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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 February 8, 2016
Elizabeth D
Des Moines, Iowa
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 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.

Thank MrSmokeyMountainMan
West Des Moines, Iowa
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275 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 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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Waterloo, Iowa
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222 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

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

Thank Brenda J
Des Moines, Iowa
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112 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 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.

Thank Elizabeth D
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 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.

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 

Thank Jacki J
Des Moines, Iowa
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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.

Thank johnlwood
Mooresburg, Tennessee
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330 reviews
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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.

Thank JSR_Adventures
Des Moines, Iowa
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53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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.

Thank LizzyMarie23

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