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.

Shorty's Somewhat Fancy Bar
It's your lucky night out at Shorty's Somewhat Fancy Bar! 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 Aven, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 282-3663

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: 212 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 243-3270

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 Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 280-6679

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 St, Des Moines, IA 50309 - MAP
Phone: (515) 280-1965