About Us


Welcome to the LEGENDARY Blazing Saddle!

If you’re looking for a friendly gay bar in the Capital City then you’ve found it! The Blazing Saddle is the oldest gay bar in Des Moines and has been known as the Gay “Cheers” since we opened in 1983. The Saddle (as most people call it) is open 365 days a year without fail so you always have somewhere to go. We offer Happy Hour 2pm to 8pm every Monday through Friday and Charity Beer Busts every Sunday raising moneys for various non-profits and events. We have Trivia Night every Wednesday as well as Latin Nites and Drag Shows on Thursdays and Fridays and various Saturdays. Our motto is “Never a Cover and Always a Double” so come on in and enjoy.


Our History

Bob “Mongo” Eikleberry opened the Saddle in October of 1983 in what is now considered Des Moines’ East Village. At the time, it was a struggling, decayed part of downtown with few businesses and not much activity. Now we sit as a cornerstone of the Historic East Village of Des Moines!

Contact Us

For private events and booking information:

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our customers, so feel free to visit during normal business hours.

The Blazing Saddle

416 East 5th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309, United States

(515) 246-1299


Open today

12:00 pm – 02:00 am