March Madness is here and it’s time to find your home away from home for the games. If you’re looking for the perfect spot for a filling meal and sharp view of the action, consider one of these four popular local destinations. There are several sports bars to choose from in the Des Moines area that offer everything you could want for your March Madness escapades.
1. The Chicken Coop – Des Moines
1960 Grand Ave Suite 23, West Des Moines
5.7 miles from Springs at Jordan Creek
The Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill in Des Moines has 23 high definition TVs for ideal viewing during March Madness. The menu includes everything from burgers and ribs to chicken wings and nachos. There’s even a kid’s menu for family-friendly evenings. Locally owned and operated, this destination always has a welcoming feel.
2. Jethro’s BBQ
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines
11.1 miles from Springs at Waukee
Jethro’s is known for its flaming hot wings. If you’re looking for something hot and spicy to munch on while you watch March Madness, this is a great choice. The atmosphere is laid back with a hearty menu of barbecue favorites including sliced brisket, pulled pork, sliced pit ham, smoked sausage and ribs. Sides like the campfire baked beans, jalapeno cream corn and waffle fries offer the perfect accompaniment for a happy belly during the game.
3. Francie’s Bar & Grill
2100 Wakonda View Dr, De Moines
11.6 miles from Springs at Jordan Creek
Wood paneled walls and a blackboard drink menu give Francie’s a distinctly old school air. If you’re looking for cozy tables and cold drinks, this is the perfect place for your March Madness outing. The menu includes hearty burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups. Drink options include a wide selection of draft and bottled beers as well as several wines by the glass or bottle.
4. G. Migs 5th Street Pub
128 5th St, West Des Moines
6.8 miles from Springs at Jordan Creek
A favorite of Hawkeye fans, G. Migs is an energetic neighborhood hot spot. During March Madness, the bar offers $3.50 domestic tallboy specials, and you can catch the game on 15 flat screen televisions. The menu is a simple affair, focused on sandwiches, salads and house-made soups. You’ll find some outstanding options to choose from none the less, such as the Pride of Iowa Wrap with pork carnitas, bacon, cheddar jack, candy corn salsa and chipotle aioli.
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