Bar Exam: Walk the line to Midvale and visit the other Bar Named Sue

Bar exam • Popular hangout sets root on State St. in Midvale.
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Midvale • Smelling of sawdust with a hint of paint, A Bar Named Sue on State opened its doors in mid-June.

The building has been home to various bars dating back to the 1980s including Sage Club, Gatorz and, most recently, Oscar's.

While it's new, fans will find something familiar about the bar — the sibling to A Bar Named Sue on Highland Drive.

"It has the same neighborhood vibe and feeling, just a little newer," said Tyson Enniss, general manager for both locations. "We tried as much as we could to bring the exact same feel here."

Both locations pay tribute to Johnny Cash — and his legendary hit "A Boy Named Sue." But Sue on State is a bit more spacious and a tad brighter than its sister location.

In honor of the Man in Black, Sue on State serves more than 50 kinds of whiskey. Within the next month, Enniss hopes to unveil a specialty cocktail menu.

For beer drinkers, Sue on State offers 25 draft beers, 17 of which are locally brewed.

"We strive to go local as much as possible," said Enniss.

The bar also features various pieces of local art, including a few Johnny Cash murals painted by assistant manager Maggie Zukowski.

Sue on State hosts live music three nights a week, karaoke on Sunday and Tuesday, Geeks Who Drink on Tuesday, brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and poker on Monday and Wednesday. There also is an upcoming poker tournament — with the winner earning a seat at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Pool, darts, shuffleboard and ping-pong are free, and Enniss said the bar is working on acquiring some arcade games.

And if it's sports you want, Sue on State has several big-screen TVs.

If you're hungry, Enniss suggests trying the Black n' Blue burger, $8, made with buffalo sauce — all the sauces are made in-house — blue cheese and served with your choice of fresh-cut fries, house-made whiskey chips, salad or cottage cheese.

The bar also has vegan and vegetarian options. "We have a fryer that is just for veggies and a fryer that will be veggies and meat," Enniss said.

Travis Maxwell comes to Sue on State for the chili mac, poker and atmosphere.

"It feels like home," he said. "There is no pretense." —

A Bar Named Sue on State

A Bar Named Sue on Highland Drive has a new sibling in Midvale that pays tribute to Johnny Cash with more than 50 types of whiskey.

Where • 8136 S. State St., Midvale; 801-566-3222.

Hours • Daily, 11 a.m.–2 a.m.

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