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Address: Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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Night life in Des Moines

My first stop when I moved here; Loved the environment, the music and the bars - you can walk from one to the next if you get bored. Every bar and restaurant is different. I come... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2016
David T
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Knoxville
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47 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Court Avenue offers a wide variety of eating, drinking, and social establishments. Some are cheap-eats on up to formal dining. We have visited the area many times, but the last time we were there may be the last. There is an increasing level of conflict and other activity that makes an older couple nervous. A greater police presence might make... More 

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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

My first stop when I moved here; Loved the environment, the music and the bars - you can walk from one to the next if you get bored. Every bar and restaurant is different. I come here at least 2-3x per month, but used to be there almost every weekend when I lived in the city. Farmers market is a... More 

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Thank David T
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

If you are looking for a leisurely lunch with large booths, then this is the spot. However, if you must be in and out within an hour, then you will need to inform your server right away.

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1 Thank Michelle L
Des Moines, Iowa
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62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Court Ave is a great area of Des Moines where you can find different types of shops, food and nightlife. The farmers market is held in this area and there are other events throughout the year that take place here as well. If your in town looking for something to do, swing through this area and guaranteed you will find... More 

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1 Thank Alanda L
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Went to the first farmers market of the year and it was fabulous,the people were so friendly and inviting. Lots of selections and freebies!!! Wine was really good.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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250 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

It looks as if this area is in the midst of a revitalization project. There are many places to eat and drink and they are all very close to the civic center as well as a bit longer walk to the arena.

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Ludington, Michigan
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332 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Every Saturday from April - October is the Farmers Market. Any night especially when the I-Cubs are playing or other events, which are many are happening. Shoot, we had the NCCA basketball tournament this year downtown, it was great. Check this city out, it rocks!

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1 Thank David W
Waterloo, Iowa
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244 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Nice area for visiting eclectic shops, antique and specialty stores. A nice change from the larger shopping areas and malls.

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1 Thank Brenda J
Des Moines, Iowa
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131 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

Court Avenue is centrally located. Easy access to restaurants, bars, hotels and the skywalk. A lot of food and drink choices to chose from.

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1 Thank Elizabeth D
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Court Ave. has many restaurants, bars and other eateries. By-and-large it appears safe but now and again there are late night scuffles between those to over drink alcohol. There are enough places to eat to cover all budgets.

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