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

    ...in other news, the sun will rise in the east tomorrow morning.

    El Bait Shop is definitely a Des Moines' gem for anyone who loves beer.


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

    I hate the layout of that website.



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

    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.



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

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



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

    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.



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

    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.


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    So lucky to have Full Court Press in Des Moines.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    It's just so damn hard to decide what to order though.
    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.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    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.
    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.


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

    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.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    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.
    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?"



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    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    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.
    ...and you won't. The article claims they have the largest selection of beer (between bottled and taps) in the country.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2020cy View Post
    It's just so damn hard to decide what to order though.
    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.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Clonefan32 View Post
    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.
    Yeah, the actual bar doesn't blow you away. Just a whole lot of beer. The foods decent as well.



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

    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.



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