I'd check out Campustown, the...
I'd check out Campustown, the university district, if you're young or young at heart. It's pretty small as far as major university districts go, but still hoppin'. Try Mo Jazz, Lost and Found Lounge, Paddy's and Cafe Beaudelaire.
Dress Code: No dress codes for these places. Think college students.
Ames is a college town, so...
Ames is a college town, so there are many bars in town too wet your whistle. The are two basic bar districts; Campustown and Downtown. Campustown is located right next to campus on Welch Ave. (this is were I usually go). Downtown is located a block off Licoln Way and there are plenty of signs pointing to it. The next couple of nightlife pages are of a few of the bars I frequent.
If you are under twenty one I'm sorry but the mean 'ol city of Ames won't let you into any of the bars. This law is strictly enforced, I have gotten a $140 fine for getting caught in a bar when I was a minor. Some bars are getting in trouble too, a bar in campustown was recently shut down for six months for letting minors in.
Paddy's Irish pub: Paddy's Irish pub
Paddy's is one of the most popular bars in town. It usually has the longest lines to get in but if you go early(before 9) or later(after 12) it is usually easy to get into. It is a great hang-out bar, there are plenty of pool tables and plenty of places to sit. It has a really relaxed atmosphere, it's one of my favorite bars.
Dress Code: Casual
DG's Tap House: Downtown Bars
Located above The Corner Pocket in downtown Ames, DG's all-wood interior is spacious, with booths, high tables and a three-sided bar. A stage provides room for the live local bands every Saturday night.
The bar offers 56 beers on tap, and more than 100 varieties when bottled beers are included.
Dress Code: Casual Dress
paddys irish pub/ mickeys irish pub: mickeys > paddys
I think paddys is one of the worst, possibly the worst bar in campustown. The staff is very rude, especially the doorman (skinny blonde dude usually). He treats everyone like they are a drunken mess, even if you are obviously 100% sober. This includes yelling at you, rude sacasim, ignoring you, etc. He even accused one of my legal aged friends of having a fake and wouldn't let her in, but yet didn't take the id. Sounds like a power trip to me! In addition to this the place smells all the time, even if no one is there. The bathrooms are far more disgusting then the average bars. If you want a good exeperience head across the street to mickeys. The owner, tim, is a real cool guy. I highly recommend it for 21st birthdays. They'll make it one you'll remember. The basement bar and dance floor is sweet. The bartenders are really fast. I guarantee you'll never wait long for a drink. Plus, who doesn't love free popcorn! Check this place out if haven't already.
- Beer Tasting
- Food and Dining
- School Holidays
Boheme Bistro: Escape the Midwest
With an atmosphere ranging from that of a candle-lit Catholic church to a pounding international disco, the Boheme is the most unique experience Ames has to offer. Until evening, it assumes the role of a funky, quiet bistro and coffee shop. In the evenings, it provides live music, and on weekends a diverse and high-energy international dance night. The Boheme has a full bar, and is the only 18-and-up club in Ames. Wireless internet.
It's dirty, you can bring your dog, and there will always be a drunk old man staring at you from the bar. But hey, on Thursday nights, gin & tonics are 75 cents.
Dress Code: If you dress up, you'll look like a complete jackass.
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