One of my favorite things about the Des Moines area is the incredible network of bike trails. And there’s nothing better than a long ride broken up by a stop at a bar along the bike trail for a drink, a meal, or both. There are some wonderful establishments right along the trails that cater to bicyclists. Here are a few of my favorites:
If I’m riding downtown I always make sure to stop at Mullets. Have you tried their fried cheese curds? They’re delicious and after riding my bike all day it’s easy to order them without feeling too guilty. Mullets opens at 7am for all of you early birds and they stay open until late at night. They have a wonderful patio so that you can sit outside and enjoy the view of the bike trail, river, and ballpark.
Cumming Tap is a wonderful little dive bar in Cumming Iowa that is situated right off of the Great Western Trail. Cumming Tap is also home to Taco Tuesdays where Sam Auen of Tacopocolypse serves up his famous tacos for hungry riders. I love the laid back vibe of Cumming Tap and always feel very comfortable here.
Flat Tire Lounge is conveniently located right along the High Trestle Trail only three miles from The High Trestle Bridge. It’s a large space with ample bicycle parking outside. A food stand called The Radish Express is set up right next to the Flat Tire Lounge. I tried their burger which was fantastic and I was eyeing my neighbors’ pulled pork sandwich that I’ll definitely be ordering next time. When I recently visited Flat Tire Lounge there were groups of bikers dressed in matching jerseys playing drinking games with plastic baseball bats. They were filling the hollow bats with beer then chugging the bat’s contents. They would then then put the bat down and spin around with the bat pressed to their forehead. I didn’t quite understand it but that doesn’t matter, they seemed to be enjoying themselves.
So tell me…what’s your favorite place to stop for a drink along the bike trail?