the Cabana Bar.
- New! The Alley, once a special events space is now a pub at the Gravel Pits Lanes, 1078 E Mill Creek Drive. Gravel Pits Lanes came under new owners. The arcade is freshened up. The Snack Bar is expanded for lighter fare dinners. And every Saturday at 8 PM, there is the Rock N’ Bowl. Pay $15 per person for unlimited bowling, the tunes are cranked up, the black lights turned on, the disco ball spins for cosmic bowling until 11 PM. Cheapest pitchers in town!
- The Blu Pig’s Blu Bar is going for it! Live music scheduled every night! Serving a selection of whisky, tequila and beer, look for the IPL, yes, IPL on tap, specially crafted for the Blu Pig, 811 S Main Street.
- Moab Brewery, 686 S Main Street, has handcraft ales to enjoy by the pint, pitcher, or a sampler. In the bar, adjacent to the restaurant seating there is a pool table and camaraderie, bar appetizers. On your way out — Fill a 32 ounce can with a favorite beer on tap and watch staff can it. Or fill a growler. The packaging agency has full strength beer. Purchase 4 pack cans or Quarts.
- Susie’s Branding Iron has The Back Door Bar, 2971 S. Hwy 191, which opens daily at 4 PM. Come around for Karaoke at 8 PM every Saturday night. The restaurant prides itself on a good home cooked meal too.
- The Watering Hole is located in Zax’s Restaurant, 96 South Main, next to the Wet Spot Laundry so you could have ‘Sudz while you clean your dudz’. There are also two pool tables, flat screens for the sports junkies, and claims the widest selection of brews in Moab.
Just behind Zax’s there is an outdoor space, the Moab Backyard Theater. Variety shows play Wednesday through Saturday starting at 7 PM. A mix of music, magic, comedy and other talents entertain an audience seated on straw bales. Group reservations could enable performances on the other nights too. Just $5 per person!www.MoabBackyardTheater.com
- Arches Thai is new in Moab, located on 100 West. It opened late February.
- 98 Center, a restaurant, is named for the location, so new, the menu is unknown.
- Sabuku Sushi, 90 E Center Street, is serving wine, sake and cocktails which go perfect with sushi and the desserts! Catch Sabuku on Facebook or Twitter for sporadic specials.
- Dine & un-WINE-d is positively innovative. Sign up for drinks on a boat on the Colorado River before dinner from Canyonlands by Night. Motor upstream of the restaurant for a few miles, then enjoy western music as the boat drifts back, where the landing leads up to cowboy fare in this riverside venue, Canyonlands By Night, 1861 N Hwy 191. Canyonlands by Night provides complimentary hotel pickups for those with reservations for either Dine & un-WINE-d or the Sound & Light Show which occurs after dinner. After dinner the boat powers upstream in time for dark to fall. The audience listens to a pre-recorded monologue while flood lights illuminate canyon walls.
- Sunset Gill, 900 N Hwy 191, currently provides complimentary downtown hotel and campground pickups for dining in the former home of Uranium Millionaire Charlie Steen. Get a bird’s eye view of the Moab Valley from this restaurant on the valley wall. The drink menu has an array of red and white wines, scotch, plus a long list of beers.
- The Rio Sports Bar and Grill, 2 South 100 West, claims bigger shots and stronger drinks for the same great price. DJ music spins on weekends. Occasionally hosts karaoke. Look for the giant blue-green lizard adorning the front of this building. The Rio has deck seating outside. Arrange to use the complimentary shuttle – 435-259-2654.
- Aarchway Inn, 1551 N. Hwy 191, has a complimentary shuttle for hotel guests to get to town for evenings. It is as simple as contacting the front desk to make arrangements for dinner in Moab.
Finally, the Moab Information Center, at the corner of Main and Center Streets, will close in the evening, however, the public restrooms are kept open until 10 PM at night for the convenience of visitors strolling downtown in Moab. Get out and enjoy!