Upon our first meeting with the guys we gleaned from them 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 and treasure digging as well. That kind of folk magic looms large in the foundations of Mormonism, which is also in the bones of the bar.
The bartender's view of the painting and raised seating area. In this tight space, the raised banquet allows seated guests to chat across the table to standing guests or ones seated on barstools. The built-in seating doubles as storage lockers, since space is at such a premium.
This is the portrait of Brigham Young we vectorized to blow his eye up to 7'x7' to menace patrons. Brigham invites you to come by so he can have a look at your miserable shame.
Water Witch bar
163 West 900 South
Open daily from 4pm to 2am (closed Sundays)