Des Moines Event Venues

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  1. HoraceGrant

    HoraceGrant Active Member

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    I am looking at different event venues in the Des Moines area for a corporate event. What are some of your favorite venues for events in the area? Probably need space for 75-105 people depending on the turnout.

    Would have to be booze-friendly. Budget is semi-flexible. Usually this event is business-casual, so preferably not just at a dive bar type of place.
     
  2. JohnnyAl

    JohnnyAl New Member

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    Sticks Art Studio is cool for events in Des Moines


    Www.sticks.com
     
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    My company had a party at the operating room in the West Glen area. We had probably 70 people there, but it would be able to accommodate more than that.
     
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    Iowa Tap Room (Back or side room), Teachout Building, Noce Jazz Club (Back room), Raccoon River Nature Lodge, Simpson Johnson Barn.
     
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    Smash Park could accommodate that many people.
     
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    Forte downtown is right next to wells fargo arena. Pretty good spot. Barrattas caters.
     
  7. capitalcityguy

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    There are several cool event spaces downtown and they seem to keep opening up others. Short on time, but will get back to you later this eve.
     
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    The Lumberyard is always a good spot for these types of events.
     
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    oldman Well-Known Member

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    We had our Christmas party at the Botanical Center. Hired a bartending crew, and food caterers. Probably 80 people attended.
     
  10. Three4Cy

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    Decades in West Des Moines is a great space. Full bar, plenty of free parking, can use your own catering, and will easily hold your group. Wife and I got married and had our reception there, it was perfect. Kale is a great guy to work with for setting up your event.

    https://www.decadeswdm.com/
     
  11. capitalcityguy

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    #11 capitalcityguy, May 8, 2019
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    Here are several ideas:

    https://assets.simpleviewinc.com/simpleview/image/upload/v1/clients/desmoines/Reception_Options_c9c5a61c-73f5-4324-95c4-09279ea65da7.pdf

    This tool might work well too : https://www.catchdesmoines.com/planners/group-dining/dining-search/

    There seems to be a lot of demand for "event space" as they seem to keep popping up....especially downtown. Sorry I don't know the names, but there is a newer one in the old brewery building across from Principal Park and also one across the street from Peace Tree Brewery on East Court. Also a nice one that overlooks the Sculpture Park (next to Americana) .

    The private room they have at the Iowa Tap Room is really a cool setup. Not sure of capacity, but it is pretty good sized.
     
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  12. baller21

    baller21 Well-Known Member

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    Maybe Confluence?
     
  13. brianhos

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    That is a cool place to do stuff especially in the winter when you are sick of dry cold air. Nice and humid inside, feels nice.
     
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  14. jbindm

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    Not totally sure but I think you're thinking of the River Center. I was there for a fundraiser last fall. Lots of exposed brick and reclaimed wood; nice place. Might be a little bigger space than the OP needs, though.

    Jasper Winery has a pretty good setup, too.
     
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