El Bait Shop

Bar, Pub
$ $
200 SW 2nd St (at Market St)
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 284-1970
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm
11:00am - 11:00pm



  • Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Get a pint from the wall of taps and marvel at the shrine to professional wrestling. We did.
  • With 105 beers on tap and 155 in cans and bottles, el Bait Shop is the undisputed king of beer bars. See their top 10 selling beers: http://dmreg.com/yGt6jC
  • Bell's Hopslam is grate if you like I.P.A's!
  • The food is almost as good as the brew selection!
  • If it's too crowded here you can always grab a beer and go next door to the less crowded High Life Lounge
  • The Jimmy Carter Happy Hour is back!. It starts at 6 p.m. and is on a weekly basis.
  • Mexican hot wings
  • Hang here with the coolest chick
  • Voted #4 in our reader-determined Top 50 Bars. Few bars can impress beer lovers like el Bait Shop. With more than 100 beers on tap and another 170 in bottles, they will have a brew you like.
  • Gimmie some of your tots
  • This place has been called a "Top 200 Bar in America" many years by Draft Magazine. But, you don't need them to tell you that. One visit and you'll know it.
  • Great 3 course meal here. App: beer. Main course: beer. Desert: beer.
  • Try the sex
  • If you like ipa, try the breckenridge 471
  • We bike to El Bait Shop/High Life Lounge for Jimmy Carter Happy Hour on Thursday nights and enjoy the free home brew.
  • Here's what you're gonna do. Order the 2 pints & 2 lbs. of wings. Beers: Lost Coast Apricot Wheat & Bent River Jalapeo Pepper Ale. Order 1/3 each of tang, dry rub, and mexican wings. Then die happy.
  • No one likes IPA. Do they?
  • Try something from Peace Tree!
  • Try the water, barley, hops and yeast sodas they serve! Ask for them by name
  • Grab a Sea Dog Bluepaw from Portland, Maine at El Bait Shop. It's straight up blueberry delight.

Nearby places

200 SW 2nd St (at Market St.)
101 4th St (at Vine St.)