El Bait Shop

Not Rated.
El Bait ShopEl Bait Shop
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

38 Reviews
Reviews: 38
Visits: 67
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: n/a
Taps: 105
Bottles: 115
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

200 SW 2nd St
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-4706
United States
phone: (515) 284-1970

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @elbaitshop

Notes:
Place added by: bditty187 on 04-22-2006

Open Everyday: 11 am to 2 am
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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 67
Reviews by Erdinger2003:
Photo of Erdinger2003
4/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Even as we pulled into the parking lot around midnight I wasn't sure this was the place, but it was. I liked the atmosphere and the schwag...the only thing that really was frustrating was the loud music. They had lots of tables and some booths. They have a fishing video game and there's a garage door by the bar. I thought it was great way to make a new exciting bar. I couldn't talk to the guy right next to me. They had a good selection of fine beer, but some of them are always running out. Service was regular bar service, came to get us right away and give us beer as fast as possible. They serve even a Rogue Imperial Stout ice cold, so it took a while to drink and so we got a Shakespeare Stout to warm up as we drank the Imperial Stout. I thought $4 for a draft and $5 for a smaller pour of Rogue's Imperial Stout was good prices. (839 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Will_Edgar
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is my favorite local hangout! Something like 180 taps now and they rotate stuff in daily! Good place for the occasional bottle share as well if you know the owner and bartenders well enough. (197 characters)

Photo of y2kpa
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PeterHolmgren
4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Nomadorable
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.98/5  rDev +18.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

PLACE IS BOMB. Many beers available. Fantastic place that Des Moines should be proud of. Which we are! (102 characters)

Photo of Irishace9
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of nilesschmidt
1.01/5  rDev -75.9%

Stopped in Des Moines on the way to visit TG in Decorah... I was looking forward to this as much as the TG brewery as they had a very good selection of beers I cant get in Omaha listed online. Needless to say this a MAJOR letdown. Worst service I have had in a very long time, multiple beers listed available were actually tapped out and food was room temp when it arrived. Over priced and extremely rude staff. DO NOT RECOMMEND (433 characters)

Photo of Kegger37
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Amazing place, a true must see! (31 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Creosote
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of bufante
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Liverocks
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.19/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Nice place to visit if not overly crowded. Food is o.k, but go for the variety of beers and not the food. Flights are a little overpriced at $10-20 per, but pints/snifters are reasonable. Usually fairly friendly with samples. (228 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Michael914
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of BeerDazed
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of errantnight
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Huge selection, fun, funky vibe, reasonable prices, friendly, knowledgeable, staff... I try to make a trip every time we hit Des Moines.

Regularly have Toppling Goliath, which is nice, but it's a popular spot so many of the more in-demand items get gone through relatively quickly, which is to be expected. Really, no complaints, other than what I've had of the food is: this will do if I'm drinking, rather than: let's go eat at El Bait Shop! (444 characters)

Photo of 319Hawksfan
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere: great atmosphere, looks like they host a tri with an added eating event. cool inside, mix between beer stuff and the things that make the city, especially biking stuff. great outdoor area and a sports bar style set up inside.

Quality: lots of high quality from various taps from toppling goliath to the greats of the west and east meeting in the middle. bottle selection with some jester king and even a 2 and a half year bottle of founders bolt cutter.

Service: not the strongest trait their but they get the job done

Selection: pretty tough to beat. great taps as mentioned before and impressive bottles too. offer bottles and growlers to go.

Food: good wings and nachos. great bar food.

Overall: this was my one stop in des moines on my way through. and I was not disappointed. would highly recommend this place to any one who wants a good beer. (865 characters)

Photo of timlyon
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of BuzzG
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of 22Blue
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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El Bait Shop in Des Moines, IA
93 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.