High West Distillery exterior

For an unforgettable locally made whisky tasting experience and gastro-dining, try the High West Gastro-Distillery just behind Main Street in Park City.  The whisky tasting is excellent! Take a flight 101, let the whisky tantalize your tongue and nostrils, taste and feel the difference.  The old western historical monument is a wonderfully renovated old western garage turned into a cozy restaurant and bar, paying homage to the history of old western saloons frequented by miners in the old mining town.

High West Distillery facade

The interior design is a wonderful contemporary western style and delivers a warm rustic and unique ambiance. The back wall is covered with ambient wall sconces and the open ceiling structure with huge warm glowing pendants creates a great rustic warm ambiance accentuated by the rough wooden flooring, blue whisky bottle displays and rustic simplistic furniture.

High West Distillery

The restaurant is anchored by a long rustic bar with metal mesh grille work- this is where the whisky tasting takes place.  The bar tender will guide you along with the tasting. The menu of light western-country food and cheese options looked very tempting.  I want to return for dinner soon, but be aware you need table reservations!  This restaurant is very popular, and deserves to be.  Service was excellent and very informative.  A restored old Victorian style house is connected to the old garage via a glazed distillery building with distillery tanks in-between; although both buildings offer authentic old western experiences the old garage is far a cozier unique ambiance.  Come twice to get the full experience. A tiny retail area sells the whisky you tasted and other memorabilias to take home as a souvenir. 703 Park Avenue, just one block off historic Main Street, Park City, Utah. Tel:   435-649-8300 www.highwest.com

The majority of the whisky is distilled 25 minutes away from Park City, high up in the Wasatch Mountains, where whisky distillery and tasting tours can be made and a light western country menu can be savored. 27649 Old Lincoln Hwy., Wanship, Utah 84017 Tel: (435) 649-8300 www.info@highwest.com

Written by Zia Hansen. Photos by Zia Hansen