Here’s to The Hut!

Watery eyes and goodbyes to a Santa Clara institution.

Cheers to you, old friend. Students and grads came together to say goodbye to one of Santa Clara’s oldest unofficial institutions when just-off-campus landmark The Hut closed its doors mid-December. The news came after the bar’s owner decided to not renew his lease. More than a watering hole, The Hut linked generations of Broncos since its opening in the 1940s. It berthed some of SCU’s most beloved traditions: pinning signed $1 bills to the ceiling; Two for Tuesdays; and, on commencement day, Dads & Grads.

The Hut was dark, dank, loud, and lovable with sticky floors and walls that could talk. It was a dive bar worthy of the title and the place to be for Grand Reunion (standing room only, fire code be damned). It unofficially hosted a handful of classes each semester. Do you have memories or photos you’d like to share? Check out the Alumni Association’s tribute page at scu.edu/alumni/TheHut or email them to scmagazine@scu.edu.

And watch for more in this mag. Rumor has it that the storied bar may reopen under new management this year. We’ll keep you posted.

post-image The signed dollar bills and business cards pinned to the ceiling of The Hut have been taken down, but memories of all the good times remain at scu.edu/alumni. View full image. Photo by Jim Gensheimer
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