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Bars, food & The Iowa Hawkeyes!

If you are going to be in Iowa City for any of the following:

Iowa Hawkeye Sporting Events

University Of Iowa

University Of Iowa Hospitals

Then take a little extra time to have some fun!

Downtown you can enjoy a variety of food and some decent bars to hang out in. Actually a lot of bars. At night the bars will be crowded with young people. Expect to pay a cover charge too.

Enjoy the Old Capital (Iowa's old Capital) until it was moved to Des Moines. It is very picturesque set nestled in the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City.

On the west side of the Iowa River you will find the University of Iowa Hospital and sporting areas for football and basketball.

If you like pizza, make sure and stop at Pagliais Pizza. It is the best in Iowa period. See my review. I am a pizza fanatic and it is the best pizza in the state!

During the past year there have been 26 assaults in the downtown area of Iowa City!!

It ranges from reaching up underneath a woman's skirt to armed robbery. Most of the criminal activity occurs in the early morning hours.

Walk with other people and stay where there is good lighting. Hopefully they will catch the 2 or 3 people who are involved. BE CAREFUL!!

Pagliais Pizza

Don't miss this pizza place. Not much to look at inside or outside. I ate there when I went college at Iowa and it is just as good today as it was in the 70's.

Thin pizza for about $12 to $13.00 for a large. When you approach Pagliais, you quickly notice through the window around 10 guys working at a fast pace to make all the pizzas. No messing around here!

Best pizza in Iowa. Period. I live 75 miles away and stop to eat every chance I get.

No credit cards - opens at 4 pm.

Enjoy the great pizza.

Bars, restaurants and Atmosphere

When go to downtown Iowa City you notice a different atmosphere than the rest of Iowa. More open, liberal and free.

Enjoy bar hopping, eating or just hanging out watching people.

Yeah, it's a college town, but it seems to offer a lot more.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fun, people, food and a lot more!
  • Cons:Somewhat crowded and a bit expensive.
  • In a nutshell:I enjoy visiting Iowa City and my son goes to the U of Iowa.
  • Last visit to Iowa City: Oct 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BeatChick's Profile Photo
    Mar 9, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Mike, I may just have to stop by Iowa City's Pagliais just to try their pizza. I'm sold, man! Is Scott your son? He's a handsome guy!!!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    hi always interesting to see others lives and home towns - the pizza sounds VERY good! love the snowshot!

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2009 at 7:48 AM

    Hi Mike, I liked the tips. thx for sharing. Greetings from Istanbul.

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Gloves in Spring would apply here too! I did read what Bill Byson wrote on the USA and your tips come to life here

  • egonwegh's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2008 at 1:13 AM

    Great restaurant tips!

  • Xemx's Profile Photo
    Jul 10, 2008 at 9:09 PM

    Hi Mike, thanks for the birthday wishes. Just checked out your Iowa page, good tips, especially the warnings! Greetings from hot and sunny Malta! Anne

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    Ah the college days. Happy Birthday! Hope the celebrations are good. & happy 4th too!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Great insights about a college town. Excellent introductory page with valuable information. Like Stephen, I would love to see the Old Capitol Building.

  • Hopkid's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 6:17 AM

    Nice tips on IC. Brings back some memories from my grad school days.

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Nov 27, 2006 at 9:36 AM

    My wife, Karen, goes to Iowa City occasionally on business. Target stores has a warehouse there. Anyway, I wanted to see what I've been missing. Would love to see the old capitol building.

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