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The 21st Best College Bar in America is… Indigo?

Indigo, one of two remaining nightclubs left in State College following the closing of the shortlived Duo Nightclub, has been ranked 21st on the list of the 25 Best College Bars in America by

The rating system was based off of a survey of students through which points were awarded for the following criteria: music, outdoor seating (curious, as Indigo has none), selection of brews available, dance floor, liquor, cheap beer, availability of beer pitchers, specials on shots, drinking games, distance from campus, food served after 10 p.m., and no cover charge.

Though the points given to Indigo were not specified by the organization, and curiosity strikes as to where other State College bars landed on this survey, there is no doubt that Indigo beats out its local contenders when it comes to distance to campus. Take a quick look left on College Ave., cross the street, and you’re waiting in the growing line outside Indigo, effectively blocking any entrance to CVS.

The ranking notes Indigo’s “killer happy hour” incorrectly from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. (Happy Hour only runs from 10 p.m. until midnight), but the specials offered during those times are indeed, killer. Those $2 shots and $2 Long Island Iced Teas are treasures you could only find in college towns where students love to spend their alcohol money wisely.

Left unsaid about the popular nightclub are the summer Teen Nights on Tuesdays for underagers and eager State High party animals. Additionally, the club offers promotional deals on free cover through their Facebook page and Twitter account.

Considering the wide selection of exemplary bars to choose from in downtown State College alone, and the number of college towns scattered throughout the country, the ranking given to Indigo is quite the honor. But the question remains: Is Indigo even the best bar in State College? Do most students even consider Indigo a bar as opposed to a nightclub?

Think Indigo is deserving of this honor? Let us know in the comments!

About the Author

Yuka Narisako

Yuka legally immigrated to the United States via airplane in 1996 from the small island nation of Japan. Since then she has migrated throughout the country and now identifies herself as a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering. The Shandygaff is her Happy Place, though she was once kicked out of the establishment after breaking her shoe and screaming “I LOVE DAY DRINKING. I’M HAVING FUN.” Yuka is overly enthusiastic about life in general, but especially Ja Rule, Halloween, and the puffy black vest she purchased from the Gap. You can reach her at [email protected], or through Twitter @yukahontass.


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