• Posted Oct 9, 2020

Good People. Great Times. Amazing Beer. Start Here. End Here.

Located conveniently at the beginning of the High Trestle Trail in Ankeny, Trailside is the premier bar and restaurant to visit after a ride, for lunch, or after work with some friends!

Trailside promises to deliver a fun and exciting atmosphere with some of the best food and drinks in Des Moines! Come by sometime soon, we would love to see you!


16 beers on tap. 15 are local beers. they'll be rotating local beers throughout the seasons.

Happy Hour Limelights: Carafes of Trail-side Margaritas and House Sangria on the large out

Order online and check out their happy hour menu (pdf). Beer and drinks to-go too! Curbside pick-up available.

See a tour video with executive chef Mike Holman.

Does this place look familiar? It should if you were ever at the Pig-n-Pedal. The Trailside Tap resides in the same location and completely under new ownership, a new menu and drink selection. Unfortunately the Pig-n-Pedal did not make it due to Covid-19 restrictions.


Currently open for dine-in, carryout, and curbside! Guests are welcome to use our amazing PATIO as well!
Daily: 4PM-8:30PM. Hours will be expanded once Covid is under control. Follow along on the website and social media for up-to-the-date hours.

Trailside's Patio

The +/-80 seat patio is located right in the heart of Ankeny on the High Trestle Trail trailhead. Backing to Ankeny Market Pavilion, their patio overlooks the bustling Ankeny Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning during the summer.

With a gated sidewalk, walk your bikes into the yard and enjoy food and drink on the patio while listening to music and watching the market and trail-riders rolling by.

The patio will be open as long as the weather cooperates.

Uptown – The “Old Downtown” Revitalization

While Ankeny continued to grow by leaps and bounds, Uptown had quietly been left to age like so many other “old downtowns.” A number of businesses had successfully existed for years, but an equal number of buildings were run down and in need of revitalization. Limited parking and outdated infrastructure plagued the district.

About 5-10 years ago however, that all changed. The City of Ankeny, along with local developers, saw the potential and began a revitalization initiative. This combined effort has led to the bicycle trail infrastructure, the market pavilion, improved roads, much-needed additional parking, and updated buildings for businesses and residents alike.

The Uptown Association (an Uptown Ankeny business member group) has been integral in these efforts as well, and we are proud to be an active member.

A trailhead project which will bring art installations to the Ankeny corridor of trails, as well as 2 trail construction projects. Heading south out of uptown, the first project tunnels under Highway 69 and the second project takes the trail over Oralabor Rd via a bridge. These projects mean no more crossing two of Ankeny’s busiest roadways and are expected to be completed this year. Very exciting!


Trailside Tap
710 SW 3rd St
Ankeny, IA 50023 MAP

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