Where to Sip, Eat, and Watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup in the Des Moines Metro

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Are you ready for the excitement of the FIFA World Cup? The world's best soccer teams will be battling it out in Qatar from November through December 18 to claim the championship title. If you're...

Are you ready for the excitement of the FIFA World Cup? The world's best soccer teams will be battling it out in Qatar from November through December 18 to claim the championship title. If you're in the Des Moines metro area, we've got you covered with a guide to the best spots to catch all the action. Whether you're looking for a quick stop or a hot spot to watch the games, we've got the perfect recommendations for you.

Barn Town Brewing

Barn Town Brewing in West Des Moines Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

Start off with Barn Town Brewing, where you can enjoy their delicious brews and burgers while cheering on your favorite teams. With a wide selection of beers on tap and big-screen TVs, you'll have the perfect setup to enjoy the games. Treat yourself to their classic ’55 burger, topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The ’55 is named after the iconic Ford F-100 that sits atop Barn Town Brewing's bar.

Location: 9500 University Ave., #1100, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: 515-978-6767; barntownbrewing.com

The Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill

Bartender Kim Staker draws a craft ale made by Thunderhead Brewing at Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill in Urbandale.

For flame-broiled wings and specialty pizzas, head to The Chicken Coop Sports Bar & Grill. With three locations in Ankeny, Urbandale, and West Des Moines, you'll find a great spot to watch the game while enjoying a variety of brews, cocktails, and margaritas. If you like a little spice, try the Pepper Jackoroni pizza with pepper jack cheese, pepperoni, and red bell peppers.

Locations: 1325 S.W. Oralabor Road, Ankeny; 12725 Meredith Drive, Urbandale; 5906 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines
Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: 515-289-1578; chickencoopurbandale.com

Gilroy's Kitchen + Pub + Patio

Belly up to the bar at Gilroy

Gilroy's Kitchen + Pub + Patio is another fantastic option for watching the FIFA World Cup. They have big-screen TVs in the bar area where you can catch all the excitement. Enjoy their weekend brunch buffet or try some crispy tempura-fried white cheddar cheese curds with ranch dressing. If you're in the mood for something more substantial, their crispy Gilroy’s fried chicken is a must-try.

Location: 1238 Eighth St., West Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Contact: 515-809-1727; gilroyskitchen.com

The Hall

The Hall in West Des Moines

When it comes to watching the game and enjoying pub food, The Hall is the place to be. They offer a variety of specialty menus that cater to different tastes. While you watch the game on their giant screens, indulge in fried Brussels sprouts and nachos from FoodWorks, a red lager brat or giant pretzel from DieHalle, or a juicy burger from the burger stand. Don't forget to pair your meal with a craft cocktail or a refreshing beer.

Location: 111 S. 11th St., Suite 200, West Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 3 to 10 p.m.; Thursday-Friday: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact: 515-608-4100; thehalldsm.com

The Keg Stand

This West Des Moines bar offers boom fries to go with that ole cheer during the World Cup.

Looking for a laid-back sports bar atmosphere? The Keg Stand in West Des Moines is the perfect spot. Alongside watching the game, you can enjoy some street corn nachos, breaded baby Portobello mushrooms, or their signature boom fries. These indulgent fries are loaded with bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, and chives.

Location: 3530 Westown Pkwy., West Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Contact: 515-327-7429; thekegstanddm.com

Mullets

The patio at Mullets on Friday, April 9, 2021, in Des Moines, IA.

If you're looking for a bar with a great atmosphere to watch the games, head to Mullets. Their extensive menu offers a wide selection of American favorites, including breakfast items, big pizzas, and delicious burgers. Whether you're in the mood for chorizo hash browns, taco pizza, or a jalapeno-topped burger, Mullets has it all.

Location: 1300 S.E. First St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday-Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: 515-244-1443; mulletsdm.com

The Other Place

The Other Place offers hand-breaded onion rings with ranch dressing and Smokehouse pizza for soccer matches.

For a great viewing experience, The Other Place offers big-screen TVs at two locations in the metro area. While you enjoy the FIFA World Cup games, indulge in hand-breaded onion rings with ranch dressing or share a Smokehouse pizza loaded with delicious toppings. Their menu has something for everyone.

Locations: 12401 University Ave., Clive; 2010 SE Delaware Ave., Ankeny
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight
Contact: Ankeny: 515-963-9494; Clive: 515-225-9494; theotherplace.com

Players Sports Bar & Grill

Players Sports Bar & Grill offers its take on a Juicy Lucy.

Players Sports Bar & Grill is the ultimate destination for sports fans during the FIFA World Cup. Enjoy some hot wings or choose from their selection of mouth-watering burgers. Don't miss their Juicy Pipin' Lucy burger, a half-pound patty filled with melted cheddar cheese, jalapeños, bacon, and more. It's a taste sensation!

Location: 1760 Beaver Ave., Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 3 to 10 p.m. (Closed Wednesdays); Thursday-Friday: 3 p.m. to midnight; Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Contact: 515-274-8639

Royal Mile

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For a touch of British style, head to the Royal Mile in downtown Des Moines. Since 2001, they've been bringing a taste of the UK to Iowa. While you watch the FIFA World Cup games, savor traditional British dishes like fish and chips, Scotch eggs, or Shepherd's pie. And don't forget to explore their extensive selection of single malt scotches.

Location: 210 Fourth St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Contact: 515-282-2012; royalmilebar.com

Saints Pub + Patio

Saints Pub + Patio offers all the FIFA World Cup games.

If you're in Waukee, make sure to visit Saints Pub + Patio for some great food and an incredible sports viewing experience. You can catch all the FIFA World Cup games on their numerous TVs. Try their pub nachos or poblano chicken dip for some delicious appetizers. If you're looking for a heartier meal, their Philly cheese steak or French dip won't disappoint.

Location: 87 N.E. Carefree Lane, Waukee
Hours: Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Contact: 515-216-1654; saintspub.com

The Station on Ingersoll

The Nachos Graziano from The Station on Ingersoll.

The Station on Ingersoll is ready to celebrate the FIFA World Cup with you. They will be opening daily at 10 a.m., starting on kickoff day, November 20. You can enjoy a variety of snacks such as crab Rangoon nachos and pretzel bites with beer cheese while watching the games. Don't forget to try one of their specialty drinks like a pumpkin pie spiced White Russian or a Drunken Appletini shot.

Location: 3124 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Contact: thestationdsm.com

Wellman's Pub

Wellman

Since 1982, Wellman's Pub has been a go-to spot for watching games and enjoying classic pub grub. Their menu offers a variety of options including pizza, burgers, and wings. Try their Buffalo chicken mac, a delectable combination of tender chicken, penne noodles, Buffalo cream sauce, and more. It's a real treat!

Locations: 2920 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines; 597 Market St., West Des Moines
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Contact: Des Moines: 515-245-9737; West Des Moines: 515-222-1100; wellmanspub.com

Pro Iowa and Des Moines Menace Host Watch Parties

As a bonus, Pro Iowa and Des Moines Menace are hosting a series of watch parties for the FIFA World Cup. Join them and fellow soccer enthusiasts to cheer for teams like the USA and Mexico. These family-friendly watch parties will take place at various locations, and they even have sweepstakes where you can win exciting prizes, including gift cards and a 65-inch flat screen TV from Hisense.

Here are some of the upcoming watch parties:

  • Monday, Nov. 21: USA vs. Wales at Flix Brewhouse, kickoff at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 22: Mexico vs. Poland at Senor Tequila, kickoff at 10 a.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 25: USA vs. England at Big Grove Brewery, kickoff at 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 26: Mexico vs. Argentina at Kinship Brewing Co., kickoff at 1 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27: Germany vs. Spain at Hessen Haus, kickoff at 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29: USA vs. Iran at Kinship Brewing Co., kickoff at 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 30: Mexico vs. Saudi Arabia at El Fogon at West Glen in West Des Moines, kickoff at 1 p.m.

Make sure to register for the watch parties to be entered into the sweepstakes and get a chance to win fantastic prizes. Don't miss out on all the fun!

And that's a wrap! With these fantastic spots to sip, eat, and watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup, you're guaranteed to have an amazing time. Grab your friends, pick your favorite location, and get ready for some soccer action like never before. These venues offer delicious food, refreshing drinks, and a vibrant atmosphere that will make your FIFA World Cup experience unforgettable. Cheers to a month of thrilling matches and memorable moments!

Please note that contact information and event details provided in this article are subject to change. It's always a good idea to check with the establishments for the latest information.

Original article by Jay Stahl for The Des Moines Register

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