As someone who lived in the Hawkeye State for many years, I can tell you that we know how to party. In fact, we've got the degrees (party schools) to prove it.

Yes, U of IowaIowa State, and even the University of Northern Iowa know how to throw down.

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Iowa Dive Bars

Who doesn't love a dive bar? You've got these hole-in-the-wall joints that have been around for decades that might not look like much from the outside, but once you step inside, you're transported to a different world.

But here's the thing - it's not all about getting drunk. Sure, there are some folks who take it too far, but for the most part, the drinking culture in Iowa is about community. It's about getting together with friends and family, sharing some laughs, and enjoying life.

But have you ever heard of a "sober dive bar" in Iowa? A dive bar without alcohol?

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A Sober Dive Bar in Iowa?

Bars have a long and storied history in Iowa, dating back to the days of Prohibition. In fact, Iowa had statewide prohibition in 1916, four years before the national policy of 1920.

Ahead of the times for sure.

The Rise of the Sober Bar

While alcohol has long been a staple of the bar scene, a growing number of people are now seeking out spaces where they can socialize without the pressure to drink. The rise of the sober bar in Iowa is a reflection of this trend, with many establishments offering a range of non-alcoholic beverages and activities. Some sober bars even feature live music, comedy shows, and other forms of entertainment.

For those in Davenport and Iowa City, you should try Unimpaired Dry Bar.  Certainly not a "Dive" but a great place to have a mocktail and see some live entertainment.

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