A Nightcap in Champaign-Urbana: Joe’s Brewery

photo courtesy of Joe’s Brewery

Of course, it’s always happy hour somewhere, but few locales offer up entertaining nightlife like a college campus. Joe’s Brewery wins the award for the most versatile nightlife scene in Champaign. This popular U of I venue has enough range to satisfy a party animal of any ilk. Begin your Saturday evening by enjoying a succulent, half-priced burger (Joe’s Saturday special) on the spacious veranda and watch the sunset over Campustown. If you don’t fall victim to food paralysis, saunter through the main entrance, pull up a stool at the central bar and let the whistle wetting begin, when you choose a drink from Joe’s bountiful beverage menu.

The majority of JB’s indoor space has the vibe of a fun sports bar. Flat screen monitors show college football games. Patrons hammer pool balls across the forest green felt of billiard tables. Decorative beer signs hang from a brick wall interior. It’s a great place to unwind after a long week of final exams. If you’re an out-of-towner looking to grab a nightcap after an exciting U of I sporting event, Joe’s is in your immediate future.

Now it’s 10:00PM and the night is in full swing. You’ve knocked back a few cold ones. You’ve scarfed down a beer battered shrimp basket (only $7.95 on Friday nights). What next? Dance you pants off, that’s what. You might want to spend some time stretching, making sure you’re nice and limber, before you enter the JB dance bar. A notable quality of Joe’s Brewery is the juxtaposition of vibes the venue has to offer. The main restaurant area provides an easy-going tavern type feel, but the dance bar resembles a contemporary night club. Disc jockeys play the hottest music. Strobe lights and disco balls make dancers iridescent. The room is always high-energy. Join the festivities.

If you would like to learn more about Joe’s Brewery, purchase a JB shirt, or schedule a party visit Joes Brewery.

706 South 5th Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Mon-Sat, 11–2am; Sun, 10pm–2am


About: Mark Csernus

Mark Csernus has been a relentless fan of the written word since he penned his first action/adventure, pirate fable at age six. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of English from Western Illinois University, where he wrote for Elements magazine and The Western Courier. Csernus currently resides in northern Illinois, continuing to nurture his passion for language and covering the Big Ten Conference with TourTheTen.com.