The Royal Mile

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Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
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  • Abby K.
    "Best fish and chips and shepherds pie balls!"(3 Tips)
    Martin F.
    "Be sure to check out the upstairs for Belgian beers at The Red Monk"(3 Tips)
    Ryan E.
    "Comfort food, scotch, and a new & improved fireplace... Perfection!"(12 Tips)
    Chris W.
    "Get the Scotch Egg! Delicious!"(3 Tips)
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  • Tom H.
    Tom HunkeleOctober 17, 2013
    I tried the shepherd pie balls they gave a very good sized portions and they were very rich make sure you share best tasting full stomach I've had in awhile
  • Michael G.
    Michael GeeMarch 18, 2015
    Ate lunch on St Patty's Day here. It was super packed because of the parade. If it hadn't been for a wonderful group of regulars in the booth next to the door, we never would have found a seat.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineApril 24, 2012
    Royal Mile/Red Monk was voted #3 in our reader-determined Top 50 Bars poll. Stay downstairs for a Scotch or a selection of UK beers or head up for high-alcohol content Belgian beers on tap. Read more
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EllsworthJanuary 5, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    This is the place you want to be on a cold winter night! Comfort food, scotch, and a new & improved fireplace... Perfection!
  • Nitefall o.
    Enjoy some tunes after your beer. Head on over to Nitefall on the River, located at Simon Estes Amphitheater to see great live music. Slightly Stoopid & Atmosphere perform 8/4.
  • Susan W.
    Susan WellfordSeptember 22, 2014
    Fun Scottish bar, dark & moody, as it should be. Great tap beers and a Sporting KC watch house. What's not to love?!
  • Jordan J.
    Jordan JepsonMay 13, 2014
    The hand soap is to die for! Watch out for crazy hobos that broke up with their imaginary friends and want a cigarette.
  • Jon M.
    Jon MartinMay 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for a toasted sourdough bun. Place your chips/fries in it then add ketchup/hp sauce. Congratulations you just made a chip butty!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HoffmanMarch 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Beware of Dennisio Von Huvenstein he will steal your unfinished drinks and then ask you for cab fare. He is also the 4th street pizza Barron. He secretly loves Pizza Hut.
  • Victoria D.
    Victoria DavilaMay 2, 2013
    The place is small but the atmosphere was cozy & the decor fit right in. I loved the British telephone booth!
  • Sean C.
    Sean CourtneyNovember 24, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    The Beefeater: half pound burger, roast beef, corned beef, fried onions, and Fuller's cheese sauce. For the gastronomically adventurous only, but delicious, oh yes.
  • g o.
    g oconnorMay 11, 2015
    Scotch selection and their rotating taps. Great stop on way out of town.
  • Jay F.
    Jay FernandezNovember 1, 2015
    If you're wanting to watch sports just a heads up they have around 4 24-32 inch TVs you can barely see anything on.. You might want to think twice!
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitJuly 6, 2012
    Organic apricot cider, it's not on the menu but it's delicious.
  • Jody
    JodyDecember 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I've enjoyed fish and chips across England & Ireland. The fish and chips here are quite good; easily the best I've had in the States.
  • Daniel R.
    Daniel RothmanNovember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The scotched egg is fantastic...unless you have cholesterol problems. Still, probably worth it anyway.
  • Donald B.
    Donald BurkeFebruary 29, 2012
    Great selection of international beers here. Try the piraat belgian ale, it's delicious.
  • Rhiannon H.
    Rhiannon HelferSeptember 13, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the shepherd pie balls. Yum!!!! Also, they have the best spinach artichoke dip with toast...
  • Nick
    NickAugust 1, 2012
    Two words.....Banger Sauce. I usually special order that with a double order of fries.
  • Rhiannon H.
    Rhiannon HelferJune 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the cucumber salad...chunky cucumber, cashews and red onion bits. Yummy!!
  • Brian M.
    Brian MurphyApril 24, 2013
    Ask for the Guinness Stew ON TOP OF the mashed potatoes. Amazing!
  • Robert (+LP+) M.
    Robert (+LP+) MullenbergDecember 21, 2014
    #rowdy #bawdy #hascharacter #wallart #darkatmosphere #scotch #wideselection #goodservice #bar #desmoines #iowa
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order a shot of Zwack Unicum, the national aperitif of Hungary, with a beer back. Read more
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineOctober 5, 2011
    If a beer is made in the United Kingdom, The Royal Mile will probably have it. Follow the link for more about the pub: http://dmreg.com/HmtGkR Read more
  • Ian O.
    Ian O'ConnorJune 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sheppard's pie balls are freaking delicious and such a good deal!
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BurkeMay 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    the veggie burger and sauteed vegetables are fantastic!
  • Hillary B.
    Hillary BrownNovember 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Have yourself a Hobgoblin English Ale or an Old Speckled Hen Ale (on tap) You won't be sorry!
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KwiatekDecember 23, 2010
    Arguably the best bar in Des Moines. Pick a mid level scotch at random and enjoy!
  • Kathie H.
    Kathie Hixon-SmithApril 8, 2012
    Portions are big. Split or come hungry unless you have a big appetite.
  • G C.
    G CocoJune 25, 2013
    There are definately twelve beers available on most weekdays.
  • Beth P.
    Beth PJuly 17, 2011
    Upstairs has a brand of vodka called Effen. Flavor black cherry. A must have!!!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 21, 2013
    While at Royal Mile a Boddington's is quite necessary. Spot on!
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DemastusDecember 11, 2010
    The grilled duck breast and Guinness stew over mashed potatoes are both phenomenal!
  • Scott P.
    Scott PogemillerMay 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Good food and great drink selection...they do it right here
  • Steve
    SteveMarch 5, 2014
    The Guinness sirloin pot pie is the reason I eat here.
  • Kent B.
    Kent BachmanOctober 27, 2013
    Great atmosphere, try the shephards pie
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChristiansenNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish and chips and a Fullers ESB (or tea on lunch)
  • Kathie H.
    Kathie Hixon-SmithApril 8, 2012
    Try the crisp in cider and shepards pie! Yummy
  • Nic G.
    Nic GraysonJanuary 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    So many English Bitters you can't easily find in the states.
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PriceMay 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Beefeater sandwich was so good I might leave my wife for it!
  • Jason N.
    Jason NocksJuly 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing selection of single malt!
  • Carrie M.
    Carrie MartinMay 2, 2012
    For a true British experience, request the HP sauce
  • Robert (+LP+) M.
    Robert (+LP+) MullenbergDecember 21, 2014
    #scotchselection #draftselection #importselection #tvs #upstairsroom #redbullvodka
  • Brant G.
    Brant GilbertJuly 19, 2010
    The Earl of sandwich and a black/tan. Good lunch or dinner combo
  • Amy
    AmyFebruary 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Fish and chips! Must have.
  • Grant A.
    Grant AwesApril 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best chips ever! Make sure to give them a try.
  • Martin F.
    Martin FoxOctober 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to check out the upstairs for Belgian beers at The Red Monk
  • Abby K.
    Abby KesslerMay 25, 2013
    Best fish and chips and shepherds pie balls!
  • Richard
    RichardMay 25, 2013
    Check out the Belgian bar upstairs.
  • Tom P.
    Tom PohlJanuary 29, 2011
    The fish and chips are my wife and my favorite!
  • Andrew K.
    Andrew KirpalaniMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Hobgoblin English Ale. Try it now, thank me later.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Weekend breakfast! Do it.
  • Shane W.
    Shane WalkerAugust 23, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Come visit the wall 'o' whiskey and try the rueben egg roll thingies
  • Pam
    PamAugust 6
    Great beer list and apps
  • Deb A.
    Deb AndersonDecember 29, 2013
    Was great love the speckled hen
  • Mendel
    MendelOctober 12, 2013
    Good irish dive bar. Check it out.
  • Mike A.
    Mike AlberyMarch 20, 2011
    This bar has the best scotch selection in the midwest
  • Jaime B.
    Jaime BernalFebruary 22, 2015
    Pub food. Draft beer. Scotch
  • Chris W.
    Chris WDecember 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Scotch Egg! Delicious!
  • Dan S.
    Dan SpoonerApril 3, 2014
    Love the Bloody Mary!!
  • Curtis G.
    Curtis GJune 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Stay for a drink at the Red Monk
  • Jenn N.
    Jenn NaylorOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Banana Bread Beer. Do it.
  • Shawn
    ShawnJuly 4, 2015
    Interesting menu and a billion beers
  • Joe S.
    Joe StychAugust 16, 2014
    A great selection of beer
  • John K.
    John KalishDecember 5, 2015
    30 year old Scotch
  • g o.
    g oconnorMay 11, 2015
    The Shamrock on my Guinness!
  • Tucker V.
    Tucker VaseyApril 8, 2012
    Try the sea salt vanilla ice cream!
  • Jacque G.
    Jacque GutweinJuly 10, 2011
    The fish and chips was soooooooo good!
  • Bethany S.
    Bethany SchutteFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fish and chips... Awesome
  • Kyle H.
    Kyle HillJuly 23, 2011
    If Harry Potter went to a bar in DES Moines, he would come here
  • Cali W.
    Cali W.April 20, 2010
    Go to The Royal Mile and ask for a "surfer on acid" shot. Tell em Cali sent you ;)
  • Joshua W.
    Joshua WilsonMay 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A tip for The Royal Mile: offer food later than 9, especially on weekends...
  • Josh J.
    Josh JondleApril 6, 2010
    Bowl of Guiness Stew is only $4 and it's fantastic
  • Josh D.
    Josh DreyerOctober 11, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for Eric and order a Johnny Jump Up!
  • Doug L.
    Doug LootsJune 24, 2011
    Try some scotch...neat please.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryDecember 6, 2010
    A nice chill place to have a drink.
  • Allegra N.
    Allegra NicoleDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Magners on tap. Seriously, how much better does it get?
  • Jason C.
    Jason CrossAugust 31, 2010
    Scotch Egg is delicious. Try one!
  • sarah m.
    sarah marroneMarch 7, 2012
    Awesome Steak & Guiness pie!!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightDecember 5, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try an Old Speckled Hen. It's on tap here.
  • Luc B.
    Luc BSeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer is good
  • Debbie B.
    Debbie BecvarSeptember 12, 2011
    Big scotch selection!
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CroskeySeptember 23, 2010
    Now on tap boulevard tank no7. Yummy
  • Sean C.
    Sean CourtneySeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Get a "fancy glass" from Timmy.
  • Emalie. ✌.
    Emalie. ✌️November 9, 2014
    Favorite place.
  • Rachael R.
    Rachael RhoadesJanuary 11, 2010
    Great place to sit with friends after work and drink hard cider!
  • Samuel B.
    Samuel BurtJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Why is everyone here so fat and beardy?
  • Amy
    AmyMay 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Reuben ever!
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BeeMarch 9, 2010
    OMG, the Oatmeal stout. Order. Now.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MackayMarch 28, 2012
    This place needs a freebeecards.com campaign!
  • Jake K.
    Jake KerberMarch 18, 2010
    Ask bartender Moe about scotch.
  • John H.
    John HalbrookMarch 20, 2010
    Fish and Chips!!! mmmmmmmm
  • Jeff V.
    Jeff VanderplaatsFebruary 21, 2015
    Worst whisky sour didnt even have all the ingredients.
  • Dennis E.
    Dennis EppsFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Reuben rolls rock.
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