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El Bait Shop

Open Now: 11:00 - 02:00
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Endless beer selection. Fun place.

250 beers on tap! What more does one need? How about a fun bar atmosphere, great service and... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Beeraholics paradise

You say you like beer. You say you're in central Iowa. Where should you be --no question --El... read more

Reviewed 25 April 2018
Gary D
West Des Moines, Iowa
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  • Average9%
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Reviewed 24 October 2018 via mobile

250 beers on tap! What more does one need? How about a fun bar atmosphere, great service and pretty good food (I had a taco salad, not large but tasty). El Bait Shop has it all.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 306neilg
Reviewed 25 April 2018

You say you like beer. You say you're in central Iowa. Where should you be --no question --El Bait Shop. My son has traveled all over Europe and parts of Asia, lives in Central America and still, when gets near Iowa can be found at...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank Gary D
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Bar far the best craft beer bar I have ever been too! Over 265 taplines of amazing beer only.... only one line had bud light lol, the rest were all small batch beers, rare beers from all over the country, local breweries beers and so...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Oh my the broasted chicken was so good. We also had rarebit burger that was good. We went on a Saturday night and was busy but got a booth right away. Fast service and friendly.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank ronsus
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We ended up stopping here twice during our trip. The staff is very friendly and they have a LARGE selection of beer (and cider). It's a great place to try many local brews, but as a result it is also a little more touristy. They...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank briegel22
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

If you are a beer lover this is the place with 222 beers on tap. Great vibe. Only downfall is that both of our IPA's actually had a chemical burn in the back of our throats. Only thing we could figure out was the taps...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Karen U
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

We needed a late lunch/early dinner before an Iowa Cubs game on the 3rd and had been intrigued by the ambiance of the patio out back. I went with the broasted chicken, onion rings, and mac and cheese. All were incredible on their own regard....More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Kimberly J
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Seems like it should be in the bar and restaurant section. Good food, excellent variety of draft and bottle beers available. Plentiful parking, good location just off of Mcvicker ( I 235 )

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank JamersonRocks
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful night with friends. The staff were knowledgeable and extremely helpful. A fun beer bar.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank iowabound
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Many, many beers to choose from with a large beer menu where the Iowa brewery's are in bold. Very knowledgeable tenders and neat place all around. Ric Flair pic on the wall is huge bonus

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank jarrodt391
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