Outdoor concerts, including an upcoming show on Sept. 1, are just the latest offering from the local biker bar that bucks every stereotype of a biker bar. Once you drive by the totem pole near the entrance, you will encounter some of the friendliest bar staff in northern Utah. Tattooed or not, you're considered family.
Part of the reason for the friendly atmosphere is that this bar is a family operation. Finnas' wife, Syn Finnas, runs the kitchen at Synz Grill inside the spacious bar. Walt Finnas, Randy's 83-year-old father, hangs out frequently, chatting with newcomers and regulars. Randy's offspring Bozzy Finnas, 21, Whitney Spens, 25, and Eric Finnas, 31 all work at the saloon, as does Randy's sister Karen Picard.
Tom Elias, of Sandy, a regular customer, stops by the bar after work. "The people are good ol' people working here," Finnas said as he ate a French dip, the daily special from Synz Grill, while quaffing a Bud Light. "It has killer food and a good atmosphere."
There's another aspect of the saloon that Elias enjoys: "I come on my bullet bike and I never get harassed." (Try doing that at another biker bar.)
Although Randy is a biker and has motorcycle memorabilia and articles posted all over the bar, all customers are welcomed, regardless of whether they are motorcycle riders.
"I didn't open it as a biker bar," Randy said. "That's who I am. We're more of a sports [bar]."
A variety of televisions around the dimly lit, roomy wood-floored club broadcast University of Utah and Utah Jazz games, with fans seated around tables made from Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey barrels. Randy is a sports nut himself, coaching baseball for his sons and now grandsons.
Once they become of age, Randy's grandsons might end up working at the bar, if they choose to follow him into the business. After all, it's a family place.
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Barbary Coast Saloon
4242 S. State St., Murray; 801-265-9889; open daily, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m.