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Champs Sports Grill

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BA SCORE
87
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Taps: 45
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1611 N Atherton St
State College, Pennsylvania, 16803-3055
United States
phone: (814) 234-7700

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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Barnsley, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tdm168, Apr 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

BeerForMuscle, Mar 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Uniobrew31, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ridgeline23, Nov 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

ejimhof, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of pcsnyder
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%

I like Champs because they offer a decent selection. There are other bars in the area with a larger selection of harder to find beers, but Champs usually has some pretty interesting offerings on tap, like Green Flash or Founders, and they seem to have a good rotation. It's a sports bar, so the atmosphere is about what you'd expect, as is the food. They do have a nice deck for outdoor seating, as well.

pcsnyder, May 17, 2013
Photo of NathanAileo
4.66/5  rDev +23.9%

probably the best draft selection in town. The place is large so you can always get a seat and with 40+ selections on draft there is always something great. Whomever selects their beers does an amazing job in having a great variety and always several new or special selections.

NathanAileo, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of chubing
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

My go to bar in State College. Great rotating beer selection with lots of my staples, as well (Bell's 2 hearted, Troegs Perpetual, Founders). With 45 taps, there will be a beer here that you'll like. Lots of tvs for watching sporting events. Good atmosphere. Nice deck seating for the warmer months. Good food. Great happy hour weeks days 5-7 (1/2 price drafts).

chubing, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of superdaveee279
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

With 45 great drafts, whether you're looking for a blue ribbon beer to watch the game with your boys(or gals),a good smoked black lager/bourbon aged stout to pair with a generous cut ribeye, or if you just want to contemplate dogfish head's latest concoction in front of the fire with your buds.. Champ's is the place to be since the renovation. About two years ago they went from 21 to 45 beers on tap with all stars like Delirium Tremens, DFH 120, KBS, Rodenbach Gran Cru, and more! Victory, Avery, Troegs, Southern Tier, DFH, and Sly Fox are amongst the regular rotated big hitters. The menu changes almost every week and can be found on www.champssportsgrill.net along with a great Italian based food menu that you don't find at regular sports bars. After you've finished dinner don't forget to visit Lou's stickroom downstairs for the best pool tables in the area, shuffle board, and cigars. Last but not least get your Champ's Growler filled to-go(they will fill other growlers) Located an hour and a half from Harrisburg, 15 minutes off route 99,also accessible by 322, or 80.

superdaveee279, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of wdeck9
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

I have decided to review Champ's because nobody has reviewed it since it has been remodeled. After the remodeling, this place now has 57 beers on tap with many of the taps filled with quality rather than fizzy yellow crap. Aside from Zeno's, Champ's provides the best overall tap list in town with the occasional rarity like KBS popping up for $6.50 a 10oz every once in a while. You are guaranteed to have a good selection of Erie, Elk Creek, DFH, Avery, Allentown BrewWorks, and a couple Belgians.... with other taps rotating between New Holland, Terrapin, Left Coast, etc. If you play your cards right and come during happy hour (5-7pm mon-fri) all of their beers are half-off but MAKE SURE TO SIT AT THE BAR FOR THE SPECIAL. Also, they fill growlers of all of their beers and the prices are the most reasonable in town. Food is good and you can't go wrong with a big sandwich there and mac & cheese. Enjoy.

wdeck9, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of GoalieRon33
2.73/5  rDev -27.4%

The place just isn't that impressive after you get past the really nice dining room and downstairs pool hall. They have a decent amount on tap, and a pretty good bottle selection, but it takes forever to get waited on. College town cliche's are everywhere, from the wasted frat boys to the cliche' magic hat number 9 being their number one seller. They generally have at least one victory on sale, which I like, but they could do a lot better. Their "extensive" tap list includes mainly domestic macros, which i dont consider a turn on for me in a beer bar. wow, you have yuengling and budweiser....awesome, i guess. Overall, the place has some sweet potential, they just are not quite there yet.

GoalieRon33, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of slvrmon82
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

The atmosphere is big there are two levels the bottom being a newly renovated pool hall. Upstairs is seperated into a huge bar and then a clubhouse and 6 pack shop. Lots of frat boys but great sandwiches. Actually best in State College. However the service is horrible. We stopped in for lunch on Superbowl Sunday at around 1:00 and didn't leave till like 3:30 because of the service. The worst part was there was noone else in the bar eating. Just a couple of couples drinking at the bar. They have a decent selection with some seasonals but thats about it and a pint can run upwards of $5. Becareful and ask how much the pint is cause you will be suprised. Also NEVER ORDER A PITCHER OF MICROBREW. They don't have most on tap and will actually open and pour 4 bottles in to a pitcher and charge you $15 for a pitcher of beer. Its crazy. Not one of my favorites but have lots of tv's if I want to see a game that I cant find anywhere else I can find it at Champs.

slvrmon82, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of jsbrendle
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Not a bad joint. Nice inside. Deck is great in season. Beer selection for carry-out and over the bar not too bad for a College town "sports bar". Bar munchies always good, the higher end food even better. Service variable unfortunately, sometimes very attentive & good, other times neglectful and borderline rude. Bunch of college kids working for some extra $, so some times you get lucky, other times not. Bar staff can be better than wait staff overall. A popular place for some decent food and beer & sports watching. Location somewhat out of the range of many of the students (a drive, not a walk) helps to keep things more pleasant for a slightly older crowd.

jsbrendle, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Atmosphere: Champ's is a great sports bar in a great football town. Patio seating and a spacious dining room/bar define the restaurant. The whole place is antiseptic but far removed from the hustle and bustle of downtown State College.

Quality: I've had some wings that were slighlty undercooked, but service and offerings have been acceptable.

Service: During busy dinner rushes, service slips a little, but not terribly. I've found the staff, generally students, to be friendly and attentive.

Selection: Decent, but not groundbreaking selection. I've seen Troegs featured prominently, alongside Anchor, Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head. The selection won't be Beer Geek Heaven but the odds are good that you'll find something to go with your dinner.

Food: As a student 10 years ago, they used to run an occasional cheesesteak and wings special (a footlong cheesesteak and dozen wings) that I eagerly awaited. Those cheesesteaks and wings remain favorites from a pretty good menu.

akorsak, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of rdub
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

Been to Champ's many many times. The beer is average except for the small specialty refrigerator of singles in the back bar. BA's should head back there to find some good stuff. They have some micro's in the front large bar usually catering to the college crowd. The food is always exceptional. We get wings and quesadillas. The blue cheese is freakin' awesome - has to be homemade. The pizzas are top notch. The taps are usually clean and the beer moves fast enough to be fresh. Great place to get some space and be away from the downtown scene. And the waitresses are hot.

rdub, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

This is a wonderful restruant/bar outside of the main area in town, so cars will be needed. It has a very good atmosphere, large spaces, a lot of room for big parties, games, tv's at most of the tables. This is a fantastic palce to meet friends, eat food and watch the game.
They run specials sometimes, both food and beer, but the beer selection is once again less exciting than other places in town. This is more of a restruant than a bar, and not much of a beer bar at all.
In any event, a good place to stop on your way into or out of happy valley.

sinistrsam, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of AudioGilz
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

I can't say that this is a beer bar persay, but they do have pool tables, so I was happy. The selection is above average at best, basically gets by compared to other bars in the area, not much of a microbrew selection, but at least there's a few there to get myself through the night of beating all of my friends at billiards. The food appeared to be good albeit I didn't try any. The service at the bar was swift, a welcome commodity to not wait long to get a beer. Other than that, the place is large, comfortable, kick ass choice of a cooler temperature rather than the usual borderline "room temp" that will cause a sweat when laughing too much. So for touring state college for beer, there are better places to go, but this might be a good stop to have plenty of space to relax without being crowded or smoked out.

AudioGilz, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

I’ve watched this bar change quite drastically over the years. When I moved here, it had a bar in the room at the back of the building and a rather skinny hallway, lined with tables on one side and a small bar on the other, that connected it to a front dining area. The beer selection was usually decent, but nothing special. But back then, my friend’s and I were just drinking pitchers of Yuengling while we catch their food specials. Other than the front entrance and the back bar, this place has completely changed.

The front is still a smoke-free dining room, remodeled a bit and with a bigass HDTV. The middle room is the biggest change. High ceilings, copper ductwork in the rafters, skylights, brick walls, large windows, a nice-sized patio on the one side, and plenty of seating around the outside of the mostly square room surround the focal point: a beautiful square bar with TVs surrounding a central support beam and pointing in all directions. Between those and the several projector screens and wall-mounted flat screens, you can see multiple screens from wherever you sit. They get all the sports packages so you can basically see any game.

Back to the bar, the top is a pretty black with copper flecks, fairly comfortable, seating about 8 of each side. Each side has 8 taps though the taps are the same on opposite sides. But still, 16 beers on tap is not bad. They have your usual macros, but they rotate in some real gems from micros like, Magic Hat, Heavyweight, Troegs, Stoudts, etc. Staff consists of usually slightly above average servers and slightly below average bartenders. I’ve rarely had a beer that tastes like the taps are growing things in them, a rather common problem in this college town. They also have an extensive selection of bottled micros and imports.

The food is very good for what it is. Mostly sandwiches and bar food, but it’s some of the best bar food in town. Being a buffalo wing fanatic, I used to think they had the best wings, but shortly after the remodeling, they must have changed the sauce a bit and they’re not as good anymore. Otto’s (the local brewpub) gets my vote for best wings now. Also have good burgers and some pasta dishes that aren’t too shabby. Nothing gourmet here, though. Their beer and food prices aren’t great, but you can more than make up for it by catching their specials, such as $1 nachos (big plate loaded with all the toppings, not just chips and cheese) on Tuesday night.

The back room is still one of my favorite places to sit and play some trivia. Wood interior, high ceilings, second floor seating, a long bar with several taps and a ridiculously huge tequila menu! I always loved the 30+’ long fish tank behind the bar. Just a nice atmosphere.

Down in the basement is a billiards room. They like to keep it nice in there, and even have a dress code. It has a small cute bar and plenty more TVs. A cigar room that’s overpriced. Atmosphere is a bit more snooty down there, but it’s not bad.

Overall, it’s not a bad place at all. Worth visiting if you’re ever in town.

ski271, Feb 24, 2005
Champs Sports Grill in State College, PA
87 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.