GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Back-to-back champs. It was a good run.
Riley’s representing California State University Chico ended the two-year run by Sup Dogs as the best bar in the country in the Barstool Sports Best College Bar tournament.
Sup Dogs was representing East Carolina University and had won the event both years it was held. People could participate in the contest during each round by voting on Twitter, tweeting for the bar of choice, in this case “BestBarSupDogs.”
“We’ve won the last two years,” Sup Dogs owner Bret Oliverio said. “I thought we were going to win again this year, but we’ve beat hundreds of schools over the last couple years.
“It’s because of people that come in here. It’s about ECU, the Greenville community and really a tribute to our staff as well, so I’m just appreciative of everything.”
It was a tough road for Sup Dogs to reach the championship for the third straight year. The Greenville business beat JJ’s, representing Arkansas, last week in the “South regional final,” and Jake’s, representing West Chester, on Monday in the “Final Four” to reach the finale. Voting for that round began Wednesday and ended at 8 p.m. Friday.
The competition has been fierce with celebrities assisting in the voter turnout on both sides, especially in the final round. The Twitter account 5th Year, which is part of Barstool Sports, has been front and center when it comes to promoting the contest. Even Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and world-famous chef Guy Fieri got involved in the event, pushing for votes for Riley’s.
“What an AMAZING run! Just wasn’t meant to be this year. Thank you to every person that voted for us. We are incredibly grateful,” Sup Dogs said in a Twitter post Friday night after the results were announced.
In the end, it was enough as Riley’s came away with the win.