Des Moines Nightlife

Des Moines NightlifeFor the best nightlife in Des Moines, check out our list of the capital city's hottest bars and nightclubs. We've searched the city from north to south, and east to west for the perfect place to party. So get ready to bounce on over to one of the favorite picks and get the party started.

The Brick House
Hang out at The House of Bricks. This nightlife venue serves up fresh prepared foods and hosts performances by piping hot bad boy bands like Ventana, Caustic Vision, Warfist and Gabriel & the Apocalypse, along with cool events like Comedy Open Mic and Say What! Poetry. Check the events calendar and note some shows are open to all ages.

Address: 525 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 727- 4370
Web: www.thehouseofbricks.com

Shorty’s Irish Pub
It's your lucky night out at Shorty's Irish Pub! Formerly an underground speakeasy-style bar, the new owners put an Irish twist on the dive bar's atmosphere. Crawl into a hidden booth at this cozy nightlife spot and enjoy a bowl of Irish stew and shot of Irish whiskey. Afterwards, make new friends when you test your luck at a game of Irish Rings.

Address: 208 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 282-3663
Web: www.shortysirishpub.com

Vaudeville Mews
Vaudeville Mews is the premier eclectic music venue located in the heart of the Court Avenue Entertainment District in downtown Des Moines. Enjoy a night of live music from hip-hop, rap and soul, to psychedelic, folk, rock and everything in between. Know this: the night starts young and ends late at this nightlife destination.

Address: 214 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 243-3270
Web: www.vaudevillemews.com

Johnny’s Hall of Fame Sports Bar
Spend your time on the nightlife scene out at Des Moines' original Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar. Start your night out with a game of pool, dozens of billiard games and high-def TV's everywhere you look. Grab a slice of pizza and an ice-cold beer because after all, the night is still young when you're in the heart of the capital's entertainment district.

Address: 302 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 280-6679
Web: www.johnnyshalloffame.com

The High Life Lounge
Step out and step into the 1960s nightlife at The High Life Lounge. Yes, there's genuine shag carpet, Formica bar top, vintage wall paper, wood paneling and classic Miller High Life beer signs hanging everywhere! How can you not spend nights out on the town at a tavern like this?

Address: 200 SW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 280-1965
Web: www.thehighlifelounge.com