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Greater Des Moines Nightlife & Bars

Catch neighborhood hangouts. Upscale wine bars. Dance clubs. Sports bars. Dueling pianos. 50+ bars in Downtown Des Moines. It's easy to kick back with friends. Find a favorite hotspot. A "cityful" of things to do each night. And smoke-free establishments.

When you're out and about in Greater Des Moines, it's easy to celebrate with friends. Dance the night away. Enjoy the live music. Or local traditions like the passing of the boot at Hessen Haus. Sing along at Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant. Check out the Beer Genius at El Bait Shop. There are so many options. These clubs and bars offer drink specials. Laid back scenes. Or the party vibe you're looking for.


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City Center Lounge

Region: Downtown
  • Des Moines Marriott Downtown
  • 700 Grand Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50309

Indulge in a hand-crafted cocktail and unwind from your day as the mouth-watering aroma of freshly-prepared American fare fills the air. Experience distinctive dining that lights up the senses in a

Fong's Pizza

Region: Downtown
  • 223 4th Street
  • Court District
  • Des Moines, IA 50309

Delicious handmade pizzas & appetizers make for one of Des Moines' most unique restaurants. Some favorites include...Chinese cheesesticks, crab rangoons, egg rolls, Thai chicken pizza, Fongolian Beef

Blazing Saddle, The

Region: Downtown
  • 416 E 5th Street
  • Historic East Village
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 246-1299

Blue Moon Dueling Piano Bar & Restaurant

Region: West
  • 5485 Mills Civic Parkway
  • West Glen Town Center
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Phone: (515) 564-7300
  • Email

Piano players from around the country will indulge you with your favorite songs and dazzle you with fun, while we fuel your fire with delightful cocktails and food! Whether you’re blowing out candles

Brewhouse No. 25, The

Region: East/Northeast
  • 805 17th Avenue Southwest
  • Altoona, IA 50009
  • Phone: (515) 745-2059
  • Email

The Brewhouse No. 25.; beer garden & live music venue with bike trail access. Altoona's largest outdoor bar & patio.

Cityscape Lounge

Region: Downtown
  • Holiday Inn Downtown at Mercy Campus
  • 1050 6th Avenue
  • Des Moines, IA 50314
  • Phone: (515) 283-0151

Enjoy evenings at the elite, yet comfortable, Cityscape Lounge which has unparalleled views of downtown. The menu has everything from house smoked wings to fresh and delicious steaks and seafood.


Region: Downtown
  • 401 Locust Street
  • Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 244-2151

Down Under Bar & Grill

Region: West
  • 8350 Hickman Road
  • Clive, IA 50325
  • Phone: (515) 278-6718

Serving appetizers, sandwiches, pizzas and specialty items at reasonable prices in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Voted best bar food in the Metro.

El Bait Shop

Region: Downtown
  • Court District
  • 200 SW 2nd Street
  • Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Phone: (515) 284-1970

Beer is kind of our thing. Focusing on American Craft Beer with over 120 draft beers and over 200 in bottles. Featuring small craft beers from around the world and many terrific selections from Iowa

Firetrucker Brewery

Region: North
  • 716 SW 3rd Street
  • Ankeny, IA 50023
  • Phone: (515) 964-1284
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Quality craft beers, fine art and a wide range of food and live music have quickly made the brewery taproom popular. Firetrucker beers are loaded with flavor and maintain a clean finish. House beers

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The Parent Organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission
400 Locust Street, Suite 265, Des Moines, IA 50309-2350 (800) 451-2625
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