High Life Lounge

High Life Lounge

Bar, American Restaurant, and Café$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • Ranked #2 for bars in Des Moines
  • Jess D.
    "Best crappy beer around town!! Yeehaw!"(5 Tips)
    Paul K.
    "Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots - Best food ever."(3 Tips)
    Colleen J.
    "Their cheeseburger basket is a good deal."(3 Tips)
    "Get a Tangermeister, a beguiling combo of Tang and Jagermeister."(3 Tips)
89 Tips and reviews
  • tater tots
  • high life man
  • comfort food
  • cheeseburgers
  • beer
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  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyMarch 12, 2015
    It's like stepping into a time warp where it's still the year 1975 (wood panel walls and all, minus the ash trays). Also they have freaking tang here in powder form! Great with vodka.
  • Casey B.
    Casey BaileyNovember 16, 2014
    This is my second time stopping by here when in town for a show over at Wooly's. Great lil place to grab a drink and a quick bite. The atmosphere is laid back, staff is lovely, and prices aren't bad.
  • Stevie-Z
    Stevie-ZSeptember 23, 2012
    Best bar ever! Great 70's decor and beer signs.. Nothing but great real beers introduced no later than the 70's so if your looking for hipster microbrews you are SOL! The Food is great as well!
  • Kate A.
    Kate AnnDecember 24, 2016
    If you have a hankering for crappy American beer, here's your place. My uncle can even get his fave--Schlitz. Good comfort food, the ambiance is like stepping into the 70s. Great staff, good service.
  • Natalie U.
    Natalie UyenoApril 27, 2014
    This place reminded my husband of a VFW w/the shag carpet & the retro beers! LOL :) The baked beans have a slight kick to them & they're out of this world!
  • Colleen J.
    Colleen JonesMarch 14, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I go at lunch and love their goulash with a side of coleslaw. Their cheeseburger basket is a good deal. The tater tot casserole's also good. The mac and cheese..... :)
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.February 9, 2011
    Try the crispy pressure-fried chicken and bacon-wrapped tater tots, both of which were featured on Man v. Food, a show that explores the biggest & best eats across the nation.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BingerDecember 28, 2013
    Deviled eggs on the menu! I like mine with a bit more mayo but these are still yummy! Great service and cold beer.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineApril 24, 2012
    High Life Lounge keeps things simple and serves no beers created after 1979. This spot was voted #8 in our reader-determined Top 50 Bars. Read more
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineJune 22, 2012
    Bacon wrapped tots: So popular that High Life Lounge burns through the equivalent of three to four laundry baskets full of the appetizer each week. Read more
  • Katie
    KatieJune 2, 2015
    Great place to hang out when El Bait Shop is too crowded. And you can walk over with your drink too!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ClarkNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When they are out of the chicken pot pie, the "Highlife Man" burger is a great choice. Unbelievable combination of flavors!!!!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineJune 12, 2012
    Thursday: High Life Lounge, 200 S.W. Second St., hosts Crappy Beer Night each week with $1.25 cans of the best, crappiest, beer. Read more
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BingamanJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Little known fact: the High Life Lounge serves homemade French Silk Pie. It's not on the menu, but is available. Delicious!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EllsworthApril 13, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're staying for more than one, consider the 8-pack of High Life ponies. At $8.50 for 8 7-oz bottles, it's the best value in the place!
  • Angie H.
    Angie Hood1 week ago
    They had PBR! Plus, the artifacts were a nice touch.
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BruceJuly 22, 2016
    This is the best bar in the Midwest. Hate giving that honor to Iowa... But... Well played sirs, well played!
  • Adam S.
    Adam ShannonAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to sit outside if you can! There's a few tables on the side.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Get a Tangermeister, a beguiling combo of Tang and Jagermeister. Or a High Life. That's good, too. Read more
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EllsworthSeptember 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Sean Courtney provides the best bar conversation in town. If he's behind the bar, you're in for an enlightening experience.
  • Jeff L.
    Jeff LoganMarch 29, 2011
    Can't go wrong with a cheese burger basket with tots. Wash it down with a Grain Belt.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EllsworthSeptember 12, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The Chicken Fried Steak special on Wednesdays is the tastiest Hump Day deal going.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJanuary 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Tangermeister (Tang + Jaegermeister) is surprisingly good! If you like Italian bitter orange soda, you'll go w00t over this.
  • Niki B.
    Niki BSeptember 7, 2015
    One of the best bars in Des Moines.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MayeshibaJune 15, 2011
    You must get the bacon wrapped smokies and dip them in the Elvis Dip!
  • Margaux C.
    Margaux CDecember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Busch Light and all the most delicious appetizers you could want!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DiBonaSeptember 30, 2011
    The pork tenderloin is ridiculous in size, flavor, and price. Eat it up.
  • Brenda S.
    Brenda SwansonJuly 3, 2015
    Best place to go for comfort food after a long night of drinking
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillFebruary 1, 2016
    A nice spot for a quick drinks with friends after work or anytime.
  • Kip C.
    Kip CoxMarch 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The new prime rib sandwich is a...wait for it...mazing!!!
  • Megan B.
    Megan BannisterAugust 7, 2014
    The fried cheese curds are a must—especially on Crappy Beer Night!
  • Corey J.
    Corey JohnsonJune 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Italian Sausage - Graziano's: Sausage the way God intended.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan McCallionJune 16, 2011
    I recommend the bacon wrapped tater tots and the High Life Man Burger.
  • Paul K.
    Paul KirbachAugust 21, 2012
    Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots - Best food ever.
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MannetterJune 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The bacon-wrapped tots are my favorites. Ride your bike & enjoy the patio!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]November 11, 2011
    The Bacon Wrapped Tator Tots are amazing!
  • madmax
    madmaxJanuary 24, 2015
    the bacon wrapped tots r awesome
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 7, 2011
    Shag carpet, cheap shitty beer, and a 70's/80's theme. What more could you ask for?
  • Mike E.
    Mike EdwardsSeptember 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The broasted chicken as take-out makes for a great excuse to stop by on the way home from work!
  • Emily H.
    Emily HoenerJune 6, 2013
    Even if you have to wait 10 minutes for service, the food is totally worth it!
  • Victoria B.
    Victoria B.March 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on Thursdays for crappy beer night! 1.25 a can, PBR, Busch Light and Hamms
  • Manni B.
    Manni BalignasayJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Bacon Bacon Cheese (BBC) is the best!!!!
  • Corey J.
    Corey JohnsonOctober 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Meatloaf - Comfort food on a cold day.
  • Anna G.
    Anna GonzalezDecember 8, 2012
    Chicken and the Margaritas are amazing!
  • nathan d.
    nathan deutmeyerOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get an egg on top of any burger. Perfection!
  • Trent J.
    Trent JohnsonAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tots are the best in town
  • Angela V.
    Angela VanGinkelFebruary 18, 2010
    I love the retro atmosphere of High Life...takes you back to your "Old Uncles Basement"
  • Erin R.
    Erin R 😘March 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I wish Elisa still worked here!! Best server eveeeerrrr!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BrownAugust 14, 2012
    Order a Grainbelt
  • Dan J.
    Dan JohnsonSeptember 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried pickle spears are rather tasty. Read more
  • Kent B.
    Kent BachmanJune 15, 2015
    Awesome old school working mans bar
  • Rachael R.
    Rachael RhoadesJanuary 11, 2010
    Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots are awesome! Get a High Life, or grab a beer from El Bait Shop next door.
  • Stacy M.
    Stacy MastersonSeptember 29, 2014
    Cheeseburger basket with tots!
  • Brian K.
    Brian KramerMarch 12, 2013
    The Italian Sausage is legit
  • Jenn G.
    Jenn GoodellAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Three words: bacon wrapped tots
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]November 11, 2011
    Fun fact: They do not serve beer that was introduced after the 1970's.
  • Jordan L.
    Jordan LantzJuly 22, 2011
    The meatloaf sandwich is so damn good.
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MannetterAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Bacon wrapped tator tots!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 11, 2011
    Bacon. Wrapped. Tater Tots. --Adam Richman, Man v Food
  • Jon R.
    Jon RiebhoffDecember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Shaggy carpet and vintage beer ads are so swag
  • Tim H.
    Tim HeinleFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Musts: Cheeseburger (-onions) and tots. And tangermeister shots
  • Jess M.
    Jess MMay 9, 2016
    Tater Tots every time!
  • Jess D.
    Jess DemarayMay 8, 2011
    Best crappy beer around town!! Yeehaw!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out High Life Lounge as seen on Man vs Food Read more
  • Maura P.
    Maura PageApril 4
    Bacon wrapped tator tots!
  • Stacy R.
    Stacy RoseFebruary 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Monday tater tot casserole is awesome
  • Shawn P.
    Shawn PattyOctober 29, 2013
    Bacon wrapped tater tots.
  • Shmee
    ShmeeFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is probably of my favorite bars. Nothing else needed to say
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Warm up with the chicken pot pie on a cold day.
  • Dan J.
    Dan JohnsonJanuary 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Friday's all-you-can-eat fish fry is superior.
  • Donald B.
    Donald BurkeMarch 21, 2011
    Love the wood paneling.
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PriceApril 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place for Highlife beer... the champagne of beers!
  • LaVerne G.
    LaVerne GreenfieldMay 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Bacon wrapped smokies are addicting Read more
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺September 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $1.25 crappy beer every Thursday
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn McSweeneyJune 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this place!! Best place for comfort food!!!
  • Hans V.
    Hans VrijenhoefNovember 2, 2014
    Nice place
  • Ashley ♡ K.
    Get the cheeseballs
  • Tasha
    TashaMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get Broasted.
  • Bryan B.
    Bryan BoschNovember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    5 check ins free beer! I said free beer motherfuckers!!!
  • Shari C.
    Shari CravenJune 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If u get Heather for ur waitress u better plan on being there for a while. Terrible service!
  • Abby W.
    Abby WilsonMay 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheese balls! Get it!!!!
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MSeptember 5, 2011
    Beer before noon Nutting better
  • Corey J.
    Corey JohnsonFebruary 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Attend the Groundhog Day celebration for free High Life, a weather forecast and good times.
  • Skip
    SkipOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The High Life Man is a must try.
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander J MJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bow-chika bow-wow
  • Jennifer A.
    Jennifer AlatorreJuly 29, 2011
    Filthy crowded& stood around while staff ignored tables that needed bussing. Never going back, best to be avoided.
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BeeMarch 9, 2010
    Cheeseburger basket or fried pickles? Tough choice. . .
  • joel m.
    joel meanaSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Lenny fucking sucks here too.
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DayJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Absolute shit service today. We've waited over an hour for our food and still waiting....
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