Address: 1620 Woodland Ave., Des Moines
It doesn’t sound like they get too creative naming dive bars in Des Moines. You’ve got Stan’s Place, Gene’s Place, and Carl’s Place—all hoping you’ll place your butt squarely on their bar stools. Despite the competition from all over the place, the locals have voted Carl’s the Best Dive Bar in Des Moines. Carl’s is comprised of four different rooms that combine to make the perfect dive bar. There is, of course, a bar area outfitted with a jukebox. There is a dart room with a half-dozen dart boards. You have a video game room. And you have a room for pool tables. The only negative word we could find on Carl’s is that their bathrooms are “gross.” When it comes to a spot like this though, would you really have it any other way?