Kap’s Tavern

(Downtown, Shenandoah, IA)

Scooter’s 987th bar, first visited in 2013.

Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah

Walking in from the bright sunshine outside, we stumbled a bit in what initially seemed like complete blackness. It took several moments for our eyes to adjust and take in the surroundings.

Nothing on tap here, the beer is all bottles and cans. And it’s cheap!

Once we could see, we found ourselves inside a bar that looks every bit the 130-140 years old this building probably is. And I mean that in a good way — this place has an authentic charm.

Living up to the bar’s name, the walls are slowly being tiled by thousands upon thousands of beer bottle caps. In one corner, a large US flag made entirely of bottle caps. Near the flag, the process of tiling the ceiling with empty beer cans is underway as well.

For entertainment, the bar provides darts, a pool table, a jukebox, video slots, and a pinball machine.

Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah

Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah

The bottle cap flag and the beer can ceiling…
Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah

The bottle cap wall…
Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah

Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah

An interesting bit of KISS fan art hanging above the bar…
Kap's Tavern, Shenandoah


113 S Elm St
Shenandoah, IA 51601
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(712) 246-1283