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Ames, IA

Population: 62,815
Cellar 626

Cellar 626

In the back of Cyclone Liquors in Ames, you’ll find an unassuming steel door. Open the door and you’ll stumble into Cellar 626, one of Iowa’s best hidden gems. Thanks to its liquor store neighbor, its selection of spirits, beer, and wine are unparalleled. The bar is only open on Thursdays and Fridays, so plan accordingly. If you go, order the Smoked Stan, Cellar 626’s take on a smoked Old Fashioned.