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Welcome to Uptown Bill’s!

Community. Conversation. Abilities Awareness.

Uptown Bill’s is a coffee house, performance venue, and a community meeting place. We offer great organic coffee roasted by Cafe del Sol and more than 20 varieties of tea (including several from Peet’s). We also have the best selection of soda pop in Iowa City. How about a sandwich? We have several on our menu. Or an ice cream sundae or shake? We serve those over the old Pearson’s ice cream counter. Uptown Bill’s hosts a variety of entertainment each week. [More…]


In the spirit of Bill Sackter, we are a gathering place for people of all ages and abilities that provides:

  1. A venue to practice and to showcase a diversity of artists
  2. Volunteer and workplace experience for individuals with and without disabilities
  3. A community forum on abilities awareness


Uptown Bill’s has many wonderful volunteers. Click here to read the latest about them.

Live Music & Events

New at Uptown Bill’s, an opportunity to support live music. If you enjoy the Saturday Night Concerts at Uptown Bill’s be sure and thank our sponsors. Our Facebook live music events page is updated regularly and the regular calendar of events and meetings can be found here on our website.


In February: Bethany Gorsch, Hills Vice President, Treasury Management, presented the bank’s check to Mary Vasey, Board President, Extend the Dream Foundation, and Edward Gaines, a dedicated, long-time Uptown Bill’s volunteer, on January 3, 2019. 

About Bill Sackter

Uptown Bill’s is named after Bill Sackter, a mentally challenged man, who had been forced to spend nearly a half century as an “inmate” in an institution. He ended up as one of the most well loved and respected members of the community in Iowa City, where he spent the last eight years of his life. Two award winning movies were made about his life: “Bill” (1981) and “Bill on His Own” (1983).


Thanks to our sponsors:

Would you, a business owner or individual you know, like to be an Uptown Bill’s Saturday Night sponsor for a month? Email uptownbills2@gmail.com or call 319-339-0408.


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