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10 Best Night Out Spots Where Iowa Started

Live music, fine dining, great drinks, and more are all waiting for you at your next night out in Dubuque.

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Voted on by Travel Dubuque's followers, these are the top 10 favorite places for a night out in the Dubuque area.

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L.May Eatery

With creative, market-driven plates served in upscale-casual environs with cocktails, wine or craft beer it's no wonder L.May Eatery came in at the top of our list. Located on the beautifully restored 1000 block of historic Main Street, L.May Eatery is known for their friendly and comfortable atmosphere with special attention to customer service. Make sure to check their website and social media for weekly & seasonal specials. 

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Backpocket Dubuque

Our second on the list is more than just your average brewery. ​Backpocket Dubuque is an Arcade Taproom located in Dubuque's Historic Millwork District. This brewery’s lower level is filled with retro arcade games, including pinball, Pac-Man, air hockey, skee ball, and a whole lot more. 

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Brazen Open Kitchen | Bar

Brazen Open Kitchen | Bar is a stylish eatery with an exposed-brick interior serving elevated New American fare & craft cocktails. Known for its ‘Top Chef,’ Kevin Scharpf, fresh flavor and locally sourced ingredients, Brazen is a must stop in the Historic Millwork District and your next night out. 

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Riverboat Lounge

Located in the heart of the Old Main District inside the Hotel Julien Dubuque, Riverboat Lounge features exemplary craft cocktails, an enticing small plate menu, an extensive wine selection, and an unparalleled atmosphere that complements after-work drinks, a pre-dinner cocktail, or a stylish night out with friends.

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Dimensional Brewing Company

Wrapping up the first half of the list is a seven-barrel brewery in the heart of downtown. Dimensional Brewing Company is situated between historic downtown and the Port to the Mississippi River. They feature a variety of tasty beers in a friendly, approachable setting making it the perfect setting for your next night out. 

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Jubeck New World Brewing

Jubeck New World Brewing is a small microbrewery located in downtown Dubuque, Iowa. Their mission is to create interesting and delicious craft beer while cultivating conversation and comradery. Community is important to them it literally funded their startup.

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Textile Brewing Company

Located in Dyersville, Iowa, Textile Brewing Company is proud of its roots. Keeping everything from the old sewing factory in the building, there is a vintage treasure everywhere you look. Whether you are more of a domestic beer fan or a beer nerd – there is something there for everyone to enjoy.

Heritage Center

Heritage Center

Looking to enjoy a performance for your next night out? Look no further than the Heritage Center. See world-class performers take the stage in this state-of-the-art facility. From small, one-person shows to large ensemble spectacles, from music to drama to dance and everything in between, Heritage Center offers inspired and inspiring shows for audiences of all ages.

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Monk's Kaffee Pub

Monk's Kaffee Pub is a night out spot like no other. This hip coffee shop by day transforms into something totally unique by night. With tap brews amid brick walled rooms, couches & eclectic art displays, and the occasional live music Monk's is a local favorite. 

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Fox Den Motel

Rounding out our top ten places for a night out is Dubuque's newest live music venue and bar, Fox Den Motel. With an eclectic vibe and a jam-packed live music lineup it will soon become a staple for your next night out.