The beer selection is great, beating Old Chicago in selection of both tap beers and bottled beers. Also the atmosphere is pretty cool. That's the good. The food, it's another story. I have eaten here a hand full of times and have not really been totally satisfied. Not that the food was horrible, but there definately is something lacking. Personally, I like the High Life Lounge next door better.
Nice beer selection and atmosphere, but I wasn't too crazy about the food (my rice was crunchy!). I'll definitely go back in the future, but for drinks and maybe an appetizer next time rather than a full meal!
Although it's better than High Life which also owns this joint, it puts up a better front than it really is. The beer selection is mostly crappy micro brews that no one else wants, and they probably get real cheap because of this. They have no imports afaik. Service is a little slow, but not outrageous. Atmosphere is different and a little upbeat, keeps you awake.
Unlike some of the other themed bars from the same owners (The Royal Mile, The High Life), El Bait Shop is more of grab bag of influences. The airbrushed wall, the fishing lures around (and in) the bar, the... shower...
The menu is Mexican-inspired and fish-populated for the most part and the beer is... well, there's a hell of a lot of it. The selection on tap is mostly domestic with local brews from a number of states. Notably, most of the Rogue and Flying Dog brews are on tap, along with multiple beers from several other breweries.
Enough about the restaurant itself. We had the chips and salsa as an appetizer -- fresh and a little greasy, but the salsa was good. There are a couple specialty salsas to order on the side that I plan on trying when I return. My first meal there was the Tilapia Fish Tacos, served with black beans and rice. The beans are well-seasoned and room temperature. The tacos were tasty and seasoned with mango salsa -- more of a diced vegetable salsa than a paste-like one.
I'll definitely be back soon. My only regret is that the beer selection will likely rotate before I make it through all 105 that are on tap.
Crazy selection of beers on tap
They just added Two Below as a winter seasonal. Try it!
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.
You can play Pengo here on the old-school arcade machine. Oh, and the beer is good, too.
Great lunch spot! Try the Baja Fish Tacos or a Taco Salad.
Thursday - Jimmy Carter Happy Hour... Local Homebrew!
I'm a cider beer fan, and I already knew I loved Strongbow, Woodchuck, and Ace Pear. But I tried the Woodpecker and Sutliff, and the Woodpecker on tap was waaay better.
Try the beer genius or just ask the bar tenders for their recommendation. Love this place - rather chill.
The food is almost as good as the brew selection!
Baja Fish Tacos. Try them! Also, go on Sundays and Wednesdays for live bands and 312 is the special!
We bike to El Bait Shop/High Life Lounge for Jimmy Carter Happy Hour on Thursday nights and enjoy the free home brew.
They've got a nice old school arcade machine
Try a beer cocktail! My favorite is the Snickers = Rogue Chocolate + Rogue Hazelnut (50/50) $4.75
Hang here with the coolest chick
Clam strip and shrimp basket is a great snack.
Bell's Hopslam is grate if you like I.P.A's!
Buffalo Eggrolls.- Fantastic
If you like ipa, try the breckenridge 471
Get the cheeseballs
Taste of the Season flight = delicious!
Great selection of beer flights. And priced at $8-10, it's a perfect way to try multiple brews without getting completely shit-faced.
Best beer selection in Iowa and best seafood tacos in town
Over 100 beers on tap! Some of it's crap though. Do not accidentally go into the High Life Lounge next door!
Get the Graziano Sausage Sandwich. Its the best I've ever had!
From the same guys that brought you High Life Lounge, Hessen Haus, Royal Mile, and Red Monk comes El Bait Shop.
El Bait shop features a serious fishing theme and has 105 beers on tap, which are nearly all American microbrews. In addition they have several bottled beers.
Open 11am-2am daily.
This'll be available exclusively here on tap, and in the bottle this Thursday at 5. Come check it out. http://t.co/JR8G7kBdcR