The Play List: 5 Ways to Cut Loose on Weekdays.

5 o’clock doesn’t always mean the end of a workday (thank you technology), because work can and will follow you home. And, we know you’ve got your weekends covered, but what about those weekdays? Instead of sitting to veg in front of the t.v., maybe you’re in the mood for something different? To break your rut, we’ve got a few weekday evening ideas for you to escape the grind.

How to properly sign-off:

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“Thanks for your email but unfortunately, I am out of the office on official business. I really can’t say more than that. It’s official. It’s business. And that’s that.” —Ryan Reynolds

  1. Monday Multi-Gym Passes

Workout routines get, well, routine and BORING. And for those seeking more options, there is a new game in the fitness world. Move aside memberships that limit you to one fitness facility, I mean, even if (and that’s a big IF) they can offer climbing, yoga, CrossFit, tai chi, a pool, a cafe and a weight room under one roof, what if you want to work out somewhere else? Maybe your yoga buddy has another spot?

These students found their way to The Point Pilates via ClassPass.

Welcome to a “new” age of multi-class and facility passes. Its kinda like having an open gym relationship to a very wide range of gym and class options. Currently, there are two of these passes on the market in Salt Lake—ClassPass and Freeplay. So check them out and kick the tires on a new place to work out.

2. Tuesday at the Central Book Exchange

A chance to be wooed, go on adventures and explore new lands that exist outside of our 9-to-5 corporate prisons. We’ve got satire, romance history and what reading list wouldn’t be complete without a zombie novel? If you haven’t visited the Central Book Exchange in Sugar House you’re in for a treat, because beyond a huge assortment of books, they are sold, bought and exchanged. You’ll most likely come nose-to-nose with me there. Central Book Exchange, 2017 S. 1100 East, Sugar House,

3. Wednesday Jazz at the Rabbit Hole

It’s 7:00 pm on a Wednesday evening but it might as well be midnight in The Rabbit Hole: The gas lamps flicker, barely lighting the dim corners. It’s an apt atmosphere for jazz, and impresario Kelly Salmans (he’s the guy with the white hair and the appropriate beret) makes sure everyone knows this is a listening room. No background music here—you’re supposed to focus with your ears and usually whoever is playing compels that attention. Cocktail servers slip silently between the comfy couches, booths and tables and takes your whispered order—the excellent bartenders mix top-notch cocktails. Downstairs in Lake Effect, The Rabbit Hole is one of a kind in Salt Lake. 155 W. 200 South, 801-285-6494.

4. Thursday Spiking at the Sandbar

Opening in early 2018 with five indoor/four outdoor sand volleyball courts, SandBar is open six days a week—80 or more games are played in a typical day. The SandBar has a schedule of leagues that run as 8-week sessions (2v2 men/women and coed, 4v4 coed only), ranging from open to recreational. And they serve food and beer too! 680 S. Redwood Road, North Salt Lake, 801-631-4160,

5. Friday Bowling—Spare Time

Sign the kids up to bowl for free at one of eight local spots at Once registered, you can take the kids for two free games during the Kids Bowl Free hours determined by your alley. Kids must be between 2 and 15, and not all centers include shoes with free games. If you’d like to show off your perfect form, buy a family pass, which allows four adults to bowl for free during KBF hours.


Jen Hill
Jen Hill
Former Salt Lake Magazine Associate Editor Jen Hill is a SLC transplant from Bloomington, Ind. As a blogger and feature writer, Jen follows the pulse of the community with interests in urban agriculture, business, fitness & beauty and anything that allows her to get out of the office and into the mountains.

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