It all started in the heart of downtown Iowa City, home of the famous University of Iowa Hawkeyes. The Vine first opened in 1970 as an Irish pub serving only cocktails and beer, operated by an Irishman. That’s one thing that has never changed.
Due to urban renewal, The Vine moved to 330 E. Prentiss St (Iowa City) in 1977. The bar is located in the basement of the building, built in 1904. The building is constructed of stone and brick, making the atmosphere very rustic and cozy. In 1983, The Vine was acquired by our current owner and we started serving food.
Customers could build their own cold sandwiches. Soon thereafter, The Vine brought in fryers and a grill, which became a Vine signature. In early 1986, an addition was put on the North side of the building for a full-service kitchen – due to the popularity of the ever famous Vine burger and wings. That is when the restaurant name changed to The Vine Tavern & Eatery.
In August of 1986, The Vine Tavern & Eatery made its debut in Tempe, Arizona. Being located on the Southwest corner of Arizona State University, The Vine soon became a local favorite for ASU students and fans alike. With plenty of drink specials and bar games to go around, many memories have been made at The Vine.
With the success of the ASU location, we expanded The Vine Tavern & Eatery, opening the Elliot location in November of 1992. On the corner of Rural and Elliot, this establishment is the go-to neighborhood bar for the area. With a family-friendly atmosphere and menu prices well below the rest, the Elliot location quickly became a local favorite.
Lastly, The Vine Tavern & Eatery in Coralville opened in July of 1998. This establishment has become a hot-spot for the famous Coralville Strip. Located just on the edge of the Hawkeyes campus, it’s walking distance to many Iowa sporting events. Whether you’re grabbing a drink before a game, or plan on joining us to cheer on your favorite team, the Coralville location is where you want to be!
With over 50 years of quality restaurant experience, The Vine Tavern & Eatery has become local’s favorite sports bar for any occasion.