Nightlife in Des Moines


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  • Lime Lounge
    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.
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    435 E Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Underground Lounge
    Enjoy a freshly tossed pizza loaded with toppings at Underground Lounge in Des Moines. Guess what? Underground Lounge serves food that's free of gluten and low in fat, so everyone can find something that tastes and feels great. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. The pizzeria's background buzz is a bit loud, so those seeking low-key conversation are advised to dine elsewhere. The pizzeria is quite lively during the week, so seating may be hard to come by. Underground Lounge offers multiple street parking options nearby for diners. Underground Lounge accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at Underground Lounge.
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    500 E Locust St
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Nova 10 Cinemas
    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.
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    4353 Merle Hay Road
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Hessen Haus
    The rich, substantial fare native to Deutschland is truly a showstopper at Des Moines' Hessen Haus. For those tired of trendy diets, Hessen Haus's lack of low-fat food is sure to make your stomach smile. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Hessen Haus, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats. Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Hessen Haus can seat both large and small groups. At Hessen Haus, the prime seating is on the patio. Come check out what all the buzz is about. Be sure to call for a reservation if the restaurant is part of your weekend plans — it can get crowded on Fridays and Saturdays. Hessen Haus is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). If you're strapped for time, take out food from Hessen Haus. Patrons will love the number of street and lot parking options close to Hessen Haus. You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant. Frugal foodies will especially love the prices at Hessen Haus, with a meal typically hovering under the $15 mark. Hessen Haus happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
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    101 4th St
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Applebee's
    One of the most-visited restaurants in Des Moines, Applebee's has appetizing steak and good burgers. It's a popular spot for guests seeking great food. If you're wanting to plan ahead, most folks will share that Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the best nights to visit. There's no particular required attire, so feel free to dress comfortably. Also, it's common knowledge that the background noise can get a little loud here. If you're looking for the perfect spot for a get-together between family or friends, it's been reviewed as a great local option for both big groups and families with kids. If you're in a hurry, you can call ahead and take advantage of the convenient take-out offerings. Or, if you're looking for the perfect spot to unwind after work, it's got a phenomenal happy hour and a pretty stout selection behind the bar. One of the tastier franchises in the area, a trip to this Applebee's is definitely worthwhile. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Would you prefer to ride there? Bicycle parking is also offered.
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    3900 Merle Hay Rd
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Orlondo's On Park Bar and Grill
    One of the more popular pizza places in Des Moines, Orlondo's delivers appetizing pizza and good pasta. It's an ideal choice for visitors seeking good food. If you're planning ahead, most people will be quick to point out that later in the week (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) is the best time to visit. No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably. Also, sometimes there's live music, but keep in mind it can get a little loud. It's been tabbed by the locals as a really good option for large groups. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Or, if you're looking for a good spot to hit up after work, it's got a popular happy hour and pretty decent selection at its bar. A highly-regarded option for dinner, chances are you won't walk away from Orlondo's On Park Bar and Grill disappointed. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby. Prefer to pedal your way there? Bicycle parking is also offered.
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    4337 Park Ave
    Des Moines, IA US

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