Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Posted September 02, 2015in Belly Up

Only the smart survive at Ingersoll Tap trivia

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who play to have fun, and those who play to win. At bar trivia, you’ll typically find a mix of both. Many people can call it a good night to have answered a few questions right as long as they

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Posted August 26, 2015in Belly Up

Join the club at WineStyles

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering what the difference is between an earthy wine and an oaky wine, or perhaps asked what classifies a wine as robust, the wine tasting events and clubs at WineStyles West Des Moines are for you. Say goodbye to the $3 wine you’ve been drinking

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Posted August 19, 2015in Belly Up

Different bars for these animals

Here are two bits of friendly advice for anyone who’s considering attending the last Zoo Brew event of the season on Aug. 26 at Blank Park Zoo: 1) Get there early. 2) Buy a koozie. Aside from having to park in the extra-extra-parking — the main parking lot is full

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Posted August 12, 2015in Belly Up

A classic date with a twist

Dinner and a show has been a classic date form since cowboys took their ladies to see the showgirls perform at saloons, and probably before that. Dinner, drinks and entertainment at the same place — what’s not to love? The Last Laugh Comedy Theater offers just that — but with a

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Posted August 05, 2015in Belly Up

Tonic sets its self apart

The great thing about going out at the bars in the West Glen area is that, no matter what night or what time it is, the style can range from sports bar-casual to nightclub-fancy — and everything in between. The West Des Moines location of Tonic Bar, which celebrates its

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Posted July 29, 2015in Belly Up

Country chic cocktails and cooking

According to Bridal Guide magazine, the No. 2 wedding theme for 2015 is “rustic chic,” while “flea market,” “country style” and “vintage living” are trending searches on the Better Homes and Gardens website. Charming barns are sought after as backdrops for senior pictures, and antique tea sets sell in several

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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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