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208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2208
+1 515-288-2536
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8 Sep 2015
“Casual hidden gem”
25 Jun 2015
“Feels like your friends bar years ago”
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208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2208
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

It's not that people don't know about Shorty's, it's just that if you aren't looking for it, you won't find it, either. The dark basement bar has music playing, sports on TV, and an atmosphere that can range from raging good times to casual drinks...More

Thank Kristina M
Reviewed 25 June 2015

Go down the basement where the ceiling is a bit low and enjoy the dark man cave-like atmosphere for a couple cold ones.

Thank Kim G
Reviewed 11 March 2015 via mobile

This is a fun pub located in the basement of the building. Long and narrow but screems of a good party with friends. Expect much less but get much more.

Thank djdahlen
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  • Address: 208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2208
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-2536
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