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    Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Does one really stand out? I'm talking about a place that as soon as you walk in the door, you'd feel out of place if you were a black and gold backer.

    The Hawk's have The Front Row on University and between the flag and the huge hawk out front, it is pretty clear where that bar stands.

    Do we have a similar place? I know Johnny's HOF on Court (which is a great venue) has the gamewatches, but it doesn't shout "ISU!" to someone walking by or walking in (unless a game happens to be on) . I was under the impression that when Tom Zmolek moved People's from Ames to Des Moines he would be creating a Cyclone hangout. That hasn't happen yet. I'm not sure it will.

    Do we truly have our "own" place? If not, do we need to get some of us DSM 'Clone fans together and start a place? I know I've always kicked around the idea of opening up a bar and would love to both add to the DSM nightlife scene (which BTW has greatly increased in the last 4-5 years with the rebirth of downtown) as well as do something to support my beloved Cyclones.

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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    the Nest in Johnston?


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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Trophies is the official Cyclone Club game watch location. Would say that is a pretty friendly spot as I've watched several games there.


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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    I haven't been to The Nest in a few years, but from my experience there it was a bunch of yokels there and not really as big of a Cyclone bar as they tried to make it out to be.



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    I have been wanting to open a Cyclone Rival to the Front Row for a while now...

    always thought it would be fun to play pranks on them and what not...



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Palmer View Post
    the Nest in Johnston?
    The fact that you have a question mark, pretty much answers the question.

    No one would ever say - is The Front Row a hawkeye bar?



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    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I have been wanting to open a Cyclone Rival to the Front Row for a while now...

    always thought it would be fun to play pranks on them and what not...

    your brother should back you....tell him it would be a good investment.

    now just to pick a location.....


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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    Trophies is the official Cyclone Club game watch location. Would say that is a pretty friendly spot as I've watched several games there.
    Let me clarify. I'm not talking "pretty friendly". I'm talking obvious, maybe even to the point of obnoxiously, a Cyclone bar.

    I drive by Trophy's to work everyday. I see volleyball nets and fake palm trees.

    When I drive by the Front Row, I see a Hawk Flag and a huge hawkeye statue(sculpture?). That IS commitment. This is the type of place WE need.


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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

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    your brother should back you....tell him it would be a good investment.

    now just to pick a location.....
    We have talked about it... It would be best to take over an existing place rather than start from scratch...



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by travman23 View Post
    Trophies is the official Cyclone Club game watch location. Would say that is a pretty friendly spot as I've watched several games there.
    Good food, TVs, etc., but doesn't scream ISU when you walk in. It does scream "Bowling Alley."


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    Quote Originally Posted by GeronimusClone View Post
    Good food, TVs, etc., but doesn't scream ISU when you walk in. It does scream "Bowling Alley."
    Exactly!



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Let me clarify. I'm not talking "pretty friendly". I'm talking obvious, maybe even to the point of obnoxiously, a Cyclone bar.

    That IS commitment. This is the type of place WE need.
    Then I think the answer is NO... There are none...



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Here's a potential 'regular' if you were to open such an establishment.

    A buddy and I have tossed the idea around, which is fun, but the resources are another thing since we are both in our mid 20s. I think it could be successful.



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    We have talked about it... It would be best to take over an existing place rather than start from scratch...
    There is a perfect location in Altoona on Adventureland Drive directly across the street from Praire Meadows & Adventureland. Godfathers pizza used to be there but closed down. I honestly think the location would be awesome due to all the out of towners that come through there to visit PM and A-land. Plus they have that huge Bass Pro Shop that is under construcion down the street.



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    Re: Best Cyclone Friendly Bar in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by capitalcityguy View Post
    Let me clarify. I'm not talking "pretty friendly". I'm talking obvious, maybe even to the point of obnoxiously, a Cyclone bar.

    I drive by Trophy's to work everyday. I see volleyball nets and fake palm trees.
    Well define friendly for us... All I know is whenever I go there they will go out of their way to make sure Cyclone games are shown and everything while you are there is enjoyable. Granted last time I was there the Cowboys game took precident on the big screen over the MBB game against Jacksonville St. but usually a fair ammount of Cyclone fans there for most games.

    If you are looking for something obnoxius like a big Cy out front or a bar littered in Cyclone stuff you probably won't find one in Des Moines. If you are looking for a place that is Cyclone friendly and will always have the game on then Trophies is one of the best places to go.


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