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Variety is the spice

Court Avenue is several blocks of restaurants and bars, along with side streets featuring a wide... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Des Moines, Iowa
Early/Late Summer the ONLY place to be on Saturday Mornings

There are hundreds and hundreds of vendors. There a streets covered with people, musicians, vendors... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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“night life” (6 reviews)
“farmers market” (18 reviews)
“hall of fame” (2 reviews)
Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Court Avenue is several blocks of restaurants and bars, along with side streets featuring a wide variety of food choices from coffee shops, bar food, ethnic options, and standard steakhouse fare. Fongs Pizza was just featured by Alton Brown with its creative Crab Rangoon Pizza....More

Thank GramsB487
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are hundreds and hundreds of vendors. There a streets covered with people, musicians, vendors of course, Come early the main event is usually over with by 2:00 pm. Parking is hard to find so ride the DART transportation system. You will be glad you...More

Thank 881lizp
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Court Avenue is great to live by. There is always something to do almost 24/7. It's great to stroll along Court at night and I always feel safe. The city has made Court Avenue the center of many festivals from the weekly Farmers Market to...More

Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Highly recommend Johnnies Hall Of Fame, and many of the surrounding bars. Outside patios are everywhere and lots of great food choices.

Thank Justin G
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This area is a community of sorts with some great restaurants and a farmers market every Saturday morning. Family friendly. Clean. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. Also, there is a HyVee right down center here.

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Finding a place you will like on Court Avenue is easy. There are so many different bars to explore it can almost be like traveling to different countries. The patio at Mickey's Irish Pub is one of our favorites and it is worth it to...More

Thank Jessica F
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Court avenue is the place to be in town for dinner or drinks. We love this area of downtown, so much to offer. Several options for lunch or dinner, they even have a grocery store downtown now.

Thank Mlg2
Reviewed 1 May 2017

It was very easy to start at one end of Court and sample the various pubs on the way. Outdoor seating was nice with the warmer weather.

Thank JL2z
Reviewed 24 March 2017

I would recommend the best time to visit Court Avenue would be in the late afternoon and evening timeframe. There are restaurants and bars that are in historical buildings within this downtown space. I would agree with a prior reader that the new HYVEE is...More

Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Don't miss the Farmers market on Saturdays. Lots of food, enetertainment and shopping opportunities.

Thank Beachlady2017
Nearby Restaurants
Fong's Pizza
646 reviews
.10 miles away
Hessen Haus
214 reviews
.12 miles away
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Co.
269 reviews
.04 miles away
Royal Mile
156 reviews
.10 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Downtown Farmers Market
320 reviews
.21 miles away
Des Moines Civic Center
152 reviews
.15 miles away
Science Center of Iowa
225 reviews
.18 miles away
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
59 reviews
.16 miles away
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9 October 2015|
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Response from Kathie S | Reviewed this property |
The bars are open to all ages, but serve alcohol to 21+ patrons. You can find great shows, and events at the Des Moines Social Club, close to Court Avenue.
12 April 2015|
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Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of restaurants on this street and most open at 11:00 to late night. There are a few other business also. The Farmers Market is there on Saturday mornings. Sometime other events are happening just check for the... More