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Game On! Inside Daly’s Pub & Rec at Montage Deer Valley

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July 20, 2011 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

We reported on the opening of the deluxe Montage Deer Valley in Park City back in December, and since then we’ve told you why it’s on of the best ski-in ski-out hotels in the country, but we actually paid the mountaintop retreat a summer visit to try out activities like mountain biking, hiking, archery on the Grand Lawn, and chillaxing at the sprawling spa. However, thanks to a veritable cornucopia of bar games and a hearty menu of American classics, one of our favorite features at the hotel had to be its gastropub, Daly’s Pub & Rec.

A short walk along a hallway and down a flight of stairs, just adjacent to the Compass Sports center where guest activities are arranged, Daly’s Pub & Rec isn’t just your average bar with food. It’s got two pool tables, two foosball tables, table shuffleboard, dartboards, four bowling lanes, eight old-fashioned video arcade games that have a selection of different classic games on each of them, and the first four “commercial Wii’s” in the world hooked up to big flatscreens. Kind of like the awesomest, most luxe man-cave ever.

We didn’t know what a commercial Wii was either before it was explained to us. Basically it’s a Wii that automatically downloads all the new games and updates of existing ones, sort of like an automatic update subscription that makes sure you’re having the most up-to-date gaming session available. Get out your controls.

As if all the games weren’t enough, there’s a full menu of gastropub grub like baby back ribs with housemade BBQ sauce and corn fritters, a grass-fed burger with applewood-smoked bacon on a sesame bun, and pizzas baked fresh in the brick oven behind the bar. Plus, the beers include two ales brewed especially for Montage Deer Valley by a local artisanal brewery called Wasatch Brewery: an pilsner-like Montage Mountain Ale made with wild hops harvested on the property, and the crisp and refreshing Monty’s Belgian White Ale, named for and labeled with a photo of the hotel’s mascot, a friendly, humongous Bernese mountain dog named Monty.

If you’re curious about the specialty beers, we talked to a server named Kyle about how they’re made and what to eat with them, so cheers! Rates at the Montage Deer Valley start at $345 in July.

Full disclosure: Eric Rosen spent two nights at Montage Deer Valley as a guest of the resort, but all opinions expressed are entirely his own.

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