The Shite Sixteen kicks off with our first round the week of March 18. The polls close at 11:00 p.m. the evening that the match-up is posted, and we encourage you to throw your votes around and lobby as hard as you want in the comments. Seriously. Be shameless.
Today’s Round 1 Match-Up: (2) Punter’s Pub v (5) Cornwall’s
Punter’s Pub (as defended by Alex D.): When asked for comment, a friend, and fellow Wentworth grad said, “There is no better way to drown your sorrows of a tough semester than a vat of beer (aka big bertha) in a windowless hole in the wall. Plus you can order food right through a hole in the wall!” Most dive bars don’t have kitchens, and if they do, you probably don’t want to eat their food. Punters has solved this predicament by making their bar a true hole in the wall. They connect Shawshank Redemption Style the kitchen of University House of Pizza. I’m not going to vouch that they have fantastic food, but after presenting your final project after pulling 2 consecutive all-nighters, to a panel of critics that could make Credula DeVill shed a tear, I would say their pizza tastes like it has won consecutive James Beard Awards. Not only can you chow down on award winning pizza, but you and your group of friends can slug down brews in something that I have not seen or experienced anywhere else in Boston. Behold, the Big Bertha. This vessel is unlike any other, holding between 3-4 pitchers of delicious chilled goodness. I don’t want to show all my cards, so you better vote for Punters to hear more gloriousness that Punters has to offer patrons.
Cornwall’s (as defended by Jarret): Yes, it’s next to Barnes & Noble. But consider the history: Cornwall’s carries old Kenmore Square on its heavily shellacked back. The Rat and Deli Haus are gone and IHOP is an oyster bar. I memorized the Red Sox retired numbers from the brick bunker of a bus terminal in the square’s center, only to be rewarded with a glass sail that doesn’t protect me from the snow. Cornwall’s survived all of this. With respect to Dugout Cafe, it is Boston University’s favorite dive: the school relocated Cornwall’s to the north side of the square to make way for Hotel Commonwealth. One winter Saturday years ago, while the bus terminal was under construction, I began my shift at Jake Ivory’s while a blizzard kicked into high gear outside. There was no one in the bar. Pianists played for the staff and tried to perfect Sir Mix-a-lot’s deep cuts. It wasn’t worth it. Management called the night a wash. But we didn’t go home. We went to the one bar that was open in the neighborhood. Cornwall’s welcomed us in from the cold and we stayed till close. A lot of Shite Sixteen contenders pride themselves on grimy urinals and Pabst. Cornwall’s highlights neither, but it does have the trust of the neighborhood’s Industry clientele and the comfortable feeling of a broken-in easy chair. A winner.
Shite Sixteen Round 1
- Punter's Pub (53%, 10 Votes)
- Cornwall's (47%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 19