To those who have never been to the Iowa Lake Region area or who may have some preconceived ideas about Iowa in general, "Lakes Region Nightlife" may sound like an oxymoron. However, the truth is that the Iowa Lakes Region plus the surrounding area communities routinely produces a fairly lively night time scene and is full of all types of bars, live music clubs, nightclubs, theaters and restaurants with a flair that is unmatched anywhere else in the entire state.
Some of our favorites are listed below!
The Gardens - Central Emporium
144 Lakeshore Drive,
Arnolds Park, IA 51331
West Lake Okoboji’s best waterfront bar, restaurant, and live entertainment! Come over to the Gardens via boat, car, bike, motorcycle, or foot. We would love to have you enjoy the fantastic view of West Lake Okoboji while taking in the sounds and great food from our deck. See you soon!
Wild Rose Casino & Resort
777 Main St
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
Making it Fun. Making it Wild.
With an emphasis on small-town friendliness and the allure of big-city fun,Wild Rose Casinos & Resorts carved a niche in Iowa gaming more than a decade ago. In our first two years of operation, we built a new resort from the ground up (Wild Rose Emmetsburg) and acquired one of Iowa's last cruising riverboats, the Mississippi Belle II. Drawing on the riverboat's colorful history, Wild Rose Clinton blossomed into the state's first land-based casino. Adding amenities and upgrades, including a hotel, dining options and an events center, Wild Rose transformed an underperforming property into a full-service casino and entertainment venue.
Okoboji Summer Theater
2001 U.S. 71
Okoboji, IA 51355
Over the past 58 years, the Okoboji Summer Theatre has presented more than 550 plays to an audience of 1.5 million. A thousand young actors, 500+ professional faculty and 2,000+ guest artists have dedicated every waking moment to pulling off each production, accounting for nearly 40,000 exhausting hours of rehearsals.
Sports Page Bar & Grill
804 11th St SW
Spencer, Iowa 51301
We Welcome teams and large groups. Stop in and let US take care of YOU. To go orders are always welcome. We are a locally owned and operated establishment and pride ourselves on treating all our customers like family. We are very family friendly and consider ourselves a "cheers" type restaurant we want our customers to feel like they are a part of our restaurant and can ask our staff for any special item and we will do our best to accommodate them.
The Lighthouse Bar & Grill
1318 Hwy 71 N
Okoboji, Iowa 51355
Located behind the East Oaks Mall, the Lighthouse is the best kept secret in town. The Lighthouse hosts plenty of seating for a weekend breakfast, leisurely lunch, family dinner or special occasion.
◦ Full service bar with seating for 15
◦ Air-conditioned deck that seats 80
◦ Private Boat dock off East Lake