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 or email them to

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 View full image. Photo by Jim Gensheimer
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