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The Busted Lift

Address: 180 Main Street, Dubuque, IA
Phone Number: 563-584-9712
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Ranked #22 of 26 Attractions in Dubuque
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Dickeyville, Wisconsin
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104 reviews 104 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Easy entrance from one end, street level. Other end, descend unmarked stairway from another bar/restaurant. Laid back place with regulars rotating daily. Basement with rock walls, pool table, long bar with plenty of quality beers. Also an outside, covered seating area facing the Dubuque Marina. When busy 2nd bar opens to handle all the micks (Irish bar). Plenty of bartenders,... More 

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77 reviews 77 reviews
8 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Below Vinny's restaurant, kind of a secret entrance leads you into the basement with stone walls and a long bar. Very popular place, many beers on tap. They also serve Russian Mules in real copper cups, and are very good. Yes it's in a basement. Lots of things going on here. Definitely for the under 50 crowd, more like under... More 

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Anamosa, Iowa
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117 reviews 117 reviews
33 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Don't go here if you're looking for a nice night out with friends. This is more of a scroungy place to hand with girls/guys and drink, play pool, and listen to music.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This is a place we make a point to slip into when in Dubuque with friends. Rugged and dungeon like. Good live music. Good drinks on tap; bartenders just need to fill the pints to the top. Always a place to go for people watching. Great outdoor space for smoke break or warm nights.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

I have to stop here everytime I get to Dubuque - it was was jumping on this particular weekend with it being St Patricks Day! Great Fun - live music - just a cool place! Check it out if you get to town!

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Cuba City, Wisconsin
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

One of a kind for the Tri-State area. We attended a benifit here last week and very unique and cool! Beatiful limestone and gorgeous bar with blues band -local artists. Very eclectic! Very Unique! Very relaxing! Bar is always packed!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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148 reviews 148 reviews
48 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

nice place have great bands during summer... ck it out

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

Really amazing bar in the basement on Main Street. Handcut Iowa sandstone walls, darkly lit, candle lit alcoves and music. It's a great place to get a Guinness or check out some music. It's in a basement, so the live sound varies from Really Loud to Jet Engine. The side rooms are a great spot for a private talk or... More 

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Grand Forks, ND
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2008

A fun bar to go to, but not my choice for regular hang out. The decor is very Irish pub, which is cool, and the bands are usually quite good. However, it tends to be one of the busier (hence louder) and pricier bars in Dubuque. If you want to hear a good band and visit a a displaced Irish... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2003

My three visits to The Busted Lift last weekend made me wish I still lived in northern Iowa. I have already put the Oct. 13th Irish festival at Murphy's Park (sponsored by The Busted Lift) on my calendar.

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