Best Rooftop Bars in Iowa

As if Iowa wasn’t already beautiful enough—now, thanks to a number of iconic rooftop bars, you can take in the gorgeous sights of some of the state’s most beautiful cities via a bird’s-eye view too. Here are some of the best rooftop bars in Iowa to visit on your next evening outing.

Vue Rooftop

Iowa City

Vue Rooftop is located on the 12th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn Iowa City, and boasts unmissable views of downtown Iowa City. This vibrant rooftop space is celebrated not only for its scenic environment, but also for its cutting-edge, gastronomic-centric offerings, music sets that are perfect for mixing and mingling, and locally-inspired cocktails. For more information, visit

300 Craft & Rooftop

Des Moines

This Des Moines-based rooftop bar is beloved by locals and tourists alike. And while the space does have an expansive indoor seating area for those looking to enjoy a quieter night out, it’s the outdoor rooftop deck area that’s really in a league of its own. The bar is especially popular during the summer months when visitors indulge in the space’s happy hour drink specials and sun-drenched views of the bustling downtown city. For more information, visit



For an American grill and craft beer hotspot, 30hop is a pretty special locale—with an unmistakable energy, addictive menu staples and rotating seasonal offerings, and decadent cocktail creations, it’s hard to believe this space could get any better. But thanks to its gorgeous rooftop patio space, visitors can indulge in delicious food with a spectacular view of the Coralville area too. For more information, visit

Joe’s Place

Iowa City

Joe’s Place is a staple of Iowa City—and with a history that dates back 1934, it’s easy to understand why. The restaurant opened Iowa City’s first rooftop bar patio during the fall of 2017. Since then, it’s evolved into one of the town’s buzziest institutions, with three full service bars, more than 25 TV’s and numerous games that offer an entertaining atmosphere and escape for adults of all ages. For more information, visit

The Republic on Grand

Des Moines

Located on the sixth floor of the AC Hotel in the east village, The Republic on Grand boasts a rooftop bar that, despite popular belief, is basically good any time of day. With a flavorful brunch menu, unique drink offerings and an unparalleled indoor/outdoor dining vibe that’s complemented by a buzzy rooftop patio area, the Republic on Grand is a can’t-miss spot that offers world-class views of downtown Des Moines. For more information, visit

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