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Restaurants and Nightlife

Downtown Des Moines (DSM) is a city bursting with flavor. Featuring farm-to-table eats, locally owned breweries and wineries and unique-to-DSM restaurants, you can find the perfect pairings for any craving. In addition to numerous James Beard-nominated chefs and local eateries featured on The Food Network and The Travel Channel, the city also has many hidden treasures. You may remember seeing the East Village’s Tacopacalypse on an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Or if you’re a fan of the show Food Paradise, the episode featuring Downtown DSM staple Fong’s Pizza may have caught your attention.

Explore the bright lights of Historic Court Avenue District or grab dinner and drinks in the venues of the Historic East Village. New eateries like RoCA, Vivian's and Goldfinch join old favorites like Spaghetti Works and Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company on Court Avenue. In the Historic East Village, The Continental offers tapas, cocktails and live music, while Miyabi 9’s hospitable atmosphere is perfect for sushi lovers. Lucca's middle-of-the-room kitchen allows patrons to watch the menu come to life! Additionally, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab offers fun concoctions like the Walking Ched — a burger served on fried macaroni and cheese in place of a bun — as well as spiked milkshakes for dessert. In Western Gateway Park, Americana, Bubba, Centro, Django, Magnolia Wine Kitchen and Malo are just a few of the delicious spots to satisfy your lunch and dinner cravings.

Now that you’ve got food covered, what about a nightcap at one of Downtown DSM’s bars? Looking for a rooftop cocktail with friends? Try 300 Craft & Rooftop. Maybe you want music with your drink. Gas Lamp is worth a try. Lime Lounge offers salsa dancing weekly and The Republic on Grand’s sixth floor lounge overlooks Downtown DSM’s city lights.


A more recent addition to the Downtown DSM scene is the quickly growing collection of craft breweries. Peace Tree Brewery, originally from of Knoxville, Iowa, recently opened a new location in Des Moines’ Historic East Village. And Exile Brewing Co. serves delicious food and beer out of their location in Western Gateway Park. Other all-star additions to Downtown DSM include Madhouse, Confluence and Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company.