- 9769 University Ave., Clive, IA, 50325
- Overall User Rating:
- (8 ratings)
- 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; closed Sunday.
September 24, 2008
When you walk in, the restaurant is to the right and bar to the left. Take a seat at the L-shaped bar, at a table or in a cushy booth. Dark wood and low light give the bar a subdued atmosphere. A couple of TVs show games, but don't dominate the decor.
When we arrived around 9 p.m. on a Friday night the dinner crowd - some young couples, some older couples and families - was starting to clear out. We sat at the bar where a 40-something businessman from Cape Cod chatted us up about Des Moines and our recent vacation. Later on a few regulars came in, joking with the bartender about football stats.
The two drinks
The bartender, aptly named Jameson, showed us the bar's signature cocktail list and suggested a Guaberry Mojito, made with guava-flavored rum, club soda, mint and strawberry puree. The fruity drink tasted fresh and sweet.
I was curious about the Sizzie, a mix of champagne and pomegranate Izze - two of my favorite drinks. The result was just like it sounds - pink, fizzie and sweet but not too sweet. I'll try making that at home.
Other cocktails included fruit-flavored combinations like the Creamsicle and Tiki Torch. The bartender said a new menu would debut in October. He also suggested that lovers of strong martinis try their version made with organic vodka, gin and blue cheese-stuffed olives. Later he mixed up an Irish coffee with sugar cubes and fresh whipped cream, the perfect ending on a chilly, rainy night.
The restaurant's full menu of steaks, build-your-own pasta, seafood and appetizers is available until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
With stellar drinks, including a whole list of $5 glasses of wine, Nick's bar is the perfect place to cozy up on a fall night.