El Bait Shop | Des Moines, Iowa
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El Bait Shop
Excellent based on 34 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 (55) | 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)
Mikkeller Spontanbeetroot 91, Mikkeller SpontanDoubleElderflower 89, Mikkeller SpontanCherryFrederiksdal 98, Clown Shoes Ride The Lion 96, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout 100, Firetrucker Pumper Truck Porter , Toppling Goliath Tsunami Pale Ale 85, De Molen Hemel & Aarde (Heaven & Earth) 99, Blackthorn Cider (6.0% Export Version) 11, Firetrucker Grizzly Stout , New Belgium Fat Tire 48, Green Flash Hop Odyssey Citra Session IPA 96, Lagunitas India Pale Ale 95, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Oatmeal 99, Summit SŠga IPA 96, Exile Beatnik Sour , West O Smoked Red 45, Great Divide Lasso IPA 71, Lion Bridge Workmanís Compensation , Bells Planet Series: Mars - The Bringer of War 99
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34 reviews for El Bait Shop
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  70%
 Selection  86%
 Food  68%
 Value  73%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  90%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
fooferjw  (1) , | December 12, 2014
bottle prices are very over inflated staff is friendly good tap choices. food is as expected for bar
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican  (53) @ $13.99, Iowa | November 30, 2014
Big ass dumpy looking pile of garbage that wears the oddness of the building well. Gigantic tap list with a focus on the esoteric and local/regional. Tons of bottles as well if thatís your thing. Reasonable prices. Plates of food on the cheap. Root beer/jager shooters are not 2 be missed. Pretty tame walk in cooler if you get tuckered out. Plenty chill.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (606) Burnaby, British Columbia | September 21, 2014
Right downtown with plenty of parking. Eclectic with a huge patio. Live music that is appropriate, this night was a very good hillbilly band. Matched the ambiance. Service was great and horrible. I was ignored by some, in favor of their friends and doted on by others. Beer list is impressive with very good pricing. Samplers are a bit pricey, so just drink cheapish pints. Open very late which is also a bonus. A must.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz  (63) Erin, Wisconsin | August 16, 2014
Awesome tap selection. Great bottle and can selection too. Menu looked good but I didnít eat. Good laid back service.
theisti  (551) Leawood, Kansas | August 14, 2014| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited for dinner and a beer on a Wednesday. I was there right before an Iowa Cubs game (who apparently play right across the street) so the place was loud and boisterous with a pre game crowd. Ambiance is well designed and clean ďdive barĒ feel along with several huge patios. Service at the bar was efficient, particularly given how busy they were. The beer selection is truly impressive, with a wide variety of styles and many harder to find beers - which can lead to some high prices. I appreciated how they featured Iowa beers in bold on the menu. They also offer beers to go and some beer flights. Neat place, though it was quick, I had a great visit. From a food perspective, certainly bar food - though the Philly style nachos I had were tasty. I will certainly try to hit this place again.

88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)

I only use the total score, not the component parts.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | May 7, 2014
This place ROCKS!. Super cute staff is well versed in the animal kingdom, particuarly Pallasís Cates and whales. Half a dozen TG on tap along with a shit load of other stuff. A bunch of Danish stuff rews in the cooler (To Ol, Mikkeller, Evil Twin). So many goodies on tap that it was hard to choose. jkjkjkjjkkjljmkjk, I went with TGLOL. CIB one offs occasionally offered. One of the best places to grab a brew in town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire  (170) St. Marys, Ohio | April 19, 2014
This place gives "and a whole bunch of crazy crap on the walls" an entire new meaning. Tons of beer stuff with lots of other random things. And the beer list is extensive. Lots of import bottles, lots of Iowa locals on tap, and a bunch of other craft beers you donít see every where. There is a bar food menu but i didnít eat. This is the beer place in Des Moines.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410  (14) Houston, Texas | 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  (109) 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

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