The Garden

 
86% love it
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Popular mixed-crowd spot
This casual video bar has a big dance floor with house and dance tunes, and regular drag shows.

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      GardenNightclub Over a year ago
      Loves it

      New Owners/Management
      As of May 2013, The Garden has new owners/management. We now have a great new team of bartenders that are welcoming and polite and ready to serve you. We have an entirely new Drag Show on the weekends, featuring some of the best queens in the state. We have great new drink specials all week long. Check out our website for a list of drink specials, upcoming events, and more!

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      k12178 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I love this bar!!!
      I love everything about this place especially the showcast. They are the best!!!

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      kudos2ya37 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      should be called ghost town instead of garden..
      same music playing over and over for the past 8 yrs now.. last time i came in was 2009 and it was dead on a weekend in March.. they have only one beer tender (SETH) (i believe his name is). i like and that is personable and well mannred all others suc balls not in a good way either especially the black lesbo she scares me with her attitude & she only caters to her clicks she totally ignores you if u want served.. bad bartending ethics on her part...the bar caters to str8ts more than gays now.. which is a crying shame.... and drag shows suxs with horrible drags which drag queens sux balls anywayz.. Will never step foot into ever again which was once the bar i prefered the most...

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      ryanf Over a year ago
      Loves it

      best dance floor in town!
      If u want to dance... This is the place to be!!!

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      tim7300 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Dance Club
      Nice dance area and great outdoor bar. It is really alot of fun in the summer....

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      canuck Over a year ago
      Hates it

      If this bar is popular - why isn't any one there?
      I get the dance thing people show up a bit later - but at 10:00 friday there was about 6 people there - including the bar tender, I really expected (sorry hopped) to see a bit of a crowd forming. The place was ok, the 5 customers were friendly, I just never couldn't understand what they were waiting for?

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      JudyM Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Love the shows. Kinda keep-to-yourself-don't-bother-me type of place. Go with your friends for company. Lot of straight-girl parties.

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      tyflyguy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I'm not sure what I expected, but...
      I'm not sure what I expected, but overall this place was a big disappointment. I would have rated it as "skip it," but there are so few gay bars around that you don't have a lot of choices. The actual club is really cool, I thought. It is a great space. There is a spacious dance section, a separate area where there are drag shows, and a back patio. I would have given the club 5 stars for it's setup. The real problem with The Garden is the people. This is the same problem I had with the Saddle. We started out at the Saddle on a Saturday night and found the crowd to be really unfriendly and clique-ish. So we decided to head over to The Garden. Basically, everyone who was at the Saddle came over to The Garden. I understand that most people here come to the bars with friends, but I have never seen such an unfriendly bunch. You could look around the club and see little circles of people standing. No one was really mingling. It was odd. I grew up here and have moved away. I brought a friend from out of state with me for this visit and have spent several days listening to him talk about how friendly the people in Iowa are, only to have the gay crowd at both the Saddle and The Garden ruin it in two hours. I tried at one point to start talking to several locals, thinking that maybe I just needed to start the conversation. Nobody seemed interested in talking to anyone besides their friends. Lame. This is why I moved away. I think I rate it "skip it" after all. Go hang out at a straight bar or dance club, at least someone will talk to you there.

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      JHargs Over a year ago
      Hates it

      HOW MANY....UGGGG
      How many underaged trashed faggots can get into one horrible bar. Drugs galore, drunk older people out on the prowl looking for the underage group, dark and horrifying...Ugly twink skank in cages dancing...just a horrid place. The only good thing is one owner is a nice guy, but it's not even worth going to regardless of who owns it!

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      pattycnn Over a year ago
      Loves it

      i'm going again
      a verry nice place to go and have fun and meet others,

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      RadioGaGa Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Great space
      The Garden is a great space. But I have to say that the music was bad and to top it off the DJ was a bitter lemon. Also did not care for a drag show every weekend night.

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      ACE9090 Over a year ago

      IT'S JUST OKAY
      A LITTLE LOUD, A LITTLE BIT LIKE- IF WE DON'T KNOW YOU, GET LOST KINDA' FEEL. IT TOOK FOREVER AND EVER TO GET A DRINK. THE BARTENDERS WERE CUTE AT LEAST, BUT STILL! THERE WERE AS MANY STRAIGHT PEOPLE AS GAY PEOPLE, WHICH WAS A LITTLE ANNOYING. SEEMED LIKE A LOT OF REALLY YOUNG KIDS TOO. I HOPE THEY CHECKED IDS! I WOULD MAYBE GO BACK JUST BECAUSE DM DOESN'T REALLY HAVE MUCH ELSE TO OFFER. OH YEAH, THE QUEENS WERE GORGEOUS.

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      DsMIowa Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Disappointed...
      We heard this was the place to go in Des Moines. What we found was the semblance of a gay bar where the gays where outnumbered by local 'straights' and an annoying busload of bachelorette party girls. The back dance area bar was cool until water leaking through the roof dripped into my companion's drink... ewww! Patio wasn't open but looked cool.

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      Seekermike Over a year ago
      Loves it

      young and beautiful
      The Garden attracts a younger (21 - 25) crowd and occasionally hosts youth nights (18 - 21, with no alcohol served of course). The Garden is many bars in one, with a dance bar, a stage for drag shows, a section to just hang out and have a drink, and an enclosed patio open during the summer. The perfect hangout for the young, gay and beautiful.

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