THE BEST HAPPY HOURS IN DES MOINES
i love happy hour. if you know me at all or follow me on instagram, you probably are well aware of this. happy hour, or happiest hour (as i fondly refer to it) is the perfect solution for those of us that love to keep up with our friends and/or celebrate the second half of the week, but still want to be in bed by 10 pm. here, i’ve rounded up the best happy hours in des moines. they aren’t in any sort of order or ranking — let’s spread the love!
this hip cafe does more than just avocado toast and creamy lattes. stop by for happy hour from 3-5 pm and enjoy $1 off wines by the glass, $1 off beer, and $2 off cocktails. plus: their dinner menu is always changing and always out-of-this-world.
though it’s pretty hard to spot from the outside, everything about this cozy spot draws you in once you’re through the door. imagine your fancy grandma’s basement, but with a full bar stocked with the makings of strong cocktails like the marjorie (sloe gin, absolut pear, raspberry, lemon bitters) or the letterpress (bombay sapphire gin, st. germain, dolin blanc vermouth, moroccan rose water). happy hour’s from 4–6 tuesday–saturday ($6 select cocktails, $3 select beers) — you don’t want to miss this VERY instagrammable joint.
come for the all-night wine deals on thursdays, stay for $5 select cocktails from 4-6 pm tuesday – friday. beverage manager jared giunta will supply you with cocktails like the hummingbird (hibiscus, sumac, + prosecco) — or you can play bartender’s roulette and let him surprise you!
tell me you’re aware that django does all-night happy hour on tuesdays, complete with $5 wine, beer, and small plates, $1.50 oysters and shrimp cocktail, and $12 cheese/charcuterie boards. if tuesdays aren’t good for you, stop in for the same deals monday–friday 4–6 pm. as referenced in the photo above, you can also post up at the bar and get some work done so you can pop in a bit earlier. that’s my tactic, anyway!
the republic on grand
head to the top floor of the ac hotel marriott on east grand avenue for happy hour bubbles from 3–6 pm sunday–thursday. don’t worry, they also have $4 draft beer, $6 glasses of wine, and a featured craft cocktail for just $8. enjoy the full bar menu as well!
my rule of thumb: if the cocktail or dish has the establishment’s name in it, it’s got to be good. case in point: the moon mule at juniper moon. from 4–6 every weekday, the moon offers 1/2 off all draft craft brews, house sangria (rotates with the seasons), moon mules, and ingersoll manhattans. don’t forget to stop by the phone booth on the left side of the bar to order gusto pizza!
every day (even weekends!) from 3–6, dumpling darling offers select cocktails, glasses of wine, and beer for $5 — but the real kicker? soup dumplings and $1 edamame until it runs out! don’t miss this delicious new spot, and make sure to order flights of dumplings while you’re there.
did i miss your favorite spot? let me know in the comments! i’ll stop by for “research”.