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The ‘Best Penn State Bars/Restaurants’ Bracket: Second Round

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We put together our very own March Madness bracket last week featuring the best Penn State bars and restaurants, and you all voted and made your presence felt. There were quite a few noteworthy upsets in round one, and now 16 bars/restaurants remain in the quest for championship glory.

Let’s take a look at the first-round winners and where we stand heading into the Sweet Sixteen. You can vote for your favorite bars/restaurants by using this Google Form or the embedded version at the end of this post.

Dirty Sprite Region

To no one’s surprise, Champs Downtown easily rolled past Lion’s Den with 81.6% of the vote. However, we had a shocking upset with our No. 2 seed. Champs N. Atherton stunned The Basement by taking a 53.1% win. No one roots for Goliath.

Chumley’s won a tight one with BRGR (51.8%), while Jax Bar & Kitchen defeated Gigi’s in our closest matchup of the first round across all regions. Jax upset Gigi’s by ONE vote, folks. That just screams March.

Looking ahead, Champs Downtown is probably expected to keep its dominance rolling. But, we have a fascinating No. 6/No. 7 matchup between Jax and Champs N. Atherton. What establishment will prevail?

Green Tea Region

While both No. 1-seeded Doggie’s Pub and No. 2-seeded Primanti Bros won in expected landslides, we had some upsets in the other first-round matchups of the Green Tea Region. In a stunning twist, both Zeno’s and The Field came out victorious with convincing wins. Zeno’s captured 75.1% of the vote against Barrel 21, while The Field beat Central Reservation quite badly, too (64.9%).

Given the success of Zeno’s and The Field in round one, we have some really intriguing Sweet Sixteen matchups here. Could we see Doggie’s or Primanti Bros fall?

Mitch-A-Palooza Region

The Mitch-A-Palooza Region featured probably the most ~normal~ results, we’d say. Pickle’s dominated its way to victory, as Social Food & Drink totaled just 23 total votes. Similarly, the Phyrst blew past Sharkie’s with 80% of the vote.

In our only upset in this region, The Brewery edged out Federal Taphouse by just seven votes. Lastly, Local Whiskey secured a comfortable victory over Otto’s (59.7%).

While one would expect Pickle’s to once again dominate its way to the Elite Eight, Local Whiskey vs. The Phyrst is a really fun battle. We think it comes down to whether you like more of an upbeat vibe or more of a chill night…or you had a poor 21st birthday experience.

Pitcher Region

Cafe 210 West brought home the opening round’s largest victory by earning a whopping 95.1% of the vote. The Shandygaff also secured an easy victory, beating down Alla Spina at HiWay badly (89.2%).

A’s Pub totaled 65.6% of the vote in its comfortable win over Adam’s Apple. We guess the “Vote for A’s Pub on Onward State” sign that’s displayed in A’s is working! Lastly, in our last Round of 32 matchup, Allen Street Grill just tore Antifragile to shreds (73.1%). We admit we may have over-seeded Antifragile here.

Can A’s Pub slow down Cafe 210 West? Will Allen Street Grill use its momentum to secure another upset? That’s up to you! Vote for all your favorite bars and restaurants by 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. We’ll be back with the Elite Eight on Monday, March 27.

As always, This is March.

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Gabe Angieri

After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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