One thing about a general drinking culture, and in my opinion, essential to the makeup of a neighborhood is the neighborhood bar. A great equalizer in a time when people retreat to their own homes, computers, or loved ones, the neighborhood bar is what ties a community together in a way that many other institutions can’t. The Bongo Lounge is located on S. Highland Drive, just south of the main Sugarhouse core. Although there are businesses littered all along Highland, it’s pretty amazing that there are several choices for fine and not-so-fine drinking establishments. Bongo sticks out in the neighborhood for its classic sign, the nondescript building in which it is housed, and the lack of parking (fun fact, there is parking in the back).
The bar itself is everything a local, no-thrills drinking hole should be. The space is large enough to fit a fair amount of people without it being overwhelming. Tight enough to keep people close, for better and for worse. You can easily disappear in a corner any given night while still being within earshot of the main bar and the lone bartender.