Although visitors may not expect it, Des Moines offers a whole host of thrilling nightlife options. Home to one of the midwest’s most sought after beer bars, and to many others with scenic rooftop patios, a good time is always at hand in this city. Here are our 10 best bars in Des Moines, Iowa.
Voted one of the best new bars of the city, Up-Down is for the many interested in 1980s and 1990s video game nostalgia. This retro funhouse makes its home in a downtown Des Moines basement, where tokens are king, and drinks are flowing. With classics like Super Mario, Pacman, Skiball, and Jenga, Up-Down is a place for anyone appreciative of the glamorous past of gaming.
Up-Down, 500 E Locust St, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-243-4322
Stroll over to the Eastside to visit Toad’s Tavern, one of Des Moines’ most loyally visited local bars. The big attraction here is their ridiculously long happy hour. If that proves to be too narrow a time frame, Toad’s offers a five minute happy hour every hour on Saturdays, to make the traveller’s experience just that little bit, well, happier.
Toad’s Tavern, 3002 State Ave, Des Moines IA, USA, +1 515-264-8623