Welcome to the legendary live music bar known as Gabe’s. It first started as Gabe and Walker’s back in the early 70′s and, while it has gone through many transformations, it is strangely the same. This place operated for years as Gabe’s Oasis bringing some of the best live music available to Iowa City for a couple of decades. It was renamed the Picador for several years under new ownership that cleaned the place up. It was then sold to a group of people that then ran it into the ground. The current owners have cleaned the place up and Gabe’s is in the best shape it has ever been. We are bringing high quality local, regional and national shows to Iowa City and have made the downstairs and the beer garden a great place to hang out again. One of our favorite things about this place is that you can do ANY type of music upstairs. It is not uncommon to see a punk show followed by a metal show with a jam band show the next night and a hip hop show the night after. We have giant EDM and indy and rock shows too – anything goes.
If you get a chance, stop in and visit our sister bar, the Iowa City Yacht Club.
Thanks to the City of Iowa City and the City Council, we are now an all ages venue until 10pm and then a 19+ venue until 2am! 19 to come, 21 to swallow.
We encourage users to leave stories and memories and simple thoughts about the time they spent at Gabe’s on our Facebook fan page. If anyone has any photos or posters to contribute, please post them as well!
4:00pm – 2:00am
Downstairs: Bud Light, PBR, Green Flash IPA, 312, Angry Orchard Cider, Guinness, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA
Upstairs: Bud Light, PBR, Blue Moon, Boulevard Wheat, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA
In the Cooler
Budweiser, Bud Light, Schlitz, High Life, PBR, Coors Original & Light, Miller Lite, Busch Light, Michelob Ultra, Grain Belt, Hamms, Old Style, LaCrosse, Milwaukees Best, Steel Reserve, Corona, Negra Modelo, Boddingtons, Tallgrass IPA & Oasis Stout, Blue Moon, Rolling Rock, Redds Cider, Fox Pear Cider, Crispin Cider, Woodpecker Cider, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Samuel Smith Nut Brown Ale & Oatmeal Stout, Ayinger, Carlsberg, Peroni, Mickeys, Tsing Tao, Kirin, Green Flash’s Rayon Vert, Hop Head Red, Friendship Brew & IPA, Boulevard Saga IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Anchor Steam, Newcastle, Red Stripe, Stella, New Belgiums Belgo, Sunshine Wheat, Shift, Fat Tire and Ranger, Rogue Dead Guy and Red, Great River Red & Pale Ale, Peacetree’s Hop Wrangler, Red Rambler, Rye Porter & Blonde Fatale, Big Sky IPA, Heineken, Schlafy APA & Stout,
Our beer garden is open year round (though in the winter you might want to keep your stay out there short). Maintained all year, our beer garden provides tables, seating, and plenty of space to relax (and smoke). Check out the new artwork on the walls while you sip your beer and talk about the “old days” with your friends.
The venue upstairs has some tables and chairs, but it is mostly standing room, with limited seating in the bar area as well and room for over 400. This is to ensure that there is max room for rocking out. There is plentiful seating in the downstairs bar area, as well as the beer garden.
There are a few metered spots directly in front of the building which are free from 5pm – 2am. In addition, to the North around the corner on Iowa Avenue there is a large parking garage. A second parking garage is available to the Southeast, kitty-corner to the building on Washington street. All parking ramps are free after 3am and free all day on Sundays.
Gabe’s is home to one of the most secluded and colorful beer gardens in all of Iowa City. And yes, you can smoke out there too. The state of Iowa does not allow smoking in public buildings during business hours.
Booking / Tech Specs
For more information about booking, including our technical specifications, please check out our Booking page.