Tuesday, October 21, 2014


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Our 100 favorite bars

9/18/2013

You ever have one of those days when you just need a drink? A good, stiff, “I want to taste my money” kind of drink? When in search of a place to belly up, it doesn’t take a GPS navigation system, just a watchful eye to the left and to the right while driving down one of the metro’s many bustling corridors or back road routes. According to the Iowa Restaurant Association, within a 30-mile radius of Des Moines proper, you have about 530 places to rest your head, your belly or your boobs on a bar to toss back a drink or two. Of those, it’s hard to pick which ones are the best, but here is a list of 100 that our staff suggests.

Now grab a pencil and check off where you’ve been. Then check your score on the rate card. Cheers!

 

34 's sports grill logosBiz Card34’s Sports Bar

Valley West Mall, WDM

DM Art Center

515-224-4104

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.34sportsgrill.com

 

AJsOnECourtLOGOAJ’s on East Court

419 E. Court Ave.

515-282-1888

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/ajsoneastcourt

 

BeaverTapLOGOBeaver Tap

4050 Urbandale Ave.

515-528-8125

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

www.beavertap.com

 

beechwood logo BAD origsBeechwood Lounge

416 E. Walnut St.

515-288-2337

Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

https://myspace.com/beechwoodlounge

 

BeerBucketLOGOBeer Bucket and Burgers

910 Hull Ave.

515-330-1891

Sun.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

 

BeerCanAlley logoBeer Can Alley

216 Court Ave.

515-222-2324

Sun.-Wed. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/BEERCANALLEYDM

 

Benchwarmers-Logo-HeaderBenchwarmers

705 S. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny

515-965-2556

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://ankenybenchwarmers.com

 

BenniLogo63012Bennigan’s

4800 Merle Hay Road

515-276-7777

Mon.-Thurs. 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun. 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.

www.bennigans.com

 

billy joes bwBilly Joe’s Lounge

1701 25th St. #12, WDM

515-223-9944

Mon.-Wed. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Thurs.-Fri. 1 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.billyjoes.com

 

Blazing SaddleThe Blazing Saddle

416 E. Fifth St.

515-246-1299

Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.theblazingsaddle.com

 

blue moon piano LOGO 4cBlue Moon Piano Bar

5485 Mills Civic Parkway, WDM

515-564-7300

Tues.-Wed. 4 p.m.-12 a.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.bluemoonduelingpianobar.com

 

BoonevilleBarBooneville Bar

35653 Ute Ave., Booneville

515-987-2237

Mon.-Wed. 2 p.m.-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

www.facebook.com/BoonevilleBar

 

BRECKSLogo_Final_Page_1Brecks

207 Fourth St.

515-943-4995

Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/BRECKSBAR

 

SAMSUNGBuddy’s Corral

418 E. Fifth St.

515-244-7140

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

https://myspace.com/buddyscorral

 

buzzard billys LOGO 4cBuzzard Billy’s

615 Third St.

515-244-2899

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

www.buzzardbillys.com/des-moines

 

Cabaret ANKCabaret Ankeny

2785 N. Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny

515-965-5481

Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-12 a.m.

http://cabaretnightlife.com

 

Cabaret West Glen Martini LogoCabaret West Glen

560 S. Prairie View Drive, WDM

515-225-1105

Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

http://cabaretnightlife.com

 

canzCans Bar and Grill

2956 E. Grand Ave.

515-266-2716

Daily 10:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/cansdmi

 

captains quartersCaptain’s Quarters

807 Main St., Adel

515-993-4417

Mon.-Thurs. 2 p.m.-12 a.m.; Fri 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

www.cqbrewing.com

 

Cattoors_tshirt_artworkCattoors

1306 Grand Ave., WDM

515-267-8973

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/Cattoors

 

Charlie's Filling St#54051ACharlie’s Filling Station

305 Grand Ave., WDM

515-274-9041

Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

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chicken coop logo 4cChicken Coop

1960 Grand Ave., Suite 23, WDM

515-223-0088

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.chickencoopsportsbar.com/WestDesMoines

 

codaCoda Lounge

401 Locust St.

515-365-7244

Daily 6 a.m.-12 a.m.

www.facebook.com/CodaDesMoines

 

cosmopolitan lounge LOGO 4cCosmopolitan Lounge

800 Locust St., Suites of 800 Locust Hotel

515-288-5800

Daily 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.800locust.com/lounge

 

PrintCourt Avenue Brewing Co.

309 Court Ave.

515-282-2739

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (May-October: Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.)

www.courtavebrew.com

 

Daytonas logo cob 4c outlinedDaytona’s All Sports Cafe

4875 Merle Hay Road

515-331-0996

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

 

derrys loungeDerry’s Lounge

4845 Merle Hay Road

515-278-2810

Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

 

dosrios-whiteDos Rios

316 Court Ave.

515-282-2995

Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. (November-March: Closed Mondays)

www.dosriosrestaurant.com

 

Down Under Bar & Grill Logo color addedDown Under Bar and Grill

8350 Hickman Road, Clive

515-278-6718

Mon.-Thurs. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.greatestbar.com

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e 14th st tavernEast 14th Street Tavern

3418 E. 14th St.

515-266-3446

Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/pages/E-14th-St-Tavern

 

el bait shop distressed LOGO 4cEl Bait Shop

200 S.W. Second St.

515-284-1970

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://elbaitshop.com

 

exchange logoExchange, The

216 Court Ave.

515-202-4500

Mon.-Sat. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

http://exchangedsm.com

 

ExileExile Brewing Company

1514 Walnut St.

515-883-2337

Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

www.exilebrewing.com

 

Untitled-1Flying Moose

8980 Hickman Road, Suite 101, Clive

515-251-7000

Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/TheFlyingMooseDM

 

fongs logoFong’s Pizza

223 Fourth St.

515-323-3333

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://fongspizza.com

 

garden LOGO 4c 2008The Garden Nightclub

112 S.E. Fourth St.

515-243-3965

Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 5 p.m.-12 a.m.

www.grdn.com

 

gas lampGas Lamp

1501 Grand Ave.

515-280-3778

Daily 2 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.gaslampdsm.com

 

TOKENGoodSons

2815 Beaver Ave., Suite 102

515-255-1912

Mon. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.goodsonsbeaverdale.com

 

gramercyGramercy Tap

400 Walnut St.

515-288-9606

Tues.-Sat. 4 p.m.-Close

www.gramercytap.com

 

HEROESD22aR01eP01ZLHeroes

216 Court Ave.

712-579-9454

Tues.-Thurs. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sun. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/pages/Heroes

 

hessen haus logo HORIZ 4cHessen Haus

101 Fourth St.

515-288-2520

Mon.-Tues. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.hessenhaus.com

 

high life lounge NO TAGS low resHigh Life Lounge

200 S.W. Second St.

515-280-1965

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://thehighlifelounge.com

 

house of bricksHouse of Bricks

525 E. Grand Ave.

515-727-4370

Mon. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 5-11 p.m.

www.thehouseofbricks.com

 

jimmysJimmy’s on Eighth

1238 Eighth St., Windsor Heights

515-457-2953

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-Close; Sun. 10 a.m.-Close

www.jimmyson8th.com

 

johnnysJohnny’s Hall of Fame

302 Court Ave.

515-280-6679

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.johnnyshalloffame.com

 

Image converted using ifftoanyJoker’s

216 Court Ave.

515-237-5427

Thur.-Sun. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/jokersdsm

 

Kamodo KlubKamodo Klub

214 Third St.

515-288-3113

www.facebook.com/pages/KAMODO-KLUB

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PrintThe Keg Stand

3530 Westown Parkway, WDM

515-327-7429

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/thekegstand

 

Kelly's Little NipperKelly’s Little Nipper

1701 E. Grand Ave.

515-265-2031

Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/KLN515

 

Krazee KafeKrazee Kafe

1410 Broadway Ave.

515-264-9440

Mon.-Thurs. 2-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 2 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 2-10 p.m.

www.bronzingexperience.com

 

kung fu tapKung Fu Tap and Taco

210 Indianola Ave.

515-285-8226

Daily 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

kungfutapandtaco.blogspot.com

 

Latitude LogoLatitude 41

6170 N.W. Polk City Drive, Polk City

515-984-9512

Mon.-Wed. 3 p.m.-Close; Thurs.-Fri. 11 a.m.-Close; Sat.-Sun. 8:30 a.m.-Close

www.latitude41barandgrill.com

 

liftThe Lift

222 Fourth St.

515-288-3777

Mon.-Fri. 5 p.m.-Close; Sat.-Sun. 7 p.m.-Close

http://dmlift.com

 

lime lounge logoLime Lounge

435 E. Grand Ave.

515-333-4643

Tues.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.limelounge.com

 

longest yard LOGOThe Longest Yard

122 Fifth St., WDM

515-274-1710

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Longest-Yard-Valley-Junction

 

lot 33Lot 33

3701 Ingersoll Ave.

515-490-9647

Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/lot33onIngersoll

 

lucky monkeyThe Lucky Monkey

102 Third St.

515-243-9338

Sun.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

facebook.com/luckymonkey.dm

 

mavericksMavericks

165 S. Jordan Creek Parkway #120, WDM

515-226-8407

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 8:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.maverickssportspub.com

 

SAMSUNGMickey Finn’s

7020 Douglas Ave.

515-270-8738

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

 

mickeys clive logoMickey’s Irish Pub Clive

1800 N.W. 86th St., Clive

515-252-0248

Mon.-Thurs. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

http://themickeysirishpub.com

 

Untitled-8Mickey’s Irish Pub Downtown

206 Third St.

515-288-8323

Mon.-Sun. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.mickeysirishpub.com

 

mickeys WAUKEE 2008 4cMickey’s Irish Pub Waukee

50 S.E. Laurel St., Waukee

515-987-9604

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.mickeyswaukee.com

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miss kittysMiss Kitty’s

8800 Swanson Blvd., Clive

515-327-1303

Wed.-Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

http://kittysusa.com

 

mulletslogoMullets

1300 S.E. First St.

515-244-1443

Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 7 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

www.mulletsdm.com

 

MurphysMurphy’s Bar and Grill

2675 100th St., Urbandale

515-334-0633

Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. during football season

www.murphysbarandgrill.com

 

OldchicagoOld Chicago

3800 Merle Hay Road

515-727-1300

Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

www.oldchicago.com

 

olde mainOlde Main

316 Main St., Ames

515-232-0553

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.oldemainbrewing.com

 

orlandos logo - bad orig 4cOrlondo’s Bar and Grill

5245 N.W. Beaver Drive

515-331-1922

Mon. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Tues.-Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.orlondos.com

 

other place pizza LOGOThe Other Place

12401 University Ave., WDM

515-225-9494

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://theotherplace.com

 

overtime bar LOGO 4c rusty and blackOvertime

4810 N.W. 86th St., Urbandale

515-727-4992

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://overtimepizza.com

 

Pal JoeysPal Joey’s

6224 Grand Ave.

515-224-9028

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

 

SAMSUNGPhil’s Bar and Grill

9956 Swanson Blvd., Clive

515-270-0959

Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m.-Close; Sat. 10 a.m.-Close; Sun. 11 a.m.-Close during football season

 

Pints Pub and PatioPints Pub and Patio

319 Court Ave.

515-282-9999

 

quintons bar & deli LOGOQuinton’s

506 E. Grand Ave.

515-244-6624

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://quintonsdm.com

 

RidgemontThe Ridgemont

7460 Hickman Road, Windsor Heights

515-276-0129

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/theridgemont

 

rock bottomRock Bottom

4508 University Ave., WDM

515-267-8900

Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

www.rockbottom.com

 

Ron's Dawg HouseRon’s Dawg House

2117 E University Ave.

515-266-8900

Daily 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

 

royal mile LOGO 4cRoyal Mile

210 Fourth St.

515-280-3771

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://royalmilebar.com

 

Rumors Bar and GrillRumors Bar and Grill

6500 Hickman Road

515-208-5663

Mon.-Wed. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 4 p.m.-12 a.m.

 

Saints PubSaints Pub + Patio

265 50th St., WDM

515-440-4703

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://saintspub.com

 

Sambettis (3)Sambetti’s

1430 Second Ave.

515-245-9780

Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/pages/Sambettis

 

ShortysShorty’s

208 Court Ave.

515-288-2536

Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://shortyssomewhatfancybar.com

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shotgun bettysShotgun Betty’s

5535 Mills Civic Parkway, WDM

515-309-0744

Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/shotgunbettys

 

TheStandardThe Standard

208 Third St.

515-243-4456

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.thestandarddsm.com

 

FINALSully’s Irish Pub

110 Grand Ave., WDM

515-255-9970

Mon.-Thurs. 3 p.m.-Close; Fri.-Sun. 12 p.m.-Close

http://sullysdesmoines.com

 

LOGOTally’s

2712 Beaver Ave.

515-279-2067

Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

http://tallysbeaverdale.com

 

Tapz PubTapz Pub

8450 Hickman Road, Clive

515-270-2266

Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Tues., Thurs. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.tapzpub.com

 

toads tavern LOGOToad’s Tavern

3002 State Ave.

515-264-8623

Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

www.toadstavern.net

 

PrintTonic

5535 Mills Civic Parkway, WDM

515-225-6755

Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

www.tonicbars.com

 

trophys 4c WHITE OUTLINETrophy’s

2701 Douglas Ave.

515-255-1111

Mon.-Tues. 3 p.m.-12 a.m.; Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

www.plazalanesdm.com/trophys

 

twin peaksTwin Peaks

4570 University Ave., WDM

515-528-8294

Sun.-Thur. 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.twinpeaksrestaurant.com

 

SAMSUNGThe Underground

500 E. Locust St.

515-243-4322

Mon.-Sat. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

http://dsmunderground.com

 

University Library CafeUniversity Library Café

3506 University Ave.

515-255-0433

Mon. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-12 a.m.

www.facebook.com/UniversityLibraryCafe

 

vaudeville mewsVaudeville Mews

212 Fourth St.

515-243-3270

Hours depend on concert or event schedule.

www.vaudevillemews.com

 

WellmansWellman’s

2920 Ingersoll Ave.

515-222-1100

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://wellmanspub.com

 

wellmanswestWellman’s West

597 Market St., WDM

515-222-1100

Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.

http://wellmanspub.com

 

whiskey dixxWhiskey Dixx

215 Fourth St.

515-288-3880

Sun.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/WhiskeyDixx

 

woolysWooly’s

504 E. Locust St.

515-244-0550

Hours depend on concert or event schedule

www.woolysdm.com

 

yankee clipperYankee Clipper

312 S.W. Maple St., Ankeny

515-964-9484

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

www.facebook.com/pages/Yankee-Clipper

 

ZimmsZimm’s Food and Spirits

3124 Ingersoll Ave.

515-277-9929

Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m. CV

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