Nightlife in Des Moines


Beer Tasting for Two or Four or Growler Gift Set at Peace Tree Brewing Company (Up to 40% Off)

Peace Tree Brewing Company

Knoxville

An Iowa brewery pours an impressive lineup of regular and special-release beers, all made in house using fresh, quality ingredients

$48 $32

Jim Gaffigan on July 31 at 8 p.m.

Jim Gaffigan

Wells Fargo Arena

Comic known for strong feelings on snacks—like Hot Pockets—takes the stage to showcase the wit seen on his self-titled TV show

$58.75 $49

Standup Comedy for Two or Four at Des Moines Funny Bone Through November 26 (Up to 62% Off)

Funny Bone Des Moines

Funny Bone Comedy Club

Upcoming acts include comics seen on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, and more

$40 $15

Groupon Exclusive: Girls Night Out The Show with Meet and Greet on Thursday, September 1 at 8 p.m.

Girls Night Out The Show

VFW Post 1655

Muscle-bound hunks unleash ripped abs and sexy dance moves in a tantalizing evening of girls’ night out fun; meet and greet included

$45 $30

Creek Fest Music Festival feat. Kid Rock and Chase Rice on July 29 and 30

Creek Fest Music Festival

Creek Fest Grounds

The hitmakers behind “Only God Knows Why” and “Ready Set Roll” headline a weekend of country music and camping

$98.95 $75

$139 for Murder Mystery Dinner & One Night Stay for Two at Periwinkle Place Manor B&B ($270 Value)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Periwinkle Place Manor B&B

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

$270 $139

$30 or $50 of Horserace Betting Credit at TwinSpires (50% Off)

TwinSpires

Online Deal

A website and mobile app allows horseracing fans to make wagers on a range of horse races around the globe, including the Kentucky Derby

$30 $15

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Tickets

Curious Incident of the Dog in

Downtown Des Moines

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$149.99 $149.99

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tickets

Beautiful: The Carole King Mus

Downtown Des Moines

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$117.97 $117.97

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Online Deal

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$30 $15

The Sound Of Music Tickets

The Sound Of Music Tickets

Downtown Des Moines

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$110.39 $110.39

Mamma Mia! Tickets

Mamma Mia! Tickets

Downtown Des Moines

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$158.65 $158.65

Fun Home Tickets

Fun Home Tickets

Downtown Des Moines

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$100.48 $100.48

Jersey Boys Tickets

Jersey Boys Tickets

Downtown Des Moines

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$148.75 $148.75

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  • Plaza Lanes Sports Complex
    Serving a range of tasty food and drink, Plaza Lanes Sports Complex in Des Moines will have you thinking about seconds (or thirds). Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. Parents appreciate this restaurant's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults. Raise your glass at Plaza Lanes Sports Complex's happy hour. Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Plaza Lanes Sports Complex is a great summer destination. Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Plaza Lanes Sports Complex's wifi. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Plaza Lanes Sports Complex can seat both large and small groups. The restaurant also features a DJ, and guests are encouraged to strut their stuff on the dance floor. The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere. Plaza Lanes Sports Complex draws a good-sized crowd on weeknights as workers head over after leaving the office. Dress is typically casual at Plaza Lanes Sports Complex, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Plaza Lanes Sports Complex as well. Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant. For no extra charge, diners can park in the connecting lot. The average check at Plaza Lanes Sports Complex will stay below $30 per person, so it's a relatively affordable option.
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    2701 Douglas Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Applebee's
    Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Applebee's, a savory spot for American cuisine. Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at this restaurant, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining. Don't miss out on the great happy hour deals at Applebee's. Applebee's is a fine restaurant for those with large and small parties. Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard. If you want to skip the weekday crowds, visit the restaurant over the weekend (and keep the restaurant's no-reservation rule in mind). Applebee's' dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level. Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout. At Applebee's, you won't have to worry about circling the block multiple times to find parking. Applebee's provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. No matter what you choose off the menu at Applebee's, you won't completely break the bank with prices averaging around $30. When American food comes to mind, Applebee's should be your first choice. For a casual American classic, Applebee's will serve you up a delicious meal in Des Moines.
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    3900 Merle Hay Road
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Mars Cafe
    The counter-culture coffee drinker will appreciate the ambiance at edgy coffeehouse Mars Cafe. A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this coffee shop has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal. This coffee shop welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family. Seating is readily available at Mars Cafe for those with large parties. Free wireless Internet is also available at Mars Cafe, so bring your tablet or laptop along. Be sure to check out Mars Cafe's outdoor seating when the climate is right. Musical groups perform live at Mars Cafe, so tables can perk up with some tunes. You may want to reserve your table for a weeknight visit since the crowds can be more intense during that part of the week. Mars Cafe is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). At Mars Cafe, you can park your car in seconds with the nearby street and lot parking options. Bike parking is quick and easy at Mars Cafe. Head on over to Mars Cafe first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Mars Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. People come to Mars Cafe for the coffee, but they stay for its fun and trendy vibe. When you need that little extra push to get you moving, grab a cup of coffee from Mars Cafe.
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    2318 University Avenue
    Des Moines, IA US
  • El Bait Shop
    For tasty Mexican fare, Des Moines' El Bait Shop is hard to top. Pick your poison and toast your evening — drinks are also served here. Bring the whole family to this restaurant, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. At El Bait Shop, diners can score happy hour deals. El Bait Shop is well-known for being able to seat large parties. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at El Bait Shop. Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on El Bait Shop's complimentary wifi. Live music is often featured for guests' enjoyment. The restaurant's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere. Don't spend time or money shopping for a new dinner outfit El Bait Shop's laid-back vibe accepts jeans, T-shirts, and everything in between. Or, take your grub to go. Free parking is available in the adjacent lot. Make use of the luxurious bike racks at El Bait Shop. Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as El Bait Shop welcomes the use of most major credit cards. Stop by for three square meals a day — El Bait Shop serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For tasty fare with a Mexican twist, make your way over to the highly-rated El Bait Shop.
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    200 Southwest 2nd Street
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Hessen Haus
    German eatery Hessen Haus offers an extensive and tasty Teutonic spread in the heart of Des Moines. Toast your evening out at this restaurant with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included! Making it through another workweek call for a drink at Hessen Haus. Sunny day plus appetite equals the perfect time to head to Hessen Haus. Large groups will appreciate Hessen Haus for its ability to seat them quickly. If you're heading to the restaurant on a Friday or Saturday, don't get stuck in line with the rest of the crowds — reservations are accepted. Hessen Haus is a casual spot to dine, so don't worry about being underdressed. What's that you hear? It's carryout at this restaurant. Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot. Hessen Haus provides ample space for bikers to store their bikes. At Hessen Haus, you can quickly and safely pay with any major credit card. From the appetizers to the entrees, you won't find better German fare than at Hessen Haus. Grab a spot at the table today!
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    101 4th Street
    Des Moines, IA US
  • High Life Lounge
    Chow down on all of your pub favorites at High Life Lounge. Drinks all around! Pair your dinner with a beverage from this restaurant's full bar. Families will feel right at home at this restaurant with its kid-friendly menu and atmosphere. High Life Lounge features some of the most affordable happy hour deals in town. Get connected at lightning fast speeds with High Life Lounge's complimentary wifi. High Life Lounge is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group. Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on High Life Lounge's outdoor patio. Fancy-schmancy attire is not required; in fact, guests are told to keep things casual. Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead. Drivers will be happy to know that High Life Lounge is located near many street and lot parking options. If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant. Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at High Life Lounge. When pub fare is calling your name, head on over to High Life Lounge and snack on all of your favorite eats.
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    200 Southwest 2nd Street
    Des Moines, IA US

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