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The Busted Lift

180 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7629
+1 563-584-9712
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Just like Ireland

Stopped in for a couple of pints with Friends. They have a large selection of draft beer and... read more

Reviewed 26 February 2017
Dubuque, IA
via mobile
A "real" Irish bar is always in the basement

Offering a great selection of beers on tap and Irish whiskey (including the best, Red Breast), this... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2016
Robert F
Dubuque, Iowa
via mobile
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  • Very good49%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible5%
26 Feb 2017
“Just like Ireland ”
18 Dec 2016
“A "real" Irish bar is always in the basement ”
180 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-7629
+1 563-584-9712
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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 19 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 24 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 16 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 30 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
Reviewed 16 September 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....More

1  Thank C H E
Reviewed 20 May 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....More

1  Thank gritz71
Reviewed 5 November 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.

2  Thank MikeandCarrie
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