Your cozy, old-school neighborhood bar

A hidden gem in Des Moines’ Drake neighborhood serving up craft beer and creative homemade takes on traditional bar fare. The University Library Café offers an eclectic mix of food, beverages, and customers all in a cozy, old-school, just-around-the-corner bar setting.


The cozy atmosphere, delicious food, great beer selection, and knowledgeable staff will make the University Library Cafe your favorite neighborhood hangout.


You’ll want to study our menu because this multiple-choice test is a hard one. Best local nachos plus burgers, sandwiches, salads, and a weekend breakfast menu.


More than 20 beers on tap — including the best in craft beer from around Iowa and across the country — plus a large selection of bottles and cans to enjoy.


Get your hands on one of our new “Support Your Local Library” t-shirts! We have a limited availability at the University Library Cafe, or get yours online!

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