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

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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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.

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Potosi, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 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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Wisconsin
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 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
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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!

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Cuba City, Wisconsin
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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!

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Dubuque, Iowa
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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
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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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Address: 180 Main Street, Dubuque, IA
Phone Number: 563-584-9712
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque

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