Over the years, Penn State fans have been known to wake up early for Saturday game days. It’s not uncommon for tailgates to start at 7 a.m., whether kickoff is at noon or 8 p.m.
Keeping this mentality of dedicated Penn Staters in mind, several State College bars and restaurants have decided to open their doors early this Saturday for the first game of the season. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, the game against UCF takes place in Ireland — a country that is five hours ahead of us on the East Coast. The game will air at 8:30 a.m. EST, meaning the typical game-watching spots needed to alter their operating schedules.
To make those of us who could not travel to Dublin for the game feel just a little bit better about not being there, many local hot spots decided to offer Irish-inspired menus. So even if you can’t be at the Croke Park Classic, you can still eat bangers, rashers and mash while drinking a Guinness or Jameson.
Here’s a list of bars that will broadcast the game:
Beginning at 8 a.m., Rotelli will host a fundraiser in conjunction with Success With Honor. Tickets are available for purchase for $30, and students can get in for only $15 with a Penn State ID.
Cheer on Penn State as they take on UCF in Ireland with other PSU fans! Join us at Rotelli in State College for an Irish Breakfast and the game on the Big Screen! There will be a silent auction, give-a-ways and prizes too! $30 ticket includes one drink per person and all-you-can eat buffet! Tickets limited to first 130 registrants, so get yours today!
All-You-Can-Eat buffet will be a full Irish breakfast including bangers, eggs, Irish bacon, soda bread, and much more!! (One alcoholic drink per person included for those 21 and over.)
Bill Pickle’s Tap Room
Beginning at 8 a.m., there will be a buffet at Pickle’s. This will include scrambled eggs, sausage, ham, home fries, quiche, as well as a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar.
Reservations are not being taken but manager Kathy Staab told StateCollege.com they’re expecting an extremely busy morning.
“We’ve gotten a ton of calls today, and over the last week we’ve had lots of alumni trying to get reservations, as well as lots of students calling in,” Staab says. “It should be a great day.”
Champs Sports Grill
Champs will open at 7 a.m., and it’ll be taking reservations. The restaurant plans on having a full breakfast menu from 7 to 11 a.m before it switches to its normal menu.
Bar Bleu will host a “Rise and Roar” event beginning at 8 a.m. The usual $5 fishbowl will start early, and a special breakfast menu will be offered.
Otto’s will open at 8 a.m. and will serve a sit-down three different breakfast specials, including one for kids. There will also be a special price for its Black Mo Stout, Jameson shots, Bloody Marys, and Otto Bombs.
Kildare’s Irish Pub
Kildare’s will open at 7 a.m. and feature its usual specials of a Bloody Mary bar and $3 Sam Adams drafts. For only $12, you can “pig” out on a delicious pig, kielbasa, and breakfast food. The restaurant’s brunch menu will be served until 3 p.m.
“Our phone’s been ringing off the hook all week,” Dan Stokes told StateCollege.com. “I’ve already cut off all reservations so now it’s going to be on a first-come, first-served basis.”
Home Delivery Pizza
Home D is offering “Breakfast, Brews and Bloodys” beginning at 8 a.m.
The menu will include breakfast pizza with ham, bacon and eggs, stuffed French toast, and pot roast hash. The drink menu will include Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Irish coffee.
Both bars will open at 7:30 a.m., and early reservations will get the best seats. The bars will have a special menu available for “Kegs and Eggs…and bloody marys.”
Damon’s will open at 7 a.m. An $8 breakfast buffet will include eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits.
Know of any other bars or restaurants opening early for this Saturday’s game? Let us know so we can update our list.