Of the different establishments here in Davis, such a simple item as a bathroom can make or break a given establishment. A place to go pinch one can make a difference of opinion of where, um, you do business at. All businesses have them, whether they let you use it is another matter. Some places even have Public Showers. If you can't take a bath in it, it's a restroom, not a bathroom. Sometimes you might even see some conversations on bathroom walls or works by the gifted Jock Artist. If that interests you, check out Urban Art.

If you're on campus, it probably means you'll be running to the UCD Bathrooms.

Considerations

Access - The most beautiful restroom does you no good if you can't use it. Are they 24-hour? (What are their hours?) Do you have to buy something to use it? Do you have to have a key? Do they open to the outside (like some gas stations) or to the inside?

Cleanliness - Does the floor have standing water on it? Do they have paper towels? Soap? Toilet paper? Is it ultra-cheap 1-ply or better? Seat covers (the paper things, also called 'butt gaskets')?

Type - Single or multiple occupancy? Locking doors? Unisex or not? Urinals, commodes or both? Auto-flushing? Shower? Bathtub?

Bathrooms in Davis

24-hour

  • Arroyo Park has doors, but I've never seen it locked, even late at night.
  • WPA Building in Central Park, northeast corner.
  • North and South Davis Safeway. South Davis Safeway is much cleaner.
  • In the Northstar Park parking lot at 3434 Anderson Road. No doors = 24 hour. Note that there are no doors on the stalls, either!

Public

UC Davis

  • See UCD Bathrooms for UC Davis specific bathrooms information (including commentary!)

Restaurants

  • Chipotle has nice bathrooms and they are generally cool about letting you use them.
  • Starbucks has a bathroom and they are also generally cool about letting you use them. Easier to sneak in when the latte line is long.
  • Froggy's has a men's bathroom that doesn't seem to lock and when somebody opens the door, it hits you.
  • Peet's women's bathroom in the downtown location has deteriorated. It now looks and feels more like a gas station bathroom—buildup of floor and sink crud, broken toilet holder, often has paper products missing. If corporate doesn't do something it will soon qualify for the "Bathroom from Hell" listing (see below).

Bars

Bar bathrooms are usually pretty grimy. They can be known for being cool but also they can also be known as a "hole in the wall".

  • G street Pub's men's bathroom floor is usually covered in piss and (hopefully) water.

Stores

Bathrooms to use while shopping. This can include requirements to buy an item from an establishment before going to excrete.

Cool Bathrooms

Unusual bathrooms including fancy and/or unusual decor, strange toilets such as the English style water closet.

Zen Toro Japanese Restaurant has a toilet with an integrated bidet. Sorry guys, this one is for ladies only.

Delta of Venus has the coolest toilet seat in Yolo County, if not the world.

Delta of Venus toilet seat Natsoulas Art Gallery 2005-11-10

As of May 7, 2006, the Delta of Venus toilet seat has been replaced with a plain white one ! Inquiry with the manager was the dowel between the seat and lid broke.

Natsoulas Art Gallery 2005-11-11

John Natsoulas Art Gallery has the nicest public bathroom in Davis.

Bathrooms from Hell!

Bathrooms you want to avoid like the plague such as nasty smells, not kept clean, lack of privacy when going number two, etc.

  • EVIL HAUNTED SOUTH SILO BATHROOM beside the Craft Center There are holes in the walls of the mens room stalls so you can look into them! - TheRadish (lifted from UCD Bathrooms )
  • See the Bar Bathrooms from above
  • Restrooms with non-functional locks
  • Toilets which have heavy iron stains -it's possible to chip this off with a chisel and make it look like new again.

Men's vs. Women's

The biggest difference between the sexes isn't in their anatomy, it's in their bathrooms. Here are some distinguishing traits.

Men's restrooms

  • The floors are covered with an inch of yellow water with a few turds floating.
  • There's a rusted-through or overflowing bucket in the center of the room for the men to piss in.
  • If there are urinals, the bottom is full of cigarette butts soaking in urine.
  • If there's a toilet, the inside is brown and the seat cover is detached. It may have liquid in it.
  • There is no soap or paper towels, because everyone knows real men don't use such things.
  • There are no flies, because even flies have their standards.
  • They smell like a sewer.

Women's restrooms

  • They have private stalls.
  • The large makeup mirror has lights around the border.
  • Ample supplies of tissues, soaps, cosmetics, etc.
  • Clean bathtubs with assorted bubble bath soaps and bathing salts.
  • A hot tub and sauna.
  • A tanning booth.
  • A waterfall to purify the air and sound.
  • Ambient/new-age music is piped in to mask any rude noises people may make.
  • A private masseuse on-call for foot massages.
  • They smell like a meadow of flowers after a spring shower.
  • Have couches.
  • Are always attended by a handsome, shirtless man with large pectoral muscles and a washboard abs.

Unisex Bathrooms?

If you are concerned about clean bathrooms, maybe you're interested in bathrooms that are accessible to differently-abled persons and gender-variant people as well? All single-occupant restrooms should be unisex. Some places even have multiple-occupancy unisex bathrooms/showers, but they are not common.

The UCD campus Trans-Action Committee is presently looking specifically for data on unisex bathrooms, both on and off campus. Anybody have this info? Please be in touch: mproebstel@ucdavis.edu - thanks.

Toilet Snippets & History

  • One of the first public toilets was built by the Mughal King Jehangir in 1556, but even that was predated by Greek public toilets in Knossos, around 1700 BC. Even back then, public toilets were considered filthy, often vandalized and many preferred the open air to a public throne.
  • Roman Emperor Vespasian had public "pay" urinals erected in the 1st century AD, as part of his public works program. The payment for use of these facilities was actually a urine tax. The emperor managed to increase his profit by collecting the urine and selling it to tanners, cloth dyers and launderers. Facing some derision for this urine tax, the emperor responded, "Pecunia non olet," or "Money doesn't stink."
  • The water closet was invented by Brit John Harrington in 1596, while the valve-style flush toilet was introduced in 1738 by J.F. Brondel.
  • Public pay toilets were instituted by the French in 1872 when the government turned over maintenance of such facilities to private industry.
  • King Louis XIII and Louis the XIV used to hold audience while using the toilet — Louis the XIII actually had a toilet within his throne.
  • As of January 1, 1992, the state of California mandated ultra low flush toilets in all new construction.
  • UC Merced installed waterless urinals when constructing many of its buildings; this particular style of urinal uses an oil cap to trap odors.

See also: opportunistic wiki advertising.

From a custodian's point of view, the above regarding Men's versus Women"s restrooms couldn't be further from the truth. They are almost equally disgusting with Women's restrooms only being slightly better in comparison. Oddly, Women's restrooms take longer to service. There's more trash to clean out for one thing.