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El Bait Shop

With over 100 beers on tap and an impressive selection of over 150 bottled and canned beers, El Bait Shop boasts what is easily one of the world's most extensive selections of American craft beers. While the staggering array of taps behind the bar will surely dazzle you, the decor is a conversation starter in itself. Vintage posters, games, and curious knickknacks line the walls of this lively watering hole. Apart from being a haven for beer lovers of every caliber, El Bait Shop also serves up a variety of delicious Mexican and American treats, including bar favorites like chicken wings, tacos, and juicy burgers. Although bustling, lively, and brimming with cheer all through the week, the live musical performances held here are especially popular and draw crowds of cheerful revelers. Keep an eye on the website for the latest updates on an ever-growing beer selection and event schedules.

Royal Mile

With an extensive variety of beers, bottled and on tap, and a diverse crowd to match, Royal Mile is one of Des Moines' favorite bars. The decor is reminiscent of an old English pub with dark wooden interiors and outdoor seating, but the crowd is lively and convivial. There's also a menu featuring bar snack staples such as fish and chips, and Scottish eggs. If you love beer with a slice of English pub life on the side, Royal Mile is your place.

Alba Restaurant

Pan-roasted duck, short-rib stroganoff, crab beignets: if your mouth is watering already, get on over to Alba Restaurant, which has served each of these mouthwatering dishes in the past. The menu changes regularly to surprise guests, and everything is made with only the freshest ingredients. Order a glass of red and relax in the dining room or laze in the patio with a light white wine. Alongside delicious fare, Alba Restaurant also offers a full-service wine bar. Whether you come for lunch or dinner, you'll love dining out at this equally cozy and modern eatery.

801 Chophouse

801 Chophouse is an upscale steakhouse in Des Moines. The restaurant offers fresh vegetables and meats from the best cuts, serving only prime USDA steaks. Order á la carte or take advantage of the thoughtful prix fixe menu. Try the bone-in Delmonico or lollipop veal chop. Indulge in creamy Maine-lobster mac and cheese or brussels sprouts slathered in red-onion marmalade. 801 Chophouse also has the right wine for any order, so pick a label and enjoy a fabulous meal!

The Red Monk

Imbued with a laidback charm, The Red Monk entices beer aficionados with an array of tasteful Belgian concoctions. The bar also offers an extensive food menu decked with delectable bites such as Crispy Chicken Tenders, Tikka Masala Fritters, and Indian Chicken Spring Rolls to name a few. The Red Monk is also noteworthy for its unique church-style interior which features walls embedded with altar-like fixtures as well as rustic décor illuminated by subtle lighting. Almost hidden, The Red Monk is located above Royal Mile, furthering its enigmatic appeal.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Try the Prime rib-eye, succulent steaks or the Tenderloin Carpaccio, riddled with ample of flavors only at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Serving one of the finest steakhouse fare in all of Des Moines, the restaurant has emerged as a popular destination for people to celebrate their special events in life. An exceptionally tasteful wine selection also makes an appearance to aid the perfect finish to your meal. Service is helpful and friendly and not in a rush to get it over with. So take your time and relax in its sophisticated ambiance and enjoy your company.

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