- 2120 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50312
- Overall User Rating:
- (10 ratings)
- Bar: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Kitchen: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily; 5:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday.
Flanagan's is an Ingersoll mainstay where half of the crowd could be considered fixtures alongside the bar's eccentric decor of hanging plaques, signs and posters. Inside, the tavern is dimly lit with a large wrap-around bar that's prime seating for chatter with the bartender. The room is spacious with several tables, booths and a couple of video games. The outdoor patio is large enough for plenty of groups to lounge during warm months, especially on Sundays when the bar serves bargain steaks and patrons take on the open mic.
On some days, the crowd seems like a group of steady regulars. On repeat visits, I've seen some of the same faces, but they're a friendly bunch who welcome other drinkers into conversation. You'll find loners bellied up to the bar as well as large groups of friends seated at tables.
THE TWO DRINKS
The bartender, Connie, almost shyed away from our challenge. She tried telling us she was a generation ahead of us when it came to mixing drinks. Connie asked for some of our favorite drinks to feel out our taste buds. She delivered with a Black and Tan (Guiness over Bass Ale) and a Captain Morgan and Coke. Maybe not the most adventurous two drinks, but two reliables that kept us at the bar for a second round.
On the Wednesday night we stopped in, we ordered the baked brie with apples, almonds and french bread. It's one of Flanagan's specialities that's always struck me as an odd bar food offering. Nevertheless, it hit the spot and the plate was clean by the time we left. On Sundays, check out their brunch and all-day happy hour.
Flanagan's is a place where it's easy to get comfortable. The bonus is the great menu with some of the best bar food in the city.