Welch Ave Station

Theres only one place to drink when South Park is on

207 Welch Ave

Ames, IA

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Welch Ave Station in Ames


Welch Ave isn't a place to stand against the wall because the place is too full like other bars, its a place to sit down with some friends and watch South Park on the big screens until you can't see the TV over the pile of empty pitchers you drank. The atmosphere here is much more layed back than other bars in Campustown.
starstarstarno starno star 3.1/5 with 569 votes
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Big Screen HDTVs
Pool Tables
Table Service
18 beers on tap
Price Range
moneymoneyno moneyno money Moderately Expensive
Mon-Thur: 4:00pm - 2:00am
Fri: 1:00pm - 2:00am
Sat-Sun: Noon - 2:00am
Generally college students
Saturday Drink Special 
 Frosty Mugs, Margs and Bloody Marys all $2.50
Friday Drink Special 
 $2.75 Daiquiri‘s (21 Flavors)
 $3 Long Islands
Thursday Drink Special 
Thursday Top Shelf Night - No Cover
 $2.50 singles and $4.75 doubles on ANY liquor
 any Pint or Bottle $2.50
Wednesday Drink Special 
 Select beers $1.25 or $2 a pint
Monday Drink Special 
Select 60oz Pitchers $5
 Long Island Pints $2.75
 Cap‘N‘Coke Pints $2.75
Sunday Drink Special 
 Happy Hour Prices All Day
 $2/$3.50 wells
 $5.75 pitchers
Sunday Drink Special 
Martini Tuesday
 $3 Large Drink w/ ANY vodka or gin in stock
 PBR Pitchers $4.75
 Grain Belt Bottles $1
77 User Reviews & Comments
March 15, 2014 starstarno starno starno star
The atmosphere was pretty good. Clean. Good music. Lots of games and drinks were priced well. With all that being said the reason I gave it a bad review is essentially some of the staff. No matter how put together a place is, customer service is essential. I went to the bar to get a drink, it took a few minutes for the bartender to even see I was there. (He was watching the television above the bar.) Once I got his attention and ordered he started making it and forgot half way through what I had ordered. Then when payment time came, (I didn‘t realize the place was cash only.), instead of politely telling me it was cash only he condesendingly shook his head at me while informing me the ATM was in the back. When I brought the cash back and paid he gave me the wrong change back. After showing him the change and some snippy comments he gave me the correct change. Then the drink wasn‘t even correct. All I wanted was a Captain Diet Coke after class and got a Captain Coke instead. I heard Welch had good F.A.C. specials and decided to try it. After this fiasco I think I‘ll just keep going to Estas.
December 24, 2013 starstarstarstarno star
I‘ve always enjoyed a trip to Welch Avenue Station. The servers are polite and easy to talk with and since they have gone to "no smoking" the place is just that much more enjoyable. When we go we typically order pizza from Pizza Pit upstairs, making this that much more enjoyable experience. Fun place to hang out and shoot the breeze, play some pool or just relax and watch a game.
September 17, 2012 starstarstarstarstar
I imagine since you‘re of the few people leaving bad comments the problem lies with you and not the bar. Welch Ave is one of the few bars left with a tolerable atmosphere. With over a 100 years bar tending experience combined, the bartenders not only know how to make your "Basic Drinks" but know how to make more drinks then any other bartender in Campustown. I‘d take your complaints somewhere people will believe you.
August 31, 2012 starno starno starno starno star
Let‘s see, where to start...

1) expensive for amount
2) rude staff
3) poor atmosphere
4) can‘t move around the bar area
5) too few bartenders
6) bartenders don‘t know basic drinks.

I would have to be having the best night of my life on the drunk scale to be able to be taken there again.
April 23, 2011 starstarstarstarstar
One of the few bars left in Campustown that‘s actually worth going to. Love this place!
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