First Avenue Club in Iowa City, IA

One word to describe The First Avenue Club? Versatility.

The First Avenue Club is Iowa City’s premier banquet and party facility – the perfect place for your special event! From small, formal soirees featuring our in-house delicacies, to mouth-watering buffets for up to 500 people. The First Avenue Club also offers a state-of-the-art light and sound system and Iowa City’s largest dance floor, along with pool tables, and darts. And check out our full-service catering menu that brings the party to you! So if you’re considering a wedding reception, company party, business luncheon, family reunion, or any other group get-together, call the First Avenue Club first!

Since 1994, The First Avenue Club has been the Iowa City area’s choice for quality and value. Owner Ned Mendenhall, who founded and opened the First Avenue Club, and Operations Manager Stephanie Eenhuis provide the banquet and party planning experience and expertise to make your event (and you) an outstanding, memorable success.

We have over 250 parking spaces onsite for your convenience. We are also ADA compliant.

The First Avenue Club currently offers the following products and services:

  • Full-service bar serving a variety of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Full-service kitchen to prepare lunches, dinners and a variety of buffet-style or catered meals.
  • Catering service providing a variety of menu options for on-site or off-site food and beverage needs.
  • Banquet room including a dance floor, music system, game area and multimedia capabilities.
  • Professional staff to meet the needs of an on-site or off-site event.

Full-Service Bar – The club features a classic wood bar offering seating at the bar. The bar features 12 different draft beers and over 40 different bottled beers. A large selection of liquor allows the service of most mixed drinks and shots. The club features our own “house wine”. Specialty wine & alcohol can be offered through advance special-ordering. A variety of soft drinks are available as well.

Full-Service Kitchen – The kitchen can produce a variety of appetizers, pizza, sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups and pastas. The kitchen is also capable of creating an almost-unlimited number of menu options for full meals and buffet meals, from simple to elegant.

Catering Service – The club is able to utilize its kitchen and service supplies to cater a wide variety of functions either on-site or off-site. Almost any menu item is available for off-site catering. Catered food and beverage delivery can range from simply dropping off the items, setting up the food, or even serving the food and beverages. Catered food and beverages can be prepared delivery-style, in disposable packaging, or prepared full-service style, utilizing chafing dishes and regular service utensils. Catered food and beverages can also be picked up at the club.

Banquet Room – The banquet room can accommodate groups ranging in size from 40 to 500 people. Whether classroom or banquet style, we will set the room up to meet your needs.

Dance Floor and Multi Media – The club features a 2000 square foot dance floor allowing plenty of room for dancing. The club also features two projection screen televisions as well as several flatscreens for your use.

Heartland Inn – Call Debbie at the Heartland Inn at 319-351-8132 to book a block of rooms and ask about their shuttle!

Professional Staff – Experienced, Professional Catering, Beverage and Banquet staff to take care of all your needs.