El Bait Shop

El Bait Shop

Bar and Pub$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
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  • Mike P.
    "Best beer selection in Iowa and best seafood tacos in town"(23 Tips)
    Joseph R.
    "Thursday - Jimmy Carter Happy Hour... Local Homebrew!"(3 Tips)
    Angie G.
    "You can get the High Life lounge menu and El Bait Shop's menu :)."(3 Tips)
    Greg J.
    "Awesome selection and can't wait to try more of the beers on tap!"(14 Tips)
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  • Steve W.
    Steve WrenDecember 17, 2016
    Been here 50+ times
    Craft beer destination.
  • Ole
    OleAugust 31, 2016
    Great selection og beers. 225 taps!
  • Natalie S.
    Natalie SwaimAugust 6, 2016
    My favorite bar in DSM
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJuly 22, 2016
    Busy but fantastic beer selection
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NilgesMay 1, 2016
    So many good beers- I loved their New Belgium and West O selections.
  • Ray S.
    Ray StrekalApril 14, 2016
    Beer selection
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RutanApril 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beers are not on the printed menu
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodMarch 22, 2016
    Food, music, and beer - of course!
  • John B.
    John BareMarch 12, 2016
    Bacon wrapped jalapeño tater tots are great. Beer menu rocks
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HillegondsJanuary 12, 2016
    Good cider selection
  • M T.
    M TafJanuary 4, 2016
    Jeff is cool. Good waiter. Fish tacos rock!
  • Lana J.
    Lana JarvisDecember 30, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Beer selection
  • Ed S.
    Ed ShimDecember 17, 2015
    Beet and eings
  • Kirs P.
    Kirs PDecember 9, 2015
    This place is so strange and amazing
  • Greg C.
    Greg CrawfordNovember 27, 2015
    Great selection of beer both draft and bottle. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff will make anyone feel at home.
  • Bree
    BreeNovember 9, 2015
    AWesome atmosphere and good food.
  • Brett A.
    Brett ArenzNovember 8, 2015
    Good beer. Good company.
  • Farish K.
    Farish KhanNovember 3, 2015
    Holy hell... The beers... The taps.. The colours.. Lol
  • Rick C.
    Rick ClaytonNovember 1, 2015
    Atmosphere was great and beer was terrific. Didnt get to try the food but will be back.
  • Chad H.
    Chad HinzOctober 17, 2015
    Great selection of beers, even if you don't drink beer regularly you'll find something here!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Are you a beer lover? There are over 180 taps here. That's all you need to know.
  • Soni M.
    Soni Maze LaddSeptember 20, 2015
    Get the deviled eggs--yummy! And the cole slaw and traditional wings too.
  • Albert C.
    Albert CuregSeptember 19, 2015
    Sour beers
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺September 4, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Great selection
  • Mariah M.
    Mariah MarconiAugust 31, 2015
    180+ draft taps. Good nachos and dips as well!!
  • Katie
    KatieJune 7, 2015
    If it's too crowded here you can always grab a beer and go next door to the less crowded High Life Lounge
  • Beth W.
    Beth W.May 9, 2015
    Try and get a seat at the bar to gaze at the incredible beer selection.
  • Stasia S.
    Stasia ShermanMay 6, 2015
    Love the selection of beers! And the food is great too!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Thai Peanut Wings and a massive selection of beer to wash them down with.
  • Jamie R.
    Jamie RyanFebruary 14, 2015
    312 was a great beer
  • Ken L.
    Ken LassiterJanuary 18, 2015
    Great beer selection. Food was good.
  • Donald Y.
    Donald YohnDecember 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best craft beer selection in the state!
  • Justin E.
    Justin EhreckeDecember 27, 2014
    Try a beer you've never had before! There so many to choose from
  • Craig S.
    Craig StoeverDecember 22, 2014
    Best Beer selection in Des Moines
  • Craig S.
    Craig StoeverDecember 22, 2014
    Best Beer selection in Des Moines...IMO
  • Michael S.
    Michael SadlerNovember 23, 2014
    Beer and velvet Elvis dip
  • Cdot R.
    Cdot RdotOctober 29, 2014
    Oasis in Des Moines
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WilsonSeptember 11, 2014
    Great beer selection. Go for the bourbon barrel-aged stout.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out El Bait Shop as seen on Sandra Lee's Taverns, Lounges Read more
  • Miranda A.
    Miranda Awesome SauceAugust 24, 2014
    Ginormous variety of drinks. Free samples as well.
  • Kate B.
    Kate BrandstatterAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer selection
  • Robbie H.
    Robbie HelzerAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A beer snobs wet dream. So many good beers, and super good bar food.
  • Shauna W.
    Shauna WrightAugust 12, 2014
    Jalapeño/bacon tots
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.August 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This place has been called a "Top 200 Bar in America" many years by Draft Magazine. But, you don't need them to tell you that. One visit and you'll know it.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SchoonoverAugust 7, 2014
    Excellent beer selection. Moose Drool on tap!
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MJune 4, 2014
    If you like beer, you'll like it here!
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺April 12, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The peanut butter bacon burger is definitely worth a try!
  • Mary S.
    Mary SueFebruary 22, 2014
    They messed up my order and when I told them they brought me the wrong food they were annoyed and asked if I wanted them to fix it. Are you serious? No it's ok I'll eat & pay for this random food! 💔
  • Mary S.
    Mary SueFebruary 22, 2014
    The service was so bad. Go to the miller high life part if you want to enjoy yourself
  • Rachel Y.
    Rachel YoungJanuary 18, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The bathrooms have been redone and they are awesome! Just as awesome as the beer and food!:))
  • Larry M.
    Larry MichehlNovember 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you can't find a beer you like in this establishment, then you should be "suds-free" in your alcohol consumption. The food is pretty good too!!!!
  • Tyler D.
    Tyler DePhillipsAugust 24, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the shower
  • Dylan W.
    Dylan WalterAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the friendly people
  • Ben K.
    Ben K.August 3, 2013
    One of the best beer bars in the country.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineJuly 11, 2013
    The Jimmy Carter Happy Hour is back!. It starts at 6 p.m. and is on a weekly basis. Read more
  • Tasha
    TashaJune 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Rogue Beard Brew. Try it! Just don't ask questions.
  • Curtis G.
    Curtis GJune 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best selection of beers on tap in the state. Over 100 on tap.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DayMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great 3 course meal here. App: beer. Main course: beer. Desert: beer.
  • DATABOY
    DATABOYMay 25, 2013
    This place is hoppin'. Recommend the Confluence Black IPA & Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots. #healthy
  • dino d.
    dino de LeónApril 25, 2013
    What a find! tremendous beer selection and smart staff. plus the brosters chicken will have you getting all "game of thrones" on your food. go. now.
  • Paige B.
    Paige BurchsteadApril 16, 2013
    Eat a shrimp quesadilla on the patio
  • Erin R.
    Erin R 😘April 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Oh my god, Sheldon is here.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AckermanApril 3, 2013
    Bells Oberon you are my new friend !
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HinzmanMarch 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Here's what you're gonna do. Order the 2 pints & 2 lbs. of wings. Beers: Lost Coast Apricot Wheat & Bent River Jalapeño Pepper Ale. Order 1/3 each of tang, dry rub, and mexican wings. Then die happy.
  • Dylan W.
    Dylan WalterFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the sex
  • Shawn S.
    Shawn SNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Tell the bartender what styles you like and then ask for a recommendation. You won't be disappointed.
  • Amber J.
    Amber JOctober 5, 2012
    Sea Dog raspberry beer is the best!
  • Sara L.
    Sara LaueOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    This bar hangs is balls to the wall. No really, there are big brass balls on the wall. And they are big.
  • Derek B.
    Derek BrooksSeptember 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Try not to be overwhelmed by the beer selection, and definitely order something that you've never tried before.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagJuly 9, 2012
    Bring a few buddies and try the "Two Pounds, Two Pints" deal, where you can fill up on any of the 10 flavors of wings and 104 beers on draft. Try the Mexican wings, made with a spicy wet sauce.
  • Audrey S.
    Audrey SturtzJune 17, 2012
    Fan of ciders? Try the Ace Pear.. delicious!
  • Angie G.
    Angie GarrettMay 22, 2012
    You can get the High Life lounge menu and El Bait Shop's menu :).
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineApril 24, 2012
    Voted #4 in our reader-determined Top 50 Bars. Few bars can impress beer lovers like el Bait Shop. With more than 100 beers on tap and another 170 in bottles, they will have a brew you like. Read more
  • Cosmic Donuts
    Cosmic DonutsApril 19, 2012
    Hop Heads try the Green Flash Palate Wrecker its for sure my new favorite
  • ben c.
    ben coxApril 14, 2012
    The best selection of ... Old school WWF stars.
  • Ro P.
    Ro PhoMarch 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Thai Peanut Wings - Yum! Listed as a customer favorite and rightly so.
  • Crystal L.
    Crystal LynchFebruary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Boulevard chocolate ale is super!
  • Nick H.
    Nick HallmanJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for for any beer made by the Twisted Vine Brewery. They are great
  • Mike O.
    Mike OstwinkleJanuary 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    No one likes IPA. Do they?
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander J MJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Gimmie some of your tots
  • Patrick F.
    Patrick FrankJanuary 5, 2012
    Try something from Peace Tree!
  • joel m.
    joel meanaDecember 2, 2011
    Lenny sucks!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HenneberryNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    For those of age, this is the most unique beer experience in Des Moines. Try one of the plethora of beers on tap and enjoy the $.25 classic arcade machine.
  • Mike E.
    Mike EdwardsNovember 6, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The words "da bomb" get tossed around casually, but they definitely apply to the baked beans!
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺October 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the water, barley, hops and yeast sodas they serve! Ask for them by name
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineOctober 5, 2011
    With 105 beers on tap and 155 in cans and bottles, el Bait Shop is the undisputed king of beer bars. See their top 10 selling beers: http://dmreg.com/yGt6jC Read more
  • Brian B.
    Brian BjerkAugust 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mexican hot wings
  • Dylan P.
    Dylan PerishoAugust 19, 2011
    The baja tacos are so dank
  • Greg J.
    Greg JansmaAugust 8, 2011
    Scrimshaw is the best beer I've had there so far! Awesome selection and can't wait to try more of the beers on tap!
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HJuly 9, 2011
    The bud ice is 2nd to none!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 7, 2011
    Grab a Sea Dog Bluepaw from Portland, Maine at El Bait Shop. It's straight up blueberry delight.
  • Bob S.
    Bob SchrodtJuly 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with the Thai Peanut flavored wings
  • Sean B.
    Sean BrownJune 23, 2011
    Skip the food it is greasy bar food, try the amazing beer selection instead.
  • Dawn B.
    Dawn BuddMay 13, 2011
    Taste of the Season flight = delicious!
  • Graham P.
    Graham PocialikMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the beer genius or just ask the bar tenders for their recommendation. Love this place - rather chill.
  • William B.
    William BorchardMarch 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bell's Hopslam is grate if you like I.P.A's!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great selection of beer flights. And priced at $8-10, it's a perfect way to try multiple brews without getting completely shit-faced.
  • Jordan D.
    Jordan DyeFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is almost as good as the brew selection!
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Get a pint from the wall of taps and marvel at the shrine to professional wrestling. We did. Read more
  • Maria L.
    Maria LobachevaOctober 2, 2013
    Отличное пиво. Доброжелательный персонал. Чтобы подобрать мне пиво, предложи попробовать шесть разных сортов
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