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Whiskey Dixx owners Uriah Mixdorf and Chris Fabela with staff members. Fabela holds the shotski used for taking group shots.

Whiskey Dixx owners Uriah Mixdorf and Chris Fabela with staff members. Fabela holds the shotski used for taking group shots.

Some people go to church and pray to God for love of the Holy Trinity; others go to the bar. (Some do both). At Whiskey Dixx downtown, the holy trinity includes Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Johnny Walker, and if you love it too much, you could end up praying to a different god — the porcelain kind. But, for the love of whiskey, there’s Whiskey Dixx.                

As the name might suggest, the bar specializes in whiskey, currently carrying more than 80 different kinds with more to come. But owner Uriah Mixdorf understands that, although whiskey might be his favorite drink, not everyone feels that way. Preconceived notions of whiskey’s tough-to-swallow taste turn off a fair amount of drinkers.               

“That’s because they aren’t exposed to it,” he figured.                

To change all that, the bar offers a whiskey tasting the first Friday of every month from 7-9 p.m., and the tastings give people the opportunity to “try something they’ve never had before,” he said.                


“Whiskey can be overwhelming,” Mixdorf admitted.                

Dixx is the perfect spot to get educated about the spirit. The bartenders are well-versed in the different whiskeys they offer and are happy to help belly-uppers pick one out from a wall of vast selections behind the bar.                

It doesn’t need to be taken straight, Mixdorf advised. There are endless mixes and sugars the bartenders can add to make it easier on the more sensitive palate. However, if it is a shot you’re looking for, the bartender could easily seduce you and your friends into taking it from a shotski — drinkers’ version of a hookah pipe.                

Better yet, get a group together for whiskey bottle service, a perfect choice for Midwest Cage Championship weigh-ins, which draws droves of drinkers to the old haunt on Fourth Street on event nights. Whiskey Dixx also hosts the MCC after-parties and does the same for the Des Moines Blaze amateur football team. But don’t let the muscle scare you away. Mixdorf says the athletes are friendly, easy-going and are excited to talk shop.                

So, let’s see: world-class whiskey varieties, hot bartenders climbing a ladder for that top-shelf brand, shots with MCC fighters and football players — you’d think the place is a figment of every man’s fantasy.                

And then there’s bacon. Every Thursday at 8 p.m. the bar has free bacon.                

“We just want people to have fun,” Mixdorf said.                

Obviously. CV

Whiskey Dixx
215 4th St.
Hours: Sun-Fri 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Happy Hour: 4-7 p.m. $3 you call it, $2 domestic pints and $3 specialty pints
Capacity: 80

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