High Life Lounge

High Life Lounge

Bar, American Restaurant, and Café
200 SW 2nd St (at Market St.), Des Moines, IA 50309, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Des Moines owned and operated purveyor of classic brews, classic food, and classic Americana.


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  • Ranked #2 for bars in Des Moines
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    Paul K.
    "Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots - Best food ever."(3 Tips)
    Colleen J.
    "Their cheeseburger basket is a good deal."(3 Tips)
    Natalie F.
    "shag carpet & the retro beers!"(3 Tips)
    Ryan M.
    "bacon wrapped tater tots and the High Life Man Burger."(2 Tips)
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  • tater tots
  • high life man
  • shag carpet
  • cheeseburgers
  • beer
  • comfort food
  • bacon
  • tangermeister
  • meatloaf
  • casserole
  • great value
  • lively
  • outdoor seating
  • sandwiches
  • casual
  • Italian sausage
  • chicken
  • fried pickles
  • baked beans
  • Pabst Blue Ribbon
  • Brenda S.

    Best place to go for comfort food after a long night of drinking

    Brenda Swanson · 3 weeks ago
  • Kent B.

    Awesome old school working mans bar

    Kent Bachman · June 15
  • Katie F.

    Great place to hang out when El Bait Shop is too crowded. And you can walk over with your drink too!

    Katie F · June 2
  • Ashley ♡ K.

    Get the cheeseballs

  • Erik R.

    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.

    Erik Rowley · March 12
  • madmax

    the bacon wrapped tots r awesome

    madmax · January 24
  • Margaux C.

    Busch Light and all the most delicious appetizers you could want!

    Margaux C · December 28, 2014
  • Casey B.

    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.

    Casey Bailey · November 16, 2014
  • Hans V.

    Nice place

    Hans Vrijenhoef · November 2, 2014
  • Stacy M.

    Cheeseburger basket with tots!

    Stacy Masterson · September 29, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out High Life Lounge as seen on Man vs Food Read more

    TV Food Maps · August 26, 2014
  • Adam S.

    Make sure to sit outside if you can! There's a few tables on the side.

    Adam Shannon · August 12, 2014
  • Trent J.

    Tots are the best in town

    Trent Johnson · August 12, 2014
  • Jenn G.

    Three words: bacon wrapped tots

    Jenn Goodell · August 10, 2014
  • Megan B.

    The fried cheese curds are a must—especially on Crappy Beer Night!

    Megan Bannister · August 7, 2014
  • Natalie F.

    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!

    Natalie Firestone · April 27, 2014
  • Andrea B.

    Deviled eggs on the menu! I like mine with a bit more mayo but these are still yummy! Great service and cold beer.

    Andrea Binger · December 28, 2013
  • Shawn P.

    Bacon wrapped tater tots.

    Shawn Patty · October 29, 2013
  • Travel Iowa

    This bar is a throwback to the sixties, complete with shag carpet, vintage wallpaper and wood ceilings. Featured on Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food." Menu features Spam and egg sandwiches.

    Travel Iowa · August 26, 2013
  • Corey J.

    Try the Italian Sausage - Graziano's: Sausage the way God intended.

    Corey Johnson · June 10, 2013
  • Emily H.

    Even if you have to wait 10 minutes for service, the food is totally worth it!

    Emily Hoener · June 6, 2013
  • Ryan E.

    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!

    Ryan Ellsworth · April 13, 2013
  • Tasha

    Get Broasted.

    Tasha · March 31, 2013
  • Kip C.

    The new prime rib sandwich is a...wait for it...mazing!!!

    Kip Cox · March 28, 2013
  • Brian K.

    The Italian Sausage is legit

    Brian Kramer · March 12, 2013
  • Anna G.

    Chicken and the Margaritas are amazing!

    Anna Gonzalez · December 8, 2012
  • Bryan B.

    5 check ins free beer! I said free beer motherfuckers!!!

    Bryan Bosch · November 30, 2012
  • Corey J.

    Try the Meatloaf - Comfort food on a cold day.

    Corey Johnson · October 5, 2012
  • Stevie-Z

    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!

    Stevie-Z · September 23, 2012
  • Ryan E.

    Sean Courtney provides the best bar conversation in town. If he's behind the bar, you're in for an enlightening experience.

    Ryan Ellsworth · September 13, 2012
  • Ryan E.

    The Chicken Fried Steak special on Wednesdays is the tastiest Hump Day deal going.

    Ryan Ellsworth · September 12, 2012
  • Paul K.

    Try the Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots - Best food ever.

    Paul Kirbach · August 21, 2012
  • Kevin B.

    Order a Grainbelt

    Kevin Brown · August 14, 2012
  • Juice Magazine

    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

    Juice Magazine · June 22, 2012
  • Juice Magazine

    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

    Juice Magazine · June 12, 2012
  • Shari C.

    If u get Heather for ur waitress u better plan on being there for a while. Terrible service!

    Shari Craven · June 5, 2012
  • Juice Magazine

    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 · April 24, 2012
  • Victoria B.

    Come on Thursdays for crappy beer night! 1.25 a can, PBR, Busch Light and Hamms

    Victoria B. · March 23, 2012
  • Colleen J.

    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..... :)

    Colleen Jones · March 14, 2012
  • Erin R.

    I wish Elisa still worked here!! Best server eveeeerrrr!

    Erin R 😘 · March 11, 2012
  • Alexander J.

    Bow-chika bow-wow

    Alexander J M · January 12, 2012
  • Jon R.

    Shaggy carpet and vintage beer ads are so swag

    Jon Riebhoff · December 17, 2011
  • Mike C.

    When they are out of the chicken pot pie, the "Highlife Man" burger is a great choice. Unbelievable combination of flavors!!!!

    Mike Clark · November 13, 2011
  • Evan[Bu]

    The Bacon Wrapped Tator Tots are amazing!

    Evan[Bu] · November 11, 2011
  • Evan[Bu]

    Fun fact: They do not serve beer that was introduced after the 1970's.

    Evan[Bu] · November 11, 2011
  • nathan d.

    Get an egg on top of any burger. Perfection!

    nathan deutmeyer · October 12, 2011
  • Drew V.

    $1.25 crappy beer every Thursday

    Drew Van Woert 🍺 · September 30, 2011
  • Matt D.

    The pork tenderloin is ridiculous in size, flavor, and price. Eat it up.

    Matt DiBona · September 30, 2011
  • Dan J.

    Fried pickle spears are rather tasty. Read more

    Dan Johnson · September 12, 2011
  • Andrew M.

    Beer before noon Nutting better

    Andrew M · September 5, 2011

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