Red Monk

Bar and Pub
210 4th St (btw Court Ave & Walnut St), Des Moines, IA 50309, United States
Closed until 8:00 PM (Show more)
  • Wed–Thu
    • 8:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 59 votes

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  • Ranked #3 for bars in Des Moines
  • What you need to know
    Sean C.
    "Go see Eric the Red and learn about Belgian beer."(4 Tips)
    Rhiannon H.
    "Say hello to Eric! Great bartender!"(2 Tips)
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  • beer
  • great value
  • jukebox
  • good for a late night
  • staff
  • fruit drinks
  • good for special occasions
  • electronics
  • hyro o.

    Try the beer test. Win $500 in drinks! Read more

    hyro olyhashi · 6 days ago
  • Suzan H.

    Have been several times and it is as if the bartenders are inconvenienced by you asking for a beer. They may have a nice selection to choose from but it isn't worth being treated like that.

    Suzan Hauser · June 8
  • Kevin S.

    DO go down the fire escape. The patio is at the bottom.

    Kevin Sanders · October 5, 2014
  • Joe B.

    If you don't like this bar, I don't like you.

    Joe Bouma · November 30, 2013
  • Kyle D.

    Whitney is amazing to patrons!

    Kyle Devilbiss · September 19, 2013
  • Curtis G.

    Best high end beer in Iowa

    Curtis G · June 8, 2013
  • Matthew G.

    Best place for a Beligum beer.

    Matthew Guess · October 28, 2012
  • Joe B.

    John's White ale. Duh

    Joe Bouma · October 13, 2012
  • Juice Magazine

    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

    Juice Magazine · April 24, 2012
  • Chaz D.

    Drink beer.

    Chaz Decker · April 22, 2012
  • Zachary B.

    A great place for a nice beer. Away from all the craziness of court ave.

    Zachary Bales-Henry · April 1, 2012
  • Megan C.

    If you're a lady and want a great fruity drink order this strawberry beer! It's fantastical!!!

    Megan Cooper · January 21, 2012
  • Brett G.

    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

    Brett Gwinn · December 24, 2011
  • Chaz D.

    Great beer. Get the big ones and share.

    Chaz Decker · November 16, 2011
  • Rhiannon H.

    Say hello to Eric! Great bartender!

    Rhiannon Helfer · November 3, 2011
  • Juice Magazine

    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

    Juice Magazine · October 5, 2011
  • Mike O.

    Too many hipsters. But great imported beer.

    Mike Ostwinkle · September 25, 2011
  • Sean C.

    Go see Eric the Red and learn about Belgian beer. But don't mess with Miss Lace.

    Sean Courtney · September 1, 2011
  • Zachary B.

    People make me go here. But I have to admit its growing on me.

    Zachary Bales-Henry · February 27, 2011
  • Macy K.

    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.

    Macy K. · February 9, 2011
  • Esquire

    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

    Esquire · February 1, 2011
  • Cosmic Donuts

    effen vodka

    Cosmic Donuts · July 18, 2010
  • Bridgette B.

    You can usually find a table here on a busy weekend.

    Bridgette Bee · March 9, 2010