Food & Spirits

231 Coffee Bar & Gaming Offers Great Coffee and Much More

231 Coffee Bar was founded on the corner of Sinsinawa Montgomery Avenues, in October 2023, with siblings and East Dubuque natives Ali, Joe and DJ, along with their business partner and friend Josh McGinnis. Their vision was to extend their commitment to the community beyond the local RiverBluff Collective location by sourcing local ingredients, supporting artisans, and providing friendly & personalized service. Their historic and cozy corner spot embodies the heart of East Dubuque, enriches the cultural scene, and offers a destination for connection and belonging.

Whether you’re seeking a quick caffeine fix, unwinding with friends over craft cocktails, or sitting down to enjoy a satisfying meal, 231 Coffee Bar has an option to satisfy every craving, sunrise to sunset.

Patrons can get their morning off to a good start by taking advantage of their specialty coffee menu that is curated by passionate baristas who concoct monthly and rotating seasonal specials and stock the classics from velvety lattes, sweet frappes & traditional drip coffee.

As the day turns to night, the space transitions seamlessly into a full bar experience, complete with hand-crafted cocktails showcasing inventive flavors, plus a diverse thirst-quenching selection of craft beers on tap and domestic favorites perfectly chilled to kick-off the evening. The entertainment options aren’t limited to beverages, customers can try their luck with on-site video slots courtesy of Illinois’ own Lucky Lincoln Gaming.

231 Coffee Bar also boasts a full breakfast, lunch & late-night menu, with offerings like the renowned breakfast Sinsinawich 2.0 (savory sausage, crispy bacon, and a fresh egg nestled between a glazed doughnut spread with irresistible bacon jam). Or indulge in a full array of paninis, flatbreads, sandwiches, and appetizers (pretzel bites with decadent beer cheese can’t help but steal the show) that pair flawlessly with your drink of choice. Craftsmanship and creativity are not on shorthand in the kitchen.

Moreover, their commitment to sustainability through repurposing existing fixtures and equipment, instead of buying new, sets them apart from a crowded industry. Nearly everything in the establishment has been repurposed from other places to minimize waste and environmental impact. From the cozy booths to the glasses, each element was selected with mindful consumption and creative reuse in mind.

Their status as a family and veteran-owned and operated business infuses the experience with a sense of dedication and service where customers are treated like extended family. That means supporting local businesses to source their goods and contribute back to the community economy, and ensuring fresh and high-quality ingredients are behind everything on the menu.

231 Coffee Bar is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee – they’re a hub of community and genuine hospitality, inspired by Midwest sensibilities with a unique experience that nourishes both body and soul.

231 Coffee Bar is located at 231 Sinsinawa Ave in East Dubuque and their hours are 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Monday-Thursday & Sunday and 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM on Friday & Saturday.

For more information call 815.554.6194 or visit

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