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.




$1 off everything,

Monday – Friday until 7 p.m. You can bring in your own food.


Movie night.


Mona’s Pub Quiz 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Movies on all other nights. $2 PBR, $2.50 all other bottles except Framboise. $3.50 Harvey Wallbangers.


Live Jazz hosted by Lisa.

$5 PB&J (PBR + Jameson Shot).


Martini Night —

2 martinis for $8 or $5 a piece, all liquor martinis $6.


Pint Night —

all pints of draft beer $3.


Award-Winning Martini Menu
All Liquor Martini Menu
All Liquor Martinis
Classic Cocktail Menu
Classic cocktails
Tap Beer Menu
Tap Beers
Bottled Beer Menu
Bottled Beer
Wine Menu


This Friday April 3rd we’ll be hosting a reception for artist Jennifer Mitchard starting at 7pm.
Her work will be hung through the month of April, we hope that you will join us for a cocktail and some conversation.

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Our good friends Bob and Marc will be spinning vinyl from 9pm on. No Cover. Stop by anytime to ring in the evening with us.Lift_NYE

Please join us on Friday December 5th from 7-10pm for the opening of artist Rob Braune’s new series of paintings.
Rob uses tube paint on wood to express the world around him. Sometimes menacing, most times sarcastic, all times wonderful.

Here’s what the artist has to say.

Do you like wasting your time? Good. This is and/or isn’t a waste of time, depending on how you answered that question. Come down and look at my paintings. They are super mature, I am very mature.

Then after viewing them, buy them, all of them. With money. Also on sale are beverages with the hottest of cold beverages for you booze hounds.

Make sure to come by yourself or accompanied with other people you may or may not know. Stuff your pockets with them green stacks though, you’ll need it.


Show runs through December and January. -5 -4 -3 -2


 Monday – Friday: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Saturday – Sunday: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.


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