Sunday, June 26, 2016


Posted April 13, 2016in Belly Up

Beechwood — a great dive bar without the ‘dive’

  Before the building was the Beechwood Lounge, at various times it was a bank, a federal prison and even an LGBT bar, at least according to longtime bartender Nic Bell. “There used to be a poll and dance stage right here,” Bell motions to the rear area of the

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Posted April 06, 2016in Belly Up, Cover Story

Granite City puts new spin on Sunday brunch

Granite City has been a staple restaurant and brewery in Clive for 15 years, especially as the spot for one of the best brunches in Des Moines. In those 15 years, Granite City’s buffet-style brunch has seen little change, until now. “We’ve had one of the more successful brunches in

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Posted April 01, 2016in Belly Up

LCI Church to serve alcohol

Churches around the country and the metro are consistently looking for ways to make attendance easier, more convenient and more entertaining. Most offer coffee, allow casual dress and provide childcare. But one downtown church is raising eyebrows while pushing this concept to a whole new level. According to city documents,

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Posted March 23, 2016in Belly Up

Superman bought a Schlitz

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope. It’s Superman and Batman arguing about Tanya Tucker and Reba McEntire while sipping on bottles of Schlitz. Welcome to All in the Family Lounge. “It’s a neighborhood bar,” said Manager Deb Fisher, when asked what makes the place special. She’s worked

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Posted March 16, 2016in Belly Up

Stan and his old-school bar

“Everybody calls it a dive,” said Candice Crane, the bartender at Stan’s Place on Second Avenue. She goes on to say they’re also known for doing “free pours,” which means they don’t measure how much alcohol goes in each drink. “That’s kind of rare,” she said. The sign out front

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Posted March 09, 2016in Belly Up

An arfin’ good time at Vickie’s Bar

It’s Friday afternoon, the sun is shining, and it’s skipping work weather. It’s a perfect day for bellying up at Vickie’s Bar, located just south of Euclid on Second Avenue. “What’s up killer?” said a man sitting at the bar as the door closes. “ARF!” a wiener dog in a

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Posted March 02, 2016in Belly Up

Donna’s Lounge: Brick building with the Bitches

Donna’s Lounge on Southeast 14th Street is full of Bitches. Now hear this out. Put your pen down, and hold off a second on your angry email to the editor. The group of ladies that assembles at Donna’s for a few suds and a little socializing call themselves Bitches. “That’s

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Posted February 24, 2016in Belly Up

Brew with a view

Location, location, location. When buying a home or property, location is the most important factor, according to some. Apparently that applies to bars, too. 300 Craft and Rooftop chose the third floor of the 300 MLK complex due to the availability of a patio, but also the great view it

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Posted February 17, 2016in Belly Up

Proud to be a ‘dive bar’

The sign above the red brick building features a shapely dame who is scantily clad, impossibly proportioned and wearing a sailor’s cap atop her flowing blonde locks. She’s rocking high heels, sporting short shorts with a blue kerchief tied around her neck. The animated image leans flirtatiously against a three-olive

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Posted February 10, 2016in Belly Up

Toad’s Tavern

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked, thousands of American soldiers were killed, the American navy was debilitated, and for all intents and purposes, it was the day the United States entered World War II. Every student learns about that infamous date in school. What’s less likely is that

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