Bars in Des Moines


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  • Lime Lounge
    The long stem of a martini glass serves a purpose beyond its elegant appearance—it keeps the concoctions it bears cold without ice, which can dilute even the most potent cocktail. A practiced bartending staff uses these slender glasses to hold the more than 30 martinis that dot Lime Lounge’s drink menu, each of which is infused with premium liquors. Mango purée and a hint of chili pair with Absolut vodka in the Mango Tango, a staff favorite, and classic gin and vodka martinis, prepared to each guests' specifications, contain blue-cheese-stuffed olives or cocktail onions. The Lounge's selection of frozen cocktails don't need a martini glass to stay chilled, instead blending rum or tequila with ultra-fine shaved ice to induce an intoxicating brain freeze. With cocktail in hand, patrons can roam the contemporary interior, taking in the lights-and-sound spectacle and tapping their feet in time to live music or DJ sets.
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    435 E Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Hoyt Sherman Place
    Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
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    1501 Woodland Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Underground Lounge
    The Underground boasted four CityView awards in 2009, including Best Bartender and Best Bar Overall. The laid back subterranean space presents live music most nights, hosting both local and national acts. Hide away from the world and its impossible crossword puzzles with well drink ($3) or draft beer ($3–$4) flanked by helping of Frank's pizza ($8). The bar also offers a wide selection of wines by the glass ($7) and martinis that will leave you shaken, not obliterated ($7). This game-friendly drinkery also features billiard tables and dartboards for pool sharks and target tunas. The Underground is 21 and over after 9 p.m. Most live music shows are free, but there is the occasional cover charge (not covered by the Groupon) so be sure to check the schedule before planning your rock-filled evening.
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    500 E Locust St
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Sideshow Lounge
    Des Moines Social Club's in-house, cabaret-style bar hosts revolving sets of live entertainment from music to comedy while serving a broad, liquid array of drinks and cocktails. A specialty blood orange cosmo ($8) can play a sipping accessory while taking a break during salsa dancing on Monday's Latin Night, while stumped participants can seek an answer to Tuesday's Team Trivia night at the bottom of a Campari-based Jersey Shore ($8). Community pride manifests through 19 signature neighborhood beer and shot combos for $5 a pair, from the East Village inspired duo of Flying Dog Pale and SoCo Lime to the Ames coupling of Grainbelt and Goldschlager. Further drink options along with other recurring events can be found online. Absent an in-house spectacle, the expansive Pappajohn Sculpture Park with its chiseled works of mozzarella and pepperoni art is easily seen trough the façade of windows facing north.
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    1408 Locust Street
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Z's Bar & Grill
    Z's Bar is the kind of neighborhood spot where everyone feels welcome to stop in and relax over a bite or a drink. During the lunch hour, housemade lunch specials add a homestyle feel to your noontime eats. Z's Bar's laid-back, friendly atmosphere is suitable for everything from happy hours and parties to party-planning-committee meetings.
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    1511 S Union St.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Hessen Haus
    The rich, substantial fare native to Deutschland is truly a showstopper at Des Moines' Hessen Haus. For those tired of trendy diets, Hessen Haus s lack of low-fat food is sure to make your stomach smile. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Hessen Haus, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Hessen Haus can seat both large and small groups. At Hessen Haus, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Hessen Haus is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). If you're strapped for time, take out food from Hessen Haus. Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Hessen Haus. You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant. Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Hessen Haus, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark. Hessen Haus happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
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    101 4th St
    Des Moines, IA US
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