As reported by the DesMoinesRegister.com, Pickett's pub could be carved from the timber of an enormous tree, with stacked log walls, a fireplace, and a menagerie of mounted moose heads. Though moderately unobtrusive from the road, diners are greeted to pool tables, video games, darts, and a large horseshoe-shaped bar where mixologists sling beers as well as concoctions of mixers and fruity schnapps. Pickett's also grills up juicy full-pound burgers and daily specials such as jumbo shrimp and full-pound top sirloin steaks.
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.
Midwest Black Angus beef, free of hormones or antibiotics, joins with creative ingredients such as A.1. sauce and chipotle aioli to create more than 15 unique burgers at Legends American Grill. These burgers embody a variety and thirst for excitement that radiates throughout each of the grill's central-Iowa locations. There, nestled amid deep-umber booths or brick walls, diners watch sports flicker across flat-screen televisions, rooting on their team and showing disdain for the ref’s decision to wear white pants after Labor Day. But if the score is disheartening, fans can dig into the menu to cheer themselves up. Hand-cut Creekstone Farms steaks offset surf entrees such as salmon in béarnaise sauce or grilled mahi-mahi in a sweet-and-spicy thai sauce. Comfort-food favorites such as meatloaf and fried chicken also make an appearance, pairing with cocktails and beers served by the bottle and pint.
A nondescript black-and-white sign hangs outside The Standard Martini Bar, reflecting the understated elegance inside. Bartenders shake and stir 49 different martinis, including 15 modern interpretations with ingredients ranging from Godiva dark-chocolate liqueur to green tea to banana schnapps. These drinks accompany the eclectic, bistro-style menus of paninis and tapas, which draw inspiration from Cajun, Italian, and Mexican cuisines.
The decor echoes this subtle sense of refinement with its stone columns, paintings-lined walls, and caviar-filled saltshakers. The Standard Martini Bar keeps the environment lively, though, by hosting live music, karaoke nights, and trivia contests throughout the week.
At Firehouse Lounge, the sheer array of entertainment—from karaoke to pool tables to televisions glowing with the latest games—is only matched by the array of food. The culinary team grills up hearty plates of steak and homemade onion rings, hot beef sandwiches, and zesty jalapeño poppers. Pours from the bar complement the cuisine, and range from pitchers of beer to a customer favorite: UV drinks of all kinds.
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.