Monday, July 27, 2015


Posted July 22, 2015in Belly Up

A true triple threat

There are usually three reasons people choose to go to a bar: 1. Food service. Often the most mentioned quality in a bar review, people choose going out over staying home because they’re hungry. Ranging anywhere from “best french fries in town” to “couldn’t even finish it” or even “just

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Posted July 15, 2015in Belly Up

The new look is old-fashioned

It’s OK to miss the House of Bricks. It was a hot place with live music, open-mic comedy and poetry, trivia nights, full bar service and delicious food. It was an East Village dream. So go ahead — miss the old place. Keep in mind, though, that while House of

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Posted July 08, 2015in Belly Up

Relaxing and dancing at Penoach Winery

A Friday night out can get expensive in a hurry, especially for large groups. First there’s the cost of dinner, then a few round of drinks, and if your group wants to see a live band, many places charge cover or require you to purchase tickets. It can add up

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Posted July 01, 2015in Belly Up

Mustang Grill: the perfect neighborhood hangout

The ol’ neighborhood bar just a got a little bit cooler. Mustang Grill has all the elements of a small-town hangout: friendly, community-minded owners; good food and reasonably priced beer; and a prime location on Main Street. But there are two additional elements that put Mustang Grill a step above

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Posted June 24, 2015in Belly Up

Above the call of brewery

What’s better than free craft beer after a bike ride? Raising money for charity and drinking free craft beer after a bike ride. Firetrucker Brewery is working to create community engagement at the young brewery, which will celebrate its first anniversary on Independence Day weekend. To start, each night, the

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Posted June 17, 2015in Belly Up

Float on up to Latitude 41 Bar and Grill

It’s June in Des Moines. That means it’s hot and humid, and that vacation cannot come soon enough. In the meantime, why not make a trip to Saylorville Lake for the day? Relaxing on the beach, boating with buddies, fishing, water skiing — this is the life. But there’s something

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Posted June 10, 2015in Belly Up

Going out and getting gator

If you’ve ever gone to a show near the Iowa Events Center, chances are you tried to find a local restaurant for dinner or a drink before the event. Buzzard Billy’s, just south of Hy-Vee Hall, probably fit your bill with the advantages of being within walking distance and having

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Posted June 03, 2015in Belly Up

Labor of love

If you’re in the Jordan Creek area looking for a place to grab a bite or knock back a great drink, look no further than Draught House 50. Sister store of the Draught House 50 on 50th Street, the Mills Civic store is also related to other local draught houses

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Posted May 27, 2015in Belly Up

Talking is encouraged at this library

The Drake neighborhood is home to a number of bars and restaurants. Some serve as the college hangout, others as the family diner — but there’s one hidden gem on University Avenue that brings them all together: University Library Café. Upon entering the bar, you’ll notice a few things: first

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Posted May 20, 2015in Belly Up

All the quality with none of the arrogance

The telltale sign of an overpriced, pretentious meal is one served on a large white plate, the food taking up only the smallest amount of space in the center. In our humble state of Iowa, seeing the arrival of such a dish will more often than not leave customers saying,

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