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A good thing about being on vacation is that every day can be a weekend day. Wanting to hit the coolest spots in the area is only natural. That’s why we wanted to showcase this area’s vibrant nightlife.

Below you’ll find a list of the most trendy and interesting places to check out while you’re in town. Whether you’re new to the area, looking for something different to do, or just visiting, we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll love.
Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar
Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar

(515) 280-6679

302 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

Spend your time on the nightlife scene out at Des Moines' original Johnny's Hall of Fame Sports Bar. Start your night out with a game of pool, dozens of billiard games and high-def TV's everywhere you look. Grab a slice of pizza and an ice-cold beer because after all, the night is still young when you're in the heart of the capital's entertainment district.

Shorty's Somewhat Fancy Bar
Shorty's Somewhat Fancy Bar

(515) 282-3663

208 Court Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

It's your lucky night out at Shorty's Irish Pub! Formerly an underground speakeasy-style bar, the new owners put an Irish twist on the dive bar's atmosphere. Crawl into a hidden booth at this cozy nightlife spot and enjoy a bowl of Irish stew and shot of Irish whiskey. Afterwards, make new friends when you test your luck at a game of Irish Rings.

The High Life Lounge
The High Life Lounge

(515) 280-1965

200 SW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

Step out and step into the 1960s nightlife at The High Life Lounge. Yes, there's genuine shag carpet, Formica bar top, vintage wall paper, wood paneling and classic Miller High Life beer signs hanging everywhere! How can you not spend nights out on the town at a tavern like this?

Vaudeville Mews
Vaudeville Mews

(515) 243-3270

214 4th St
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

Vaudeville Mews is the premier eclectic music venue located in the heart of the Court Avenue Entertainment District in downtown Des Moines. Enjoy a night of live music from hip-hop, rap and soul, to psychedelic, folk, rock and everything in between. Know this: the night starts young and ends late at this nightlife destination.

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(515) 282-2739
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