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Posted October 04, 2017in Belly Up

Black Sheep

A titillating tequila bar Black Sheep in the East Village is unlike any other bar in Iowa, and that’s the way Frankie Farrell, the bar’s owner, designed it. “Des Moines wants to be hip so bad, yet there are really not a lot of hip things going on in nightlife, and people just go

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Posted September 06, 2017in Belly Up


A Midwest silent disco A silent disco is a dance party where the music is heard only through special headphones. At Hush, listeners can choose between three different genres of music from three live DJs. The DJs are designated by a color — red, blue and green — that corresponds

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Posted August 02, 2017in Belly Up

Sully’s Irish Pub

Movin’ on up Iowa’s oldest Irish pub, and the bar known for its St. Patrick’s Day blowouts — Sully’s Irish Pub — has moved to 860 First St. in West Des Moines. The 40-year-old establishment opened in its new location on July 7. “(It was a) madhouse,” co-owner Bill Boggs

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Posted July 05, 2017in Belly Up

Mixing it up downtown

The secret is officially out Mixology Night was CITYVIEW’s 2017 winner of “Best Kept Secret on the Local Nightlife Scene” and has become a favorite of those in the know. The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) first began Mixology Night in 2011, six years after its new 110,000-square-foot downtown location

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Posted June 01, 2017in Belly Up

Hello, Marjorie

Walking into Hello, Marjorie is a very different experience than walking into any other bar in Des Moines. When the bar opens on a weekday, patrons steadily trickle in as they get off work, and Nick Tillinghast is there to greet them with a drink menu and is happy to

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Posted May 03, 2017in Belly Up

Commons off the clock

Happy hour in the heart of the city Few things in life are better then a Friday summer evening, and what better way to start the weekend than heading downtown and enjoying a cold one at Cowles Commons? “I always look forward to the weekend on Friday afternoon, and I

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Posted April 05, 2017in Belly Up

The Republic on Grand

Come for the views, stay for the drinks and food The Republic on Grand is the East Village’s latest addition. The new bar is located on the sixth floor of the newly completed AC Hotel by Marriott on East Fourth and Grand Avenue. The dress code is casual, says Nick

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Posted March 01, 2017in Belly Up

A bowling alley, a restaurant and a bar

Sebastian, the crab from “The Little Mermaid,” summed it up best when he sang how it’s better under the sea. But the famous crustacean probably didn’t know about an Altoona restaurant/bar that brings an underwater experience to land — with great food and drinks to boot. Uncle Buck’s is an

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Posted February 01, 2017in Belly Up

A new meeting space in the East Village

Before there was a Peace Tree Brewing Company, there was a large sycamore tree. The tree’s grand appearance made it a recognizable mark on the landscape, and thus it became a natural meeting place. Legend has it that tribes of Native Americans would meet at the tree to barter and

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Posted January 04, 2017in Belly Up

Laughing matters: A night at the Funny Bone comedy club

“If you don’t vote, you can’t bitch,” says comedian Bill Blank from the stage of the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Blank was born in Iowa, and he attended North High School. His act balances Iowa-style common sense with logic, and he combines the two while driving a bulldozer down the

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