High Life Lounge

Bar, American, Café
200 SW 2nd St (at Market St.)
Des Moines, IA 50309
(515) 280-1965
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am
11:00am - 2:00am



  • Bacon. Wrapped. Tater Tots. --Adam Richman, Man v Food
  • Cheeseburger basket or fried pickles? Tough choice. . .
  • Cheese balls! Get it!!!!
  • Great place for Highlife beer... the champagne of beers!
  • Shag carpet, cheap shitty beer, and a 70's/80's theme. What more could you ask for?
  • Love the wood paneling.
  • Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Get a Tangermeister, a beguiling combo of Tang and Jagermeister. Or a High Life. That's good, too.
  • I love the retro atmosphere of High Life...takes you back to your "Old Uncles Basement"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Try the crispy pressure-fried chicken and bacon-wrapped tater tots, both of which were featured on Man v. Food, a show that explores the biggest & best eats across the nation.
  • Thursday: High Life Lounge, 200 S.W. Second St., hosts Crappy Beer Night each week with $1.25 cans of the best, crappiest, beer.
  • Warm up with the chicken pot pie on a cold day.
  • Attend the Groundhog Day celebration for free High Life, a weather forecast and good times.
  • Great place to hang out when El Bait Shop is too crowded. And you can walk over with your drink too!
  • Sean Courtney provides the best bar conversation in town. If he's behind the bar, you're in for an enlightening experience.
  • Shaggy carpet and vintage beer ads are so swag
  • Little known fact: the High Life Lounge serves homemade French Silk Pie. It's not on the menu, but is available. Delicious!
  • Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots are awesome! Get a High Life, or grab a beer from El Bait Shop next door.
  • Tots are the best in town

Nearby places

200 SW 2nd St (at Market St)
101 4th St (at Vine St.)