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Posted March 11, 2015in Belly Up

Find your lucky charms at Mickey’s Irish Pub

With so many bars participating in the Court Avenue Official Block Party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s hard to know where to go. They all open early, most offer special Irish foods, and each bar offers some sort of unique drink special. But where’s the best place to go?

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Posted March 04, 2015in Belly Up

P.F. Chang’s appeals to the masses

Most bars have a whiskey sour, and some have their versions of a Moscow Mule. Going out with friends and family is fun, but things start getting static and boring when you frequent the same places that offer the same beer, the same cocktails, the same wine — the same

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Posted February 25, 2015in Belly Up

Get your game on at Ricochet

Most everyone loves a good night out, as it’s usually great to have dinner with friends and hit the bars for drinks. Inevitably, those drinks turn into several rounds and, hey, why not a round of shots for the table, too? At the risk of sounding like the classic MasterCard

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Posted February 18, 2015in Belly Up

801 Chophouse is the cat’s pajamas

The 1920s was an era that continues to fascinate most people, and quite frankly, it’s hard not to be fascinated by it. A new woman emerged, with bobbed hair and shorter dresses. Women adopted a newfound sense of independence when they were allowed to work white-collar jobs and vote. The

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Posted February 11, 2015in Belly Up

Galentines Day is not your average comedy show

Valentine’s Day is the same old song and dance every year. The only difference is the inflated price for wine and chocolate. The only people around, it seems, are blissfully happy couples and woefully single ex-couples. There is one place the people of Des Moines can go this weekend to

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Posted February 04, 2015in Belly Up

Look forward to hitting Rock Bottom

What makes a bar truly amazing? Is it the atmosphere or the huge pool table? The great DJ or the glowing dance floor? For most, it’s probably a combination of these. But what really sets a bar apart is the combination of fantastic food and even better beer. Hidden just

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Posted January 28, 2015in Belly Up

The Wine Experience is the secret escape at Jordan Creek

Jordan Creek Town Center isn’t just a place that people visit once or twice. People flock to the area for work, for restaurants and good food, and in most cases, shopping — and lots of it. But after a while, it’s nice to partake in something other than Panera Bread,

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Posted January 21, 2015in Belly Up

Sip margaritas during your shopping break at On the Border

In order to be classified as a first-rate dining locale, a Mexican restaurant must have two things: warm, fresh tortilla chips served with a deliciously spicy salsa and queso combo — and kickass margaritas. On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina in West Des Moines offers both, not to mention

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Posted January 14, 2015in Belly Up

Wine flows in flights at Trostel’s Dish

Think about how many times you’ve sat down at a restaurant and your server asks you for your order and you reply with “everything.” Or you’re looking at a drink menu and you can’t decide between five different wines that sound perfect…or maybe you want a cocktail? Then after your

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Posted January 07, 2015in Belly Up

Denny Arthur’s: something old, something new

  Going out for drinks, hitting the dance floor and chatting up some good-looking people is a standard activity for the 21 to 30 age group. It’s still relevant to the 30 to 50 age group, although probably not a weekly endeavor. What about the 50 to 80 group? Are

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