The Hull Avenue Tavern is the oldest bar in Des Moines. We have great drink prices and a modest selection of both domestic, import and micro brew beers. We also have a variety of liquor also. Weekends we host live music every friday and saturday free shows.
Jasper's modern winery squeezes the life out of central Iowan grapes to create a delicious lineup of colorful wines. The 60-minute VIP tasting gives groups of four or double-four a tour of the winery's chambers and splashes tongues with tastes of all 11 vintages, which include the crisp and citrusy Edelweiss white and the Norton dry red, whose smells of baked fruit awaken connoisseurs to flavors of currant and blackberry with slight hints of cinnamon and mint.
A third generation of the Foggia family helms Gino's Food & Restaurants, which still cooks the recipes founder Gino Foggia first created in 1966. At the restaurant's Des Moines and West Des Moines locations, chefs stuff housemade ravioli with meat, layer lasagna with housemade meatballs, and toss freshly rolled cavatelli with sausages made onsite. Other pasta dishes, such as chicken marsala served over linguine, join pan-seared fish and the kitchen's signature steak de burgo, which comprises two fillet medallions with butter-garlic de burgo sauce, on the menu of Italian favorites. Wines, martinis, and desserts such as spumoni complement meals with the charm of two mismatched but lovable roommates.
Originally opened in 1927, the Genesee Theatre slowly deteriorated over the course of the century until its closing in 1989. But starting in 2001, a $23 million cash infusion from the city allowed 120 volunteers to restore the theater to its Gilded Age splendor. Its elegant trappings include authentic wall fabrics, an exact replica of the original marquee, and a 2,200-pound chandelier that gently spotlights the grand lobby and every audience member passing underneath to show how everyone is a star if you really think about it.
Currently celebrating its 86th year, the Civic Music Association has established a tradition of education and ear candy that attracts some of the world's most renowned string strummers, key ticklers, and hot air blowers. Cantus, a nationally touring men's vocal ensemble, brings their baritones and basses to Sheslow Auditorium, where they will share their melodious brand of performance. This band of modern bards will sing selections from a diverse catalogue of musical styles ranging from chant and Renaissance rounds to folk and Benedictine monk punk. Exchange your Groupon for tickets at will-call on the day of the performance, or pick up tickets at the ticket office before the day of the event.
"Season Finale: Russian Spectacular" concludes the Des Moines Symphony's 73rd season and Masterworks series with three classic Russian pieces. Traverse the musical panorama of the world's most sprawling landscape with Rimsky-Korsakov's "Russian Easter Festival Overture" while snapping tourist photos of landmark trumpets. Russian ivory-tickler Ilya Yakushev will make the keys croon during Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto no. 2, while Shostakovich's mighty, brass-fueled Symphony no. 5 provides an auditory oeuvre to the season finale by celebrating the time-honored relationship between sorbet and soirees. Led by experienced conductor Joseph Giunta, the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra creates an evening of instrumental inspiration within the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines' 2,735-seat main hall, which is decked out with excellent acoustics, continental seating, and a cellist-sculpted bust of Bach hovering over every shoulder.