Saturday, April 25, 2015


Posted April 22, 2015in Belly Up

Hull Avenue Tavern: the new oldest bar in town

Cradled by the booming arms of Des Moines, Snusville is a homey town where everyone knows everyone. It’s like when you call a friend to tell him or her about your new promotion on the way home from work, and by the time you arrive, people are already celebrating your

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Posted April 15, 2015in Belly Up

A homerun of a bar

The key to reopening a new bar in a city filled with competition is to be different. Otherwise, why would anyone leave his or her comfortable favorite to try out a new place that might have higher-priced drinks and worse service? Cory and Chelsea Steiner bought the old Fat Tony’s

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Posted April 08, 2015in Belly Up

A bigger and better Beer Can Alley

To some outsiders, living in Iowa might seem dull, lackluster and full of corn. To those of us who live here, however, Des Moines has a great mixture of small-town simplicity and big-city extravagance — with some cornfields in between. When people come here from other cities, the locals’ love

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Posted March 31, 2015in Belly Up

Suckle Mama’s Punch at Babies ‘n’ Beers

The struggle of being an adult is real: you have kids, but your friends want you to go out and grab a couple of drinks. The problem is that the babysitter is sick, and Mom and Dad are out of town. So weekend after weekend, you have to tell your

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Posted March 25, 2015in Belly Up

The View Nightclub offers four bars in one

With bold makeup, big hair and bigger personalities, drag shows provide entertainment for countless Des Moines residents. Man or woman, gay or straight, you’ll find all types of people gathered to watch the shows. The View club has opened in the former Le Boi location, and it’s new and improved

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Posted March 18, 2015in Belly Up

Crème puts the dessert in your cocktail

As a kid, it’s safe to say that, for many of us, our favorite part of dinner was the dessert that followed. Whether it was a piece of cake, a bowl of ice cream or even just a regular chocolate chip cookie, that sweet promise of sugar gave us the

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Posted March 11, 2015in Belly Up

Find your lucky charms at Mickey’s Irish Pub

With so many bars participating in the Court Avenue Official Block Party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to know where to go. They all open early, most offer special Irish foods, and each bar offers some sort of unique drink special. But where’s the best place to go?

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Posted March 04, 2015in Belly Up

P.F. Chang’s appeals to the masses

Most bars have a whiskey sour, and some have their versions of a Moscow Mule. Going out with friends and family is fun, but things start getting static and boring when you frequent the same places that offer the same beer, the same cocktails, the same wine — the same

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Posted February 25, 2015in Belly Up

Get your game on at Ricochet

Most everyone loves a good night out, as it’s usually great to have dinner with friends and hit the bars for drinks. Inevitably, those drinks turn into several rounds and, hey, why not a round of shots for the table, too? At the risk of sounding like the classic MasterCard

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Posted February 18, 2015in Belly Up

801 Chophouse is the cat’s pajamas

The 1920s was an era that continues to fascinate most people, and quite frankly, it’s hard not to be fascinated by it. A new woman emerged, with bobbed hair and shorter dresses. Women adopted a newfound sense of independence when they were allowed to work white-collar jobs and vote. The

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