Sep 9, 2021 - News
Owners of Quinton's Bar & Deli to open new Des Moines speakeasy
The logo of a new Des Moines speakeasy Alleged Lee's.
Image courtesy of Brian Rorris/Alleged Lee's

Quinton's Bar & Deli is reopening its East Village location next week and its owners have a bonus surprise: They're also launching a new speakeasy.

What's happening: Alleged Lee's will open Oct. 1 next to Quinton's, following a 10-month renovation that divided the bar.

The tasty intrigue: The focus of the speakeasy — decorated with art from Iowa's Prohibition years — will be whiskey and bourbon.

  • Plus, an ornate, hand-carved bar salvaged from a ballroom in Pittsburg will help give the space that nostalgic feel.

What else: Alleged Lee's will share bathrooms with Quinton's, but the two bars will have their own entrances.

  • They'll also both have garage-door windows that open to the outside

⏰ Quinton's, 506 E. Grand Ave. Open daily, 11am-2pm. (Kitchen closes at 10pm.)

  • Alleged Lee's, 510 E. Grand Ave. Open 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday; 2pm-2am Friday-Sunday.
The interior of new Des Moines speakeasy Alleged Lee's, which is under construction.
Managing owner Brian Rorris gave Axios an exclusive look at Alleged Lee's this week. The decor includes this 1890s bar. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

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