Monday, August 31, 2015


Posted June 17, 2015in Belly Up

Float on up to Latitude 41 Bar and Grill

It’s June in Des Moines. That means it’s hot and humid, and that vacation cannot come soon enough. In the meantime, why not make a trip to Saylorville Lake for the day? Relaxing on the beach, boating with buddies, fishing, water skiing — this is the life. But there’s something

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Posted June 10, 2015in Belly Up

Going out and getting gator

If you’ve ever gone to a show near the Iowa Events Center, chances are you tried to find a local restaurant for dinner or a drink before the event. Buzzard Billy’s, just south of Hy-Vee Hall, probably fit your bill with the advantages of being within walking distance and having

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Posted June 03, 2015in Belly Up

Labor of love

If you’re in the Jordan Creek area looking for a place to grab a bite or knock back a great drink, look no further than Draught House 50. Sister store of the Draught House 50 on 50th Street, the Mills Civic store is also related to other local draught houses

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Posted May 27, 2015in Belly Up

Talking is encouraged at this library

The Drake neighborhood is home to a number of bars and restaurants. Some serve as the college hangout, others as the family diner — but there’s one hidden gem on University Avenue that brings them all together: University Library Café. Upon entering the bar, you’ll notice a few things: first

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Posted May 20, 2015in Belly Up

All the quality with none of the arrogance

The telltale sign of an overpriced, pretentious meal is one served on a large white plate, the food taking up only the smallest amount of space in the center. In our humble state of Iowa, seeing the arrival of such a dish will more often than not leave customers saying,

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Posted May 13, 2015in Belly Up

el Bait Shop reels in customers with 180 beers on tap

When it comes to beer connoisseurs in the central Iowa area, most know about the rustic bar with the rusty tin roof nestled in a corner of downtown Des Moines near the Des Moines River. El Bait Shop is not the biggest or shiniest bar around, nor is it even

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Posted May 06, 2015in Belly Up

Slow down and enjoy the view at Scenic Route Bakery

When the first warm days of spring appear and give us hope that “the longest winter ever” is finally coming to an end, the roads and sidewalks are filled with runners, joggers, walkers and cyclists who have been itching to hit the pavement. And where better to watch all that

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Posted April 29, 2015in Belly Up

Step back in time at High Life Lounge

When you look around and see every other person texting, face-timing, blogging and taking selfies, you realize how much you miss the simpler times of previous decades. There’s no denying the positive impact all this technology has made on our world, but wouldn’t it be nice to unplug and step

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Posted April 22, 2015in Belly Up

Hull Avenue Tavern: the new oldest bar in town

Cradled by the booming arms of Des Moines, Snusville is a homey town where everyone knows everyone. It’s like when you call a friend to tell him or her about your new promotion on the way home from work, and by the time you arrive, people are already celebrating your

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Posted April 15, 2015in Belly Up

A homerun of a bar

The key to reopening a new bar in a city filled with competition is to be different. Otherwise, why would anyone leave his or her comfortable favorite to try out a new place that might have higher-priced drinks and worse service? Cory and Chelsea Steiner bought the old Fat Tony’s

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