Great for groups and guests, these lively bars offer the perfect stopover to celebrate post-nuptials and pre-game before the big bash. 

300 Craft and Rooftop 

For warm weather, 300 Craft and Rooftop offers incredible views of the downtown skyline. Capture some golden hour candids of your group in your dressed-up duds.  

Bellhop Tiki 

Feel like you're already on your tropical honeymoon at Bellhop. This Palm Springs resort-style bar features creative cocktails designed to inspire feelings of lounging pool-side.

Des Lux Bar 

Located in the Des Lux Hotel, this bar has a lively atmosphere and an eclectic motif. Snap a couple of pics with your group in front of the antique mirror collection.

Hello, Marjorie 

With one of the most photographed neon signs in Greater Des Moines, Hello, Marjorie has a cozy, chill vibe perfect for your wedding party or to send guests while you take pictures.

Iowa Taproom 

Perfect for larger groups, the Iowa Taproom is spacious and features all Iowa craft beers on tap dispensed from a grain bin. 

Mulberry Street Tavern 

Coming soon to the new Surety Hotel (opening Fall 2020), the Mulberry Street Taven will feature a sophisticated aesthetic and superior hospitality.  

Republic on Grand 

Located at the top of AC Marriott hotel in the East Village, The Republic on Grand features two outdoor areas (with heaters for colder temps) offering sweeping views of downtown. Creative cocktails are crafted with smoke and fresh herbs.


For those with a competitive and playful spirit, stop into Up Down for a quick Skee-Ball tournament, four-way packman, or practice your dance moves with a little DDR before the reception.  

Whiskey House in Ankeny 

The more refined palette will appreciate the finer offerings at Whiskey House, serving over 400 Whiskeys, Bourbons, and Scotches from around the world.