Rock Island Public House was opened by Jen and Dave Brown in 2013. We live in Blue Island and believe in this town, our neighbors, and the power of craft beer to build a community of individuals that support all things local. RIPH is a celebration of hard work and putting it all on the line to make it happen.


We are dedicated to finding the best beer and supporting craft brewers. We admire their independent spirit, ingenuity, pride and commitment to quality.
We named our bar in honor of the Rock Island Railroad, a “mighty fine line” that first steamed in to Blue Island in 1852. The Rock Island’s tracks still run behind the bar and continue to serve.


We like to think that our Public House would have been the saloon of choice for all that helped make the Rock Island run. We are proud to carry on its tradition and invite you to join us.
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What’s On Tap

We’re a craft beer bar.  It’s only fitting that we feature the best in craft beer – supporting small brewers with a focus on the Midwest.

What’s currently on tap…

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Wine & Spirits

Our selection of wine and craft spirits.

Malort, anyone?

View Our Selection of Wine & Spirits


Ah, pinball…  Some call it the beautiful game.  Well, at least we do.  In fact, we love it so much we make sure to vary up our selection as often as possible to feed the need for the silver ball.
Our Current Pinball Selection


  • Brunch Invasion!

    January 28 | 10am – 1pm | Geena Doherty’s Dessert First provides the food for this month’s edition of Brunch Invasion!...

  • RIPH Trivia

    On February 11 at 7pm:  It’s trivia – RIPH style!  Free to enter, prizes TBD....

  • These Old Men They Play Records

    Join us Friday February 16th 2018 for Vinyl Worship with These Old Men They Play Records. The boys bring all the choice selections for your lonely hearts, broken hearts and black hearts. Rock Island Public House will be serving tasty beers and beverages so you can win someones......


Our current featured artist:

Kevin Demski


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These Old Men They Play Records
Car Show


At Rock Island Public House we take our beer seriously: just like you and the amazing breweries we feature on our 16 tap handles.


We strive to feature small local brewers with a focus on Midwestern beers. We work directly with breweries to get a beer in your hand that is unique and represents the highest “craft” in the beer world.

Our tap lines feature a glycol cooling system, ensuring your beer is poured at the perfect temperature in the perfect glass. Our attention to detail is inspired by the hardworking brewers and our hardworking customers, who deserve nothing less than our deeply earned respect.

What's On Tap


We want to hear from you!

Find Jen or Dave on Twitter:

@JenErfftBrown and @DrCrainfist

or with our hashtag #RIPH

Email Jen – jen@rockislandpublichouse.com

Email Dave – dave@rockislandpublichouse.com


Sundays – 3pm – 2am

Mondays – Closed

Tuesdays – 3pm – 2am

Wednesdays – 3pm – 2am

Thursdays – 3pm – 2am

Fridays – 3pm – 2am

Saturdays – 3pm – 3am

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