Bill Pickle's Tap Room
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ffejherb:
2.8/5 rDev -13.8%
Stopped in for a beer during our jaunt to Happy Valley on a Friday night. This place has your typial meat market appeal. Taps are pretty much your standard fare, with lots of macros and a few imports with one or two craft brews. Didn't check their bottle selection... perhaps I should have, but I just ended up getting a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat.
Place was kind of a sausage fest, with tons of frat boys sprinkled with some sorority-type girls. Also, they were charging a $1 cover at the door, and the guy at the door didn't even know why they were charging a cover. Apparently, there was a DJ spinning some classic rock in an elevated DJ booth way up in the corner. At least the music was decent. But this place could have been worse. The music wasn't too loud and most people were just drinking instead of dancing. Would I stop in again? Not with places like Zeno's in town.
01-22-2008 19:45:54 | More by ffejherb
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3.88/5 rDev +19.4%
Went there on a weekday night, had an excellent experience (read other reviews if you want to know about variability of service when things get busy, I can't speak to that).
What I can speak to is an excellent atmosphere: the building is very nice, everyone was quite friendly and they had no problem with us moving some chairs around. Their selection is smaller than Zeno's (as many have noted already) but they still offer a nice selection of the big names as well as a fairly long list of bottles smaller brewers. Service was great: we were checked on multiple times by our server and everything came promptly. Food was solid — standard bar fare and prices with a good serving size.
If you come in expecting to be dazzled by an infinite selection of brews, you'll be disappointed. But if you want a good list of beer and to have a nice, relaxed time sitting down and enjoying the atmosphere and chatting with your friends — make it to Pickle's.
02-16-2012 18:19:53 | More by viker
2/5 rDev -38.5%
A horrible experience...
The menu found online IS NOT the same menu at the bar. The actual bar menu has about 8 items on it. Nothing even worth eating. I'm not sure what happened to the online menu, but don't go here for the food.
Service was extremely bad. The majority of the help is all college kids. That's understandable being in a college town. But when the help spends more time hugging and sayin hello to their friends rather than serving me what I came for, they're terrible.
Beer selection is just pathetic.
Food = crap
Beer = crap
Service = crap
Skip this place and go straight to Zeno's or the Corner Room. Bill Pickles wasn't worth the trip at all.
09-18-2011 17:51:22 | More by Buggies
2.7/5 rDev -16.9%
Went here a couple weeks ago for a pint and some food. This was tough for me because Zeno's is right there and well Zeno's is awesome.
The room itself is nice but what character it has is lost amongst the numerous TVs and the moronic undergraduates and their silly bar tour antics.
There were two craft drafts and the rest macros and imported macros. I had the the Brooklyn East India Pale Ale. Didn't taste right to me.
The food was okay. Pub food stuff. I had a burger and onion rings. My friend had some wings that I tried and were pretty decent.
Overall I wouldn't come here if I wanted a pint of good beer, especially with Zeno's downstairs. If you want to watch a game and have some pub food then this might be an okay place to do that.
12-31-2008 01:03:11 | More by bosco7
3/5 rDev -7.7%
Visited while in town for commencement. A $1 cover charge (yes it was not much, but there was nothing that deserved such a charge) set things off on a less-than-great note.
Atmosphere: A large bar with seating/standing room all around. A small DJ booth above the bar may have been the reason for the cover. Well-lit with large windows that I've seen open during nicer weather.
Quality: A college-town bar, perhaps a little more upscale than, say, the Brewery or Dark Horse.
Service: Service was nonexistent. A busser removed glasses and pitchers but one had to order on one's own.
Selection: The tap selection was underwhelming with Mad Elf being the best offering.
Food: Didn't eat.
Why go here when Zeno's is approximately 15 paces away?
12-20-2008 23:10:41 | More by akorsak
3.65/5 rDev +12.3%
One of my favorite bars in State College...not because of the selection, but because of the atmosphere...
A: Very friendly, fun place especially for a college town. In the summer, their bar wall opens to make a fun, airy atmosphere. It is very clean with a large bar and many small tables and stools...not much in terms of sit down for dining.
S: The service is as good as it can get for a bar in a college town. The bar can get packed at times, leaving the services to be slow as expected, but comparatively, the service is very good.
Selection: Nothing impressive here. They have the regulars and every so often a rotating beer, but nothing great.
Overall, I would go there for a great time, but not for good beer. Go to Zeno's for that
08-20-2008 02:20:04 | More by treyrab
Bill Pickle's Tap Room in State College, PA
82 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.