Des Moines Gay Bars, Clubs and Hotels

Des Moines Gay Bars, Clubs and Hotels

Des Moines is the capital city of the state of Iowa and home its largest gay scene.

Des Moines is one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. There are plenty of trails around the city to explore. You’ll find plenty of bars, restaurants and the gay scene in the East Village.

Des Moines Hotels

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Des Moines was initially established as a fort. The city is located right by the Des Moines River and it’s in the “Corn Belt.” It’s a modern city with plenty of hotels to choose from.


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Gay Friendly Des Moines Tours and Experiences

Browse our handpicked selection of gay friendly tours and experiences in Des Moines from our partners with free cancellation 24 hours before your tour starts.

Gay Bars in De Moines

The Blazing Saddle is the longest running gay bar in De Moines. It’s been hailed as the gay “Cheers”. “Never a Cover and Always a Double” is the bar’s motto. Bob “Mongo” Eikleberry opened the Saddle in October of 1983. It’s a key part of the Historic East Village in Des Moines.



416 E 5th Street, Des Moines

weekday: Mon-Fri: 2pm-1:30am
weekend: Sat-Sun: 2pm-1:30am

Gay Clubs in De Moines

The Garden Nightclub moved to a new location in Des Moines East Village. The garden is a good place to mingle. It won three accolades in the 2021 Best of Des Moines awards:

-Best Local Nightclub
-Best Place to Host a Bachelorette Party
-Best Drag King: Jack Frost



525 E Grand Ave, Des Moines

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