Iowa Nightlife

Murder Mystery for Two or Four, or Dinner and Overnight Stay at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 49% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Multiple Locations

Pairs dine on a hearty meal while participating in a twisting tale of mayhem and murder, and enjoy a one-night stay with breakfast

$170 $89

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Jim Brickman at Adler Theatre on December 28 at 3 p.m. (Up to 51% Off)

Jim Brickman

Adler Theatre

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Silky-voiced adult-contemporary singer and pianist plays Christmas hits such as “The Gift” and “If You Believe” on a holiday tour

$42.85 $21

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6 Rounds Of Punk with Misfits and Dead Kennedys at Mid-America Center on Saturday, January 10 (Up to 35% Off)

6 Rounds Of Punk

MID-AMERICA CENTER

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Sets from ’80s and ’90s punk legends the Misfits, Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, Strung Out, Guttermouth, and Total Chaos

$24.75 $16

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at Snus Hill Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Snus Hill Winery

Madrid

Award-winning red, whites, rosés, and dessert wines from American and French–style grapes

$26 $15

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One Private Wine Tasting for Four or Eight at Rocky Waters Winery (50% Off)

Rocky Waters Winery

Hanover Illinois

During private wine tastings, winemakers serve seven samples and answer visitors' questions

$24 $12

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Standup for Two or Four at Des Moines Funny Bone Through March 28 (Up to 69% Off)

Des Moines Funny Bone

Des Moines Funny Bone

Upcoming acts include an impressionist/hypnotist and nationally touring comics

$40 $15

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Movie for Two or Four with Popcorn and Drinks at The Waverley Palace Theatre (50% Off)

The Waverly Palace Theatre

Waverly

Surround-sound system booms audio of first-run releases as viewers in plush seats snack on popcorn and soda

$27 $13.50

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at John Ernest Vineyard & Winery (Up to 45% Off)

John Ernest Vineyard & Winery

Tama

Tasting packages include one glass of wine and a souvenir glass for each taster, and a take-home bottle of wine per pair

$31 $18

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$22 for an Uncork an Adventure in Wine: Wine 101 Class for Two at Two Saints Winery ($40 Value)

Two Saints Winery

St. Charles

Taste housemade varietals and learn about glassware, food pairing, and tactics for storing wine before heading home with souvenir glasses

$40 $22

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American Food for Dine-In or Takeout from Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery (Up to 40% Off)

Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery

Walford

Bar fare such as open-faced burgers smothered in chili and the Wild Hog pork loin sandwich with ham and bacon

$20 $12

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Two or Four Bottles of Wine at Stone Cliff Winery (46% Off)

Stone Cliff Winery

Dubuque

Locally made wines include chardonnay, cabernet, and white zinfandel, as well as seasonal wines made from local apples and cherries

$24 $13

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Tour and Tasting for Two or Four at Summerset Winery (Up to 48% Off)

Summerset Winery

Indianola

Tour-goers can sip wine and eat cheese and crackers

$40 $22

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Wineglasses and Bottle of Wine at Grape Escape Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Grape Escape Winery

Pleasantville

Guests savor sips of wine concocted from 100% Iowa grown grapes, then take home logo-emblazoned glasses and a bottle to share

$26 $13

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Wine Tasting Package for Two or Four at Annelise Winery (Up to 46% Off)

Annelise Winery

Indianola

Guests at a scenic family winery can sample premium selections before taking a bottle and souvenir glass home with them

$34 $20

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Wine-Tasting Package for Two or Four at La Vida Loca Winery (Up to 45% Off)

La Vida Loca Winery

Lincoln

Sample sweet, semisweet, or dry wine at family-owned winery, then take home a bottle and wineglasses

$32 $19

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It's usually Mullets' mascot that first catches guests' eyes, flashing its gill-to-gill grin from its post-top perch. Then there's the big neon sign, which further befits the establishment's roadhouse atmosphere. Situated at the confluence of the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, Mullets draws in patrons with pub staples such as burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas as well as plentiful seafood options that include catfish, bluegill, crawfish, and frog legs. Servers can bring these dishes out to the wood-paneled dining room or up the stairs to the two-level outdoor patio, where banners for the Chicago Cubs and Boulevard Brewing Company ripple in the wind like the tongue of a skydiving dog. The staff encourages patrons to make their own marks on the pub’s playful atmosphere by posting photos of their mullets—whether haircuts or state-fair-winning fish—to the Mulletin board.

1300 SE 1st St
Des Moines,
IA
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Available in both liquid and slushy form, the throat-moisturizers at Toocan's Tiki Bar quench thirsts as crowds appease ears with live music or smile-cracking conversation. The first option gives parched patrons credit toward 25-ounce frozen "bones" drinks ($9), which come in flavors including strawberry, piña colada, and the popular Miami Vice—great for cooling down on a warm day or drinking to impress a yeti.

329 2nd Avenue Southeast
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.

136 East 3rd Street
Davenport,
IA
US

The lure of specialty coffee drinks and fresh sandwiches may lure customers into Butlers Coffee & Cafe, but it's what they find inside that makes them stick around. Cozy seating surrounds a crackling fireplace, and all around the room, bookshelves hold up more than 500 tomes waiting to be picked up and perused. Picked up and perused one-handed, that is, since the other will be occupied by one of the café's cappuccinos or smoothies or a crispy panini stuffed with cranberry and turkey or roast beef and swiss. If you need some added incentive to stay past dinner, the cafe also offers up a delectable variety of baked goods, including fruit pies and cupcakes, perfect for ending the day on a sweet note.

85 W 1st St
Sioux Center,
IA
US

Nominated for Best Family Restaurant on CityVoter's 2011 A-List, Steamboat Garden has been serving up affordable family food since 1933. Today, guests at the boat-shaped restaurant can peer through its bright red portholes to watch as the friendly staff fills tables with steaks and seafood, breaded pork loin sandwiches known as Tug Boats, and seven incarnations of a signature hamburger that has been a Falls Avenue favorite since the 1940s. Between bites, diners sip old-fashioned floats made with 1919 draft root beer and then send instant photos of their empty plates to mom by accessing the restaurant's WiFi with a laptop or aluminum foil helmet.

1740 Falls Ave
Waterloo,
IA
US

The same venue that hosts weddings and upscale dinners also welcomes established comedians and rock bands, making First Avenue Club a go-to destination for all manner of events. Inside, a full-service bar overflows with 12 draft beers, 40 bottled beers, and a wealth of mixed drinks. Further behind the scenes, the kitchen fires up hearty entrees such as roast pork loin and baked cod.

1550 South 1st Avenue
Iowa City,
IA
US