Red Monk

Bar and Pub$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • Ranked #6 for bars in Des Moines
  • Brett G.
    "... in all facets but the Belgian beer selection is unparalleled"(5 Tips)
    Jamie H.
    "Good scotch selection"(2 Tips)
24 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • great value
  • good service
  • good for a late night
  • scotch
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  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RutanApril 3, 2016
    Sour beers!!!
  • Jamie H.
    Jamie HillegondsJanuary 14, 2016
    Good scotch selection
  • Greg C.
    Greg CrawfordJanuary 6, 2016
    Belgian beers at a reasonable price
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SandersOctober 5, 2014
    DO go down the fire escape. The patio is at the bottom.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BoumaNovember 30, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    If you don't like this bar, I don't like you.
  • Kyle D.
    Kyle DevilbissSeptember 19, 2013
    Whitney is amazing to patrons!
  • Curtis G.
    Curtis GJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best high end beer in Iowa
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GuessOctober 28, 2012
    Best place for a Beligum beer.
  • Joe B.
    Joe BoumaOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    John's White ale. Duh
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineApril 24, 2012
    Royal Mile/Red Monk was voted #3 in our reader-determined Top 50 Bars poll. Stay downstairs for a Scotch or a selection of UK beers or head up for high-alcohol content Belgian beers on tap. Read more
  • Chaz D.
    Chaz DeckerApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Drink beer.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryApril 1, 2012
    A great place for a nice beer. Away from all the craziness of court ave.
  • Megan C.
    Megan CooperJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're a lady and want a great fruity drink order this strawberry beer! It's fantastical!!!
  • Brett G.
    Brett GwinnDecember 24, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you like Begian beer you will be in heaven at the Red Monk - the bar is good in all facets but the Belgian beer selection is unparalleled
  • Chaz D.
    Chaz DeckerNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer. Get the big ones and share.
  • Rhiannon H.
    Rhiannon HelferNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Say hello to Eric! Great bartender!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineOctober 5, 2011
    Upstairs from the Royal Mile is its sister bar, the Red Monk. The bar focuses on Belgian beers, offering an assortment of 101 bottles and cans and 12 beers on tap. Read more
  • Mike O.
    Mike OstwinkleSeptember 25, 2011
    Too many hipsters. But great imported beer.
  • Sean C.
    Sean CourtneySeptember 1, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Go see Eric the Red and learn about Belgian beer. But don't mess with Miss Lace.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryFebruary 27, 2011
    People make me go here. But I have to admit its growing on me.
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.February 9, 2011
    Don't miss the opportunity to play a little Phil Collins on the electronic jukebox located on the east wall. It'll definitely be a crowd pleaser.
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. We recommend a shot of Zwack Unicum, the national aperitif of Hungary, with a beer back. Read more
  • Cosmic Donuts
    Cosmic DonutsJuly 18, 2010
    effen vodka
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BeeMarch 9, 2010
    You can usually find a table here on a busy weekend.
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