Prairie Lights Cafe is a cafe owned by Prairie Lights Bookstore. Serving Stumptown & Brass Ring Coffee and Deluxe pastries daily! Prairie Lights Cafe is part of the legendary independent bookstore Prairie Lights, which has been an Iowa City landmark since 1978.
The cafe proper is an 1100 square foot space, with an intriguing history. A local literary society met within the same walls throughout the 1930's, hosting writers Robert Frost, Sherwood Anderson, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandburg, and ee Cummings among others. Reportedly, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas were scheduled for a reading but were sleeted-in at the Waukesha airport - or so the story goes.
Operating as usual
Hello! Just wanted to let you all know that the Prairie Lights Cafe will be opened from 10a-5pm on Wednesday 2/9 and Thursday 2/10. After that we will go back to normal hours, 9a-6p. Sorry for any inconvenience!!
Hello! Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Prairie Lights Cafe will be closing today and tomorrow at 3pm. After that we will be back to normal hours. So sorry for the inconvenience!
WE ARE HIRING!
Never made a post like this before, but if you are interested in working as a barista at the Prairie Lights Cafe, send us a resume! We are looking to hire one part time position, 2-3 shifts a week.
Barista experience is appreciated but not required. If you want to work at a busy cafe, with competitive pay, great tips, and a laid back work culture, get ahold of us!
For one day only, DONUTS.
Also, come try a coffee on our new Pour Over bar if you haven't yet.
Have a great week everyone.
Wooooo! its hot! Lucky for you we get a fresh restock of Cobra Verde from Wake Up! Iowa City.... IF you are dragging yourself around today come get a blast of frosty caffeine.
New drink ALERT.
The Iced Coffee Mai Tai
A caffeinated concoction based on the classic Tiki Drink. This one uses Brass Knuckle Blend Iced Coffee and molasses instead of rum, for a drink that needs to be tasted to be believed.
Totally non alchoholic, and highly addictive, we'll be serving these things through the rest of the summer.
Right now we are featuring some fantastic coffee's from Iowa City's own Brass Ring Coffee. If you love their coffee at the farmers market come enjoy a pour over of their natural process Burundi Bevyeyi!
Support some local business, Prairie Lights Cafe- open daily at 9 AM, Monday- Saturday.
Happy 4th of July weekend everyone! The cafe has had a fantastic first two weeks back and its all thanks to our incredible customers!
We will be closed this Monday in observance of the holiday, but we cant wait to see you again when we open Tuesday morning at 9am!
The Bookstore WILL be open on the 5th, with regular hours.
In case you haven't heard....
WE ARE OPEN!!
Monday - Saturday, 9-6pm!
Come get the all the drinks you love, and check out some of our new Deluxe pastries!
After re -closing during this past February, the Prairie Lights cafe is very happy to announce that we are finally RE OPENING. Our likely first day back will be Monday, June 21st.
We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information. Thank you so much for your patience. This cafe wouldn't be special if not for the very special people that come here, and we are very excited to see you all again.
Prairie Lights Cafe Temporary Closure
Due to the forecasted dangerous increase in Covid rates over the next several weeks, we have made the reluctant decision to temporarily close the cafe for a period of approximately 1-2 months.
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we feel that public safety and the continued success of Prairie Lights will be better served by a temporary closure.
We greatly appreciate the love and support from our patrons that we have received so far, and we look forward to seeing everyone in the spring!!
Great news! During the holidays, anyone who makes a purchase in the Bookstore can bring their receipt up for a FREE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE alongside any cafe purchase!
Thanks for a great first week back! We made the decision to close tomorrow, but we will see you all Monday!!
We are open till 4pm today!! Come grab something good!
Please join us for the closing reception for Jeremy Chen, this Saturday in the cafe!
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The Espresso machine is BACK! Sam will be pulling shots until 8:50-ish.
We just hung a new show in the Times Club Gallery at Prairie Lights Bookstore - THURSDAY'S CHILD by Stephanie Brunia - up through October 9th!
Stephanie Brunia - Thursday's Child Thursday's Child
Goodbye to one of the patron saints of the cafe.
New Spring Drinks! Introducing the Star Anise Shakerato and the Espresso & Tonic! Two delicious ways to caffeinate, only at Prairie Lights Cafe ☕💗
"Dream of the Silver Disc" by John Engelbrecht, is now on view at the Times Club until May 29, 2016! Be sure to check out all these wonderful photographs - there's a lot to see!
Thinking up new Spring drinks at our staff meeting! 🍕
Can't wait to see you all tonight from 6-8 PM for the exhibition reception for "How Beautiful is Thy Dwelling" by Kate Allen!
Come say hi to the birthday guacamole girl!
We have fresh Leaf Kitchen quiche & Local Burritos today!
2016 calendars are 50% off! Come grab one with your cup of coffee today!
We have holiday sugar cookies from Deluxe today! Treat yo self.
Come and get your Stumptown coffee for stuffing stockings! Quick, before they get bought up! ☕
How Beautiful is thy Dwelling, an exhibition by Kate Allen, is now up! Work is on view until January 31, 2016, with an exhibition reception to be announced soon!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VINCENT.
Mulling wine and warming hearts at Prairie Lights Cafe!
Ian prepares tonight's mulled wine. Stop by for a tasty and warming treat!
"Insects: A Collection of These Butterflies" by Kevin Chamberlain is now on view at the cafe! This stunning exhibition will be up through December 13th, so be sure to check it out!
|Monday||9am - 6pm|
|Tuesday||9am - 6pm|
|Wednesday||9am - 6pm|
|Thursday||9am - 6pm|
|Friday||9am - 6pm|
|Saturday||9am - 6pm|
|Sunday||10am - 6pm|
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