The LiFT is a bohemian bar located in downtown Des Moines’ Court Ave. District, featuring an award winning martini menu, extensive beer selection, top-notch cocktails, exquisite local art and one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Inspired by its historic location in the Kirkwood Hotel, the LiFT is named for the elevators that originally occupied the building. An antique elevator cage acts as the centerpiece of the bar, complemented by the patina of the elevator’s original ironwork. Globe lights inspired by those that originally dotted Court Ave. subtly illuminate the LiFT’s turn-of-the-century color palette, while its meticulous tile work evokes the structure of its surrounding streetscape. The walls at the LiFT are lined with artwork by a rotating cast of talented Des Moines artists. Opening exhibits featuring new art collections are held regularly with works of art often being available for purchase.
Since opening on May 30, 2001, the LiFT has challenged the conventions of a typical bar. It was one of the first notable bars to be non-smoking (seven years before the smoking ban), original local artwork hangs on the walls rather than neon beer signs, no televisions are blaring, and from the beginning has prominently served a wide selection of import and specialty beers alongside wildly popular martinis.