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Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 6 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
For me, it's a toss up between Zeno's and the Rathskeller when close to campus (Otto's is not included in the equation because of its distance). Zeno's has a better beer selection, but it's smaller. And they both have charming 'decor', but the Rathskeller has way more - except that the greater "frat house" vibe brings it down. The service is about equal... it's better at Zeno's, but the bar is smaller so it takes longer... the Rathskeller is not as good, but it's much easier to get a beer. Food, well that's a toss-up to, and I don't think either one wins out. So, in the end I think I'd go to whichever one was the least crowded. Or both. ;)
11-05-2012 14:02:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.05/5 rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
While not a beer bar, The All American Rathskeller is definitely a great place to hang out. Once you walk in, you feel like you are in a cave. The low ceiling and the concrete floor with the heavy support beams complete the appearance.
The bartenders and servers are all really friendly and helpful. On crowded nights, the service does go down, but not to the point where you feel neglected or that it's unexpected. The bartenders know how to pour a beer or make nearly any drink you could want.
The food is brought down from Spats upstairs which is owned by the same owners as the Rathskeller.
Being the oldest bar in State College, it was opened three days after Prohibition ended, it is a definite visit. Just be prepared to leave smelling like smoke.
08-23-2010 18:35:25 | More by PABeerHiker
3.45/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $
The Skeller is a historic joint that operates as the standard college bar. Not to say I don't like it. They have the standard BMC stuff, but always some good taps on a pretty good rotation. It is also cheap. For a long time they had $4 Yuengling pitchers and even at $5 today it is still excellent.
They were famous as the Rolling Rock for a long time. Their whole thing was selling cases of Rock ponies that they would place on your table. They used to do case races and would hold events where they would see how many cases they could sell in a day. Great marketing if there ever was one. This practice ended before I to school in 2004. I thought it had to do with Rock being sold to Bud and the Latrobe plant closed. I've been told they started selling Rock again, but I'm not sure.
They say the food is great, but I never ate it.
The staff could be a little surly, too, but never too bad.
01-30-2009 02:27:31 | More by mattcomstock213
3.3/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$
This bar seems to be involved in every trip I have taken to State College.
The floor of the bar is probally 4 or five feet below street level. Features a long oak bar and numerous booths along outside wall. This bar is by no means a beer bar, but some decent chices are available. Most "craft" beers are PA based Yuengling and Stoudt's. Also have the english brews Bass, Newcastle, Guiness. Other than that it is all BMC.
Croud is usually younger (duh) and i always smeel like a cigarette when leaving.
the bar staff is freindly and can usually serve quick and efficently.
01-05-2009 22:22:45 | More by UDbeernut
The Rathskeller in State College, PA
83 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.