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Best places to nerd out in DeMo
2608 Beaver Ave. - Des Moines (Beaverdale)
Here is where we start out our venture into the dank underground society that is the Des Moines nerd scene. Cup O' Kryptonite is the best place to imbibe on glorious hot amber nectar of the gods while perusing an impressive collection of your favorite graphic novels, manga, or other narrative artwork. Yep. Rule #1: don't drip on your comics. For God's sake man.
The Lift -
222 Fourth St. - Des Moines (Court Avenue District)
Feeling a little social, nerd? Well if it's Monday, you can show off your Rock Band pwnage at The Lift. That's right. Alcohol and expensive game systems have joined forces AT LAST in a public place. In a COOL public place, no less. Did you know they use curtains for stall doors? And flippin ART on the walls. YEAH. BADASS.
300 S.W. Fifth St., Suite 220 - Des Moines (Court Avenue District)
If you haven't heard of Impromptu Studios, you clearly have not lived your nerdery to the fullest. Des Moines WebGeeks meet here, Ignite Des Moines (involving egg catapult contests and other such nerd-surdity), as well as playing host to a great swath of Tweetups (events where people who are on Twitter hang out and drink beer). Yep, if there were a top Nerdiest Place in Downtown DeMo, this would be it. Oh- and you can work there. Right now it's home to mostly freelance web developers, also game developers. The owner does virtual reality stuff. We're still waiting on him to perfect the Weird Science bit.
A Dong -
1511 High St. - Des Moines (Downtown)
So you're a hungry nerd. Well wah. Actually, A Dong is a great place to nerd out. That's because you can pretend to actually know what's on the menu. My fav is ordering bubble tea (it's got some crazy big black tapioca balls in it) and one of those soups that involve at least 8 different kinds of meat that I can't even begin to distinguish. Think of it as a conquest into experimental eats. Go. You'll love it.
214 Fourth St. - Des Moines (Court Avenue District)
Seriously I don't think there's anything a nerd needs that Java Joes doesn't supply. Free wi-fi, plenty of room for tabletop games, an arcade section, food, caffeine? Oh yeah, and 4th street live (the adjacent stage area) was host to Tim Westergren (founder of Pandora) back in October. It was packed. Yeah, Des Moines nerds represent!