The Mill is the perfect bar in Iowa City to have a quality dinner, hang out with friends, and also see some live music.
Established in 1962 as a coffee house/restaurant/folk music venue, The Mill has long been the go-to spot for students with a more creative mind-set. It has a reputation for being a “hipsters-only-zone,” but the people that actually accept that probably have never been there. The Mills has plenty to offer anyone who is looking for a casual good time.
First and foremost, The Mill is a great place for live music. On any given night there is usually a performance by a touring act, a local band, or open mic night where volunteers can sing whatever they want for the other patrons. Performances are usually in the back room, which allows patrons who came to only enjoy the food and drink not be bothered by the music, and vice versa. When the weather is nice, open mic nights are usually on the patio. The patio is decorated with a vine covered trellis, providing a picturesque environment most Iowa City bars cannot match.
In my opinion the food is also better at The Mill than most bars. At first glance the menu resembles a typical bar food menu with pizza, burgers, and wraps. A deeper look will reveal speciality dishes such as the Caragou Burger with caramelized onions, gouda cheese, and spicy balsamic vinaigrette, and the Spinach Apple Salad with apple, walnuts, bleu cheese, and honey lime cilantro vinaigrette.
When you go to The Mill you are never walking into a heightened atmosphere where you feel the need to get your party on. Everyone is there to enjoy the company of their friends, the food and drink, and sometimes the live music.