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El Bait Shop

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

42 Reviews
El Bait ShopEl Bait Shop
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

200 SW 2nd St
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309-4706
United States

(515) 284-1970 | map
www.elbaitshop.com

Notes:
Open Everyday: 11 am to 2 am

Added by bditty187 on 04-22-2006

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
83
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
Taps:
105
Bottles/Cans:
115
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 83
Reviews by jt31914:
Photo of jt31914
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went there on a weekday after an I-Cubs game; pretty sweet place, not quite HopCat in Grand Rapids, but very fun. Lots of taps, and luckily for me all of the taps were in (I feel bad for the previous reviewer, must have been a bad night). Prices were great, I got Rogue's XS imperial ipa for $5.00, which is the same as about a 7 oz. bottle of the Impie stout in GR. Our waitress was great and knew her stuff, recommended and showed us plenty of beers that were featured in the place. Wonderful trip, loved it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of coldriver
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place makes me want to move to Des Moines! 180 taps with a great diversity of styles including many Iowa locals, great share plate appetizers (mmm, bacon wrapped tater tots), and a wonderful vibe with cool people. Not much to complain about here!

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Photo of lupercmda
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of fooferjw
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Cool eclectic atmosphere, definitely a beer destination if you're spending any amount of time in Des Moines. Feels like a cross between a roadhouse and desert oasis/beachbum paradise. Inside, the bar kind of meanders around on it's own path, with table seating in the middle and towards the back. Standing room only beer shelf around the perimeter of the place. Wood beams and paneling, covered in all manner of beer swag.

Service was quick and friendly. I'm sure they're used to people hemming and hawing over the beer selection, and were patient as I navigated the uniquely designed beer menu. They helpfully pointed out that Iowa beers were in bold, and from there we were off to the races. Enjoyed beers from 515, Alluvial, and Turner Alley, new Iowa breweries I wasn't able to try elsewhere. When the bartender saw we were from out of town, he handed us a fistful of beer swag.

Selection overall is unparalleled for the area. Cellar Peanut is probably a close 2nd for a multi-tap bar in the surrounding area, and Sanctuary in Iowa City. That's my limited experience though. El Bait Shop did not disappoint.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of tdmccarthy
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dwagner003
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Averwo
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Cool place not where you'd expect it in Des Moines. They really do or are supposed to have 100 taps. A lot of stuff was out when we were there, but I bet they still had 60-70 beers on tap.

Most of them were good, there was about 25 stinkers. Good friendly service, it was kind of dead the night we were in town. Selection was wide and varied, no complaints there other than they were out of a lot of stuff.

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Photo of SomewhereInTheMiddle
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I should have reviewed this sooner. But EBS is probably the best beer bar I've ever been to. Check that, it IS the best beer bar I've been to. I only live 15 miles away, and it's a shame I don't spend a couple days a week here!

Over 180 taps of quality "craft" beer. No Bud, Miller, Coors to be seen. Local brews or brews around the country. If you're looking for something they probably have it.

Now I'm the type of guy who knows more about TV's than the kid at Best Buy. Knows more about trucks than the guy at the Chevy dealer. Knows more about power tools than the old man at Home Depot. But the staff at EBS knows their beer. Are able to tell you about the beer, answer questions, and recommend things. Aren't shy to offer you a little sample if you want.

The food is okay. I mean, some of the stuff is kinda creative or interesting. It's good enough, but like someone else said, you'll not come to EBS just for the food. But if you're drinking beer, and there anyways, the food is good enough.

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Photo of helengus
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of boogerisu
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Travitten
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of GTJayG
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Sprague67
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Will_Edgar
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of y2kpa
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PeterHolmgren
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Nomadorable
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.98/5  rDev +18%
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!

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Photo of Irishace9
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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El Bait Shop in Des Moines, IA
93 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.
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