El Bait Shop

El Bait Shop

Bar and Pub$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • 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)
116 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • lively
  • good for a late night
  • casual
  • jimmy carter happy hour
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  • Ole
    OleAugust 31
    Great selection og beers. 225 taps!
  • Natalie S.
    My favorite bar in DSM
  • Brandi B.
    Busy but fantastic beer selection
  • Andrew N.
    So many good beers- I loved their New Belgium and West O selections.
  • Ray S.
    Ray StrekalApril 14
    Beer selection
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RutanApril 3
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beers are not on the printed menu
  • Brent G.
    Food, music, and beer - of course!
  • John B.
    John BareMarch 12
    Bacon wrapped jalapeño tater tots are great. Beer menu rocks
  • Jamie H.
    Good cider selection
  • M T.
    M TafJanuary 4
    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!
  • @nathantwright
    @nathantwrightSeptember 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
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Craig S.
    Craig StoeverDecember 22, 2014
    Best Beer selection in Des Moines...IMO
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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!!!!
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