When the brightly colored ski jackets and hats on Main Street in Park City are replaced by stylish outfits, sexy women in short skirts and lots of black couture, it can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Sundance Film Festival. The festival kicked off last Thursday, and I enjoyed a night on the town that Friday.
It’s fun to see the streets packed with festival goers and to see the Main Street bars and restaurants transformed into trendy Hollywood lounges. We walked by the Bing Bar, The Playboy Lounge and several other private party venues with VIP lines. We had tickets for a movie at The Egyptian Theater, which is probably the best venue to see a Sundance show. It’s right in the middle of Main Street and its marquee is synonymous with Sundance. The movie was an independent film by an Israeli filmmaker. It’s the kind of movie we would never see in a mainstream theater and a perfect representative of the festival. As is common at Sundance, the director and some of the actors were in the audience and took the stage after the screening to answer questions and to tell the story of how they made the movie. This is as behind the scenes as it gets!
After the movie we walked down Main Street to The High West Distillery, North America’s only ski-in/ski-out distillery. High West is known for some of the finest whiskey in America, but many don’t realize how fantastic the food is. We ordered about ten different small plates so we could taste as many flavors as possible. We enjoyed everything from braised short ribs to maple-whiskey flavored squash to a classic fondue. The desert I ordered, a cross between a grilled Krispy Kreme Donut, butterscotch syrup and vanilla ice cream, was so deliciously sinful it should be illegal!
After dinner we headed over to The Sky Lounge at the top of the Sky Hotel. The bar has an exclusive feel and a nice mix of locals and PIBs (people in black). The bar had a very nice outdoor patio from which you could look down onto Main Street and see the festival action. The patio had several fire pits and cozy chairs equipped with thick blankets making the outdoor seating cozy and warm. It is hard to imagine a more perfect setting with the view of Park City’s mountain, the buzz of the festival, the glow of the flames from the fire pits and then, as if on cue, some soft, thick flakes of snow started falling. It was the perfect ending to a terrific night at The Sundance Film Festival.