El Bait Shop | Des Moines, Iowa
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El Bait Shop
Excellent based on 27 ratings
Type: Bar

200 SW 2nd St
Des Moines, Iowa United States 50309 [ print map ]
515 284 1970


Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 - 2:00 AM; Kitchen ítil 10:00 PM

Mayor: CanIHave4Beers (54) | Affiliated user(s) here CanIHave4Beers | Taps: 106 | Bottles: 100

El Bait Shop

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Beer Available At El Bait Shop (arranged by most recent)
Toppling Goliath Twisted Galaxy 95, Renaissance Elemental Porter 98, Deschutes Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale 96, Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room (2011-) 99, Buxton Rednik Stout 93, Clown Shoes Muffin Top 96, Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 100, Grassroots Arctic Saison 99, HaandBryggeriet Odinís Tipple 99, Tallgrass 8-Bit Pale Ale 91, Madhouse Barleywine , New American Freedom IPA , Albia Black Betty , New American 1789 Porter , Clown Shoes Bombay Berserker 89, Exile Rauchbier , Prairie Artisan Ales Merica 99, Clown Shoes Galactica IPA 97, Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine 100, Confluence Milk Man Milk Stout
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27 reviews for El Bait Shop
 Ambiance  75%
 Service  68%
 Selection  86%
 Food  69%
 Value  73%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410  (14) Georgia | January 10, 2014
Stopped by here on a recent trip to Des Moines on a tip from a friend. Walking into the place, I was immediately impressed with the tap wall and bottle selection. This contributed to a cool ambiance, especially with all of the vintage bar / beer decor. Service was good. Bartender was knowedgeable and attentive. Did not have food. Prices were a little high, especially on the bottled selection. They wanted approximately a 25% premium over what you would pay at a liquor store or online for the same beer. Overall, my trip here was great. Had a good time and tried quite a few new beers. Definitely a must stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43  (104) Robbinsdale, Minnesota | December 1, 2013
Visited with family over Thanksgiving weekend. Obviously an excellent selection of local, rare and interesting beers I had never heard of. Fresh IPAs all over the menu, good pricing and the food looked very good, but I did not eat. Really not enough good things to say about it!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
311Lebowski  (1) Iowa | October 25, 2013
If I could make it downtown Des Moines regularly, there isnít another place I would rather frequent
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
coharahawk  (73) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | October 23, 2013
I canít believe I just now made it here! We visited on a Friday night, and the place was packed. We ended up finding a spot at the bar though. The crowd was mostly young and way too much Bud Light was being ordered given the selection. Despite the crowd, the service was quick and bartenders were knowledgeable. The selection was better than I expected, probably the best Iíve seen in the state. A must-stop if youíre in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
RobertDale  (169) Lansing, Kansas | September 29, 2013
Stopped by for lunch on a recent trip to Des Moines and had a great time. Bartender was friendly and knew his stuff. Food was decent and priced well. The tap and bottle selections were both excellent. Was able to buy a couple of bottles to take out. A must stop for sure!!
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
DiarmaidBHK  (720) Pennsylvania | August 5, 2013
Located next door to the high life lounge which is a hoot in and of itself, this place is Full Court Pressís American craft beer bar with a few Evil Twins and Mikkellers thrown in. The tap list has multiple taps from places like Toppling Goliath, Boulevard, Founders, Bells, Goose Island, stone, Stillwater, and Deschutes. And you can also take your beers over to,highlife and vice versa. I wish I could have spent longer there because I feel itís one of the best beer bars in America.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
theLBD  (5) , | May 13, 2013
Good place to meet up with friends
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
KAF  (100) Coralville, Iowa | February 6, 2012
Lots of beers to choose from, but not enough outstanding brews to make a dent in the wallet. The food is decent and the service is average. Probably the best beer selection in the state. Atmosphere is very laid back and the interior decorating is fun. This is a must stop place (at least for Iowans) if you are in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Abide  (2) , | December 8, 2011
Des Moines has needed a place like this for ages. A wall full of taps with an excellent array of different styles of beer. Donít be afraid to ask for a sample if you are unsure about what to order.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkLab  (1) Des Moines, Iowa | August 29, 2011
A whole lot of taps, but too many mediocre selections clutter the field, that said there is nowhere else in Des Moines (iowa for that matter) to find a bigger beer list. If you know the bartender than you get great service, otherwise... good luck! The atmosphere is a bit cluttered, but fun & very beer themed. The food is decent, taco/bbq/bar grub stuff, but just ok. it is cheap to eat here though. All in all, a good bar to grab a beer with some friends.

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