Murphy's has created a comfortable atmosphere for the working class. Every time I go in there the customers are smiling. It seems as though the majority of the regular clientele work within the industry. To me that says a lot about an establishment.
The barstaff is very capable and cordial. I never wait more than a few minutes for a drink. I know it seems odd to have to go to the bar to get a drink for many people, but in a bar without a cocktail waitress that seems reasonable to me.
The food menu is full of great sandwiches and appetizers. I have really enjoyed their daily specials and soups. The menu is vegetarian friendly, pescaterian friendly, and good old fashioned meat eater friendly. They make their corned beef in house for the Reuben and Wolven burgers. All the soups and sauces are made from scratch. The handmade tortilla chips and fresh salsa are excellent and worth every penny. I do wish they had hand-cut fries though.
The prices of the bar and food menu are fairly reasonable. Compared to many of the Bars in town that have food, Murphy's has better quality, consistency, and variety than most.
I would recommend all of my out-of-town friends to visit Murphy's at least once when visiting Salt Lake City.