The Lift

The Lift

Lounge, Wine Bar, and Bar$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
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  • Holly F.
    "Check-in special is void during martini night :("(3 Tips)
    John S.
    "$2 pints on Thursdays"(4 Tips)
    Kensie S.
    "Tuesday nights with the jazz quartet, Uplift, are the best."(3 Tips)
    Christina C.
    "The best bar in Des Moines."(2 Tips)
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  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolSeptember 5
    Been here 5+ times
    Loo-lah, the housemade coffee liqueur at The Lift. A sensuous mixture of vodka, molasses, coffee grounds, simple syrup.
  • Morgan S.
    Morgan SAugust 12
    Wednesday 2 for 1's is a great deal! Their Tuesday jazz nights also bring in local musicians for a nice martini atmosphere
  • Jeromy O.
    Jeromy OlsonAugust 10
    Nice low key place
  • @nathantwright
    @nathantwrightSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite Des Moines bar! These martinis will kick your ass. Grab one of the couches with a date or group of friends.
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleySeptember 3, 2015
    Nicolas Cage secretly owns this bar...
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 18, 2015
    The locals favorite nightspot in town.
  • G C.
    G CocoFebruary 22, 2015
    2 for 1 cocktails on Wednesday's are always a good start while you wait to get into Fong's!
  • Aleigh G.
    Aleigh GlazierSeptember 24, 2014
    The jazz is really great.
  • Robbie H.
    Robbie HelzerAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Wednesday nights with John and two for one martinis are possibly the best bad decision you can make midweek.
  • John S.
    John SlaytonOctober 3, 2013
    $2 pints on Thursdays
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineJuly 11, 2013
    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
  • Nitefall o.
    Sip your drink then head over to Simon Estes Amphitheater to see great concerts. Slightly Stoopid & Atmosphere perform 8/4.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SigalApril 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Check out jazz Tuesdays!
  • Otis K.
    Otis KhounloApril 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Isn't it obvious my friends? 2 for 1's on Wednesday nights.
  • Steph S.
    Steph SApril 7, 2013
    The cream dream martini is awesome!
  • Kelsey
    KelseyFebruary 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great Martinis, and the bartender looks like Orlando Bloom!!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff ShepherdFebruary 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Best Bar in Des Moines!
  • Tessa T.
    Tessa TorrezJanuary 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    'Something Fruity' is SO GOOD.
  • Natasha F.
    Natasha FurnishDecember 1, 2012
    Terrible service. It took way to long for us to order our drinks
  • Paul P.
    Paul PugnierNovember 8, 2012
    $2 Pints Every Thursday, including Guinness! Yaaaay!
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GarrisonOctober 26, 2012
    Dark. Strong. Good starter location.
  • Christina C.
    Christina CarberryOctober 3, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The best bar in Des Moines.
  • Laura H.
    Laura HassebrockSeptember 25, 2012
    $1 off any drinking if you show the check-in screen to the bartender.
  • Abbie T.
    Abbie ToneyAugust 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Judy Blume is delicious. But if you like a little bubbly ask for a 2022. Stay years ahead.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineJune 12, 2012
    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
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Tuesday nights with the jazz quartet, Uplift, are the best.
  • Donald B.
    Donald BurkeFebruary 29, 2012
    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.
  • Dustin N.
    Dustin NeffJanuary 14, 2012
    The $1 off 1 drink Foursquare Special is a discount for the drink, NOT THE SERVICE. Tip the Bar Tenders ;-)
  • Heather K.
    Heather KauffmanDecember 24, 2011
    Kevin is an outstanding bartender!! Stop by to see for yourself!
  • Shellie S.
    Shellie SnoddyNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Enjoy the art and try all the martinis
  • Holly F.
    Holly FoxNovember 24, 2011
    Check-in special is void during martini night :(
  • Drew R.
    Drew RiebhoffNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    I live for the Southern Cosmo. SoCo, Citron and Cran. #delish
  • Adam F.
    Adam FisherOctober 2, 2011
    Try a bloody martini. They're bloody good.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 22, 2011
    Be like Samantha from "Sex and the City" and drink a martini. Follow that up by sleeping with anybody at this bar!
  • Norah C.
    Norah CarrollJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Looking for a new martini to try? Order the S&M -- it's a refreshing choice in warm weather!
  • Laura S.
    Laura SigalJune 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Uplift jazz tuesdays and watermelon martinis. Nothing better
  • Tony T.
    Tony TandeskiMay 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to hang out and grab a drink with friends. I love the Strawberry Shortcake martini.
  • Amy
    AmyMay 12, 2011
    Try the S&M or Pineapple Slut
  • Angela H.
    Angela HoganMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask T.J. what's cookin.
  • Hanna P.
    Hanna PetersonFebruary 20, 2011
    Mango Slut is the best martini.
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryFebruary 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is my home away from home. Wait, did I just call a bar "my home away from home?"
  • Esquire
    EsquireFebruary 1, 2011
    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
  • Kira H.
    Kira HeltonJanuary 29, 2011
    Use the four square deal on thursday and get a 1.00 pint! Woo!
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PriceDecember 26, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Don't be a douchebag
  • Kate T.
    Kate TomkaDecember 2, 2010
    Wednesday night=2 for 1 martini night! Try the pango martini-delish
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GlavanovitsNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Come to Get Lifted Tuesdays! The Uplift quartet plays every Tuesday! Great live jazz from 9:30-11:30pm.
  • Mike H.
    Mike HarperApril 3, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Tip your bartenders.
  • Bridgette B.
    Bridgette BeeMarch 9, 2010
    Have a Key Lime Martini!
  • Dan O.
    Dan OlsonFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Thursday is $2 pint night
  • Brad
    BradJanuary 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I recommend the Southern Cosmo and the 4th Street Mimosa.
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