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Phyrst To Expand, Upgrade Stage, TV, Bathrooms

The Phyrst hasn’t changed much since its inception 48 years ago in 1966. From the beat-up wooden tables to the old-school beer signs that hang above the bar, everything about one of State College’s most popular bars screams vintage.

While you shouldn’t expect to see new tables coming through the Phyrst’s big wooden door anytime soon, some changes are coming, possibly as soon as the start of the Spring semester. Owner Mike Fullington said the Phyrst will expand by pushing back the wall behind the stage about 20 feet to increase capacity, adding a giant new LED screen, and renovating the bathrooms.

The results will include a much bigger dance floor, more room to get around the bar, and an increased capacity of about 50 to 60 people, a nearly 25 percent increase from the bar’s current capacity of 225. The stage won’t be the same old stage either — a new one will be built to accompany the LED screen behind it to show graphics while bands play and for Penn State football on Saturdays.

The bathrooms are seeing a few changes, too. The ladies’ room will move up next to the current location of the men’s room by the stage. The bathrooms will also be more spacious and modern. Fullington said that some beer keg urinals will be added and that there should be less plumbing issues in the new bathrooms.

There isn’t a set date for the new Phyrst to debut, but Fullington said Spring semester is the goal. He will not be closing the doors at any point between now and then; it’ll stay open while blocking off areas under construction.

There might be some more news on Phyrst additions coming soon, but for now you can look forward to a less-crowded bar experience, some brand new toilets, and a high-end LED screen.

About the Author

Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


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