Des Moines Night Life

Nighttime a delight in Des Moines

Now that you've spent the day taking in all the history, parks, and architecture of Des Moines, get ready for some serious fun at night. One of this city's most popular areas for nightlife is the Historic East Village. Here you can take advantage of shopping, dining and other activities. This is also where the Iowa State Capitol and Iowa State Historical Building are located. During warmer months, sports enthusiasts won't want to miss the Knoxville Raceway or Iowa Speedway. Maybe you prefer baseball. No problem. The Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, are based in Des Moines. For great dining, the downtown area is always a hit. Here you can enjoy Cajun-Creole dishes at Buzzard Billy's, or traditional German food at Hessen Haus. Steaks are very popular in Des Moines. Some of the best steak dishes you'll find anywhere are prepared at restaurants including Jesse's Embers, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Iowa Beef Steak House, and the elite 801 Steak and Chop House. For some traditional American food, try Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar. For some after-dinner nightlife, the Liars Club always offers a party atmosphere. You can enjoy the best in local live bands at nightclubs such as the People's Court Avenue, House of Bricks, and the Grand Piano Bistro. For more refined entertainment, you'll want to check out the Des Moines Symphony. The symphony features a Yankee Doodle Pops concert every year around the Fourth of July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol.

Just like presidential hopefuls, you'll find plenty of great reasons to visit Des Moines.

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The oles we got were hard as a brick and could not be ate
I've tried all the other resturants in town that sell tamales these are the Best tamales in town go here soon and often I know I will!!!! Thank you Panchos!!! 12/30/11
It's certainly better than the overpriced slop they serve at Palmer's Deli. Jason's Deli is better in my opinion. It isn't much of a "Deli" really, it's a sandwich shop. The Mama Mia is their best sandwich by far. The st...
They have this piano guy that plays on certain days. Would definitely recommend going when he is there. Creates a wonderful ambience.
This is one of the finest steak houses I have ever been too. A wonderful atmosphere that is second to none, outstanding service. Highly recommended!
We really like this restaurant. They have really good food and it is not overpriced like alot of Thai restaurants. We have never found Chicken wings like they have here. These dont have sauce on the wings but have a r...
One heck of a value for the dollar. Ordered open face steak for lunch, and it was perfect. First time I have ever been at this resturant, and the owner was very pleasant. will definitely return for another lunch
Baratta's has amazing food, great service and the people that work there are so nice and really cater to your needs. I recommend this place to anyone that likes Italian food!
The best salad dressing in Des Moines. Beyond that the cavatelli is good, the Jamaican jerk sandwich is really good and it's some of the best pizza you'll find anywhere. It's worth a visit.
Best fajitas in the world. Everything here is good and reasonably priced. The staff is great-our favorite Mexican place in the Des Moines area.