Iowa Nightlife

Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent at Mid-America Center on July 17 at 8 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Hank Williams Jr. and Ted Nugent

Mid-America Center

$54.50 $27

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Legendary outlaw country artist and five-time Entertainer of the Year joins the Motor City Madman for a high-octane live show

Country on the River Festival Featuring Bret Michaels at WestFair Grounds on June 20–June 21 (Up to 51% Off)

Country on the River Festival feat. Bret Michaels

WestFair Grounds

$67 $33

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Two-day festival welcomes rocker Bret Michaels, powerhouse quartet Lonestar, singer-songwriter Gary Allan, and more

Country on the River Festival Featuring Bret Michaels at WestFair Grounds on June 20–June 21 (Up to 51% Off)

Country on the River Festival feat. Bret Michaels

WestFair Grounds

$67 $33

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Two-day festival welcomes rocker Bret Michaels, powerhouse quartet Lonestar, singer-songwriter Gary Allan, and more

Murder-Mystery Dinner and Scavenger Hunt for 2 or 4 at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 47% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

$85 $45

Buffet-style meal accompanies a twisting tale of murder, a scavenger hunt to find the clues, followed by a karaoke party

Murder-Mystery Dinner and Scavenger Hunt for 2 or 4 at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 47% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

$85 $45

Buffet-style meal accompanies a twisting tale of murder, a scavenger hunt to find the clues, followed by a karaoke party

Portugal. The Man and Grouplove at Harrah's Stir Cove on Friday, August 22, at 7 p.m. (Up to 44% Off)

Portugal. The Man, and Grouplove

Harrah's Council Bluffs

$45 $25

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A double dose of infectious indie-rock from the popular hitmakers behind "People Say" and "Tongue Tied"

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When the owners first laid eyes on the 117-year-old house that would later become Capital Pub and Hot Dog, they viewed it as an opportunity to accomplish a long-lived goal rather than as an archaic, dilapidated building. Today, the once-condemned structure stands completely renovated and now serves as a dining hotspot where neighborhood regulars furnish their bellies with 100%-all-beef Klement's hot dogs and signature cocktails. The laid-back eatery's 13 Capital Dogs bear such unique toppings as homemade chili, crispy Fritos, and buffalo hot sauce, and its hearty sandwiches punch hunger in the gut with Angus beef, marinated chicken, and american cheese. Headlining a hefty appetizer menu, sweet-potato fries drizzled in honey and accompanied by marshmallow-cream sauce charm taste buds with bites sweeter than love notes written by Oompa Loompas. Capital's sleek, intimate space treats stompers to warm wooden floors that glimmer beneath burnished dining islands and beer-inspired signage.

400 SE 6th St
Des Moines,
IA
US

The storefront now filled with Red’s Public House was once a pizzeria, a Chinese buffet, and a Lebanese fast food joint. In 2010, Red’s brought some stability to the location after extensive renovations and quickly became a go-to place for breakfast. Served until 2 p.m., Red's breakfast ranges from omelets and biscuits and gravy to steak and eggs. For lunch and dinner, you can choose from 27 sandwiches—including burgers, burger melts, steak sandwiches, and a BLT. You'll also find pizzas, hot dogs, salads, and more. Inside, the restaurant punctuates hearty meals with homey vibes, complete with exposed brick walls and cherry-red trim. The public house is open until 2 a.m., perfect for a late-night snack after hitting the bars or an early-morning meal before going to yell at the birds that keep you awake.

112 2nd St SE
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

Tired of huddling around a small TV to watch the big game with their friends, Champps Americana’s founders opened a small sports bar called Concourse 7 in Minneapolis. They served burgers—made from scratch and piled with toppings—and a large selection of brews as sports played on huge TV screens overhead.

Today, what began as a small gathering place has become a franchise with locations across the country. However, Champps' exciting, game-day atmosphere and made-from-scratch approach to cuisine has not changed. As players charge across large, wall-mounted TV screens, servers deliver made-to-order burgers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Behind the bar, bartenders shake and stir creative cocktails and conceal the fact that they are wearing pajama pants. A kids’ menu is also available.

101 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines,
IA
US

Some people say it's impossible to find great seafood in the Midwest, but the staff at The Dock Fine Dining & Spirits would beg to differ. Their menu changes seasonally, but it always features dishes made with fresh-caught seafood. Salmon comes grilled on a cedar plank or stuffed with spinach, garlic, and onion, and Maine lobsters are flown in directly from the coast, skirting any two-hour layovers at O'Hare. Steaks and chops beef up surf 'n' turf options or sate appetites all on their own.

101 Windflower Lane
Solon,
IA
US

In a world that changes by the minute, Zimm's Food and Spirits remains a comforting constant. That's because the restaurant, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on October 19, 2013, remains open 365 days a year rain or shine, weekday or weekend, Christmas, or bring-your-dog-to-work day. Although happy hour only happens on weekday afternoons (from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), and on weekends (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), the $2 Long Islands, half-price apps, free popcorn, and other specials should be enough to make up for it. Plus, steak and French Dip sandwiches, as well as salads and burgers, are always an option, as are games of pool, shuffleboard and darts.

3124 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Syndicate European Pub cultivates a relaxed continental atmosphere with flavorful drinks and satisfying meals. The restaurant's menu boasts half-pound burgers, creole chicken sandwich, 8-ounce angus filet, and seared diver scallops. Pair your meal with a selection of craft beers on tap including Breakfast Stout, Boulevard, and Sutliff Cider.

207 First Avenue NE
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US