We do love our cafes, don’t we? Coffee and coffee shops have flourished into a medium of cultural and artistic expression. There’s a sense of identity too, in finding that perfect shop. The whirr of the espresso maker and clink of glassware; the toasty scent of your favorite java; the chalkboard menu and the desserts under glass; they make the space uniquely yours.
Burlington is home to a fantastic galaxy of coffee shops, as well as two microbreweries serving up regional brew and a local winery. Brand loyal visitors will appreciate that Panera Bread is located right on the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex campus with Starbucks and Dunn Brothers also in town. But for the adventurers seeking local Burlington favorites, here’s a sample:
Locally owned & operated, the Beancounter serves coffee, tea, beer, smoothies, wine and scratch made pastries, lunch and brunch. It’s a chill place for a drink and a snack with friends while shopping Jefferson Street… the homemade oatmeal creme pies are worth the trip!
You can find live music and events hosted here from time to time on the weekends – check their facebook for updates.
212 Jefferson Street; Burlington, Iowa
In a hurry? Zip through a proudly Iowan drive-through coffee shop, located in the Westland Mall parking lot! Started in 2016, owners T.J. Widbin and Melissa Cervantes adopted and lovingly renovated The Java Shack, a 12-year local staple of Burlington. Their drinks match their adventurous spirit, with house specialties like The Bear Hug, The Compass, and The Grizzly. Plus, don’t miss the fruit smoothies!
550 S Gear Avenue; West Burlington, Iowa 52655
Imagine a great restaurant and sports bar rolled into one. The Boogaloo Sports Bar & Grill is a cool local hot spot with a dance floor, sleek dark hardwood atmosphere, and one of a handful of historic pressed tin ceilings still found in Burlington.
The Boogaloo Sports Bar & Grill featuring a delicious All-American menu and great drinks, this is THE place for music, sports, and entertainment – including 40 jumbo LED screen TVs. Beer aficionados can choose from a rotating menu of Iowa brews, and pair drinks with house-smoked wings or pork nachos. Save room for pizza – The Boogaloo Sports Bar & Grill serves up some of Burlington’s best! You can find it at the PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex.
3001 Winegard Drive; Burlington; Iowa
If you’re yearning for a satisfying beer-and-brew, drop in at The Som, Burlington’s oldest standing bar. The Som has undergone a dramatic makeover since days of yore, but the classic Som Burger is still delicious as ever. Weekly unique food specials and events make every visit an adventure!
863 Jefferson Street; Burlington, Iowa 52601
A spacious, laid-back microbrewery with a seasonal menu of craft beer on tap. Established in 2013 in a historic building on Jefferson Street that stood empty for 40 years, Bent River Brewery’s interior renovations took over two years to complete. Brews are made on site or supplied from their Moline-based parent brewery. Try a new beer and pair it with delicious Brewpub Pretzels or the hearty Poutine Burger!
500 Jefferson Street; Burlington; Iowa
Overlooking scenic Crapo Park (hence the name), Parkside Brewery was founded in 2015 by passionate local brewers. Brews are made right on the premises with an ever-changing assortment on tap. Check their website for a current listing!
2601 Madison Avenue; Burlington; Iowa