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Address: Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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great for nightlife and daytime fun

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa
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San Antonio, Texas
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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.

Des Moines, Iowa
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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.

Urbandale, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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.

Westminster, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

Des Moines, Iowa
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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.

Orange County, California
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

The Saturday morning Farmers Market is my favorite event on Court Avenue. At other times you'll find a good variety of reasonably priced restaurants, many of which have outdoor seating in good weather.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I really enjoy the Court Avenue area during the day and afternoons. Plenty of great restaurants and some nice places to stop for an adult beverage. Things can get roudy later in the evening due to the large number of bars in the area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you are visiting Des Moines and looking for a popular downtown dining area, check out Court Street. This is a very popular area for dining and drinks and you will find a wide variety of casual and delicious dining options. Everything from coffee shops (Java Joes) to Mexican and Italian. There is also a really nice microbrewery that has... More 

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Portage, MIchigan, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Two blocks of excellent restaurant choices. Several with outdoor seating options in the summer months.

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