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Guidebook for Iowa City

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Guidebook for Iowa City

Food Scene
Local brewery with street-style food and good vegetarian options. Warehouse-style interior with outdoor seating next to a park bordering the Iowa River--beautiful sunsets! Lots of games (ping pong, shuffle board, foosball, bags) and dog and kid friendly. They regularly host music shows and trivia nights. Not too pricey.
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Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
1225 S Gilbert St
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Local brewery with street-style food and good vegetarian options. Warehouse-style interior with outdoor seating next to a park bordering the Iowa River--beautiful sunsets! Lots of games (ping pong, shuffle board, foosball, bags) and dog and kid friendly. They regularly host music shows and trivia nights. Not too pricey.
Good coffee and pastries and now with a modest (but quality) breakfast menu.
Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
812 South Summit Street
Good coffee and pastries and now with a modest (but quality) breakfast menu.
Closest quality breakfast without the crowds you find downtown at Blue Bird Diner.
Billy's High Hat Diner
630 Iowa Ave
Closest quality breakfast without the crowds you find downtown at Blue Bird Diner.
High quality food with a great atmosphere. You'll probably need a reservation to dine on the main floor (if you want more light), but the downstairs is nice too and has bumper pool! Similarly stylish, high-quality takes on lowbrow food: Mosleys (BBQ), Pullman Bar & Diner, Short's (Burger deal on Monday after 6), El Bandito's (half-priced taco Tuesday).
Saint Burch Tavern
127 Iowa Ave
High quality food with a great atmosphere. You'll probably need a reservation to dine on the main floor (if you want more light), but the downstairs is nice too and has bumper pool! Similarly stylish, high-quality takes on lowbrow food: Mosleys (BBQ), Pullman Bar & Diner, Short's (Burger deal on Monday after 6), El Bandito's (half-priced taco Tuesday).
Happy Hour from 4-6: Half-off drinks, all but top shelf liquor. Very nice interior.
Basta Pizzeria Ristorante
121 Iowa Ave
Happy Hour from 4-6: Half-off drinks, all but top shelf liquor. Very nice interior.
Best local Mediterranean.
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Oasis Falafel
206 N Linn St
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Best local Mediterranean.
Best local Thai.
Thai Spice
1210 S Gilbert St
Best local Thai.
Best local Mexican.
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La Regia Taqueria
436 Iowa 1
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Best local Mexican.
Best local Indian.
Masala Indian Cuisine
9 S Dubuque St
Best local Indian.
Best local vegan.
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
310 E Prentiss St
Best local vegan.
Drinks & Nightlife
Happy Hour from 4-6 pm: Half-off wine and beer and discount menu for appetizers and cocktails. Free pool and darts--first come, first serve.
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Clinton Street Social Club
18 1/2 South Clinton Street
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Happy Hour from 4-6 pm: Half-off wine and beer and discount menu for appetizers and cocktails. Free pool and darts--first come, first serve.
Best beer selection in town and quieter than most other options (when there's not a music show).
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Sanctuary
405 South Gilbert Street
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Best beer selection in town and quieter than most other options (when there's not a music show).
Parks & Nature
Some forested trails, restored prairie, and wildlife.
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Hickory Hill Park
800 Conklin
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Some forested trails, restored prairie, and wildlife.
Shopping
Named from City Lights in San Francisco, this private bookstore has close ties with the local literary scene and often hosts readings on the second floor. The coffee shop upstairs is one of my favorites.
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Prairie Lights Books & Cafe
15 South Dubuque Street
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Named from City Lights in San Francisco, this private bookstore has close ties with the local literary scene and often hosts readings on the second floor. The coffee shop upstairs is one of my favorites.
Used books!
Haunted Bookshop
219 N Gilbert St
Used books!
Essentials
Normally on the pricey side but good discounts.
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New Pioneer Food Co-op
22 South Van Buren Street
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Normally on the pricey side but good discounts.
Hy-Vee
812 South 1st Avenue
This is a grocery store, but it also just happens to have the cheapest quality lunch you can hope for.
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Bread Garden Market
225 South Linn Street
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This is a grocery store, but it also just happens to have the cheapest quality lunch you can hope for.
Arts & Culture
Iowa City was the capitol of Iowa until 1857. Interested in learning more? Here's the place. Next door is MacBride Hall, which houses the Natural History Museum.
Old Capitol Museum
21 North Clinton Street
Iowa City was the capitol of Iowa until 1857. Interested in learning more? Here's the place. Next door is MacBride Hall, which houses the Natural History Museum.
Surprisingly awesome selection. A lot of locals don't even realize... THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT ADDRESS, however: Iowa Memorial Union, third floor. 125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52242. 319-335-1742.
University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art
150 N Riverside Dr
Surprisingly awesome selection. A lot of locals don't even realize... THIS IS NOT THE CORRECT ADDRESS, however: Iowa Memorial Union, third floor. 125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, IA 52242. 319-335-1742.
Entertainment & Activities
Compact theater for first-runs, classic movies, film series & workshops, with a cafe & roof patio
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FilmScene on The Ped Mall
118 East College Street
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Compact theater for first-runs, classic movies, film series & workshops, with a cafe & roof patio
Big(ish)-name performances of all kinds. Sometimes you can snag last-minute tickets, unlike for Hancher Auditorium and Voxman Recital Hall.
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Englert Civic Theatre
221 East Washington Street
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Big(ish)-name performances of all kinds. Sometimes you can snag last-minute tickets, unlike for Hancher Auditorium and Voxman Recital Hall.