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Address: 200 SW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
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+1 515-280-1965
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11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00

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Fun Dive Bar

A friend recommended we stop in and see the place. Very interesting. Definitely a dive with accompanying greasy food. It helps El Bait Bar is located next door - makes for a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 November 2016
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Swanville, Minnesota, USA
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Swanville, Minnesota, USA
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

A friend recommended we stop in and see the place. Very interesting. Definitely a dive with accompanying greasy food. It helps El Bait Bar is located next door - makes for a fun evening. Worthy of a quick stop.

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arizona
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59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Seven of us went here for beers. For three, it was a first visit. ( I had been here a while back.) There is an unusually large selection of beers. It is very difficult to go over the menu of beers even within the categories listed on the top of the several pages. I prefer lesser hop pilsners. There were... More 

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Thank redsoxbernie
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

While enjoying a drink, my friend and I indulged in a half order of El Bait Shop nachos and fried pickles. High Life Lounge offers a unique and cozy spot to unwind. I love that I can order from both the high life lounge and El Bait Shop menus. The nachos are definitely my go to food, loaded and delicious.

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Thank dejofe01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

Had a great time. Great 70s feel Frendly bar tender cook and staff. This is my new go to so in Des Moines

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Thank Sean F
Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

It's a terrific throwback to a much simpler time when your beer choices were limited to the likes of Miller High Life, Pabst, Olympia, Hamms, etc. Nothing wrong with drinking the classics every once in awhile. This place is a time warp from the wood panel walls, to the vintage beers signs, down to the Frogger arcade game tucked in... More 

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Thank Mike S
Des Moines, Iowa
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74 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Great prices and brands of beer not available everywhere. My favorite is PBR on tap but the selection is very extensive. The food is good old fashioned with great flavor in the hamburgers and fries. This menu didn't spare calories, but was good and reasonably priced.

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Thank Naomi H
Chandler, Arizona
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266 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

I love it when something lives up to the hype. After seeing this on Man Vs Food, I wanted to go here if I was ever in Iowa. So I was in Cedar Rapids, and took a day trip to see the Iowa Cubs. Well this place is even better in person. The food was great and all of the... More 

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Thank barmach
Des Moines, Iowa
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141 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2015

My girlfriends and I stop in from time to time to grab a beer and some cheap food. Great comfort food menu all around. Chicken is fantastic, meatloaf is tasty and who doesn't like bacon wrapped smokies and tator tots?! It is quieter than the attached El' Bait Shop so visiting is easier. Fun place to visit.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2014

Since I've been living in Iowa, I wanted to get a little taste of home (Wisconsin) and thought the High Life Lounge would be suiting. I could not have been any happier. It's a cute little place that looks like a bar you find in northern Wisconsin. The service was good and the food was excellent. Everyone was very pleased... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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74 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

The High Life Lounge shares a building with El Bait Shop, one of my favorite spots, and I have frequented El Bait Shop more, but last week opted for the High Life side with my family. We were looking for a spot that was close to the Civic Center so we could park and walk to our show after dinner.... More 

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