Yes, the University District is a college town. But, maybe you’re not a college student, and your idea of a good time doesn’t involve choking down a blue slushie known as the “Adios, Motherf*cker.” Head to Floating Bridge, a lowkey brewery with tasty beer, hand shuffleboard, and a sweet collection of board games (they even have Codenames). You’d sooner find a couple of associate professors here than some rowdy fraternity brothers, and if you’re hungry, they have sandwiches from Brass Knuckle Bistro.
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The University District Guide
The University District isn’t just for UW undergrads. Here are the best bars and restaurants in the neighborhood.
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Cedars In University District
Cedars In University District is mostly known for takeout lunch, but it’s also a good spot for a lighter-than-usual Indian dinner.
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.
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Broiler Bay Burgers
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Retro Restaurant And Lounge
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Fremont Brewing Company
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Peddler Brewing Company
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Old Stove Brewing Company
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