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Drink Up Sports Bar wants to change the game


A bit of nostalgia and a lot of hometown love has become the start for Drink Up Sports Bar and the Urbandale community.

Drink Up Sports Bar and Grill has made many changes since the opening of the bar in November.

Drink Up Sports Bar and Grill has made many changes since the opening of the bar in November.

Will Wynkoop and Mellissa Murphy opened Drink Up on Nov. 6, in hopes of restoring the image of that part of town. Their hopes for the bar are to be different from other sports bars in the area and from the Euro dance club that once stood in its place. They want Drink Up to bring the area up again.Wynkoop and Murphy both live in Urbandale and have for many years.

The bar now features multiple televisions, including a 100-inch projection screen always showing the biggest game, fight or match. Wynkoop and Murphy are in the process of restoring the building, from repainting to bringing in new chalkboard tables, chairs, booths and pool tables.

A wide variety of drinks such as craft and domestic beers and a bar filled with vodka, whiskey and rum are also new additions Wynkoop and Murphy brought in with their ownership.

“We sort of have a motto for our happy hour,” said Wynkoop. “It’s easy as 1, 2, 3. $1 off domestic beer and wells, $2 off wine and $3 off martinis.”

The Urbandale community doesn’t have a shortage of sports bars, or even new sports bars for that matter. Drink Up plans to set itself apart through a good menu and an open idea of what a sports bar can be.

Featuring karaoke every Tuesday and Friday night and trivia night every Thursday, Drink Up has a place for anyone and everyone. The new bar is also featuring a Wine and Canvas night on Jan. 12, and the owners plan to begin pool and dart leagues.

Wynkoop and Murphy said they think a broad focus will bring in more customers, but they know the importance of sticking to their original intentions, too.

“We will cater to customers, but we need to keep our focus on our initial dream for the bar,” said Wynkoop.

Tables and a dining area now cover the dance floor, but with different groups and customers coming in, Drink Up can mold the bar’s vibe to customers’ needs. Wynkoop and Murphy are making decisions now about using the dance floor more in the New Year.

Wynkoop and Murphy put a big focus on their menu at Drink Up. Urbandale does have quite a few sports bars in the area, but by focusing on a good menu, Drink Up will stand out. Pizza, sandwiches and wraps are just a few of the reasonably priced options for customers. Nothing on the menu is more than $10, and that’s a price that is hard to beat in the metro.

“We wanted to make sure we were serving good food at the bar. A lot of other sports bars don’t serve food or don’t serve good food. We wanted to change that and be different,” said Wynkoop.

The bar is open until midnight every night, making it a great bar to watch the game, a first stop for a night out or to stop in after a long day at work. CV

Drink Up Sports Bar and Grill

7625 Hickman Road
Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. – midnight
Saturday – Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – midnight
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday, 3-7 p.m.

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