Water Witch is the brain-child of three giants of Salt Lake City's bar and hospitality scene, Sean Neves, Scott Gardener and Matt Pfohl. This new neighborhood joint subtly embraces the weird, the wonderful and peculiar history of the great state of Utah.
Upon our first meeting, we concluded that this was to be their workspace, not precious or pretentious. But rather a workshop as well as a neighborhood bar where they would almost never have to turn their backs on their valued customers.
The 'Water Witch' was a sailboat Brigham Young owned on the Great Salt Lake in the 19th Century to shuttle his secret booze from a wildcat mining town at the north end of the lake to the south for his consumption. Obviously, the water witches or divining rods refer to water divining as well. That kind of folk magic looms large in the foundations of Mormonism, which is also in the bones of the bar.