Down Under Bar and Grill: Don't be Fooled by the Name

When you hear the name “Down Under Bar & Grill,” what do you think of first? Australia? The Outback? Foster’s beer? How about a location. Down Under first opened 20 years ago on the lower level of a two-story building – literally “down under” the upper level. Sometimes it’s best not to over think these things.

Bartender serving up drinks on a Hawkeye game day

In those past two decades, Down Under has become a local landmark. They’ve since moved out of the lower level location that gave them their name, but they’ve established themselves as THE classic neighborhood sports bar for the Clive area. They’ve got everything – 16 televisions, pools tables, video games lining the walls, and a spacious covered porch decorated with a border of native Australian animals. And, of course, they’re part of the Urban 515 local business alliance. What more could you ask for?

The thing that separates Down Under from the average sports bar is their extensive menu, which goes way beyond the typical greasy bar food. They have everything from pizza and nachos to shrimp and handcrafted burgers. They even smoke their own meats. While some of the menu items are Aussie themed, they’re probably best known for their triple-decker BLT sandwich, which uses locally grown tomatoes and more bacon than you could imagine. They’ve even won Cityview awards for some of the best bar food around, and best overall bar in the Des Moines area.

Even though Down Under has a great laid-back atmosphere, there’s never a dull moment. They offer everything from tent parties and live music to HalloweenRegulars enjoying beer, the game, and the company costume contests and of course, lots and lots of sports. Also, Down Under is renowned for their Birthday Club. If you sign up, you’ll be getting much more than just a free shot on your birthday.

Next time you’re looking for some delicious food and a great time in Clive, visit Down Under Bar and Grill. When you bring your Urban Card with you on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, you’ll be getting 20% off your entire tab! They’re located at 8350 Hickman Road in Clive, and their hours are Mon – Thur 2 pm – 2 am, and Fri – Sun 11am – 2 am. You can reach them at 515-278-6718.

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