Nightlife: Fill up while drinking up

It can be inconvenient to have to leave your favorite bar just because you’re hungry and they don’t serve food.

Ames does, however, offer a variety of bars that do serve food — meaning you don’t have to give up your prized bar stool.

Whether you like to sing karaoke, listen to live music or just relax, you can do it all while enjoying a warm meal at the bar.

Take a trip to West Towne Pub on South Dakota Avenue in West Ames. They offer a wide range of food, from burgers and salads to pasta and steak, but they put a unique spin on each entree.

“Some of our most popular dishes include our Skippy Burger, Buffalo Chili Cheese fries and our Rock ‘n’ Rib Rolls,” said Jacque Smith, a server at West Towne Pub.

If you are in the mood to sing your heart out and chow down on some boneless wings, check out West Towne Pub on Karaoke Tuesday.

Boneless wings are eight for $5. Take a $1 tube shot before stepping up to the mic or sip on a Spiced Rum and Coke for $2.25.

For more information on other daily specials, visit their website at

If you would rather be entertained than the entertainer, stop by Cafe Beaudelaire located on Lincoln Way between Hayward and Welch Avenue on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. for “International Night.”

Enjoy a live band and order an appetizer. Their drink special that night is $4 20-ounce Steins of Anchor Steam.

“We have a relaxed, eclectic atmosphere and are welcoming to people of all ages and ethnicities,” Angie Richman, server at Cafe Beaudelaire said.

Never been to Cafe B? No problem. Their friendly servers will walk you through the menu and help you decide what you want.

Order up a buttery, crunchy hard shell taco at Es Tas located on Stanton Avenue.

“You can’t go wrong with the tacos on Taco Tuesday. The tots are good, too,” said Jordan Hutchens, senior in construction engineering.

On Tuesdays you can get chicken, beef or pork tacos for 90 cents from 5 p.m. to midnight.

But come early, as the place gets packed quickly. Wash your tacos down with $1.75 domestic bottles or $5.50 pitchers of Coors Light.

Charlie Yoke’s is another bar located in Campustown on Lincoln Way. Kick off your weekend with $4 domestics or wells on Thursday nights. Rage hard on Friday nights with $5 Raging Bulls, a Red Bull and vodka drink.

They also offer $1 off appetizers during their happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m. every day.

Charlie Yoke’s also features live music.

“We are working on lining up the following bands for the near future: Lady Soal, Rebel Creek, New Machine, DeadNote, and Peace, Love and Stuff,” Manager Michael Roberts said.