When Matt and Jill Johnson decided to purchase an old watering hole named Dirty Harry's, their reason was simple. They wanted a great bar in historic downtown Council Bluffs.
The youthful plan evolved into what Barley's became known for soon after the new restaurant and bar opened its doors in 2001 - a place were generations of friends and families eat, drink and gather together in everyday life as well as celebrate their milestone moments. We expanded in 2006, which allowed us to serve even more patrons - and host larger private parties and special events.
Barley's is more than a bar. And it's more than a grill.
We have 32 local and craft beer selections along with your domestic favorites on tap, from malty dark stouts to the freshest hazy IPA's. Our bartenders pride themselves at making tasty and interesting cocktails and we have a wine selection sure to please any palates.
Barley's doesn't serve what is traditionally thought of as "bar food." Our menu is more sophisticated than that. When you have lunch or dinner at Barley's, you will experience the quality of a high - end restaurant with none of the stuffiness and exorbitant prices that often come with it. There is something for everyone at Barley's.
Matt and Jill run Barley's alongside a staff committed to make every customer's experience is special. Whether that be a daily customer for lunch or dinner, or a birthday party or class reunion. In 2016, Barley's earned the Iowa Restaurant Association's Neighborhood Philanthropy award for all of their charitable and fundraising work for local charities and non-profits.
Matt and Jill's vision for Barley's today has already been realized: It's the kind of place you can have a beer with your dad - and have one with your own kids when they grow up.
We're here to eat, drink, and gather with you and your family. Join us.
Barley's is poised to become as much a part of Council Bluffs history as the 100 Block itself. We are proud to be a significant part of the revitalization of the most important and historic district in the city.
We have already told you about us. Here's a little about the history of the 100 Block, where Barley's has called home for nearly 20 years.
Most of the 100 Block's buildings date to the period between 1860 and 1900, when the city was made up of railroad depots and people rode horses down Broadway. As Omaha magazine noted in 2014:
"Magnificently restored examples of Italianate, Romanesque Revival, Neoclassical and Mission styles of architecture line the street that in pioneer days boasted such wild west enterprises as a land office, saddle maker, general store and saloon."
Barley's interior and exterior reflects our commitment to preserving that special history as well as our focus on the future. We will always be a part of this community, working to keep it a special place both locals and visitors are proud of, now and in the years to come.
The staff at Barley's works everyday to help keep the 100 Block a thriving and safe place people want to visit.
Amazing food choices and an impressive tap list, all within the inviting 100 Block to dine, shop and bar hop. Who's in?
F. H. Morgan Drugstore, cicrca 1928. Today 112 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa