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

    Quote Originally Posted by sunnysideup View Post
    Parlor City is the El Bait Shop of Eastern Iowa.



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

    Do they let kids in to eat? Love going there but rarely go since we now have a 2 year old. I assume they do, but you never know.


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

    I've also heard the Oakland Road Hy Vee liquor store in CR has a fantastic selection, as the manager there is a huge beer guy. True?



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

    I've heard a lot of good things about Red's Alehouse in North Liberty. Anyone been?



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

    Quote Originally Posted by laminak View Post
    Parlor City is a bar/restaurant in the New Bo area across the street from the New Bo Market. It isn't a microbrewer, however they probably have the best selections of beer in town.
    Thanks. Just Googled it as well. Impressive. May have to take a weekend to CR later this summer.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    I totally dig the notion of El Bait not offering a bunch of Miller Light/Bud Light place fillers. My local watering hole in CR, 3rd Base, has those options. Now I understand it's just smart business to offer what people drink, but it drives me nuts to be sitting there drinking one if their delicious in house brews (or even their visitors) and some chump orders a Bud Light. That's not what you come to these bars for, go to BDubs.

    Speaking of BDubs, the one hereis being remodeled and they're adding 10 more taps behind the bar. I just know they're going to be filled with garbage, like Miller Fortune. I hope I'm wrong tho.

    I'm pretty sure that Bruno has said that Coors Light and Miller Lite still outsell anything they have more than 2-1. Sad really...



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

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    I've also heard the Oakland Road Hy Vee liquor store in CR has a fantastic selection, as the manager there is a huge beer guy. True?
    One of my friends, who is a big beer guy, raved about the Oakland Rd Hy-Vee liquor store a few weeks ago. I'd say it is probably true.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    I've heard a lot of good things about Red's Alehouse in North Liberty. Anyone been?
    My wife and I tried it a few weeks ago. We were impressed. They had a lot of different beers on their menu and we didn't see too much of the stardard fare.

    The food there, though, was excellent. It was a step up from typical bar/restaurant food. They're known for burgers, however their chicken was amazing--just melted right in my mouth.

    Getting a table can be tricky on busy nights. Last fall on a Sat night, we had at least a two hour wait, so we went somewhere else. We finally got in during the Memorial Day weekend and had no wait issues. You can (should) call ahead.

    They have a restaurant, bar, and outside patio areas. People were dressed up down to wearing bicycle attire and everything in between.

    My wife and I loved this place and would go back.



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

    Isn't the guy who started Reds in North Liberty the same guy who is doing the one in Solon?



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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
    I'm pretty sure that Bruno has said that Coors Light and Miller Lite still outsell anything they have more than 2-1. Sad really...
    What the hell is wrong with people?



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

    Quote Originally Posted by theantiAIRBHG View Post
    What the hell is wrong with people?
    Beer is icky.



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

    Quote Originally Posted by brett108 View Post
    Bull crap man. See post below or read their article in the link. I doubt El Bait Shop has 600 varieties. I assume you were drinking Coors or something of the like? Plus, the beer laws in OKC only make it difficult to sell stronger beers at convenience stores. Their bars with liquor licenses have IPA that flirt with the 10% mark, so your post is simply full of fail.
    Easy bro, gave you my opinion. I was not drinking Coors, I was looking for solid IPA's and they were lacking. El Bait beats Tapwerks in my honest opinion, the selection there was not up to par with El Bait. They had some obscure beers, but nothing outstanding to me. Each man has his own opinion and you apparently have a very strong opinion favoring Tapwerks and I do not. Let's agree to disagree or you can flex your internet muscles and feel like a tough guy.



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

    I have no doubt it's a good bar. However, My buddy and I went there after a Cubs game and both got the daily special. We both got food poisoning. I chalked it up to "**** Happens". I would still go back.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by RubyClone View Post
    Big Grove in Solon. Really solid beer and I've only eaten there once, but it was good. They've been doing a few partner beers with Confluence.

    We tried Lion's Bridge as few weeks ago. Ehh. They only serve appetizers and the kitchen was closed when we got there (like 9:00). We're more IPA drinkers, and they are more Chech/German - pilsner/lagers it seemed. But they were ok.

    Parlor City?
    This is a fair assessment. I'm more of a IPA guy as well, but I still enjoyed my time going there.

    Overall it's just nice to see Cedar Rapids in a bit of a revival right now with that whole New Bo area going on. I'm hoping that more of the new upstart restaurants and bars can get their wait staff training down pat, because many are just plain awful right now. It's taken a long time for Parlor City to just become marginal.



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