Gay Des Moines
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Gay Des Moines

the center of the Heartland Iowa's capital city is right in the center of the state, and thanks to a historic state Supreme Court ruling, a Midwest haven of marriage equality. The many colleges here lend a progressive vibe. Des Moines doesn't usually overflow with visitors, but local gay activists are now bracing for and embracing a number of out-of-staters arriving to get hitched. is building a resource page for queer nuptials. The gay scene is relatively small with only a few gay bars and clubs, most in the pedestrian-friendly East Village east of downtown.
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Blazing Saddle

 (57 Ratings)

Gay “Cheers” since 1983

While officially considered a levis/leather bar, all are welcome. This is the place for drink specials, visiting porn...

East Village · 416 E 5th St, Des Moines

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The Garden

 (54 Ratings)

Popular mixed-crowd spot

This casual video bar has a big dance floor with house and dance tunes, and regular drag shows.

East Village · 112 SE 4th St, Des Moines

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Buddy's Corral

 (34 Ratings)

Mixed gay-lesbian-straight

Next door to uber-gay Blazing Saddle, this cash-only bar hosts a diverse range of ages and genders.

East Village · 418 E 5th St, Des Moines

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Ritual Cafe

 (14 Ratings)

Fondly referred to as the "Girls' Coffee House."

Locally roasted coffee; food, specialty beers and wine. Singer/songwriters entertain 2-3 nights/week. Just behind the...

1301 Locust St., Ste. D, Des Moines

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Drake Diner

 (12 Ratings)

Classic diner

Milkshakes, hash browns and everything in between. This is a place to indulge your food nostalgia.

1111 25th St, Des Moines

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Renaissance Savery Hotel

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Historic 12 story downtown hotel located next to Civic Center

401 Locust St, Des Moines

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Embassy Suites On The River

 (1 Rating)

Friendly place near East Village

Capital City Pride's Ed Fouts calls this all-suite riverfront venue "a friendly place to stay" near both the gay East...

East Village · 101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines

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 (12 Ratings)

Everything with a rainbow and some without

Tshirts, incense, body jewelry, that kind of thing.

East Village · 333 E Grand Ave #105, Des Moines

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