Mars Cafe

Taps: 2 | Bottles: 15
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
heemer77  (227) Urbandale, Iowa | December 4, 2010
Nice little coffee shop near the Drake campus. The beer selection is bottled only. Some Iowa goodies as well as a few other random craft brews. The coffee is nice. The best beers I have seen in the Dogtown neighborhood.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 2/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
coco72  (10) , Iowa | August 9, 2009
They do not have a very wide selection of beer but it was within walking distance of Drake University.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers  (75) Pouring Bus, Iowa | February 4, 2009| Updated May 14, 2012
A very good coffee shop that has a small but well thought out beer selection. They’re giving some serious preference to Peace Tree these days & have two of their beers on tap. Although I’m not entirely sure how the taps work, sometimes you can get a pint... sometimes you can’t. It’s no big deal though, you can always get bottled beer and there are always a few things worth drinking. The food is good, mostly Panini and bagels and a few baked goods. But everything is well thought out, well prepared, and the quality is very high. The coffee is excellent; the decor is great and features a rotating display by local artists. Plus you can always grab a good beer, so if you go to Drake/Teach at Drake/ live in Des Moines and want a break from booze-centric places to grab a beer, this is a great place to go.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • OVERALL 12/20
theisti  (893) Kansas | October 26, 2006| Updated September 9, 2014
UPDATED Winter 2009. The selection has been decreased here, down to about 11 bottles. They still have local Iowa beers, so if you are passing through may not be a bad choice. Otherwise, this is mostly a great coffee shop with DELICIOUS panini sandwiches.

ORIGINAL FALL 2006. I love this place. Excellent coffee, great scene, weird cosmonaut theme, it has it all! The beer selection was not huge (20 different bottles when I was in), but what they have is well selected, and changes often.

64 = ★★ (Just ok)

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