Purdue University has opened a bar within its Memorial Union. While students who are over 21 will be allowed to consume alcohol in the bar, the target audience for the pub will be employees, hotel guests and the general public. Adults who frequent the Purdue area have long complained that their was no place to get a drink, except for some nearby student bars.
For now, the bar will just be open on Thursdays, Fridays, and during the first three quarters of home football games. The pub’s hours on Thursday and Friday are from 4:30 until 9 PM. The college is committed to keeping the bar open until the last home football game. If the program is successful, then the university may decide to keep the bar open permanently. When the pub is not open, it will revert to being a student study area, according to an article originally published on JConline.
Those choosing to go to the pub during home football games can watch the action on two television sets. They will also be served a variety of appetizers from Pappy’s Sweet Stop that is located next door to the pub.
Officials with Purdue say that the idea has been discussed for a long time. They point out that the area has a natural bar feeling because of its wooden benches and pictures of the college’s greatest athletes on the walls.
In keeping with the educational mission of the college, the pub contains a display on the school’s fermentation educational program and hops production. Working with a local provider, the school even is able to provide some alcohol produced locally. The school’s dining services is the only entity authorized to sell alcohol on the campus and will be operating the pub.