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Address: Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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Central Location

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Elizabeth D
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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96 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank Elizabeth D
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank Doug P
Buffalo, New York
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Court Ave was fairly busy for a rainy Tuesday afternoon. Many restaurants and shops are located along Court Ave. I went to the brew pub (located in and old building which housed a saddlery & now renovated) I was completely satisfied with the service, the menu and the price. Lots of craft beers made by the brewery were available along... More 

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Thank Jacki J
Des Moines, Iowa
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Maybe I'm a bit of a crumudgeon, but "nightlife" isn't just about bars, yet on court ave, it is! Sure there's a few restaurants mixed in there, but it's basically an alcohol fueled swath of mediocrity.

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Thank johnlwood
San Antonio, Texas
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

One of our favorite hang outs is down in the Court Area, so we frequented it often. When we return to DSM, we will return again.

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Thank JSR_Adventures
Des Moines, Iowa
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40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Court Ave is in my opinion, the best place in the Des Moines area for some nightlife. They have a plethora of fun bars for all ages. There is always something to do on court ave. Court Ave is also the home of the farmer's market in the summer, which is fun for the whole family.

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Thank LizzyMarie23
Urbandale, Iowa
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54 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Court Avenue has gone from run down to the in place to visit over the past few years. You can find great food, fun night spots and with the addition of the Downtown Farmer's Market you can pick from regional foods and local art work. The upgrading of this area is continuing and becoming more resident and traveler friendly.

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Thank Kathie S
Westminster, Colorado
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Farmers Market on Saturdays. Plenty of shops and great restaurants. The Capital City has plenty to look at for history and the walkways are used 365 days a year 24/7 for those winter days. The older structures are being turned into money making Lofts.

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Thank sherryg7755
Des Moines, Iowa
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101 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Court Avenue houses the highest concentration of restaurants, bars, and clubs in the greater DSM area. If you like the night life, and are not sure where to go, just go here and you'll find it.

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Thank JASON H
Orange County, California
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97 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Lots of fine restaurants, watering holes and nightlife. Court Avenue shows the diverse offerings of downtown Des Moines.

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