Honors Lounge revives Clive bar spot with cheap craft beer

Honors Lounge revives Clive bar spot with cheap craft beer

The scene: Clive’s Bombay Bicycle Club will always ring legendary in the hearts of some Iowans. Whether it was the live music or the homey atmosphere, the bar had an allure that was hard to explain. But there’s a storied history on that spot: Bombay Bicycle Club closed up shop in late 2012, leaving space for the Point, a more loungey music bar.

Unfortunately the Point only lasted about a year, and now Honors Lounge will try to keep the torch burning. After opening in early January, Honors looks to capitalize on the big, hidden-away bar space by focusing on cheap drinks, a friendly atmosphere, and — as is tradition — live music.

What we saw: Honors isn’t quite yet the cult-favorite hangout that the Bombay Bicycle Club once was, so the bar was relatively empty on a recent Monday night. But that was actually kind of nice. My guest and I cozied up to the stone-top bar for a couple of hours and took in some Olympic events.

Honors is spacious and open inside, and is sectioned into three main areas: a standing-room games space, the dining area and the stage. The games area features two pool tables, darts, an arcade machine in the corner, and high-top tables on a mixed wood platform. The dining area signals a shift to a more sit down bar, with a scattering of booths and tables near the entrance, plus a long bar with two big screen TVs behind it. The stage will feature rotating acts, both musicians and comedians.

What we ordered: Easily the best surprise about Honors was the cheap drinks. They have a few great specials throughout the week, including a 3-7 p.m. happy hour Monday through Friday that features $1 off all drafts and well drinks. And taps aren’t limited to Miller and Bud. Their beer selection is respectable, including Ranger IPA, Woodchuck, Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale, and an Exile seasonal.

My guest and I decided on a Peace Tree Red Rambler (on tap, $3), and a Big Sky Moose Drool (on tap, $2), followed later by a couple of Molson Canadians (on tap, $2.50).

Bombay Bicycle Club and the Point both partnered with Tacopocalypse to feed their hungry masses. But now Tacopocalypse has a brick-and-mortar shop, and Honors is offering their own menu. Their options include classic bar foods like wings and jalapeno poppers, along with more dinner-friendly picks like build-your-own burgers. We just ordered some cheese sticks to munch on while marveling at the speed skaters.

When else to go: On March 1, Honors will welcome their first musical guest, which should kickstart things a bit. Honors’ other specials include ladies night on Wednesday, with $1 off everything from 8 p.m. to close, and a late-night happy hour on Friday and Saturday that features $1 off drafts and well drinks from 9 p.m. to close.

Honors Lounge

Find it: 8410 Hickman Road, Clive

Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday

Info: 515-528-8072

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