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Posted November 19, 2014in Belly Up

Classic cocktails with a twist at RoCA

I moved to Des Moines in May, as a lifelong Iowan with far too little knowledge of all that its capital city has to offer. When I took up this column, my first thought was, “How long can we go on writing about a new bar every week?” Little did

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Posted November 12, 2014in Belly Up

The Exchange is Des Moines’ own Wall Street for beverages

If you’ve ever had a taste for the excitement of the stock market, you’ll probably find The Exchange is right up your alley. If you have no idea how the stock market works, you’ll probably still find it is a great place to spend your Friday night. Located on the

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Posted November 05, 2014in Belly Up

Madhouse Brewing stands out in a world of craft breweries

How many craft breweries is too many craft breweries? When will brewers run out of new flavors to use? Is craft beer just a trend doomed to fade away, like MySpace and gel pens? These are the questions asked by craft beer critics in light of the Brewery Boom that

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Posted October 29, 2014in Belly Up

Granite City: Where happy hour comes twice a day

Granite City isn’t your average restaurant chain. It’s part food, part brewery — all fun. Granite City takes pride in its in-house brewed beer, featuring such creations as the Broad Axe Stout, with notes of roasted chocolate and coffee; the Bennie, which is a German-style lager with caramel flavors; the

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Posted October 22, 2014in Belly Up

The Royal Mile is Des Moines’ authentic British pub

Looking for a little bit of Europe in central Iowa? Maybe a place to reminisce about that study abroad trip to Belgium back in college? You don’t have to look too hard to find it; just talk to enough people, and they’ll point you in the right direction. The Royal

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Posted October 15, 2014in Belly Up

A new way to eat brunch at Americana

Nothing says “I’ve got my life together” quite like going out for brunch on the weekend. First, brunch-goers have managed to get out of bed and ready for the day by mid-morning. This may not seem like any great feat, but for young adults adjusting from college life, it’s starkly

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Posted October 08, 2014in Belly Up

Come home to the Copper Cup

Going to a bar can feel so formal and anonymous. You walk in, show your ID to someone who will forget your name the second they hand it back to you, stand in line at the bar and watch as four or five other customers who came in after you

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Posted October 01, 2014in Belly Up

Explore the flavors of Italy with a visit to Centro

If you’re familiar with the popular food and drink scene of Des Moines, chances are you’ve heard the name George Formaro more than once or twice. He’s the well-known chef and restaurateur behind a slew of prime eateries, including the Italian-inspired Centro. The restaurant has an elegant yet relaxing feel

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Posted September 24, 2014in Belly Up

Spice up your Thursday nights with salsa dancing at Lime Lounge

As you may have heard in the news, “Dancing With the Stars” returned last week, and we went salsa dancing at Lime Lounge to try out our ballroom skills. Or, more accurately, to check out the ballroom dancing skills of the other patrons. Lime Lounge pairs with Salsa Des Moines

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Posted September 17, 2014in Belly Up

Experience the finer things in life at Proof

No matter how hard we try to prove otherwise, Iowa still seems to have the reputation of the typical Midwestern farm state, known for miles of corn- and soybean-lined gravel roads. It’s not surprising, then, that the stigma carries over into most movie, book and any other media portrayals we

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