If you’re on the Ave at night and don’t hop inside Finn McCool’s, were you even on the Ave? It’s an Irish pub with a lot going on and a mostly-collegiate clientele. Which means you’re in for some strong well drinks, beer pong, karaoke contests, and trivia. A visit here if you attend UW (or are pretending you do) is a Seattle rite of passage.
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Agua Verde Cafe
In addition to having one of our favorite patios in town, Agua Verde in the University District has excellent frozen margaritas and fish tacos.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka U-District
Our choice for Ramen in the University District is Hokkaido Ramen Santouka.
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The Other Coast Cafe
Other Coast Cafe is a mini sandwich chain for hot and cold baguette sandwiches. This one’s in Capitol Hill.
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College Inn Pub
College Inn Pub is a popular bar in the University District that serves American bar food.
Little Red Hen
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