6 Bars On The University of Oregon CampusLike most college watering holes, the bars on the University of Oregon's campus are many and their loyal patrons vary greatly in taste, age and personality. What makes one bar a favorite spot for one person, might make it another's least favorite. But no matter your individual preference—whether you like a loud dance floor or a quiet room to play pool, whether you're a beer fan or a whiskey aficionado, you're sure to find a bar (or two) to call your favorite while romping about the U of O campus. Here are six well-known, and much-beloved hotspots to visit now.
1. Rennie's Landing
Unquestionably one of the most popular watering holes on campus, this two-story bar has everything from well drinks to pitchers of beer, to pinball and pool. Located right off of 13th street, it's the place where students and professors go to unwind and it's the place where alumni gather after home football games. MUST HAVE: The French fries are to die for. Literally. To die for!
2. Taylor's Bar & Grill
One of the oldest bar's on campus, Taylor's has been a hotspot for coeds and anyone looking to catch College Game Day on screen, with a few friends. But not only is it a well-attended sports bar, it also features live music and the occasional DJ who help get the party started when the game's over. Do THIS: Come early enough to grab a table outside and stay put while watching all the other bar hoppers float about 13th Street.
3. The Webfoot Bar and Grill
A newer bar in the 13th Street gang, the Webfoot Bar and Grill (webfoot ... get it? Like the school's mascot) is a friendly hangout with typical bar food and killer drink specials. People rave about their paninis. FUN WITH FRIENDS: This is one of the only bars in town where you can still hone your karaoke skills.
4. Fathoms Bar
Located in the basement of Pegasus Pizza—a hip place to have a slice of pie and one of the first pizza joints to put BBQ chicken pizza on the map—Fathoms is a block and a half off 13th Street and a bit quieter than the bars on the main drag. During the school year check out their Monday night trivia. TRY: House-infused liquors like the cherry whiskey and jalapeno tequila.
5. New Max's Tavern
A longtime favorite of locals and students looking for more a chill vibe than a party scene, Max's is on the far west side of campus and is home to everything from whiskey and bourbon to micro beers. Recently renovated, this is a great place to discover local musicians and play a game of pool with friends. KNOW THIS: Don't be fooled by the strip mall location; get out of your car and get inside—you won't leave disappointed.
6. McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe
Known for their burgers and brew this traditional brewpub has a self-described "latter-day-hippie vibe" and even has a peace pole outside the front door. Located on the far east side of campus, this hangout is always slammed with students and non-students alike. BONUS: You can take beer to go—in a sealed growler, of course, not a red Solo cup.
Shauna Nosler, is an Oregon alumna now living in Indianapolis. She's a contributor to both the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine as well as to the national news organization U.S. News & World Report. More of her writing can be found on the lifestyle blog, The Flavored Word. Go DUCKS!
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