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The ‘Best Penn State Bars/Restaurants’ Bracket: Elite Eight

We’re getting closer to the end, folks.

As both the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments forge on, our “Best Penn State Bars/Restaurant” bracket has finally reached the Elite Eight. Because it’s March, we’ve of course had plenty of upsets through the first two rounds of our tournament. However, all of our No. 1 seeds are still alive, too.

With eight bars/restaurants remaining, it’s now crunch time. You can vote for your favorite downtown spot by using this Google Form.

Keep scrolling for a brief breakdown of the Sweet Sixteen matchups and a preview of our Elite Eight contests.

Dirty Sprite Region

Champs Downtown continued its dominance by easily taking down Chumley’s with 79.8% of the vote. Our Cinderella story, Champs N. Atherton, beat Jax Bar & Kitchen comfortably (58.4%) to set up a matchup with its downtown counterpart.

Champs Downtown is obviously the heavy favorite to punch its ticket to the Final Four, but with how impressive Champs N. Atherton has been, who even knows at this point?

Green Tea Region

Despite putting up a fight, Zeno’s has been eliminated. Doggie’s Pub garnered 54.3% of the vote to earn a spot in the Elite Eight. In our other matchup in the Green Tea Region, we had a stunner. No. 6-seeded The Field took down the ultra-popular Primanti Bros by a slim 11-vote margin to continue its underdog run. Anarchy? Nope. Just Penn State bars and restaurants.

After back-to-back upset victories, The Field could very well put up a fight against Doggie’s in the Elite Eight.

Mitch-A-Palooza Region

There were no surprises here.

Both Pickle’s and The Phyrst took down their opponent with ease. Pickle’s cruised to victory with 69.3% of the vote, while The Phyrst also won comfortably (61.8%). The two downtown staples will now go head-to-head in what could be our closest Elite Eight battle.

Pitcher Region

Similarly to the Mitch-A-Palooza Region, the Sweet Sixteen in the Pitcher Region produced predictable results. Cafe 210 West beat A’s Pub by over 110 votes, while the Shandygaff breezed by the Allen Street Grill with 63.4% of the vote. It’s only fitting that Cafe and the Gaff are now battling for the Pitcher Region title, right?

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Gabe Angieri

Gabe is a senior majoring in journalism and is Onward State's managing editor. He grew up in Lindenhurst, New York, and has had the absolute misfortune of rooting for the Jets, Mets, and Knicks. If you want to see his bad sports takes, follow him on Twitter @gabeangieri and direct all hate mail to [email protected]

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