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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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Posted June 18, 2014in Belly Up

Bar Louie: the classy, yet affordable, happy hour hotspot

First, can we all just take a moment to applaud the nightlife gods on a job well done for introducing the Bar Louie franchise to the metro? The new restaurant, located near the Nike Factory Store by Jordan Creek Town Center, offers a fun environment and a lively crowd of

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Posted June 11, 2014in Belly Up

Le Boi Bar gives ‘open stage’ a new meaning

When the suggestion came to visit a gay bar for this week’s Belly Up, my first reaction was akin to the first words of Matthew McConaughey’s famous Oscar acceptance speech: “All right, all right, all right!” I’d never been to a gay bar before, never seen a drag queen up

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Posted June 04, 2014in Belly Up

1908 Draught House is everyone’s house

One of Johnston’s newer hangouts is popular for a reason: The spacious, baseball-themed establishment is perfect for the watching your favorite MLB team, celebrating a girl’s night out or even just taking an hour away from the office for lunch. Although if you do have to go back to work,

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Posted May 28, 2014in Belly Up

Saints Pub is a +

As the weather gets warmer, there’s more and more reason to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. In West Des Moines, bar-goers and foodies alike spend their outdoor hours enjoying an all-day happy hour and daily food specials at Saints Pub + Patio, which has a similar sister location

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Posted May 21, 2014in Belly Up

Iowa’s finest with a view at The Hub

The view of the Des Moines River may be gorgeous, but that’s not the only thing drawing customers to The Riverwalk Hub downtown. Its selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and locally made food — including artisan meats from La Quercia, ice cream from Indianola’s Outside Scoop, and Maytag’s finest

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