Those people who claim the University of Washington lacks a consistently great bar within walking distance of campus—and there are many—have never been to Dante's

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Best College Bar

Dante's

Those people who claim the University of Washington lacks a consistently great bar within walking distance of campus—and there are many—have never been to Dante's. For one, Ted Bundy used to party here, a fact that the bar celebrates with a wall full of clippings near its entrance. The cavernous, medieval-looking bar also dedicates an entire room to Dante's Inferno–themed mementos. Dante's kitchen seems to consist of nothing more than a deep-fat fryer, its waitstaff is very young, and customers don't come here for a leisurely nightcap—they come here to get hammered. It's the sort of place a newly-minted 21-year-old can "puke and rally" with impunity, and after midterms it's not unusual to find a throng of engineering students on the bar's upper level ringing in the occasion with a round of boat races. Not boat races with mere cups of beer, but boat races in which each racer must consume an entire pitcher by his lonesome. That's hardcore. That's college. That's Dante's.—Mike Seely

 
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