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Posted August 27, 2014in Belly Up

Malo: The ‘bad’ bar that’s really damn good

Naming a restaurant “bad” might seem like a strange way to start out a business, but for downtown Des Moines’ new Latin-inspired bar and restaurant, the name couldn’t be more opposite of its reputation. Malo opened its doors in May next to the Des Moines Social Club in an old

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Posted August 20, 2014in Belly Up

Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar: not your average live show

One piano is good. Two pianos are better. But two pianos, a drum set, maybe a guitar and definitely some comedic relief in the form of parodies and improvised songs? Now you’ve got something. That’s what Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant has to offer its customers. On weekend

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Posted August 13, 2014in Belly Up

Hessen Haus proves glass shoes aren’t just for Cinderella

“Das boot! Das boot!” That’s the cheer of a group ready to take on the Haus Rules and share a glass boot full of beer. On the list of “Passing the Boot” rules: “Drink without pointing the toe away from you…and you drink again”; “Splash yourself while drinking from the

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Posted August 06, 2014in Belly Up

Wellman’s Pub and Rooftop offers the right space for all occasions

Every friend group needs a go-to spot outside of their living space. For the “Friends” crew, it was the Central Perk; for “How I Met Your Mother” it was MacLaren’s Pub. There are four requirements to finding your group’s own special place: the environment needs to allow for conversation (i.e.,

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Posted July 30, 2014in Belly Up

Barcadium travels back in time with vintage arcade games

Remember back when you and all your friends would hole up in somebody’s living room to play games and drink? There were good people, a variety of things to do so no one got bored, the comfort of your own home and your favorite seat — what more could you

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Posted July 23, 2014in Belly Up

Enjoy the Zombiance at Des Moines’ favorite horror-themed restaurant

Zombies started taking over pop culture with books, movies and video games a while ago, and they’ve maintained a strong following through the years. They’ve even spawned apocalypse-themed races and running apps — in case the only thing that gives you the desire to run a 5K is the threat

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Posted July 16, 2014in Belly Up

The LiFT — your community bar

Going out on a Monday or Tuesday night is distinctly different than going out on a weekend night. On the weekend, you want loud dance music and shots; barhopping is the general rule, and if you stay in one place for too long it becomes boring. Going to a bar

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Posted July 09, 2014in Belly Up

Trivia, big potatoes and even bigger drinks at Quinton’s

If you work downtown, you’ve likely taken a lunch break or two at Quinton’s Bar and Deli. And if, in fact, you have ventured to the popular sports bar on East Grand, you are well aware that it takes pride in the phrase “more for your money.” Quinton’s serves up

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Posted July 02, 2014in Belly Up

Ride over to Brewhouse No. 25 for games, fun and friends

Settled right next to a bike trail connecting to downtown Des Moines, Altoona’s largest outdoor beer garden is the new open-air hotspot in the area. Though it’s easy to find at its location on 805 17th Ave. S.W. — right next door to Breadeaux Pizza — Brewhouse No. 25’s tin-clad

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Posted June 25, 2014in Belly Up

Take a break from the chaos at the Stuffed Olive and Voodoo Lounge

Fans of the old Standard Martini Bar might be disappointed to see the sign has been taken down and replaced by one with a new name, but the long list of martinis is still present at the Stuffed Olive. Under the new management of Barmuda Companies, the Stuffed Olive and

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