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Posted June 01, 2022in Belly Up To...

The Cellar at White Oak

It’s 10 a.m. Sunday morning and, feeling discouraged, you realize the weekend is just about over. But wait — there’s always an excuse for a Sunday fun day when you [...]

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Posted May 04, 2022in Belly Up To...

Stevie C’s

After visiting Stevie C’s half a dozen times with friends, I suggested writing a Belly Up column on this dive bar-ish place. My friend cautioned, “No! We don’t want people [...]

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Posted April 06, 2022in Belly Up To...

Secret Admirer

A century-old boiler room in downtown Des Moines is the latest to become a cocktail and patio bar — and it’s the envy of local downtown historic developers. After Des [...]

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Posted March 02, 2022in Belly Up To...

Pots & Shots

At Pots & Shots in West Des Moines, you won’t find any weeds in the multitude of plants in this unique cocktail bar/plant store. However, you’ll find a variety of [...]

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Posted February 02, 2022in Belly Up To...

Blue Shark Ale House

When looking to watch the game at a neighborhood sports bar, you want more than ESPN scores scrolling and play-by-play action on the big screen. You want it all — [...]

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Posted January 05, 2022in Belly Up To...

New Northwestern Cocktail and Wine Bar

Take a stroll along the downtown streets of East Village and peek into the tall windows at the New Northwestern Cocktail & Wine Bar located at 321 E. Walnut. Inside, [...]

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Posted December 01, 2021in Belly Up To...

The Garden

New location with a spotlight on dinner theater After 36 years, the Garden Nightclub moved from its old warehouse location on S.E. Fourth Street to a new location in East [...]

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Posted November 03, 2021in Belly Up To...


Multi-level bar reportedly cost $5 million to build, and it boasts a spectacular backdrop of downtown Des Moines. Location, location, location. Or is it all about the view? For the [...]

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Posted October 06, 2021in Belly Up To...

Caffrey’s Sports Pub

The food menu and drinks go beyond typical bar food. Waukee is one of the fastest-growing cities in Iowa. Building houses and schools are essential ingredients to handle this explosive boom, [...]

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Posted September 01, 2021in Belly Up To...

Ambro’s Roadhouse

Take a road trip to De Soto for food, drinks, music and a sense of familiarity. Do you ever walk into a new place that seems familiar, but you swear you’ve [...]

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