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Premiere Bowling and Entertainment features 24 pristine lanes with 32-inch LCD screens and their own seating areas. Families and friends face off during 10-frame games as high-fives blend into the din of music and pin crashing, creating a lively, upbeat atmosphere. Things turn cosmic on weekends when Laser Bowl adds lasers, black lights, and fog machines to the mix until 2 a.m. Premiere Bowling also features optional bumpers to help kids compete and a sports bar for players to refuel with food and drinks.

655 NE 56th St
Pleasant Hill,
IA
US

The Juice Company's lemonade is enlivened by seasonal fruits, such as summery fresh mango ($3.00–$4.49). Creative smoothies ($4.49–$6.99), including a PB&J combo brimming with peanut butter and three kinds of berries, bulk up their vitamin punch with a choice of fat-burning, energy-revving, or fiber-enhancing supplements. Lite n’ Fit smoothies cast out dairy and all but 200 calories from their liquid cornucopia ($4.49–$5.49), and the low-carb Meal in a Cup ($5.49–$6.49) supplies a protein push powerful enough to make its drinker clinch the cinderblock shot-put championship. The Juice Company's sunlit squeezery encourages lingering while people-watching through large windows or nursing a locally grown, organic wheatgrass shot ($2.25–$3.99) to absorb every drop of its vegetal super powers.

845 42nd St
Des Moines,
IA
US

The skilled chefs at Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Cafe whip up burritos, enchiladas, and sizzling fajitas to fill an extensive menu of south-of-the-border cuisine. Diners push aside still-steaming nacho and quesadilla starters as a waiter approaches, arms meticulously stacked with plates of enchiladas and burritos ($8.99–$9.99 each). Chefs slather spinach and mushroom enchiladas in butter garlic sauce, and the burro en fuego specialty burrito befuddles meat detectors by burying contraband shredded beef and spicy chili sauce deep inside a warm flour tortilla. Diners can also look over a gluten-free menu to bite into enchiladas and fajitas prepared on corn tortillas as, in the kitchen, blenders buzz up pomegranate and strawberry frozen margaritas into salt-rimmed glasses for frozen fruit consumption without fear of stuck tongue.

4371 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US

Metromix reviewed Royal Mile in its Datebook Diner, Editorial Juice, and Editorial Datebook columns. More than 1,200 Facebookers are fans of the pub. Yelpers give it a 4.5-star average, and TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes.

210 4th St
Des Moines,
IA
US

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.

1501 Woodland Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

The Underground boasted four CityView awards in 2009, including Best Bartender and Best Bar Overall. The laid back subterranean space presents live music most nights, hosting both local and national acts. Hide away from the world and its impossible crossword puzzles with well drink ($3) or draft beer ($3–$4) flanked by helping of Frank's pizza ($8). The bar also offers a wide selection of wines by the glass ($7) and martinis that will leave you shaken, not obliterated ($7). This game-friendly drinkery also features billiard tables and dartboards for pool sharks and target tunas. The Underground is 21 and over after 9 p.m. Most live music shows are free, but there is the occasional cover charge (not covered by the Groupon) so be sure to check the schedule before planning your rock-filled evening.

500 E Locust St
Des Moines,
IA
US