Nightlife in Ankeny

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Cabaret Bar & Patio invites its clientele to shake off the stress of the workweek in a sophisticated nightclub environment, filled with perfectly balanced cocktails, tasty sliders and tapas, and live entertainment. Guests nibble on homemade roasted-garlic hummus, smoked-shrimp skewers, or sandwiches made with thin-sliced turkey or barbecue pulled-pork. Servers dole out elegant martinis made with flavored vodka and fruit liqueur, craft beers, or bottle service packages that include scotch, vodka, rum, and gin. Live acoustic and electric rock sets showcase the finest local and regional talent, while DJs fill dance floors with pulsing, bracing rhythms late into the night.

2785 N Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny,
IA
US

As reported by the DesMoinesRegister.com, Pickett's pub could be carved from the timber of an enormous tree, with stacked log walls, a fireplace, and a menagerie of mounted moose heads. Though moderately unobtrusive from the road, diners are greeted to pool tables, video games, darts, and a large horseshoe-shaped bar where mixologists sling beers as well as concoctions of mixers and fruity schnapps. Pickett's also grills up juicy full-pound burgers and daily specials such as jumbo shrimp and full-pound top sirloin steaks.

6014 NW 59th Ct
Johnston,
IA
US

The long stem of a martini glass serves a purpose beyond its elegant appearance—it keeps the concoctions it bears cold without ice, which can dilute even the most potent cocktail. A practiced bartending staff uses these slender glasses to hold the more than 30 martinis that dot Lime Lounge’s drink menu, each of which is infused with premium liquors. Mango purée and a hint of chili pair with Absolut vodka in the Mango Tango, a staff favorite, and classic gin and vodka martinis, prepared to each guests' specifications, contain blue-cheese-stuffed olives or cocktail onions. The Lounge's selection of frozen cocktails don't need a martini glass to stay chilled, instead blending rum or tequila with ultra-fine shaved ice to induce an intoxicating brain freeze. With cocktail in hand, patrons can roam the contemporary interior, taking in the lights-and-sound spectacle and tapping their feet in time to live music or DJ sets.

2706 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

At Nova Cinema, cinephiles and casual moviegoers alike nosh on popcorn while watching first-run movies projected on full-size silver screens. Nova Cinema’s selection of talkies changes weekly, with current high-octane thrillers, family flicks, and love stories showing seven days of the week. Recent selections include The Hunger Games, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, _ and _Dr. Seuss' The Lorax, as well as 21 Jump Street, a coming of age story about street signs learning to conquer their fear of heights.

4353 Merle Hay Rd
Des Moines,
IA
US

More than 1,000 Facebookers like AJ's on East Court, and the bar was reviewed on Metromix:

419 E Court Ave
Des Moines,
IA
US

Midwest Cage Championship, the region's largest MMA organization, has been showcasing brutal cage fights in Des Moines for more than five years. In 12 bouts across seven divisions, bone-cracking ballerinas will dance a pugilistic pas de deux, gracefully pirouetting into each other's pressure points. Lonnie Scriven and "Hollywood" Johnny Case join together to explore a vast terrain of bodily pain in the lightweight championship. Then, for the main event, light heavyweights Jesse Lund and Tyrone Roberts come to blows over the ownership of a belt, like deal-crazed shoppers at a Belt-Mart firesale.

730 3rd St.
Des Moines,
IA
US