The High Life Lounge

200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines
(515) 280-1965

Recent Reviews

Jo Ann Tennyson

It was recommended and it was a perfect place to go before the short walk to the ball field.Go Toledo Mudhens!!

Trae Blessing

My favorite place to eat, period. Midwest comfort food and classic beer options. The decor is also classic. Waitress and waiters are very friendly. Great stop for bicyclists.

casey mclaughin

Awesome lounge... Lots of fun! Seated our large group quickly and staff 'Alex' was friendly and very patient! Did a great job.

Debbie Rizzo Lopez

I heard about the broasted chicken. I ordered the breast & wing. So tasty, crispy and no grease.

bob c

We had been here before on our last trip to Des Moines. It's really a hidden gem. Nothing fancy; it's old school and lots of locals go here. The neighborhood is full of apartments and condos and hotels so there is a good mix of residents and vacationers. I think most of the food is made from scratch. The home style meals like meatloaf and pot roast are fantastic. On this visit we had the fried or "broasted" chicken. It was perfectly fried, tender and seasoned great!. Lunch specials are also good and it's a good place to stop in for a beer or drink and have an appetizer. HIghly recommended for anyone stopping in Des Moines!

Jennifer Bessman

Delicious food. Quick service. Friendly staff!

Caraleena

This is a really fun place to grab a bite to eat and a drink. The High Life Lounge is a great restaurant and I love that it is open until 11pm. My friend and I wanted to get a meal but most of the other places closed at 9pm or 10pm. It's nice that this place stays open so late. The atmosphere is really fun here. It can be loud though, so if you want a quiet dinner, maybe find a different place. The food was really good though! I really liked the sweet potatoe tater tots! I definitely recommend checking this place out!

Deb Kozel

Lunch was great. I had their chicken and it was delicious. Very affordable. Two pieces chicken, 2 sides and a roll for $12.99. Cold beers too. The service was great too

Mark O

Trendy, concept. We really enjoyed the ambiance, and a great waitress, but the food was rather pedestrian. Mac and cheese side was blah, broasted chicken could have come out of a supermarket deli. Son ordered the Prime Rib Sandwich and was sick afterwards. He's got an iron stomach, and the gut rot could have been from something else, but I don't know... Step up your game, or risk being the "Fair to Middling Life Lounge."

Lori Kelchen

Good ole throw back lounge. Love all the old beer signs and decor. great service as well. Very laid back! We only had appetizers but other food coming out looked good.

Dan Williams

This place is a blast from the past! (Even though it’s newer than you think!). Food is fantastic and they make shots out of Tang!

S. H.

We messaged the High Life twice about this issue & never heard back. In a nutshell, my family went out of our way via Uber to go to High Life, celebrating my coming nuptials & got there around 10:40. We said we were ordering food & got drinks, though the server was not at all welcoming. She came back 10 min. later with drinks & said she forgot that we had to order off of the late night menu, so she supposedly went to find those menus. Several minutes passed & she finally came back without menus, announcing that it's now 11pm & the kitchen was closed. No apologies, explanation or anything. Had we known we weren't getting food, we would have left immediately & shouldn't have had to wait 20 minutes to unexpectedly find that out. I usually love the High Life and was surprised by this extremely unprofessional behavior & lack of response.

G9320UVsusanh

We messaged the High Life twice about this issue & never heard back. In a nutshell, my family went out of our way via Uber to go to High Life, celebrating my coming nuptials & got there around 10:40. We said we were ordering food & got drinks, though the server was not at all welcoming. She came back 10 min. later with drinks & said she forgot that we had to order off of the late night menu, so she supposedly went to find those menus. Several minutes passed & she finally came back without menus, announcing that it's now 11pm & the kitchen was closed. No apologies, explanation or anything. Had we known we weren't getting food, we would have left immediately & shouldn't have had to wait 20 minutes to unexpectedly find that out. I usually love the High Life and was surprised by this extremely unprofessional behavior & lack of response.

Casey Ryan

The food was horrible. Meatloaf over cooked and dry. Plates were cold. Side portions were small. Mashed potatoes also terrible and cold. Only bright side was the fried chicken was decent and the server was kind. I regret spending the money I did on this meal. I woke up that night sick to my stomach and didn't sleep well. I won't return to the High Life Lounge again.

Diane Cermak

We love this place! Great food and an amazing atmosphere. The staff is friendly and attentive. We look forward to coming back every year. You won't leave hungry!

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