El Bait Shop

Des Moines, Iowa

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A bait shop−in­spired dive bar with a mas­sive draft and bot­tle se­lec­tion

What it is:

Des Moines has a big nightlife and a grow­ing cy­cling com­mu­nity, and el Bait Shop is right in the heart of it. It’s next to Prin­ci­pal Park, home to the farm team for the Chicago Cubs, which makes it a per­fect place to pre-game. The vibe is di­vey and cozy, very laid-back, and home to a crowd of beer en­thu­si­asts.

Why it’s great:

Let’s start with the beer menu: 189+ taps, 170+ bot­tles, and a hand­ful of cans from all over the world. You can find your fa­vorites, such as Surly and Top­pling Go­liath, as well as sought-af­ter selec­tions that are tough to get else­where and many selec­tions from Iowa brew­eries. The staff is fun and knowl­edge­able, and the menu is full of Amer­i­can fare and com­fort food (try the buf­falo chicken egg rolls or the ba­con-wrapped tater tots!). —An­drew Fitzgib­bon

DE­TAILS Hours: 11 a.m.−2 a.m. daily Ad­dress: 200 SW 2nd St., Des Moines, IA Web: el­bait­shop.com

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