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Val Air Ballroom

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Nice venue

Cool venue but far from the best. Went for a wrestling show and it provided a very fun and... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
Granite City, Illinois
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Not Great Accoustics but Good Entertainment

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2016
Glenn P
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good0%
  • Average34%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible15%
Nov 8, 2018
“Nice venue”
Nov 20, 2018
“Best of Times”
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301 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265-3785
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

Catch a show and some nostalgia. All your 80's faves could very likely show up here so always check the schedule.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank danserusse
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

Cool venue but far from the best. Went for a wrestling show and it provided a very fun and different look. But it looks outdated for anything else. Also no diet soda was served so paid $4 for a regular coke and im still salty...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CustomMadeGJ
Reviewed September 12, 2018

last one we saw there was striper and they are still very good to watch and the place was perfect for the show

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gordon c
Reviewed February 26, 2017

I have been to the Val Air Ballroom for many concerts and dances and meetings. It is just North of the old Valley Junction Shopping District on 5th Street in West Des Moines. I have worked with other volunteers to put sand bags along the...More

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed August 25, 2016

I went there for a concert. But I would not go there again. The acoustics were terrible. Missing the concert would have been a better use of my time and money.

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Sophie452
Reviewed July 11, 2016

I'm seen some really good bands here and prices are fairly reasonable. Place isn't the best looking inside and the acoustics are bad, but Val Air breaks in entertainment that probably wouldn't show up in the area otherwise (before 7 Flags and Woolys anyway) I...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Glenn P
Reviewed June 9, 2016

The wedding reception was beautiful. Lots of family and friends! Very big place for a small reception. Food was good, it should be it was made by my sister! The atmosphere was very nostalgic but there were a ton of STAIRS everywhere!!!! Not good for...More

Date of experience: May 2016
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Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

Smells of damp carpet, spilled beer and the smell of tobacco ground into the very soul of the place. Reminds me of a 1950s rock and roll music hall...wow !

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Paul G
Reviewed September 1, 2015

I've been to a few music venues, if popular it's packed, but a great place for bands. Always fun, drinks food. Wedding receptions a great place to hold a party. Don't drink and drive though, west Des Moines police are watchful as they should be.

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank Ezfill
Reviewed June 2, 2015

This classic 50's ballroom is a great venue for musicians we have seen such as Lindsay Buckingham, Little River Band, Tower of Power, Lucinda Williams. A Des Moines tradition.

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank nlskinner
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Denman J
November 4, 2015|
Response from nlskinner | Reviewed this property |
Yes, available for private parties. Must call it for pricing.