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    Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    What are some of your favorite watering holes in the area? I wouldn't mind checking out a new bar or 2 that I've never been to. As of lately, I've been enjoying a few cold ones over at The Ridgemont on Hickman. They always have good deals such as $4 40oz's on Fridays and the bartending staff are pretty easy on the eyes.


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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Before my wife and I got married, she lived off 50th in WDM. Once in a while I would head up the road to Bradleys (just off 235). Never really knew it was there but I really liked that place.



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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    For strictly beer drinking, I find that it's hard to beat El Bait Shop. 100 beers on tap is pretty hard to beat.



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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Red Monk.



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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Royal Mile, Bait Shop, Hessen Haus.



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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    When Charlie's Filling Station is rocking, it's hard to beat that atmosphere around DM.


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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    Red Monk.
    Speaking of the Red Monk and Royal Mile, I've been to these places a ton but a few weeks ago I ate there for the first time. I wasn't expecting much but surprisingly the food was really good. I had the steak and Guinness pie.



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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    ^ Yes, the Royal Mile has excellent food. I love to stop there during lunch since I work in the Capital Square building.



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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Mickey's Irish Pub (downtown) as well as the usual suspects (Royal Mile/Red Monk, High Life Lounge/El Bait Shop). If wan
    ting to step it up a bit, Centro's bar is nice.....although not a lot of seating.


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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Overall, the Full Court Press bars are all really good when you're downtown.

    Outside of downtown, I really like the following:
    -Cooney's
    -Ridgemont
    -Alpine Tap
    -Locust Tap
    -Greenwood Lounge
    -Carl's


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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    Overall, the Full Court Press bars are all really good when you're downtown.

    Outside of downtown, I really like the following:
    -Cooney's
    -Ridgemont
    -Alpine Tap
    -Locust Tap
    -Greenwood Lounge
    -Carl's
    I love Carl's! The Gas Lamp is a good bar too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyhart View Post
    I love Carl's! The Gas Lamp is a good bar too.
    The Gas Lamp is solid too. Since it's so new, I always forget about it.

    Only negative of Carl's is that one of the bartenders is almost always wearing an ANF shirt.


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    Re: Best Bars In Des Moines/Ames

    Two downtown bars are owned by the brother and cousin of a walk-on football player, Jace Hawley. He plays kickoff and punt team. They are Beer Can Alley (old sinner and saints) and Heroes.



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    Hessen Haus
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