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Posted April 04, 2018in Belly Up

Fenders Brewing

Two men and a brewery Fenders Brewing co-owners Jason Madison and Steve Crann say their origin story is “the classic” tale of home brewers who met and started a business together. The two men met through their church, St. Luke’s in Ankeny. The two co-owners — and the company’s only employees — celebrated the grand

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Posted February 28, 2018in Belly Up

The Irish

Get lucky What do you name an Irish pub? The Irish, obviously. In the space formerly occupied by West Cab, the West Glen bar underwent a complete renovation before reopening on March 16, 2017. The Irish celebrates its one year anniversary this month, and the bar plans to celebrate in style for the occasion

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Posted January 31, 2018in Belly Up

Des Moines Yacht Club

Boat shoes optional “We used to get boating magazines,” Des Moines Yacht Club co-owner Dirk DeBolt says. Admittedly, the name has caused some confusion outside the city of Des Moines, Iowa. Des Moines, Washington, also has a Des Moines Yacht Club — but it is devoted to actual marine craft.

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Posted January 03, 2018in Belly Up

Ducktail Lounge

The cool dads’ basement The Ducktail Lounge provides an immediate sense of familiarity. It puts you at ease. It seems like a place you’ve been to before, even when you haven’t. The walls are a medium-dark wood with plaid wallpaper, and there is a common theme of duck decorations. The pool table is ready, the

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Posted December 06, 2017in Belly Up

Angry Goldfish

South side revamp “We wanted it to be that neighborhood pub that everybody comes to,” co-owner Renee Way says. Originally three separate businesses in one building, Renee Way and husband Clark Way, along with Clark’s sister Stephanie White and her husband, Dan White, purchased the building at 2301 S.W. Ninth St. in 2016. The

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Posted November 01, 2017in Belly Up


Gastropub and more West Glen has seen many new tenants in 2017, and one of the most recent comes in the form of BeerStyles Taproom and Gastropub, which boasts 110 beers on tap. However, the building it occupies offers even more. Located in the former Cowboy Jack’s, BeerStyles only takes up a portion

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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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