Gill T’s is known for its dart leagues.
Owners Tracy and Tony Gill plan to expand
their three boards with the addition of
a new cyber board where people can play
with challengers from around the globe.
By Amber Williams
While no one’s really “innocent” at Gill T’s
Bar, at least they all have a good alibi. One
old timer finds it a good hiding spot while
his wife’s out of town, while another blue collar,
Mohawk man they all call “Flash” finds it a
cozy perch for happy hour during the week. And
that’s just a couple of the regulars you’ll
find bellied up during a weeknight.
Then there’s the karaoke crowd that piles in
on Friday nights. Saturday draws a herd of purring
classics that cruise in for the car show in
the parking lot, as well as droves of dart throwers
who hail from as far as Nebraska, Sioux City
and Cedar Rapids for the weekly tournament.
A typical Saturday at Gill T’s is not typical
In fact, there’s not much at Gill T’s that is
“typical.” The joint used to be called Scooter
and Babs Sports Bar and Grille, but Tracy and
Tony Gill bought it last December with change
“We’ve always talked about owning a bar with
my parents,” Tracy said. “Tony and I just saw
this place, scoped it out and starting thinking
up ways we could make it work. So far, it’s
doing a pretty good job.”
Tracy’s parents, Jesse and Jeannette Ashley,
run the place by day, bringing with them the
Concrete Cruisers classic car club (hence the
show on Saturdays). By night, Jason Boggs mans
the house like an old pro.
“Jason came with the bar,” Tracy said.
He might have come with the bar, but at 6’4,
he hardly fits behind it. Some patrons might
find it a fun drinking game taking bets on when
he’s going to hit his head on the NASCAR light
fixture and ceiling fan above his head or on
the doorway to the walk-in cooler. And after
more than a decade as a local bartender at various
havens throughout Des Moines and as the vocalist
and guitarist for local rock band Resurrection
Mary, Boggs has stories to entertain all who
belly up to his bar — from incriminating confessions
of a certain city councilman to the sentimental
attachment Boggs has formed with his favorite
bottle-opener (the back pocket tool of any seasoned
“I’ve had this bottle-opener for 12 years; I
bet I’ve opened over 3,000 bottles of beer with
this,” he said, tossing the tarnished, metal
opener around in his hand. “It cost $2.50 at
Becker Equipment when I bought it. When I own
my own bar someday, I’ll retire it.”
Someday. But for now, Boggs is still poppin’
tops for a bar full of friendlies at Gill T’s
on the northeast side of the town. CV
918 E. Euclid Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Mon.-Sat.; Sun. open
Happy Hour: 3-6 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
Amenities: Lunch served every day, dinner on
Tues. and Thurs.; classic car show starts at
5 p.m. on Saturday; Dart leagues Mon.-Thurs.
with a tournament on Sat.; Karaoke at 9 p.m.
Capacity: 65, plus patio room