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AS TO COVID 2022-  We and staff are all vaccinated, and we are assuming full vaccination by most of our clientele. ****See important UPDATE BELOW

Have your masks at the ready– a sign on our door may say we are requiring them. Our listening room is small, and people are seated in close proximity for a stretch of time. Wearing of masks is recommended.

Look to the page of specific events for the protocol for each show.  Call if confused, or concerned.

We will try to keep the whole space really well-ventilated, but if it is crowded and the windows are closed, that will not be possible. (The porch is obviously ventilated, and is like being outdoors, but no one wants to be outdoors in winter.)

Circumstances change, and we will have to change with them. Please check for updates before you come out.


The Cafe Carpe, is a family-friendly cafe and bar (with no TVs), housed in a century-old brick building on the Rock River, with a separate listening room and a screened porch overlooking the water. Run by fairly sentient centenarians Bill Camplin and Kitty Welch, the Carpe has been idiosyncratic since 1985. Peruse this site to learn its fascinating history, and to discover what it has to offer, and when, but do not ask why.


LUNCH: Wednesday – Friday    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

EVENINGS: ** (We may close earlier or be open later as circumstances demand.)

Wednesday – Thursday    4:30-8:30  Serving food 5:00-8:00

Friday-Saturday    4:30-close Serving food 5:00-9:00

Please contact us to reserve for groups larger than 6. (This refers to dining- see Listening and Events regarding music.)

** Note that nights with sold out shows will be a bit busier than normal.

For regular updates on upcoming events and music, enter your name and email address at the bottom of the page.

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