The Lift

The Lift

Lounge, Wine Bar, and Bar
222 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309, United States
Hours:
Closed until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 6:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Tue–Fri
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 7:00 PM–2:00 AM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
8.6/10

Based on 102 votes

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Total Visitors
2,085
Total Visits
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  • What you need to know
    Paul P.
    $2 Pints Every Thursday, including Guinness!(4 Tips)
    Evan[Bu]
    Be like Samantha from "Sex and the City" and drink a martini.(16 Tips)
    Christina C.
    The best bar in Des Moines.(2 Tips)
    Brad
    I recommend the Southern Cosmo and the 4th Street Mimosa.(2 Tips)

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$1 off any drink by showing your check-in screen to the bartender.

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  • G C.

    2 for 1 cocktails on Wednesday's are always a good start while you wait to get into Fong's!

    G Coco · February 22
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  • Aleigh G.

    The jazz is really great.

    Aleigh Glazier · September 24, 2014
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  • Robbie H.

    Wednesday nights with John and two for one martinis are possibly the best bad decision you can make midweek.

    Robbie Helzer · August 12, 2014
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  • John S.

    $2 pints on Thursdays

    John Slayton · October 3, 2013
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  • Juice Magazine

    The Lift represents the lifeblood of Des Moines’ downtown scene, and there’s always a reason to stop by for a drink. On Thursdays, the bar offers $2 pints. Read more

    Juice Magazine · July 11, 2013
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  • Nitefall o.

    Sip your drink then head over to Simon Estes Amphitheater to see great concerts. Slightly Stoopid & Atmosphere perform 8/4.

    Nitefall on the River · June 24, 2013
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  • Laura S.

    Check out jazz Tuesdays!

    Laura Sigal · April 16, 2013
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  • Otis K.

    Isn't it obvious my friends? 2 for 1's on Wednesday nights.

    Otis Khounlo · April 11, 2013
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  • Steph S.

    The cream dream martini is awesome!

    Steph S · April 7, 2013
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  • Kelsey

    Great Martinis, and the bartender looks like Orlando Bloom!!

    Kelsey · February 10, 2013
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  • Jeff S.

    The Best Bar in Des Moines!

    Jeff Shepherd · February 3, 2013
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  • Tessa T.

    'Something Fruity' is SO GOOD.

    Tessa Torrez · January 11, 2013
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  • Natasha F.

    Terrible service. It took way to long for us to order our drinks

    Natasha Furnish · December 1, 2012
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  • Paul P.

    $2 Pints Every Thursday, including Guinness! Yaaaay!

    Paul Pugnier · November 8, 2012
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  • Jeff G.

    Dark. Strong. Good starter location.

    Jeff Garrison · October 26, 2012
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  • Christina C.

    The best bar in Des Moines.

    Christina Carberry · October 3, 2012
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  • Laura W.

    $1 off any drinking if you show the check-in screen to the bartender.

    Laura Wittren · September 25, 2012
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  • Abbie T.

    Judy Blume is delicious. But if you like a little bubbly ask for a 2022. Stay years ahead.

    Abbie Toney · August 23, 2012
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  • Juice Magazine

    Wednesday: Two martinis for $8 or $5 a piece ($6 if it’s an all liquor martini) at The Lift, 222 Fourth St. Read more

    Juice Magazine · June 12, 2012
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  • Kensie S.

    Tuesday nights with the jazz quartet, Uplift, are the best.

    Kensie Smith · March 22, 2012
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  • Donald B.

    Use to love coming to iPod and martini night when I lived in DM. They also put on some pretty great art shows here showcasing the local talent.

    Donald Burke · February 29, 2012
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  • Dustin N.

    The $1 off 1 drink Foursquare Special is a discount for the drink, NOT THE SERVICE. Tip the Bar Tenders ;-)

    Dustin Neff · January 14, 2012
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  • Heather K.

    Kevin is an outstanding bartender!! Stop by to see for yourself!

    Heather Kauffman · December 24, 2011
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  • Shellie S.

    Enjoy the art and try all the martinis

    Shellie Snoddy · November 26, 2011
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  • Holly F.

    Check-in special is void during martini night :(

    Holly Fox · November 24, 2011
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  • Drew R.

    I live for the Southern Cosmo. SoCo, Citron and Cran. #delish

    Drew Riebhoff · November 17, 2011
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  • Adam F.

    Try a bloody martini. They're bloody good.

    Adam Fisher · October 2, 2011
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  • Evan[Bu]

    Be like Samantha from "Sex and the City" and drink a martini. Follow that up by sleeping with anybody at this bar!

    Evan[Bu] · July 22, 2011
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  • Norah C.

    Looking for a new martini to try? Order the S&M -- it's a refreshing choice in warm weather!

    Norah Carroll · July 19, 2011
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  • Laura S.

    Uplift jazz tuesdays and watermelon martinis. Nothing better

    Laura Sigal · June 15, 2011
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  • Tony T.

    Best place to hang out and grab a drink with friends. I love the Strawberry Shortcake martini.

    Tony Tandeski · May 12, 2011
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  • Amy

    Try the S&M or Pineapple Slut

    Amy · May 12, 2011
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  • Angela H.

    Ask T.J. what's cookin.

    Angela Hogan · March 15, 2011
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  • Hanna P.

    Mango Slut is the best martini.

    Hanna Peterson · February 20, 2011
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  • Zachary B.

    This is my home away from home. Wait, did I just call a bar "my home away from home?"

    Zachary Bales-Henry · February 9, 2011
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  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order a vodka martini and ask them about the metal dome at the end of the bar. Read more

    Esquire · February 1, 2011
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  • Kira H.

    Use the four square deal on thursday and get a 1.00 pint! Woo!

    Kira Helton · January 29, 2011
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  • Aaron P.

    Don't be a douchebag

    Aaron Price · December 26, 2010
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  • Kate T.

    Wednesday night=2 for 1 martini night! Try the pango martini-delish

    Kate Tomka · December 2, 2010
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  • Kyle G.

    Come to Get Lifted Tuesdays! The Uplift quartet plays every Tuesday! Great live jazz from 9:30-11:30pm.

    Kyle Glavanovits · November 30, 2010
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  • The Lift

    $1 off any drink by showing your check-in screen to the bartender.

    The Lift · November 9, 2010
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  • Mike H.

    Tip your bartenders.

    Mike Harper · April 3, 2010
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  • Bridgette B.

    Have a Key Lime Martini!

    Bridgette Bee · March 9, 2010
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  • Dan O.

    Thursday is $2 pint night

    Dan Olson · February 5, 2010
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  • Brad

    I recommend the Southern Cosmo and the 4th Street Mimosa.

    Brad · January 8, 2010
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