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Kegs and Eggs? Area Bars Expecting Early Morning Rush for Penn State Football Game in Dublin

by on August 29, 2014 6:45 AM

For the first time ever, watching Penn State football could involve waking up at the crack of dawn for many fans.

On Saturday, the Nittany Lions will play their first game of the season against UCF in Dublin, Ireland. With the time difference the kick-off is set for 8:30 a.m. local time. Fans may be more likely to watch the game in their pajamas rather than their football jerseys.

But for those who want to keep their usual football-watching routine intact, it will mean a very early morning start. And to satisfy demand from the pre-game tailgating crowd, many local hot spots will open early while offering special Irish-inspired menus.

State College’s resident Irish Pub, Kildare's, located at 538 East College Ave., will be a natural viewing spot for students and locals looking to get into the spirit of the Nittany Lions' first overseas game.

Kildare's is opening its doors at 7 a.m., four hours earlier than usual, to accommodate the (barely awake) Nittany Nation. Customers can dig into a special pig roast for $12 that will be on the menu all day.

Kildare's hasn't done much advertising -- just a post on Twitter -- but manager Dan Stokes says the response has been so overwhelming that extra promotions haven’t been necessary.

“Our phone's been ringing off the hook all week,” Stokes says. “I’ve already cut off all reservations so now it’s going to be on a first-come, first-served basis.”

Bill Pickle’s Tap Room, 106 S. Allen St., is also catering to the early-wake-up crowd. Pickle's is offering a buffet beginning at 8 a.m. It includes 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 says they're expecting an extremely busy morning.

“We’ve gotten a ton of calls today, and over the last week we’ve had lot’s of alumni trying to get reservations, as well as lots of students calling in,” Staab says. “It should be a great day.”

For those looking for a place farther from campus, Damon’s Bar and Grill, Home D Pizzeria and Champs Sports Grill are all opening early.

Home D, 1820 S Atherton St., will serve up “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 --naturally -- Irish coffee.

Reservations are recommended and manager Matt Flynn says the restaurant is “doing well” with a significant number of fans planning to stop in early.

Champs, 1611 S. Atherton St., will also be taking reservations and offering a full breakfast menu starting at 7 a.m.

Damon’s, on the other hand, is only taking customers on a first-come, first-served basis.

Located at 1031 E. College Avenue, Damon’s will open at 7 a.m. An $8 breakfast buffet will include eggs, bacon, sausage and biscuits. Manager Greg DuBois says he is expecting “a ton of people” to fill up the bar. 

Some other establishments planning to open early include Bar Bleu, Rotelli and The Phyrst.

So be sure to set that alarm clock and get out the door in time to catch all of the action. Just leave those jammies at home.

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Matt Allibone is a intern. He's a Penn State senior, studying print journalism. Matt is a native of Delran, N.J.
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