Meet your football family at Cheap Seats Sports Bar9/23/2015
The official start of fall was Sept. 23, but many people probably considered Thursday, Sept. 17 as the beginning of the season. Why? Football. The NFL season kicked off with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots, thus ushering in the new season for sports bars all around the metro.
Sports bars hardly have an off-season, thanks to year-round sports and loyal fans, but football season is another playing field in itself. Fans camp out for hours to watch their team with crowds of other sports fans — a much more entertaining alternative to watching the game at home. Not to mention, there’s plenty of beer to drink through the sorrows or the celebrations.
Cheap Seats Sports Bar is exactly what its name implies: a sports bar with cheap seats to the games you actually want to watch. It’s the place to go for college football, although you might want to steer clear if you’re a diehard Cyclone fan. If there’s one thing to know before heading out to watch the game at Cheap Seats, it’s that it is definitely run by Hawk fans.
The Hawkeye bar offers game day specials including $2 domestic bottles, $3 Fireball shots and free food while it lasts during every University of Iowa game. No matter what the outcome of the game, there is really no losing for those who make their way to Cheap Seats.
Game day at Cheap Seats looks more like a tailgate party than a bar. For the Iowa vs. Iowa State game, it was a potluck-style menu, with guests bringing in their special dish to share. While this might seem strange for a restaurant, it’s all perfectly normal to the Cheap Seats family, where friendships are built and memories are made.
In case you need more proof of the unique atmosphere here, one of the reviews on the bar’s Facebook page — which overwhelmingly lean toward five stars — reads, “Great place to go during football season. A lot of fun, and everybody is like family.” The bartenders are well known by customers and often cited as the best in town and the reason for coming back again and again.
Now that’s the type of community you want to provide as a local team sports bar, bringing all the comfort of a home-based viewing party with the convenience and ease of an establishment. Plus, you’re much less likely to run out of beer.
Cheap Seats isn’t just about watching football, though. It also has darts — though you might have to wait for your turn to play — and karaoke at 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Drink specials are offered on weekdays from the time it opens (3 p.m.) to 7 p.m. and include 2-for-1 wells, bottles, cans and draws. Four hours of drinking double for the price of a single? It’s no wonder Cheap Seats has so many repeat visitors.
The biggest season for sports is underway, so grab that jersey and join the party at Cheap Seats. You’ll be welcomed with open arms into the football family. CV
Cheap Seats Sports Bar
2301 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines, 262-2833
Mon. – Thurs. 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Fri. noon – 2 a.m., Sat. – Sun. before college and NFL football games
Happy hour: 3-7 p.m., weekdays