Varsity Theater wins America's Best Bathroom 2013

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Best. Bathroom. Ever.
It's an unusual honor, but one to be proud of: The Varsity Theater in Dinkytown Minneapolis has been named America's Best Bathroom of 2013 by bathroom product supplier Cintas Corporation.

The fab bathroom will now be inducted into the uber-prestigious Hall of Fame. This is the first win for Minnesota, although the Walker Art Center was a previous nominee.

See also:
The Varsity is up for America's Best Bathroom 2013

Walker Art Center a candidate for best bathroom (2012)

So, how did Varsity get nominated? The panel of judges sought restrooms across the nation that had wild design elements, elegant ease of use, revolutionary layouts, or were just plain bizarre. The competition was stiff; johns up for voting included a really cool '80s video-game restroom, the Waldorf Astoria, and a restroom encased in glass where the user can see in, but no one can see out. 

As for the Varsity, the bathroom's whimsy and easy-access booze was what really caught their attention:

The restroom, decorated with ornate, gilded mirrors, sassy text plates, and bricks laid as if by a drunken mason on bender, invites guests into an Alice In Wonderland-like grotto - to relieve themselves and re-live childhood fairy tales. One part old-fashioned powder room one part lounge, this restroom allows concert-goers to take a break in an area from which one can still view and hear the stage. Bartenders even serve drinks over the back counter into the restroom area, offering a VIP experience to every guest.
Once the nominees were announced, the public was invited to vote for the best bathroom, and the Varsity prevailed. Minnesota, you have ranked at the top of yet another list!

To take a slideshow tour of the bathroom, and to see some of the other insane and insanely beautiful bathrooms nominated this year, check out Cintas's contest site.

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The Varsity Theater

1308 4th St. SE, Minneapolis, MN

Category: Film

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Mary Kellogg
Mary Kellogg

Also St. The Saint Paul Hotel is lovely!

Mary Kellogg
Mary Kellogg

Agreed, this is so cool! Been there and love it!

Milo J. David
Milo J. David

Loring Pasta Bar and the Varsity Theater Bath rooms Rule.

Susan Hopp
Susan Hopp

Back in the 80s mpls had a restaurant in butler square that had all the bathroom stalls looking out into the lobby through 1 way mirrors.

Ken Krattiger
Ken Krattiger

The "LocaL" Irish Pub downtown MSP has a formal kissing booth in the restroom area.

Arkadi
Arkadi

"...a restroom encased in glass where the user can see in, but no one can see out."

Wait, what? Is that backwards?

Janet Davis
Janet Davis

I have actually been to that bathroom

Jeff Young
Jeff Young

It was also recognized on the How to Do Everything podcast. I saw The a Baseball Project there maybe two years ago, had no idea of this at the time sadly.

David McCrindle
David McCrindle

A close second Terminal Bar. We'll get 'em next year!!

Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin

Biggest bike city in the U.S. Most gay friendly city in the U.S. and now this. Is there anything Minneapolis can't do!?

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

We love to be told we are or have something great. That is for sure. There are as much top 10 lists in the news.....as news. 

Chris Robinson
Chris Robinson

It was the nicest bathroom until you got in it. Lol

James Bud Lowman
James Bud Lowman

weird bathroom overpriced drinks concert was over packed worst place ever!

hooligan2
hooligan2

This may be the only thing I've ever voted for that actually matters. Hell yes Varsity!

Nancy K Nelson
Nancy K Nelson

Is this the Varsity? Jeannie and Jimmy's wedding is here.

Matt Frank
Matt Frank

That's the real reason Kelsey and I had our wedding there.

Jessica Thunstrom Nelson
Jessica Thunstrom Nelson

I sometimes think people think I've lost my mind when I tell them of the glory that is the bathroom at the Varsity. That's okay.

judemania
judemania

I always take pictures when I'm in there - not of anything inappropriate mind you - just the coolness of the place…. 

Dan Haviland
Dan Haviland

I called ahead and reserved a toilet for Friday!.. cannot wait!

Allie Geno
Allie Geno

Sometimes if I have to pee and am going to the varsity I will just hold it so I can bask in all of that gloriousness

Logan Erickson
Logan Erickson

I remember going there and the toilets were backed up. It was a great experience.

Sandra Uri
Sandra Uri

An award that's well overdue! ;-)

Katy Brown Holland
Katy Brown Holland

Dang, went to a show there but didn't want to lose my spot to I "held it" look what I missed!!

Leah Bolfing
Leah Bolfing

Same designer as Cafe Lurcat (was The Loring) bathroom, I think

Cassiann Anderson
Cassiann Anderson

Cameron Anderson, I told you it wasn't just the wine talking. The bathroom is gorgeous!

Kim Scheffler Leon
Kim Scheffler Leon

there's a place in downtown Denver Co., The Keg - also has a beautiful bathroom.

Dave Finton
Dave Finton

Amazingly enough, the Turf Club didn't make the cut for this honor ;)

Fredlock Dobbs
Fredlock Dobbs

saving up a wicked growler for that place! AWEZZZ

mannyapolis
mannyapolis

night view of Chicago from the women's restroom atop the John Hancock building

jcsiii
jcsiii

@Kevin Martin Keep a great symphony orchestra.


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