The staggering volume of beer that spills annually from mugs gripped by a perpetual circus of rookie upperclassmen should be enough to snuff out the life of all other bars on its own. But it’s the sheer diversity of the regulars who frequent this 50-year-old (give or take) joint that help it trump every other sports bar in town. In the shadow of PSU, there’s a certain rah-rah, college-kid vibe here that’s hard to shake—except when all those West Side urbanites walk in, followed by desk jockeys and haggard empty-nesters, all here to shout down the refs with one unified, liquefied voice.
Drop in on this PSU neighborhood sports bar between 3 and 6 during the workweek (10 and midnight on Sunday), and expect some solid specials on Cheerful Tortoise’s solid selection of beers. Specials change up from day to day, so it’s best to call ahead. The food menu is a mix of constants such as a five-piece order of wings ($3.95) and a variety of decent pizzas and a few rotating items.