Just about every college town, whether it is home to a major university or a small liberal arts college, has a bar that is popular with the students. In Waverly, home to Wartburg College and it's enrollment of about 1500 Wartburg Knights, the leading contender seems to be The Wooden Foot Saloon.
The Wooden Foot Saloon is located in downtown Waverly, the county seat of Bremer County and easily the largest town in the county with a population of about 10,000.
Downtown Waverly seems to be doing well and it lies along the Cedar River.
The Wooden Foot Saloon is located on the back half of a historic old bank building.
The front half of the building is a business called "The Junkery". Normally, that would be right up my alley, but since I visited on a Saturday evening, the store was not open. I'll have to add this stop to my list for a future visit.
Once inside the Wooden Foot, you find that it has both an old-time saloon feel mixed in with enough of a divey feel so as to not be pretentious. They do a nice job of appealing to both local town patrons and the thirsty co-eds. There's a large bar with seating around it and a couple of televisions on the wall. The bar is the focal point of the place.
As you can see, the bar is well stocked.
The upstairs is divided by an impressive divided staircase. It's hard to love that old railing.
One half of the upstairs is kind of a casual seating area with a couple of tables and a few different leather sofas. This definitely has a divey feel to it but I'm sure it's a good casual hangout spot.
The other side features a full-size billiards table.
Throughout the entire bar, you can appreciate the exposed brick walls, timeless word work, magnificent ceilings, and antique light fixtures and sconces.
The first floor is where you can find the restrooms and like many college-town bars, there's plenty of interesting stuff to be found on the walls.
There's some booth and bench seating on the first floor too.
If billiards upstairs is not your thing, you might be able to try out the indoor shuffleboard table.
Like every indoor establishment in Iowa, COVID-19 has no doubt affected things big time. My visit was on the Saturday evening of Halloween. As I was leaving, a whole group of college aged people were waltzing in dressed in costumes.
My visit to Wooden Foot was approximately only a half hour in length but I enjoyed the vibe of the place. I don't believe that this place offers a food menu, but their Facebook page is full of varying drink specials. Not to mention, they even bottle their own favorites for a take-home option.
Obviously, there's a lot more to see and do in Waverly and the surrounding Bremer County area. It had been a bit since my last visit to town but I was glad to see lots of activity. If you are passing through, planning a Waverly visit, or are a local who hasn't been into Wooden Foot Saloon ever (or in awhile), make plans to pop in. I think you'll get a kick out of the place.
As always, I welcome your suggestions of places to visit and profile whether in Bremer County or any of the other 98 counties in Iowa. If you have a good idea or would like to host the Iowa Adventurer, please drop me a note through this website.