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Address: 180 Main Street, Dubuque, IA
Phone Number: 563-584-9712
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Funky place

We stopped in to grab a drink and to socialize. They had a very nice selection of both local and regional craft beers. The server was very helpful in the selection process. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
Galena, Illinois
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Dubuque, Iowa
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27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

If being underground with no view is your cup of tea this place is for you. It smells of mold or mildew. I have allergies and was miserable. Drinks OK but music is far out hippy stuff that no one had heard of. Sounded like a snake charmer. What a dud. Oh and when the music starts plan to quit... More 

Thank SunshineYes
Galena, Illinois
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208 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in to grab a drink and to socialize. They had a very nice selection of both local and regional craft beers. The server was very helpful in the selection process. We didn't go into the back room but it appears they had games include billiards and darts.

Thank Burns57777
United States
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43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

An unusual entry to an unusual place. You enter through Vinni Vanuchi's restaurant, and immediately go down the stairs into the basement. It is all limestone and a bit cave-like, but neat. They often have live music and on Wednesdays, an open-mike night. September 2015 looks to be a good month of great music, check it out on Saturdays, [esp.... More 

2 Thank 1whoknowsT
Omaha, Nebraska
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The list of places to enjoy life in Dubuque does not seem long. This is by far the best place we found. It's easy to miss the door, so be sure to look closely. It's below other less interesting places.

Thank j_jamesh
Potosi, Wisconsin
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136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 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 

1 Thank C H E
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94 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 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 

1 Thank gritz71
Anamosa, Iowa
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117 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 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.

2 Thank MikeandCarrie
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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97 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 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.

1 Thank L S
West Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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!

3 Thank RinkerDSM
Cuba City, Wisconsin
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20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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!

2 Thank krayolasky

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