food & drink

Belly Up

February 17th, 2011 |
By Jared Curtis

Billy Goat’s Bar and Grill


New owners take over familiar location


Although the Twisted Parrot Lounge was a bar scene staple for years, owner Dustin Beener decided it was time for change. Beener sold the bar, leaving it in the capable hands of Brad Lathrop (Bradley’s Pub, Joe’s Pub) and Mike Good (The Den), veterans of the local nightlife scene. One of their first moves was to change the name to Billy Goat’s Bar and Grill.

“They took over in early January and did some remodeling,” said daytime manager Tamara Dhabolt. “They’ve added some things, but I think they are still working on some ideas.”

The bar serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. A late night menu is also in the works. On Wednesday, patrons can enjoy $7 all-you-can-eat wings from 5 to 7 p.m.

“They changed the menu quite a bit and added a lot of new stuff,” Dhabolt said. “I know they want to focus more on serving freshly made items.”

The bar offers Happy Hour from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, with 50 cents off everything and $1 domestic bottles from 5 to 6 p.m. If you can’t make it to Happy Hour, stop by and enjoy one of their nightly specials. Enjoy $2 domestic bottles on Monday; Tuesday, enjoy $3 Captain Morgan and Bacardi drinks; Wednesday offers $2.50 wells all day, and from 9 to 11 p.m. ladies can enjoy $1 domestic bottles, draws and wells; tip back $3.50 Crown Royal and Jack Daniels drinks all day, and guys can enjoy $1 domestic bottles, draws and wells from 9 to 11 p.m. on Thursday; start the weekend off right with $2.50 import bottles on Friday; slam $5 bombs on Saturday; and get ready for the work week with $5 pitchers on Sunday.

“We have some great specials no matter what day it is,” Dhabolt said.

Billy Goat’s offers plenty of entertainment as well. Sing your heart out on Thursday night with karaoke from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The bar hosts a live DJ on Friday nights and live music on Saturday. It also features video games, a punching bag game, shuffleboard, dartboards and two pool tables. Numerous TVs are available to watch your favorite team.

“Although we’re not showing UFC fights, we’re still offering the WWE pay-per-views, and we’ll be having all the NASCAR races,” Dhabolt said.

Plans for a Grand Opening celebration are still in the works, but the bar will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

“I’m not sure if we’ll be doing a tent party like Twisted Parrot did, but we’ll have something fun,” Dhabolt said.

Even though the name has changed, patrons will still find plenty of good times at Billy Goat’s.

“We have great bartenders, tasty food and a good mix of music,” Dhabolt said. “So, stop in and enjoy all of our great specials.”


Last call: The Des Moines Metro Opera presents “Singing on Tap” at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar on Thursday, Feb. 17. The event will feature an evening of singing, frivolity and libation, as the OPERA Iowa troupe, as well as other guests, will sing their favorite songs at the West Glen piano bar. The event is free and starts at 6 p.m. CV


Caption: Daytime manager Tamara Dhabolt mixes a Bloody Mary at Billy Goat’s Bar and Grill, 6500 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights. Hours are 11 to 2 a.m., daily. 309-0580.