• Wed January 18 2012
  • Posted Jan 18, 2012

Des Moines’ Only Groundhog Day Celebration Tradition Continues on February 2nd

High Life Lounge Adds a Bike Ride to Their Eighth Annual Grand Opening Party

Des Moines, IA

The High Life Lounge will celebrate its eighth anniversary on Groundhog
Day - Thursday, February 2 with a party starting at 6 a.m. The
celebration kicks off with the annual prediction by Polk County Paula at
daybreak (approx. 7:30.) Free Miller High Life will be given to those
in attendance from 6-8 a.m. and the prediction will be authenticated by
officials from Iowa Beverage Systems including President, Mike
Brewington and Greg Edwards from the Des Moines Convention &
Visitors Bureau. Polk County Paula’s prediction rivals that of
Punxsutawney Phil in Pennsylvania every year.

A nod to the popular Bill Murray movie Groundhog Day, the
Eighth Annual Grand Opening festivities will also include a Woodchuck
Bike Ride for the first time. Breakfast will be served all morning and
Miller High Life specials will be featured all day and night.

look forward to this day every year and it has become a tradition for
many of our best customers.” Said High Life Lounge co-owner Jeff
Bruning. “It’s the perfect excuse to call in sick for a mid-week break.”
He added.

Featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food
program and known for “down home” cooking as well as their vintage beer
selection, the High Life Lounge will serve breakfast until 11:00
featuring Biscuits & High Life Gravy ($4), Quiche Paula ($4) and all
you can eat pancakes for $5. Drink specials will also be offered
throughout the day.


High Life Lounge’s Eighth Annual Groundhog Day Grand Opening Celebration

When: Thursday, February 2 – starting at 6 a.m.

Where: High Life Lounge – 200 S.W. 2nd Street – Downtown Des Moines

Annual Prediction

Polk County Paula looks for her shadow and makes the official prediction at daybreak: 7:30.

Free Miller High Life from 6-8 a.m., Breakfast served from 6-11a.m. and
Groundhog Day drink specials will be featured all day and night.

Woodchuck Fun Ride

For the first time, a bike ride will kick off immediately following the
prediction at 7:30. Weather permitting the ride will head to the newly
remodeled Library Café at 35th & University Avenue in Des
Moines. If weather does not allow for the longer ride, Mullet’s will
be the destination [1033 SE 1st Street – Downtown, Des
Moines.] No registration is needed and activities and giveaways from
Woodchuck Cider will be held at each bar.

About High Life Lounge

The High Life Lounge, located at 200 S.W. 2nd
Street, opened on February 2, 2005 and is well known for its 1960’s era
theme and “corner tap” atmosphere. No beer established after 1979 is
served at the High Life Lounge and authentic 60’s menu items such as
Broasted Chicken and Goulash are served on a daily basis. Full Court
Press Inc., the parent company of the High Life Lounge also owns el Bait
Shop, Fong’s Pizza, Hessen Haus, The Library Café, Mullet’s, The Royal
Mile, Sbrocco Wine Bar & Restaurant, The Red Monk & Shorty’s.
For more information about the High Life Lounge, visit

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