It’s been a fun ride releasing all our programming info. I’m actually a little sad that this announcement is the last. But, it means we are really close to throwing open the doors for The Bash on New Year’s Eve.

Everyday something new is happening at the firehouse at very exciting speeds. From the stairs to the rooftop and terrace being installed to a huge mural by Asphate almost completed in the alley and all the way down to new bathrooms and lighting going in. Renovations are progressing well to turn this place into the arts & culture destination for Des Moines.

We really look forward to showing it off at The Bash on New Year’s Eve. The party will take place in the back building, which will feature the future Kum & Go Theatre, HopsScotch Bar & Rooftop Terrace. Tickets are selling very fast, so be sure to snag yours now at before they are gone.

So, let’s get to today’s announcement! First up is the HopsScotch Bar & Terrace, located in the basement of the back building, plus an amazing terrace on the rooftop. The bar will be the home to longtime Social Club favorites like Team Trivia and Open Circus, as well as introduce new hits like Jazz Happy Hour, Haiku Deathmatch, and Modern Love.

Get ready to get your hands dirty and your stomachs satisfied at the Culinary School. From classes to pop-up restaurants, this is going to be a great resource for all the Des Moines foodies.

Finally, the recording studio. The music scene in Des Moines is booming and the firehouse gives us many opportunities to support it. The recording studio will provide local artists studio space at a discounted rate to give burgeoning musicians an opportunity to record their art for the world to hear.

Dive in and look at all the upcoming programs for the bar, culinary school and recording studio below. You can also head to to view the firehouse floorplans. And hey, don’t forget your brick!


HopsScotch is an ambitious new bar and terrace featuring craft beers, fine whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails playfully paired with diverse entertainment pods, ensuring it becomes Des Moines’ most versatile and premier grownup experience with a whimsical nod to youthful exuberance . Ascending to the rooftop will provide access to a stunning terrace with amazing views and seasonal cocktails. HopsScotch, through function and service, will change how Des Moines socializes.

Modern Love: DJ Eight Ten brought a new kind of party to Des Moines with Pressure Drop. After a successful three year run the night will be reborn as MODERN LOVE. This dance party and social gathering will expand upon the funky soulful musical foundation of Pressure Drop to include a vast array of new sounds. Music without borders. Strictly Vinyl. Strictly Positive vibrations. No Cover. No Closed Minds.

Tuesday Team Trivia: One of Des Moines’ longest running Trivia nights, this weekly Tuesday night event features 8 rounds of trivia questions written by the hosts themselves, covering a wide range of topics, from pro wrestling to Nickelodeon characters to current events and everything in between. Bring a team of 2 – 6 or show up to join a team; Each weekly winner gets to pick the first category for the next week’s trivia and gets some well-deserved bragging rights. Monthly winners receive a reserved table the next month, and whatever else we might come up with. Door prizes given away throughout the night.

Des Moines Poetry Slam: Currently in its twelfth year of existence, we are excited to welcome the Des Moines Poetry Slam to its new home at the Firehouse. This event is an amateur, literary competition where poets read or recite original material that is then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected judges from the audience. The Des Moines Poetry Slam is currently seeking to host the National Poetry Slam in 2016.

Social Club Sessions: Don’t think we’ll sit quiet when our recurring events aren’t occupying the bar. With options for both early and late shows, join us as we harken back to our Sideshow Lounge roots with an eclectic variety of local, national, and international music.

Rex Manning Day: Rex Manning Day is a night dedicated to all the things you loved / hoped you’d forget about the ’90s. Featuring local bands playing 90’s only cover sets followed by a dance party with DJ NICE KICKS, the only strictly 90’s hip hop / r&b DJ this side of the Mississippi.

Ramona Joyce’s American Voices: Ramona Joyce’s American Voices is a monthly interview of a game show featuring hometown legends and mysteries. Part performance, part interview, but mostly part shenanigans.

Revolver Comedy Revue: Anything Improv and the Des Moines Social Club present a high caliber comedy show featuring a rotation of Des Moines best stand-up and improv comedians performing an eclectic evening for fans of all types of comedy.

Call and Response: A Variety Show – Hosted by influential Iowa musician Patrick Tape Fleming (Poison Control Center, Gloom Balloon, BiFi Records), Call and Response features intimate in depth one-on-one conversations between musician and musician. They’ll not only talk back and forth with Fleming but perform songs together that have influenced both artists. Guests will also go deep into their own heart and soul about the creation of their music and perform.

Haiku Deathmatch: A once a month, all-bets-off poetry slam with a revolving theme. The inagural late night poetry slam will be a Haiku Deathmatch, a fast paced, team oriented poetry competition; think of mashing a poetry reading with The Voice and you won’t be far off. The Deathmatch is an invite-only competition, readers are notable talents of the community and the judges are recognized writers, educators and entertainers.

Open Circus: A place for expression and creativity, hosted by Max Farrell. Bring your guitar, your drums, your voice, your words… comedy, drama, poetry, rock, world beat… bring yourself, and share whatever it is you’re best in sharing. We will be featuring a weekly artist or two to start us out and push us along, with a rotating crew of improvised comedy performers to keep us laughing all night… so come one come all, grab a seat, a coffee/beer, and a mic.

Jazz Happy Hour: This once a month happy hour / evening event features legendary Des Moines DJ Nighthawk, the alias of Urban Dreams founder and former Iowa House Representative Wayne Ford, spinning the best Jazz and R&B for a discerning audience.

Culinary School
The Culinary School at DMSC will be the final piece in our renovation process. Opening in late 2014, the Culinary School will feature dozens of culinary classrooms for any skill or age level. Partnering with Chef George Formaro and the team at Orchestrate Management, classes will be open to the public Monday-Friday. Weekends this space will be available to rent for private events of up to 150 people (the space will be available to rent every night until the Culinary Program is up and running.) This space was formerly carved up into several different rooms for fire classrooms and offices, and now features a look into the Fire Memorial and dramatic views of downtown.

Home-Brew How-to: Whether you’re broke and can’t afford it, or you’re a novice and want to experiment, the need to brew your own beer has been around for centuries. Come learn how with master brewers who will teach you the ins and outs of home-brewing, what equipment you will need and possibly share some of their greatest concoctions. This class is for an audience 21 and older.

Pop-up Restaurants: There are too many talented chefs in this town that don’t have their own joints. We’re gonna give them at least 1 night a month to showcase what they do best. Once a month we will feature a new chef and a new Pop-Up Restaurant. Keep your eyes peeled for announcements about this recurring series.

Grow Your Own Salsa Garden: A hands-on class for both adults and children, designed to educate students about growing and caring for the ingredients found in salsa. At the end of the class, take home your own salsa!

Molecular Smolecular: What do you get when you combine food, chemistry and art? Learn how to deconstruct any dish, change the look and feel of any ingredient, to impress dinner guests, and to take your taste buds on an adventure–also known as molecular gastronomy! Tapioca is not just for pudding anymore. Play with your food!

New Nine Wine: Here are 9 grapes you know: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, White Zinfandel (not actually a grape), Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Pinot Noir. Boring! There are over 1,000,000 grapes – come learn about some not on your radar. Sure to please your palate and your pocketbook.

First of the Spring Bloomers: Learn how to design and care for cool-season annuals for a gorgeous container display.

Food Art: An annual celebration of all that is food and art, we pair chefs and visual artists together to create the ultimate (legal) hedonistic experience. Come see and taste the creations of our local maestros and vote on the one you love the most.

Cock Fighting: First, you take a rooster. Then you place your bet…just kidding – this is a cocktail competition. Local mixologists will square off in front of you, and you get to taste their concoctions. Each drink master will be given 3 ingredients unknown until the moment they see them, and then have to beat to clock to create the most delicious, original and boozy drink they can come up with.

Jazz Brunch: The best of New Orleans brought here to you. Stealing completely out of the French Quarter, come down on Sunday mornings and eat your creole while listening to soul. Swizzles and gumbo will be present.

Your Mom’s Sauces: The Mother Sauces. You can’t cook without them. Learn how to make them: Béchamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Velouté and Classic Tomato. You think you know how to cook, but if you don’t know these 5, it’s amateur hour at your home.

Recording Studio
As part of our mission to support the music and spoken word scene in Des Moines, the Social Club will house a recording studio for use by local artists at a discounted rate.

Introduction to Studio Recording: Take a hands-on approach to learning how to record audio in a professional studio environment. We’ll learn how to record anything from a single voice to a full-fledged multi-tracked song. This course will be perfect for artists who want to be able to record their own demos and for the hobbyists who want to learn more. We will cover everything you’ll need to know to record a song, so no prior knowledge is needed.