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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 August 04, 2021in Belly Up To...

Boomer’s Bicycle Lounge

West Des Moines bar-and-restaurant combo offers TaKo and a huge, breezy patio. In a well-seasoned West Des Moines location, a new bar-and-restaurant combo made its debut earlier this spring. Boomer’s Bicycle [...]

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Posted June 02, 2021in Belly Up To...

TrailSide Tap

Start here. End here.  The High Trestle Trail is a popular 25-mile bike trail between Ankeny and Woodward. Along the trail, businesses offer thirsty and hungry bikers dining and drinking [...]

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Posted May 05, 2021in Belly Up To...

The Bartender’s Handshake

Stroll into The Bartender’s Handshake on Ingersoll, and it feels like you’re going back in time. It’s almost secretive, as there’s no neon sign out front. It resembles a well-worn [...]

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Posted March 31, 2021in Belly Up To...

Beaver Tap

The Beaver Tap is located in the heart of Beaverdale, and its building has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for more than half of a century. As different bars [...]

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

Warehouse Pub

When seeking out a bar for Belly Up, I was intrigued with the name of the bar, the Warehouse Pub. Was this warehouse similar to big box stores that are [...]

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

Kinship Brewing Company

Imagine a place where you can bring your dog, park your bicycle, eat fresh food, view original artwork, enjoy live music and drink craft beers, all in one location. Look [...]

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

The Hall

In West Des Moines’ Valley Junction, a 120-year-old former railcar building houses a three-for-one treat. It includes The Hall, a beerhouse; the Foundry, a distilling company; and a community food [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Belly Up To...

Ken’s — a not-so-secret speakeasy

As I walked down the dark staircase to Des Moines’ newest speakeasy, I expected a muscular guy decked in a pinstripe suit with a cocked fedora hat, questioning me, ‘What’s [...]

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