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Cedar Rapids Nightlife, Iowa

Cedar Rapids may not equal the importance of Des Moines as a city, but it is certainly more interesting than the capital city in at least some ways, like, in its nightlife choices. Cedar Rapids nightlife promises variety – not just good drinking, dancing and dining, but also live music/performances and theaters. Cedar Rapids nightlife, therefore, not only attracts people from nearby cities like Davenport, Iowa City and Waterloo, it also receives a great number of people from the capital city.

Cedar Rapids Nightlife – Bars and Restaurants

Cedar Rapids has the choicest bars and restaurants. Nicely done barbeque, Chinese, Italian and Mexican fares, local food, a variety of ales and wines – you will get everything in Cedar Rapids.

There are a number of bar and grill joints like City Beat, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, Irish Democrat Pub and Grille and J M O’Malley’s; but if you are a teetotaler or are out dining with your whole family, stop at Chili’s Restaurant or Perkins Family Restaurant. C R Chop House and Crosebys, is a must visit for some mouth-watering chops and steaks. Drop in at Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano for a unique Italian experience. For some Chinese savories, stop by Beijing Express or China Inn. Try Mexican cuisine at Papa Juan’s or Gringo’s; the former is also famous for its nicely-prepared cocktails. There are also some Indian, Japanese and Thai restaurants in Cedar Rapids.

For a pure drinking experience, visit places like Cedar Brewing Company, Cognac Club, Dublin Pub, Freeway Lounge, Time Out Lounge, etc. Granite City Food & Brewery deserves a special mention because you will get to taste local brews.

Cedar Rapids Nightlife – Nightclubs and Live Entertainment Venues

As already said, Cedar Rapids nightlife stands for refreshing variety. There are many dance clubs where you can join your friends and let your hair down. Chrome Horse Slophouse & Saloon in downtown Cedar Rapids is one such cool nightclub; you get everything here – good food, drinks and music. The Dragon is another spot that is open to all irrespective of one’s sexual inclination. Club Basix, Let’s Dance and Tycoon are other famous Cedar Rapid clubs where you can dance to live music or karaoke. The drag shows at Club Basix offers nice amusement.

If you are all for refined, staid entertainment, then visit Cedar Rapids Live Entertainment venues like Third Street Live or the CSPS Theater; while the former has been a live music venue for long, CSPS is a full-fledged performing arts’ venue where plays/theatrical productions are staged besides music-shows, musicals, etc. Live music and entertainment are also offered at many chic Cedar Rapids cafés and bistros and even at taverns like Kitty’s Longbranch Saloon, Brewed Awakenings and Checker’s Tavern.

Cedar Rapids also shows its sinful choices in its strip-clubs and lap-dancing venues like Dancer’s Ranch, Lumberyard 2 and Woody’s Show Club.

It is just not possible to give you a full feel of Cedar Rapids nightlife and here we have just named a few of Cedar Rapids’ ale-houses, eateries and nightclubs.


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