A few months back my wife and I were out in downtown Davenport, and we stopped into a bar we've never been into before. Little did we know, we were stepping into the soon-to-be best whiskey bar in the state Iowa. We were welcomed with open arms while we heard some new music we had never heard before. We ran into some old friends while making new ones. It was a magical evening.


It came as no surprise to me when Thrillist ranked the best whiskey bars in every state and named the Triple Crown Whiskey Bar & Raccoon Hotel the best whiskey bar in Iowa.

Despite only having opened in 2017, Triple Crown manages to feel like a place like your grandpa definitely would have hung out, at least for those of us with grandpas with an abiding appreciation for quality whiskeys and loud music. The interior is comfortably divey without trying too hard, and the vinyl they play when there's no live music going down feels more like a natural extension of the atmosphere than some kind of hipster showiness. You could spend a while admiring the fine bottles on display on the backlit bar here, or you could just ask for a well drink since it's $1 off and it's happy hour. It's the kind of place where you feel equally comfortable on either track, which is tough to pull off.




Townsquare Media

It is truly a great addition to the downtown scene and look forward to watching this bar grow. Congratulations, Triple Crown, you earned this.