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El Bait Shop

200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, Iowa 50309 USA

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“Top beer bar in the United States”

We have 120 beers on tap and over 150 beers in bottles. Eclectic décor, dozens of beer signs, a working shower, taxi-dermied animals, murals, outdoor bar and a giant patio.

El Bait Shop is a good value where you don’t have to spend a fortune for great food and beer. The bar has over 100 beers on tap, which makes it the biggest selection of American Microbeers in the world! Beers from breweries from Maine to Oregon and many in between, as well as several beers brewed here in the great state of Iowa. A new menu was created in April 2009 filled with American bar favorites like: 10 kinds of wings, a ton of appetizers, Mexican favorites, fish tacos, burgers and other delicious foods that pair well with our brews.

El Bait Shop is the place to be before and after the I-Cubs game. We have 26 bike racks and are located right in the middle of many of Des Moines’ bike trails which makes us a favorite stop off for bike riders from all over the city and state. We have won many honors; we are rated A on Beer Advocate, were “Best New Bar”- Cityview 2006, we were one of Esquire Magazine.com’s “Best Bars in America 2007” and were voted “Top 200 Bars in America” by Draft Magazine in 2009, 2012 and 2013.

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Reviewed by
Jim Thomas

  • Road Warrior
  • 67 Reviews
  • 21 Helpful
July 18, 2014
Rated 5.0

If you are visiting and want to try local beer, this is the place. The bartender was the best I've had in a long time. She really knew her beer and was able to guide me through the midwest beer selection. Awesome place!

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Megan Bannister

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  • 117 Reviews
  • 84 Helpful
April 28, 2014

With more than 100 beers on tap, chances are you'll find something here you love. Ask the bartender for recommendations based on your tastes & try something new! Pro tip: If you're ordering food, you can use both El Bait Shop & High Life Lounge menus. Deep fried cheese curds are a must.

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jennifer.g.fox

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
January 26, 2014

Amazing selection of over 100 draft beers, as well as even more in bottles. Unique atmosphere, was packed on a Saturday night. You can also sample 4 draft beers for 7 bucks. Highly recommend if you love craft beers!

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July 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

We stopped in before heading over to the car show.
Pretty cool place. Loved the look and feel of the place.
The Bacon wrapped Tator tots were very good and coated in cheese.
The Mrs had the Goulash and I had the monster Burrito...I realize that the place is renowned for the variety of beers they have on hand but we're not big on drinking so all I can add on that front is that the number of beers listed on the menu and the number of beers available on draw WAS phenomenal.

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El Bait Shop

200 SW 2nd St
Des Moines, Iowa
50309 USA

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  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

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