Too late, you’ve already been kidnapped.
Friday night was the first annual (or should it be monthly?) Obscure Dubuque Bar Crawl. Before I moved to Dubuque many people familiar with the city said something similar, There’s a church and a bar on every corner. While I found this fascinating, I also figured they were exaggerating. They were exaggerating a tad, but the fact still remains; there are a hell of a lot of churches and bars in Dubuque. Since I won’t be doing a church crawl anytime soon (holy water burns my skin), a bar crawl seemed like a logical step to truly acquaint myself with Dubuque.
The evening started innocently enough with a tomato mozzarella salad. The recipe is from the “How to Eat Supper Cookbook” by Lynne Rosetto Kasper, my personal hero. The olive oil dressing coats the stomach, excellent preparation for an evening of debauchery.
First Stop: Europa Haus Restaurant and Bier Stube
Music: Classic F-ing Rock
Food selection: full German menu and nuts for sale
Restrooms: clean, paper towels, extra TP, ambience, lock on door, private, not near pool table
1301 Rhomberg AveDubuque, IA 52001-2227
Second Stop: Chances R (seemed a little shady at first with bras hanging limply behind the bar, but we decided to give it a…wait for it…chance)
Music: Alt Rock
Food: Chips and nuts for sale
Restroom: clean, no extra TP, artifical floral smell, near pool table +Outdoor patio
1046 Central Ave Dubuque, IA 52001-5013(563) 557-5859
Our third and favorite stop was The Lounge (sweet outdoor patio, free popcorn, and a comfortable atmosphere)
Music: Classic jukebox
Food: bar menu including famous quesadillas and FREE popcorn
Restroom: clean, private, extra TP, towels, waiting area couch, fresh smell (not artificial), lock on door
481 Locust StDubuque, IA 52001-6940(563) 557-7768
The bathroom has an actual waiting area with mirrors! Fancy! You can also get down with yourself as my friend demonstrates below.
Fourth Stop: George & Dale’s Food & Brew (Complete blur)
Music: Live blues rock (band will holler at you if you’re not dancing)
Food: Bar menu = fried stuff
Restroom: dirty, smoky, no extra TP, lacking ambience, bad smell, private
Sinsinawa AveEast Dubuque, IL 61025-1217 (815) 747-8810