Sometimes one place to celebrate isn't enough. Important milestones — like a bachelor or bachelorette party or a birthday — require more sustained fun. That means it's time to create a party crawl, hitting a number of spots in one day. Sure, you could just hop from bar to bar, but it's more interesting to mix it up with a variety of activities. Intersperse your crawl with games, classes and sporting events for a memorable moving party no one will soon forget.
Birthday Bar Crawl
Mullets—The patio at Mullets is the perfect place to relax and get into the party mood. It's close to downtown, but with views of the river it also feels removed from the hustle and bustle. Mullets' lunch and dinner menu is heavy on barbecue.. Or try a fried catfish dinner, a burger or a po' boy.
Info: Mullets, 1300 S.E. 1st St., Des Moines, 515-244-1443, mulletsdsm.com
—Catch a baseball game to revel in the sights, sounds and smells of summer. What's b
etter than a juicy hot dog with mustard, chased by a cold beer in a plastic cup?
Info: Principal Park, 1 Line Dr., Des Moines, 515-243-6111,
El Bait Shop—When the game is over, you won't have to trek very far to make it to this bar. With up to 180 beers on tap, it's the place to try a new brew and perhaps some fish tacos.
Info: El Bait Shop, 200 S.W. 2nd St., Des Moines, 515-284-1970,
Barcadium—If you enjoy old-school games like Frogger, Centipede and Pac-Man, Barcadium is the place for your party. The vibe is that of a high-school friend's basement, with old couches and tables offering spots to get comfy.
Info: Barcadium, 102 3rd St., Des Moines, 515-243-9338, facebook.com/barcadium
Hessen Haus— The venerable, lovable German bar down by the tracks in the Court Avenue district serves up the best Bier Deutschland has to offer, with seasonal varieties and a craft beer selection too. While you're sipping or chugging, check out the Iowa Polka Hall of Fame on the north wall of the interior.
Info: Hessen Haus, 101 4th St., Des Moines, 515-288-2520, hessenhaus.com