The Juice Company's lemonade is enlivened by seasonal fruits, such as summery fresh mango ($3.00–$4.49). Creative smoothies ($4.49–$6.99), including a PB&J combo brimming with peanut butter and three kinds of berries, bulk up their vitamin punch with a choice of fat-burning, energy-revving, or fiber-enhancing supplements. Lite n’ Fit smoothies cast out dairy and all but 200 calories from their liquid cornucopia ($4.49–$5.49), and the low-carb Meal in a Cup ($5.49–$6.49) supplies a protein push powerful enough to make its drinker clinch the cinderblock shot-put championship. The Juice Company's sunlit squeezery encourages lingering while people-watching through large windows or nursing a locally grown, organic wheatgrass shot ($2.25–$3.99) to absorb every drop of its vegetal super powers.
The Underground boasted four CityView awards in 2009, including Best Bartender and Best Bar Overall. The laid back subterranean space presents live music most nights, hosting both local and national acts. Hide away from the world and its impossible crossword puzzles with well drink ($3) or draft beer ($3–$4) flanked by helping of Frank's pizza ($8). The bar also offers a wide selection of wines by the glass ($7) and martinis that will leave you shaken, not obliterated ($7). This game-friendly drinkery also features billiard tables and dartboards for pool sharks and target tunas. The Underground is 21 and over after 9 p.m. Most live music shows are free, but there is the occasional cover charge (not covered by the Groupon) so be sure to check the schedule before planning your rock-filled evening.
Des Moines Social Club's in-house, cabaret-style bar hosts revolving sets of live entertainment from music to comedy while serving a broad, liquid array of drinks and cocktails. A specialty blood orange cosmo ($8) can play a sipping accessory while taking a break during salsa dancing on Monday's Latin Night, while stumped participants can seek an answer to Tuesday's Team Trivia night at the bottom of a Campari-based Jersey Shore ($8). Community pride manifests through 19 signature neighborhood beer and shot combos for $5 a pair, from the East Village inspired duo of Flying Dog Pale and SoCo Lime to the Ames coupling of Grainbelt and Goldschlager. Further drink options along with other recurring events can be found online. Absent an in-house spectacle, the expansive Pappajohn Sculpture Park with its chiseled works of mozzarella and pepperoni art is easily seen trough the façade of windows facing north.
Z's Bar is the kind of neighborhood spot where everyone feels welcome to stop in and relax over a bite or a drink. During the lunch hour, housemade lunch specials add a homestyle feel to your noontime eats. Z's Bar's laid-back, friendly atmosphere is suitable for everything from happy hours and parties to party-planning-committee meetings.
The long stem of a martini glass serves a purpose beyond its elegant appearance—it keeps the concoctions it bears cold without ice, which can dilute even the most potent cocktail. A practiced bartending staff uses these slender glasses to hold the more than 30 martinis that dot Lime Lounge’s drink menu, each of which is infused with premium liquors. Mango purée and a hint of chili pair with Absolut vodka in the Mango Tango, a staff favorite, and classic gin and vodka martinis, prepared to each guests' specifications, contain blue-cheese-stuffed olives or cocktail onions. The Lounge's selection of frozen cocktails don't need a martini glass to stay chilled, instead blending rum or tequila with ultra-fine shaved ice to induce an intoxicating brain freeze. With cocktail in hand, patrons can roam the contemporary interior, taking in the lights-and-sound spectacle and tapping their feet in time to live music or DJ sets.