Des Moines Nightlife
Des Moines, capital and most populous city of the state of Iowa, houses a major center for the insurance industry as well as the Iowa caucuses. Forbes magazine listed Des Moines first on its list of "Best Places For Business And Careers" in 2010. Sounds pretty serious, but that does not mean you cannot have plenty of fun in Des Moines. The city also has a thriving nightlife.
The House of Bricks
The House of Bricks, located at 525 East Grand Avenue in the East Village, boasts live music as well as open mic comedy and open mic poetry on certain days of the month. Some of the concerts allow all ages in; call ahead at (515) 727- 4370 to make sure. Otherwise, minors must leave after 9:00 PM. Also, check for possible cover charges and drink specials. A full kitchen menu, available until 8:00 PM, offers specialty sandwiches, such as the Jerk Chicken Grill Sandwich and Graziano's Italian Sausage Sandwich. The House of Bricks also offers Angus burgers, pizzas and vegetarian items, including the Zucchini Grinder and the Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich. Remember to check for the homemade soups and desserts of the day. The establishment also serves a limited menu after 8:00 PM until closing time.
Uncle Buck's Bar
In West Des Moines, check out Uncle Buck's Party Bar located at 1720 25th Street in Governor's Square. A beer truck inside serves as a bar. The club also features a mechanical bull and the Templeton Rye Moonshine Bar, named after the Iowa-made whiskey which it serves. The bar features a variety of music and a large dance floor. Call ahead at (515) 221-2317 for drink specials and further information.
Downtown near the river, you can find the Liar's Club, located at 216 Court Avenue. Open everyday from 5:00 PM until 2:00 AM, this bar features a varied roster of DJs to host the festivities. The club offers a sleek design and large windows with a view of the city, and the waitresses actually wear Catholic school girl uniforms. If you go to the Liar's Club, get ready for a large young crowd and plenty of dancing. Call for information at (515) 237-5427.
Cabaret West Glen
If you prefer something a little quieter than the Liar's Club, head back over to West Des Moines to the Cabaret West Glen, located at 560 Prairie View Drive. The bar offers 21 beers on tap, 26 signature martinis, a VIP reward program and bottle service. Do not mistake it for a stuffy or uptight place, however; it also has beer pong tournaments. Three different party rooms available for rent can hold large crowds for private parties or corporate functions. Call (515) 225-1105 for further information.