Places to Get a Drink in Des Moines
Cheers to local beers and home-grown wine. Quench your thirst in Greater Des Moines with flagship IPA's and smooth red blends. Catch a caffeine buzz with drip coffee in a small hipster cafe or tea shop in the Historic East Village. Then enjoy a beer flight on the bike trail or a classic cocktail on a rooftop patio. Whether it's a morning fix or a happy hour special, sip and savor the flavor of Greater Des Moines.
Des Moines has a lot to offer for a variety of wines. We have local wineries that produce some good wines, and then there are restaurants with an extensive wine lists from all over the world. Some nights, it’s nice to bring your own, favorite, bottle of wine that you can’t always find on a wine list. If you’re wanting to bring your own bottle of wine to a restaurant in Des Moines, you should visit these restaurants that feature no corkage fees:
Django is a brasserie-style (a small informal French-style) restaurant offering everything you love about French cuisine. They feature no-corkage fee EVER. If you’re looking for a tasty happy hour, be sure to hit up Django for that as well. Their happy hours is Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m.. Have a drink from their specialty cocktail list, enjoy $1.50 oysters and $1.50 shrimp as well as half-price cheese and charcuterie plates. One special you can’t miss is their All-Night Happy Hour, every Tuesday after 4 p.m.!
210 10th St. Des Moines, IA 50309
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday: 4 – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Splash Seafood Bar & Grill is a Five Star establishment, and recipient of The DiRoNA Award has also received The Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. So, even though you might have a favorite bottle of wine at home you’re sure to find a new bottle of wine that is delicious at Splash.
303 Locust, Des Moines, IA
Oyster Bar Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday–Friday
Splash Seafood and Oyster Bar Dinner: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Monday–Saturday
I’ve heard that on Tuesday nights, HoQ has a no corkage fee for wine. Hoq Restaurant in Des Moines, IA is a unique restaurant in that it focuses on featuring plates that approximately 90% of their ingredients come from local farms. It’s one unique restaurant that everyone should take advantage of in the east village. There’s nothing better than knowing that your plate is local.
Aposto (formerly Cafe di Scala) features a no corkage fee on Thursday nights. Just a side note, on Friday and Saturday the fee is $20. Aposto is obviously know for their amazing Italian cuisine, but their wine list has been noted by several industry leaders. They received an award from Wine Spectator in 2007 for award of excellence and unique distinction from Wine Enthusiast.
644 18th Street Des Moines, Iowa
Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Reservations by phone only: (515) 244-1353
Wind down and think about all the awesome event you attended in Des Moines over the weekend with a bottle of wine. Sunday nights at Americana there is no corkage fee. After your wine on Sunday you should come back on Mondays for their Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner – dinner.
1312 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday Brunch 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
What better than a family owned restaurant with homemade Italian food – oh and no corkage fee. Marino’s doesn’t have a liquor license. People who visit can bring in their own beer and wine. Score. Read about what people are eating here.
5801 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA 50322
Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Centro Restaurant in Des Moines is another top Italian restaurant to choose from. Again if your’e looking for a great spot in Des Moines with no corkage fee, Centro is a place to go on Sundays.
1003 Locust St. (Corner of 10th & Locust), Des Moines, IA
Lunch hours Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Dinner hours Monday-Thursday: 5-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday: 5-11 p.m. Sunday: 4:30-9 p.m.
Cafe Fuzion has been around Des Moines for 5 years. They fuse local ingredients with Asian spices which give plates a unique twist and a whole lot of fresh flavor. Cafe Fuzion was the award winner for the people’s choice award at the 2014 World Food and Music Fest in Des Moines. They feature no corkage fee at their restaurant.
1240 E. 14th Street Des Moines, IA
Monday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
This West Des Moines Italian restaurant has some amazing dishes and a great wine selection. If you do have that one special bottle that you must have for celebrations or just because, Bravo! Italian restaurant features no corking fees. If you are interested in viewing their wine list, check it out here.
Malo is the Des Moines restaurant to enjoy latin cuisine. This restaurant has an outstanding brunch as well as lunch and dinner options. Speciality cocktails are enjoyed on the patio during the warm months. If you’re wanting some wine with your dinner, Malo now includes no corkage fees – EVER.
900 Mulberry Street
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.