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America's Best College Bars: Donn's Depot

Courtesy of Donn's Depot

Donn’s Depot, University of Texas at Austin

It opened in 1972 as McNeil Depot—a collection of antique railcars attached to an old train depot that the owners shipped down from just north of Austin. Donn Adelman was a regular, playing piano several times a month until he decided to buy the joint. You’ll still find Donn at the bar, perhaps fixing a broken stool, laughing with a customer, or playing ’50s tunes on the piano. Donn’s Depot is a happy enigma: probably the only bar in the world where college kids dance alongside 70-year-old couples to a 12-piece orchestra, while girls queue up for a bathroom housed in a vintage caboose.



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