El Bait Shop - Named one of 33 Best Beer Bars in the US

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  1. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

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  2. ISUME

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    I hate the layout of that website.
     
  3. ZJohnson

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    Have been to one other bar on the list...Taste of Tops down here in Tempe. Amazing and unique bar but El Bait is still my fav bar.
     
  4. 2020cy

    2020cy Well-Known Member

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    It's just so damn hard to decide what to order though.
     
  5. Clonefan32

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    El Bait Shop is a great bar. I just wish there was a little more space, although that would detract from the cool kind of divey, kind of nice feel it has going now.
     
  6. JP4CY

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    It makes me wonder how much whoever owns the land to the NW of El Bait/High Life want? There's been a sign there for a long time that says up to the whole block is available to purchase.
    Downtown is booming.
     
  7. dmclone

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    So lucky to have Full Court Press in Des Moines.
     
  8. cybsball20

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    One of the best things about El Bait is that the bar staff (more so than the wait staff) is VERY knowledgable and has input on every beer on tap. If you tell them some things you like they will almost always steer you to a great beer and even offer a free sample to make sure.
     
  9. AmesHawk

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    Very true. They have great people behind the bar, just wish they would add one more person back there (not to mention 2 or 3 more service staff) during busy times. There has been quite a few times that I have opted out of an extra beer or two due to time constraints or just not bothering with the hassle. And I think I have been pretty lucky with service there, I've seen others wait close to 15-20 for a beer.

    Still love the bar though, such a great selection and will continue to get better with Surly and Lagunitas coming soon.
     
  10. Al_4_State

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    I've honestly yet to see a bar anywhere that can touch it's selection.

    I was at a place in Dallas last year (the Green Man, or something like that) that was close.
     
  11. dmclone

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    And they don't put crap beer in the mix just to inflate their numbers. They have a great selection of all styles. Although I think I saw Miller Lite on tap a few weeks ago. They probably got tired of "Do you have something that tastes like Miller Lite?"
     
  12. capitalcityguy

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    ...and you won't. The article claims they have the largest selection of beer (between bottled and taps) in the country.
     
  13. Clonefan94

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    I will say though, what I love about El Bait shop, that a lot of other so called Beer bars don't do, is offer Beer flights for you to try out different beers, without having to constantly ask for samples.

    I've even mentioned it to a bar I was at here in Illinois, they constantly brag about their 50+ Beers on tap, but their menu is all over the place. I told them they should set up flights of English Beers, German, Stouts, IPA, etc. Guy told me I was crazy, no one would go for it.

    Whenever I go to a place where I don't know their beer selection, I always get a flight if it's offered.
     
  14. NorthCyd

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    Yeah, the actual bar doesn't blow you away. Just a whole lot of beer. The foods decent as well.
     
  15. ianoconnor

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    On that list, I've been to Hopcat in GR & The Blind Tiger in NYC. El Bait easily beats them both. Very thankful to have them here. And the fact it is so bike friendly/accessible makes it that much better.
     
  16. Al_4_State

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    They had a Bud Light tap for a long time, for this exact reason.
     
  17. nwiafan

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    I've been to a couple of the others on this including Hop Leaf and Tapwerks in OKC. Hop Leaf is fantastic and is a great place to check out after a Cubs game. I was not as impressed with Tapwerks however. They did not have a great selection, primarily due to Oklahoma's outdated beer laws. It was a cool space to hang out in though in between sessions at NCAA Wrestling this year.

    No one beats the shop though, the selection and variety is just amazing! Keg Stand is a close second in Des Moines and is usually easier to get a beer at with the crowds being downtown.
     
  18. Al_4_State

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    The only other one I've been to was Falling Rock in Denver. It's very good (you can get Pliny), but I definitely wouldn't call it better across the board than Bait Shop.

    The food might be though. Their burger was killer. Of course, Bait Shop has damn solid food too.

    The critique of Tapwerks doesn't surprise me. Outside of Prairie beers (which are great), it's really tough to get good beer in Oklahoma.
     
  19. dmclone

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    It was probably bud light that I was thinking of, I consider them the same beer.
     
  20. brett108

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    I've been to Tapwerks in OKC which is also on the list. They had over 600 varieties when you included in the obscure imports they had in the cellar.
     

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