Bars Will Be Dry on State Patty’s Day

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Downtown State College may be filled with green this Saturday, but if you want to drink, you won’t be able to do so at the bars. The Tavern Association of State College reached an agreement today with the Campus-Community Partnership on Dangerous Drinking, in which they agreed to stop all alcohol sales on State Patty’s Day.

According to Penn State News, the Partnership has agreed to pay each bar, tavern, and/or restaurant $5,000 to subsidize lost revenue for declining to serve alcohol. That money comes from downtown parking revenue earned on past State Patty’s Days, where a surge of cars from visitors floods downtown garages.

“I’m very excited and proud that the members of the Tavern Association of State College are able to stand together in support of our community by supporting an alcohol-free day on Saturday, Feb. 23,” said Jennifer Zangrilli, president of the Tavern Owner’s Association and director of operations at Dante’s Restaurants Inc., to Penn State News. “This is the third year that many of us have taken a stand against events and behavior that hurts us all, and the first in which all of us have put our individual needs and views aside to benefit the State College and Penn State community for the long term. Our collective desire is to see our community and downtown not only grow but thrive.”

Thousands of Penn State students, as well as revelers from other schools, have partaken in the student-created holiday since 2007, which has been very controversial in the Penn State and State college communities on account of its high crime levels and amount of hospitalizations. Though crime numbers saw a decrease last year, police are still pulling out all the stops, from increased presence to threats of jail time and maximum penalties for offenses, to kill the holiday once and for all. Said Borough Manager Tom Fountaine, “We see this as a logical next step in deterring unwanted and unruly behavior, which in turn will make the downtown area safer for visitors who want to come to State College. This is an outside-the-box solution that businesses, the borough, student leaders and the University have embraced. Our goal is to end this excessive drinking event and keep students, residents and visitors safe.”

Here’s a full list of the bars, restaurants, and bottle shops that won’t be serving alcohol:

  • The Saloon
  • Inferno Brick Oven and Bar
  • bar bleu
  • The Hopshop Beer Market
  • The Deli Restaurant (serving food only)
  • Z Bar
  • The Lion’s Den
  • The Shandygaff
  • The Tavern (serving food only)
  • The Gingerbread Man (serving food only)
  • The All-American Rathskeller
  • Spats Café and Speakeasy (serving food only)
  • The Phyrst
  • The Clover
  • Brewsky’s Bottle Shop at The Day’s Inn Penn State
  • Rotelli (serving food only)
  • Levels
  • Bill Pickle’s Tap Room
  • Indigo
  • Allen Street Grill (serving food only)
  • The Corner Room (serving food only)
  • Zeno’s
  • Chumley’s
  • Zeno’s ToGo
  • Sharkie’s Bar & Bottle Shop
  • The Brewery
  • The Darkhorse
  • Kildare’s (serving food only)
  • Duo
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar (serving food only)
  • Café 210 West (serving food only)
  • Mad Mex (serving food only)
  • Zola New World Bistro (serving food only)
  • The Atherton Hotel (serving food only)

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Dan is a senior and has been writing for Onward State since January 2010. Did you miss him? Nah, neither did we. He's returning after a semester abroad in England and will be serving as Arts Editor. Favorite things in life include references to The Big Lebowski.

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