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.
Pole-dancing class—The class at TGR Fitness in Ankeny includes 90 minutes of private studio time, instruction in a pole-dance routine, themed music for your party, table service for any food you care to bring, and costumes, shoes and wigs to get into character.
Info: TRG Fitness, 1605 S.E. Delaware, Suite C, Ankeny, 515-710-4158, tgrfitness.com.
Mani Pedi—Continue the party with some pampering. Check out East Village Spa for manicures and pedicures, ensuring you'll look your best for the evening..
You can bring small snacks—like chocolates or cookies—to share with your group, or plan to enjoy appetizers or tapas after your appointment at nearby nightlife options.
Info: East Village Spa, 601 E. Locust St. #202, Des Moines, 515-309-2904, evdayspa.com.
The Continental Lounge—The cozy bar is a great option for cocktails and apps, as the food menu is heavy on small plates such as tomato bruschetta, polenta fries and spicy meatballs. The Continental is most famous for its cocktails, especially the seasonal options that change regularly.
Info: The Continental, 428 E. Locust St., Des Moines, 515-244-5845, http://continental-lounge.com.
RoCA—For dinner, this Court Avenue hot spot has a sleek and retro vibe.
The food menu includes plenty of options that are great to share with a group. Try the flatbreads, meat and cheese boards, and the Asian lettuce wraps.
Info: RoCA, 208 Court Ave., Des Moines, 515-282-3663, rocadsm.com.
The Garden nightclub—After filling up on food, it's time to strap on your fanciest heels and find a place to dance.
The dance club features drag shows every Friday and Saturday and plays plenty of rollicking music.
Info: The Garden, 112 S.E. 4th St., Des Moines, 515-243-3965, grdn.com.