Illini Pubcycle

How We Operate

The Basics:

  • Illini Pub Cycle is a 15-passenger, pedal-powered bar on wheels. Although 15 is Maximum, 12 is Optimal!
  • Tours are 90 Minutes long.
  • We presently offer City tours through Downtown and Campus. 
  • We typically operate from March through November (weather permitting).
  • This is a BYOB entertainment experience. You must bring your beer or wine.
  • We provide a Cooler and ice on board.
  • Arrive at least 15-30 mins early and assemble at FAT CITY 505 S Chestnut St, Champaign, IL 61820 until you hear our Horn!
  • Please park across the street at the public parking location during weekend hours

The Tours:

  • A minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15 people are necessary to book a tour. ( Up to 10 can pedal, 2 side seats do not pedal and up to 3 can fit on the rear bench). Although 15 is Maximum, 12 is optimal! 
  • If weather impedes or ruins half or more of the tour, your tour can always be rescheduled at a later date.
  • Tour Insurance can be purchased for Group Tours to minimize your risk with weather. (Please read more below.)


Booking Must be done by our website! Our Drivers DO NOT ACCEPT CASH for seating! You are encouraged to tip our drivers and bartenders for their services but not as payment for the tour.

We Recommend booking at least 2 weeks in advance to make sure you have a better chance of getting your desired tour time, but if the slot is open, BOOK IT ANYTIME! Before booking same day, please call us in advance to confirm.

Route Times: We operate 5:00pm-10:30pm Mon-Friday, 9:00am to 10:30pm, Saturday and 11:00am-10:30pm Sunday.
Standard start times are 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm, 7:00pm and 9:00pm.​

(If a ride has a late start and we are responsible, your ride will be extended by that same amount of time. You are guarunteed 90 minutes minimum.)


We drive downtown and campus. We will take you where you want to go!

Covered Areas:
Campus and Downtown

(No roads that exceed a 30mph speed limit) They can be crossed but not driven down.

Special Events: 

Please message us about your event and what it is you have in mind. We'd be more than happy to accommodate if we are not already booked!


Bringing Alcohol is always only an option, obviously not a requirement. We have a tour time of 9:00 AM, substitute with Coffee! BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer or wine) 

You can bring your beverages of choice, including alcohol. If you can premix, mixed drinks before hand, that saves us a lot of time on the road! All drinks must be consumed from foam or plastic cups, which we provide!

We Do provide a Cooler, Ice and Cups! Upon arrival we will place all drinks into our on board cooler. We do this to save space inside the bike so we can meneuver to each rider conveniently. 

Any beverage remaining after the tour, will be returned to the owner. If there is open alcohol remaining, the alcohol will be sealed and placed in a State approved sealed alcohol bag for legal transportation home.

The server on each tour has the right and responsibility to restrict serving alcohol to any passenger that shows signs of over intoxication or inappropriate behavior.

Age Requirements:

Any adult, 18-years of age or older, may ride! Anyone between ages of 13-17 years of age may ride but must be accompanied by an adult or guardian that is able to accept responsibility for the underage person and is authorized to sign the Liability Waiver on their behalf. 

All riders wishing to drink alcohol on board must be 21-years of age or older and must provide a valid form of ID to substantiate age.

What Not to Wear:

We do not recommend sandals, any type of open toe shoes, any shoes that are not firmly attached to your feet, or any type of shoes or boots that would impede your ability to pedal.

Any clothing that may impede your ability to pedal. (Over sized pants,  tight pants, coats or dresses such any over sized coat or dress that drapes and could potentially get caught in the chain or something on the roadway etc..)

What to Bring:

Your able bodies, identification, beverages and a smile!


Please use any meter parking you can find close to "The Hub". You can use "The Hubs" parking during open business hours only. Otherwise there is metered parking (free after 5 pm) all around. We are not responsible for parking tickets or towing bills. 


We do not cancel tours for weather. It is completely at your discretion. We must know a minimum of 2 hours in advance.  Your tour can always be rescheduled at a later date. (This is decided at the Illini Pub Cycle Drivers Discretion.) If your Group Tour, does not meet the minimum of 8 riders, your tour will be canceled and no refund will be given! We offer Tour insurance to compensate for refunds. Please read about Tour insurance below.

Tour Insurance:

When booking our bike, you will have the option to purchase Tour Insurance for $25.00. Purchasing this Insurance package grants you the option of a Refund for the purchase price of the ride, on the occasion that the weather restricts the ride (heavy rains, severe cold, hail, thunderstorms, tornado). The Insurance is never reimbursed. If you decide to not purchase the insurance, in the event the ride is rained out you will be able to reschedule at a later open date. There will be no refunds given to any group that purchased a ride without the Insurance. Tour Insurance does not cover cancelled tours due to lack of involvement. This insurance MUST be purchased the same date you schedule your booked tour.