Jethro’s BBQ

721 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 279-3300

World famous BBQ with 8 locations in the great state of Iowa! The downtown Des Moines location is conveniently located near the Iowa Events Center and Wells Fargo Arena.

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El Bait Shop

200 SW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 284-1970

El Bait Shop has the largest craft beer selection west of the Mississippi. With 150 beers on tap and over 70 more in bottles, this is a great spot for someone with extensive beer knowledge. This location features an outdoor bar with seating, as well as a large patio during the warm months. Our menu of tasty Mexican favorites, wings, tots, burgers, and sandwiches is sure to please. El Bait Shop is Des Moines’ bicycle headquarters, as well as a great place to grab Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots before an I-Cubs game.

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Buzzard Billy’s

615 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-2899

Des Moines’ favorite Cajun/Creole restaurant. Recognized year after year for its dishes including gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole and many other classics. Their menu also includes seafood, steaks, pastas, fantastic appetizers and desserts.

This high-energy restaurant and bar is located near Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center and utilizes their basement space for overflow and pre-parties before large concerts and events. Their space also features a private back room that can be rented out for events. Buzzard Billy’s back deck has seating to enjoy great views of the Capitol city while guests dine.

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The Royal Mile

210 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 282-2012

Downtown’s premier British Pub opened in 2001, the Mile features a menu of favorite English dishes, British beers and an extensive Scotch list. Enjoy a pint of bitter with your bangers and mash! Serving traditional American and English-style breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Grab a spot on their outdoor patio, or upstairs at their second floor cocktail bar. Royal Mile has become one of Des Moines’ best places to watch The English Premier League matches.

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High Life Lounge

200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 280-1965

Take a trip back in time to this 60s style corner tap. The Champagne of Bars knows nostalgia and retro like no one else! We are the home of Tangermeisters, Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots and Thirsty Thursdays. Featured on Travel Channel’s “Man Vs Food” 2010; highlighted in the travel section of the New York Times; voted one of the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine; voted by Des Moines as Best Bar Food, Best Fried Chicken and more.

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Hessen Haus

101 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 288-2520

Grab your lederhosen and turn up the polka! Enjoy a menu full of traditional German food, including favorites like Wienerschnitzel, Spaetzle, Kävetelli, Currywurst and Schweine Flugel. We have the largest German bier selection in the country with 50 on draft and over 100 in bottles. Come enjoy our spacious outdoor patio in the heart of Downtown Des Moines to share a boot with your friends. Prost!

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Fong’s Pizza

223 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 323-3333

Home of the original Crab Rangoon pizza and other zenfully delicious appetizers, pizzas, sandwiches and desserts. Think Chinese Cheese Sticks, Thai Chicken pizza, tiki drinks and Raspberry Cheesecake egg rolls for dessert. Located in the home of Des Moines’ oldest Chinese restaurant. Featured on the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel, Pizza Today top 100 Independents and most recently mentioned by Alton Brown as his favorite stop on tour.

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