The 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Iowa!

Whether it’s the end of the work day or the pinnacle of the weekend, a great cocktail can go a long way. From martinis in the social clubs of Iowa City, to Tom Collinses in the lounges of Cedar Rapids, you’ll find something that suits your taste. Get that drink served up just how you like it at these 10 best cocktail bars in Iowa.

1. Clinton Street Social Club, Iowa City, IA

Serving as one of the classiest drinking establishments in Iowa City, Clinton Street Social Club provides the ambiance, service, and specialty cocktails to have a great night. Whether you are a martini fan or you veer towards more of an Old Fashioned drink, the bartenders at Clinton Street can serve it up right. While you are there, be sure to peruse the food menu or play a game of pool, and whether you stop in for a single cocktail or a whole night of fun, Clinton Street Social Club is the place to be any night of the week.

2. ROCA, Des Moines, IA

Standing for Restaurant on Court Avenue, ROCA provides some of the best nightlife you can find in Des Moines. Split between awesome food and unique cocktails, any visit to ROCA is a worthwhile one. If you are in the mood for something new, ROCA provides award winning cocktails ranging from traditional drinks to house favorites. While there is a lot of things to try at ROCA, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, and while on is enough to get your night going in the right direction, if you pair a specialty cocktail at ROCA with some of their tantalizing menu options, you can have an entire night of fun at the bar at this unique restaurant on Court Avenue. 

3. Mississippi River Distilling Company, Le Claire, IA

Not only does the Mississippi River Distilling Company provide some of the best spirits and whiskeys that can be found all across the country. With the new addition of the Cody Road Cocktail House to their facilities, it’s also a central location to get a great custom-made cocktail. Serving as the perfect addition to a distillery tour, the Mississippi River Distilling Company in combination with the Cody Road Cocktail House can provide many reasons to have a good time, and some pretty tasty ones too. 

4. Django, Des Moines, IA

While some might want to visit Django of Des Moines for their many delicious entree and appetizer items, another great reason to go is their extensive cocktail and martini selection. Nothing goes better with the oyster and French cuisine found at Django than a custom-made martini, and nothing goes better with the martinis at Django than the friendly people you are bound to meet at the bar. For a great cocktail experience, a great food experience and an overall great experience, be sure to check out the fun at Django. 

5. Riverboat Lounge, Dubuque, IA

The Hotel Julien in Dubuque is the definition of first-class in Iowa, and the Riverboat Lounge inside the walls is the first place to grab a great cocktail. Featuring a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service, the Riverboat Lounge can create your favorite cocktails or make something new, and either way you can be sure to have a good time at this first-class cocktail lounge.  

6. The Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar, Davenport, IA

Bringing a taste of Chicago to downtown Davenport, the Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar provides the service, tastes and experience you’re looking for in a fine-dining experience. Whether it’s a chef-inspired cocktail or specialty desserts, there are plenty of reasons to check out the Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar. Whether you like it dirty, sweet or shaken, the Phoenix Restaurant & Martini Bar can serve it up right. 

7. Eastbank Lounge, Cedar Rapids, IA

Located inside the historic Eastbank Venue in Cedar Rapids, the Eastbank Lounge is a classy place to grab a great cocktail or two. Featuring a full list of traditional, signature, and freshly squeezed cocktails, Eastbank Lounge has something for you to enjoy. Whether it’s the relaxing interior, the friendly service or the nearly endless combination of drinks you can order from the bar, with just one visit to the Eastbank Lounge, you’ll quickly realize it won’t be your last. 

8. The Whiskey House, Ankeny, IA

Even if you don’t consider yourself a whiskey connoisseur, the Whiskey House of Ankeny has plenty of cocktail options to enjoy. If you do fancy a whiskey at the end of the day however, then you will feel right at home at this upscale and inviting establishment. Featuring an extensive whiskey list from around the world, you can choose from plenty of different tastes and aged whiskeys when visiting, and however you like it served, the mixologists at the Whiskey House can serve it up right.

9. 21st Amendment Bar and Kitchen, Sioux City, IA

Featuring the happiest of all hours spanning from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the 21st Amendment Bar and Kitchen in Sioux City isn’t only the best place in western Iowa to grab a bite, it’s one of the best places in the entire state to have a drink. Featuring a long list of traditional cocktails and beers, the real fun at 21st Amendment Bar and Kitchen comes from the custom-made house cocktails that can get you sitting straight up in your seat. Throw in the live music and cleverly themed parties happening every week, and 21st Amendment is sure to provide a fun time every time. 

10. Sportsman’s Lounge, Ames, IA

Serving as a great place to catch any Iowa State Cyclone sporting action, even if you’re not that much into games, the Sportsman’s Lounge in Ames serves up a pretty mean cocktail (or two). Even if you are not a Cyclone fan, you’ll feel at home in the Sportsman’s Lounge thanks to the friendly bartenders and long list of beer and cocktails found. Check it yourself, and just be careful, because after just one visit you might be a Cyclone fan for life. 

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