A restaurant modeled after the famous Northwestern Hotel, which first operated on location in 1916. The New Northwestern, Des Moines‘ new child on the block in the East Village, pays homage to turn-of-the-century rail travel with arched ceilings, vintage artwork and photos, and refined bar décor evocative of antique train coaches. The cuisine is gin-focused, but there’s something for everyone. This is a gin and tonic flight.Great pre-dinner drink place. Friendly mid-modern vibe–green swivel chairs & long drapes! Guys had Captain & coke–strong & tasty. The friend’s daiquiri was sweet & mmmm. My drink–can’t remember what it was–lemon & orange & egg white was good too. Great bartenders. Ugh, this place is so cute and chill—a great place to go if you want great drinks and conversion.
The first drink of the night was the brass rail, it had a smokey smell on top, but it’s sweet and light; the second drink was a loco mojito, so fleshing, very coconutty which is not my jam but still very tasty. What a delightful surprise. Excellent environment with delectable beverages. I adore Gin, and this establishment has many selections. The Gin and Tonic Flight is not just a fantastic idea but also a stunning display of cocktails. Love! Amazing espresso martinis! If you ask, one of the bartenders will make you a special one with camomile honey. The super cute little bar is great for a date night with the hubby to grab a drink before or after dinner. I love the swivel chairs, decor & character. Great wine & service too. The best food & cocktails in Des Moines with a tremendous historical atmosphere; I will be back!
321 E. Walnut St. bar is available from 3 pm to 11 pm. Tuesday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday are from 3 pm to 12 am. The posh venue takes a step back in time, with the history of Des Moines’ long-gone train travel front and center. The plush green barstools, floor-to-ceiling drapes, and ornate bar decor evoke luxury rail coaches, and the white marble bar top connects the small bar room to the broader atrium. The atrium provides a clear view of the open micro-kitchen and extensive seats flanked by the original marble pillars. Much of the building’s original elegance remains, including an arched ceiling discovered during bathroom renovations. Pat Hart, general manager, and head mixologist created a well-rounded cocktail menu that, while gin-forward, has something for everyone.