Like a fine wine, bars just get better with age. Here are some of the city’s oldest drinking establishments.
Des Moines' oldest barsMetromix
April 21, 2009
Even the owner isn’t exactly sure how long this place has been around. His guess? 80 years. That places it in Prohibition, so that may be a little off. Our guess? Old.
Open since 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed, there’s a lot of history at the legendary Greenwood.
At 47, Johnny’s seems like a youngster, but it’s the oldest sports bar in town (and even got a facelift last year).
This bar has been around for 72 years, and some of the graffiti looks to be about the same age.
An east-side institution since 1933. The Hull and the Greenwood were neck-and-neck in terms of who opened first once drinking was legal.
Don’t let the name fool you, this bar has been slinging suds for a long time. How long? We got an estimate of “Since the 20s.”