There’s more to Ames than Campustown and college kids. A trip “downtown” brings a number of surprising options for drinking and dining. (You just have to look past all the crafts and kitsch.)
From old-time favorites like Aunt Maude’s and Lucullan’s to new vibes like coffee shop-record store Vinyl Cafe and the remodeled Whiskey River bar, Main Street Ames is an entertainment district that is, yes, small, but also interesting and diverse and surprising and at times refined — much like the city of Ames itself. Let’s take a walk down Main Street and pop into a few of the day and nighttime options.