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The Lift

180 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7629
+1 563-584-9712
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Irish pub with live music options

Great Irish pubs belong in the basement level of a building, as The Lift has. They offer many local... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert F
Dubuque, Iowa
via mobile
Interesting place with a lot of great beers

What isn't to like about an Irish pub in the basement with limestone walls. Good beer in a fun... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Grand Island, Nebraska
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7 Oct 2017
“Interesting place with a lot of great beers”
26 Feb 2017
“Just like Ireland ”
180 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7629
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Irish pubs belong in the basement level of a building, as The Lift has. They offer many local and area live music, with great acoustics off the stone walls, including several local Irish bands like Ballyheigue and The Lads of Dubuque (playing this years...More

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 7 October 2017

What isn't to like about an Irish pub in the basement with limestone walls. Good beer in a fun environment. I was not there on a night with a band so it was easy to talk to people and have a great time.

Thank chadn1
Reviewed 16 September 2017

we went up at night and really enjoyed the surrounding view. the car was a bit cramped but we all knew each other so was cozy

Thank homeral2002
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a couple of pints with Friends. They have a large selection of draft beer and coctails. The service was great and bartender talkative. The Patrons look like they could be at any bar in Ireland. Rustic nonpolished building , bathrooms and bar....More

Thank Goodscout
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Offering a great selection of beers on tap and Irish whiskey (including the best, Red Breast), this feels like a real Irish pub. With an Italian restaurant upstairs (that's owned by a true Irishman) it's great for food and drink. There are often eclectic bands...More

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Always a lively bar, a hidden jem. Locals love it. Great beer, cider selection. You want a taste of Dubuque check out this bar, limestone basement setting, candles, good music. One of a kind.

1  Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 15 October 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...More

3  Thank SunshineYes
Reviewed 6 October 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...More

Thank Burns57777
Reviewed 26 August 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...More

2  Thank 1whoknowsT
Reviewed 29 May 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
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