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El Bait Shop

Not Rated.
El Bait ShopEl Bait Shop

Taps: 105 / Bottles: 115
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
96
world-class

49 Ratings
Ratings: 49
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 8.9%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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:
Open Everyday: 11 am to 2 am

(Place added by: bditty187 on 04-22-2006)
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errantnight

California

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

06-30-2014 20:08:43 | More by errantnight
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319Hawksfan


5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-30-2014 03:44:10 | More by 319Hawksfan
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -5%
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.

06-18-2014 20:13:36 | More by SportsandJorts
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timlyon

Arizona

5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-18-2014 03:11:39 | More by timlyon
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BuzzG

Iowa

5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-17-2014 17:13:01 | More by BuzzG
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22Blue

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-16-2014 15:16:16 | More by 22Blue
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Bkoop

Iowa

5/5  rDev +14.2%

06-13-2014 18:10:01 | More by Bkoop
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Mothergoose03

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

This was stop #1 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. I don’t know what I can say about this place that has not been said in prior reviews. The place is not much to look at from the outside of the building, and it is almost like a ‘dive’ inside, but in a good way with all of the beer signs, etc. on the walls. We liked it!

The availability of choosing between 100+ taps is awesome. Sadly, the first two beers that I wanted to try were not available because the kegs had blown and no replacement yet. The beauty of all of these taps is that there are plenty of others from which to choose, and nearly all of them were very popular beers among the craft beer community.

There is a good selection of food on the menu that is best described as pub grub, and what we ordered was very good. It was late afternoon on a Monday and the place was not busy, so we had great service.

We liked this place so well that we'll always try to go back here when we're passing thru Des Moines.

06-09-2014 20:20:40 | More by Mothergoose03
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Berg77

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

06-05-2014 19:33:52 | More by Berg77
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smibar

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

05-01-2014 22:13:55 | More by smibar
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El Bait Shop in Des Moines, IA
96 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.