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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 a dark wooden interior and outside patio seating, but the crowd is lively and filled with eccentric regulars. There's also a better-than-average menu featuring such unbeatable bar snacks 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.

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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.

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The Red Monk

The Red Monk will have beer-snobs singing its praises with its more than 60 Belgian beers. Also guaranteed to delight is specialty liqueur Unicum, a Hungarian herbal bitters. Patrons are surrounded by gargoyles and stained glass while they indulge in tempting drinks, creating a Gothic demeanor that adds both mystery and charm. Almost hidden, The Red Monk is located above Royal Mile, furthering its enigmatic appeal.

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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!

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Gas Lamp

Gas Lamp is Des Moines' quintessential bar-next-door and a favorite joint among locals and those in the know. One of the most happening spots for live music in the city, the stage sees local bands and emerging talent cover blues, country, folk, and alternative rock among a host of other genres. Grab either a domestic or international pint and enjoy weekly open jam nights. Gas Lamp is unpretentious and has a certain old-world, motel-esque vibe going for it. Dimly lit with only a hint from LED signs, the decor features wall-mounted animal heads, exposed brick walls, an intricate ceiling, and funky graffiti art on the lavatory interiors.

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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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