Take it Outside: Five Downtown Des Moines Patios Perfect for Summer

Cocktails taste better served with fresh air, right? We think so. Try these classic downtown Des Moines patios and give your summer outings an upgrade.

The Rooftop

Tucked beneath viny pergolas, The Rooftop’s laid-back vibe is a perfect escape from the bustle of Historic East Village below. A quick walk down the block gets you to a variety of food options, while the classic menu of cocktails and local craft brews offers options for everyone.


A bike trail and hangover cure staple, Mullets cooks up one of the best breakfasts in town. Choose from classic omelettes and eggs, or a cheesy breakfast meatloaf for the more adventurous. The patio is a perfect spot to lounge in your bike shorts, drink Bloody Mary’s and cheer on the Iowa Cubs. If you’re lucky, there might even be fireworks.

Republic on Grand

If you’re on the hunt for happy hour, look no further than Republic on Grand. Deemed by the Des Moines Register as “Des Moines’ sexiest new patio,” the restaurant creates up-scale atmosphere without the price tag. A heated outdoor patio blends seamlessly into the lush tables and booths inside. The drink menu includes craft cocktails named after prominent Des Moines neighborhoods. Small plates, including charcuterie boards, flatbreads and sliders, are perfect for sharing.

“Add [Republic on Grand] to your list for a celebration or a visit from out-of-town guests or a day when you just want to treat yourself. And with summer officially here, there may be no better place to pass an evening than the Republic’s patio.”

–Courtney Crowder, Des Moines Register Staff Writer

El Bait Shop

One of the most popular spots in Des Moines, El Bait Shop is a beer-lovers dream come true. With over 260 craft beers on tap, it boasts the largest selection of American craft brews in the world. Right in the heart of downtown, El Bait Shop attracts cyclists, baseball fans and beer enthusiasts of all ages, shapes and sizes. The large patio has its own bar station, and tables to sit and enjoy the American grub served inside.

The Continental Lounge

For a more intimate setting, The Continental is the perfect place to enjoy a craft cocktail and some jazz. The bartenders here can concoct drinks custom-made for your tastebuds, but the best Pimm’s Cups are on order here, too. Live jazz music floats through the tiny lounge on Saturday nights. The small patio outside is perfect for taking in the night air or dancing with your sweetheart.


Whether you live in Des Moines or are only passing through, there’s a perfect place for everyone. We want to know yours–what are your favorite spots in Des Moines? Share with us on social media!