Walk into any bar and yell “Quad Cities!” and you’re guaranteed to make some new friends from Iowa and Illinois. You may know the quad cities as being on the Iowa-Illinois border-right alongside the rushing waters of the Mississippi River, but did you know this area is made up of five cities? Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline make up this well-known slice of Americana. If you’ve ever gotten the chance to jump on your bike and take a ride through this incredible region, well, you know how awe-inspiring it can be. And when you’re not on two wheels, the top golfing destinations, shopper’s paradise, rich railroad history, and the world’s largest dam make for a pretty great weekend. So, get ready to jump in the saddle, fire up your Thirsty Biker app, meet up with some friends and go on an epic journey through the quad cities in episode 10 of the Thirsty Biker chronicles.
Here’s a tour through all five of the famous “quad” cities…
Kickstands up, everyone! We’re starting at The Bike Rack Sports Bar & Grill in Davenport, Iowa, where you’ll be able to enjoy some of the best pizza, burgers, and wings in the area, cold drinks, and tons of live entertainment, including karaoke, live music and more. Catch the game with your pals, then move on as you make your way to Gainer Street and through the Hamburg Historic District, then over the iconic Centennial Bridge. After views like these, you’ll want to stop and take them all in, and there’s no better place to do this quite like the Polish Pub. Located in Rock Island, Illinois, the Polish Pub is known to locals and travelers alike as the ultimate dive bar in the best way possible. From the pool to drink specials, you’ll be able to relax and gear up for the next leg of your adventure.
Next up, we’re rollin’ over to the Broken Saddle in Moline, Iowa, a one-of-a-kind cowboy bar with loads of personality. In addition to all the friendly faces, you’ll be able to choose from an outstanding selection of local and domestic drafts, fantastic food, and plenty of swag to take home with you. If you’re ready to move on with this legendary ride, you’ll want to hop onto River Drive for a scenic cruise along the Mississippi River, where you’ll find your next destination, Choppers Bar & Grill in East Moline. From food and drink specials to Thursday night Bike Nights, karaoke, and more, Choppers is a biker’s paradise.
Finally, when you’re ready to bring your ride to a close, head up to the I-80 bridge to cross back over the river. Take Valley Drive to take in the mighty Mississippi from the other side and find yourself at your final destination, Purgatory’s Pub in Bettendorf. This small neighborhood bar is the perfect end to your ride through the quad cities with karaoke, live music, and plenty of drinks to go around.
Your Ride Through the Quad Cities
There’s no doubt about it; the quad cities are where it’s at for riders to experience the Midwest in all its glory. From the mighty Mississippi to the famous historic districts throughout, there’s no better place to explore than here. So, Thirsty Bikers, are you ready to ride? Open up your Thirsty Biker app, type in this route and get out on the open road for your next adventure.