El Bait Shop | Des Moines, Iowa
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El Bait Shop
Excellent based on 39 ratings
Type: Bar

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

elbaitshop.com | twitter | food menu | beer menu

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

Mayor: CanIHave4Beers (35) | Affiliated user(s) here CanIHave4Beers, tmc515 | Taps: 180 | Bottles: 60+

El Bait Shop

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Beer Available At El Bait Shop (arranged by most recent)
Surly Darkness 100, Prairie Prairie Gold 98, Siren Calypso Berliner Weisse - Mosaic 95, The Monarchy Methusalem Johannisburger 93, Exile G Funk Gose , Bells Traverse City Whiskey Barrel Aged Porter , Central Waters Call Me Old Fashion , Exile Beatnik Sour 88, Stillwater Contemporary Works - Yacht 90, Stillwater Readymade - Vacuum 90, West O Coco Stout , Against the Grain Bhretto Blaster 62, Boulevard Heavy Lifting IPA 90, Mikkeller Texas Ranger Barrel Aged (Eagle Rare Edition) 99, Stillwater Sensory Series v.3 - Tennis ’Night Vision’ 95, Surly Devil’s Work 88, Prairie Limo Tint 82, Surly Witch’s Tower 78, Off Color Biere De Guarde Dog 82, Fuller’s Vintage Ale 2013 96
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39 reviews for El Bait Shop
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  74%
 Selection  88%
 Food  70%
 Value  74%
 Overall  83%
 Rating  91%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Strebs  (211) St. Louis, Missouri | July 24, 2015
Very impressive selection on tap and in bottles...the drafts are reasonably priced, but the bottles are prohibitively expensive. Food was better than expected...tending towards the higher quality end of the spectrum for bar food, but still bar food. I appreciate dive bars, but it looks like the owners of El Bait tried too hard and it comes off as a bit too contrived. I was hoping to finally try a Toppling Goliath, but they didn’t have any on tap. Nonetheless, I was very pleased with my choices.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Atom  (167) Minneapolis, Minnesota | May 23, 2015
Pretty cool spot, nice to say hello briefly to CanIHave4Beers. Damn near as many taps as I’ve ever seen any where. Cool divey backyard feel. Wish I’d have gone early as it was nuts when I went around 9pm. Will revisit this place next time I’m in town.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
oryansirishpub  (6) Saint Paul Park, Minnesota | April 15, 2015
Beer heaven. I was astounded on the selection of beer they have on tap and in bottle form. It was almost too much as I was on the road traveling and could only stop for 1 beer. They have a build your own 6, 12 and 24 packs to go.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb  (255) San Diego, California | January 21, 2015| Updated February 1, 2015
Son point fort c’est sa sélection de bouteilles. Les lignes de fûts sont également bien charnues avec une forte tendance pour des produits locaux qui m’étaient souvent totalement inconnus. L’ambiance est un peu superficielle par contre, du moins au moment de mon passage. Le décor bric à brac jure avec le snobisme du serveur. J’imagine que c’est pas toujours comme ça et en été, avec la terrasse, ça doit être pas mal plus mémorable.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
theothermatt  (44) Lakewood, Colorado | December 25, 2014
Stopped by on our way through De Moines. Their tap and bottle selection is almost too large and hard to pick something out. I was happy to see some Toppling Goliath on tap, and amazed to see they sold bottles to go. Food was Mexican grub food. Tater tots were fantastic. It’s a must stop, without a doubt.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
fooferjw  (6) , | 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
DietPepsican  (55) @ $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 that’s 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  (798) 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  (65) Erin, Wisconsin | August 16, 2014
Awesome tap selection. Great bottle and can selection too. Menu looked good but I didn’t eat. Good laid back service.
theisti  (621) 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 “dive bar” 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)

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