About Us at Lot One


Lot One Building Exterior

Welcome to Lot One

Lot One opened its doors May 23, 2004, and quickly earned its hold as one of Dubuque’s favorite watering holes. It was named BEST BAR at the 2007 Dubuque BESTFEST and has retained that distinction every year since. With Lot One’s vast selection of import and domestic beers, full-service bar, friendly staff, and some of the best food in the land, it’s no wonder.



Owner Joe Zwack knows his way around both sides of a bar. Always the life of the party, it was only natural that Joey put his zest for life into an establishment that toasts the same.
Joey knew he wanted a bar that was welcoming, classy, provided great food and a whole lot of fun. He went in search of a place that he could make his own—something unique—something different—something that would say, “you’re going to have a good time.”
The downtown Dubuque area had been somewhat discarded when Joey started his search, but Dubuque was changing, and he wanted to be part of its rebirth and restoration. Joey bought the then-vacant building that now houses Lot One in 2002. After mulling around a whole bunch of different interior designs, he settled on the layout of the bar that celebrates the building’s unique shape. He preserved the advertising that remained on the south wall and chose a color palette to compliment the native interior brick.



Main Floor

The first floor features a full-service bar and dining. Lot One proudly offers some of the best bar food in the area, not to mention a great selection of libations.
    Appetizers and Salads
    • Fresh ingredients are the precipice to Lot One’s signature salads and sides. From Joey’s Grandma Smith’s homemade onion rights to the creations of Joey and sister Sharon, you’ll love every bite.
    Sandwiches & Entrees
    • Served with your choice of fries, cottage cheese, side salad, cup of soup or seafood pasta, the only difficult thing about our sandwiches and entrees is deciding which on to have. Sooooooo yummy.
    Wraps & Extras
    • 4.1.1Wraps and items from south of the border round out our menu. All wraps come in a tomato- basil tortilla with your choice of side. And the extras—as in quesadillas, tacos and pita favorites—are extra special morsels of yum.
    Domestics and Imports
    • At Lot One, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find your brew of choice. Lot One has more on-tap beer than anyone in town.
    Martinis and Specialty Drinks
    • Lot One will put up its collection of martinis against anyone’s in town. Olive for olive. With names like Who’s Your Daddy? and Malibu Lizard, we’re sure to get your party started.
  • Wines
    • Lot One’s selection of wines is constantly evolving. Be a part of the evolution.


Lot One. Lot Beer. Lot Cheer.


Second Floor

Lot’s One’s second floor houses the kitchen and the Lot One Lounge, which is a great space for private parties, corporate functions, and intimate birthday, shower, or anniversary bashes. Lot One Lounge features extra seating on weekends and its own bar.



Upper Floors

With offices on the third floor, big things are in the works for the remaining undeveloped spaces, but that’s for another time. Check back, as we’ll keep you posted once we can give you the rest of the skinny on the tall and skinny building at 1st and Main.


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